Nintendo is launching the Wii Mini. The crimson console is billed as a Canada-exclusive for now -- we're reaching out to confirm if and when it might go elsewhere -- and is clearly meant to catch those families that find the Wii U (or even a regular Wii) too pricey. To get there, though, they'll have to make some big sacrifices. The Wii Mini cuts out both GameCube compatibility (seen in some regular Wii variants) and, more importantly, internet access; unfortunately, this won't be your budget Netflix box. Still, when gamers in the Great White North can pick one up on December 7th for $100, it might be the ideal fit for that TV in the basement or the occasional party.
It doesn't look bad in that pic but other's I've seen make the red part look awful. Strange decision on Nintendo's part to release this... and even more strange for it to be Canada only (for now anyway).
That's good that Nintendo acknowledges that Wii's online is worthless. I like this release I guess, it's an efficient product for people who never bought a Wii. i dont think it will detract from Wii U sales like some people were saying over the weekend.
I think it's a dumb decision to remove internet access. I feel like I read somewhere that Wii has the greatest Netflix userbase of any of the consoles, which would make sense considering how many Wiis are out there, so it seems like that might be a selling point for this console. Of course, it would also suck not having access to the Wii Shop Channel and online play in games, but considering most existing Wii owners don't want to go into the Wii Shop Channel already, I don't think that's a huge loss for Nintendo.
Of course, I say it's dumb to remove it, but if somebody's waited six years to pick up a Wii, they're probably not super concerned about it, so it probably has no impact whatsoever on this machine's target market.
I wonder if it still has USB ports, so you could potentially hook up the ethernet adapter? Or even if it has an SD card slot, since that's mostly used for downloadable games and DLC.
I like the look in this pic, but I'd like to see what it looks like from the side.
@GameDadGrant Well, it seems like they cut out internet functionality in the interest of hitting that $99 price point to appeal to more people, whereas the Game Boy Micro actually cost MORE than the GBA SP when it was first released.
(That's not to say that the Wii Mini WILL be a mass market success, just that that's their intention. I have no idea how successful it will be, if at all.)
The angles and color look somewhat Famicom-esque to me. Anyone else seeing it too?
I really like the design, but it's a little insane to not have internet capability. Also, if I were Nintendo, I wouldn't be doing anything (else) to confuse the audience between Wii and Wii U.... not doing themselves any favors in that regard.
I like the look of it. I'd consider getting one if it was coming to NA, since my Wii is on its last legs and will probably only act as a Gamecube from now on anyway. And, as already mentioned, the Wiimote+ & Nunchuck make it a pretty good deal.
Also: Nintendo is insane. Luckily it's only coming out in one country (for now). I can see it now: moms, shopping for their children who want a Wii U, asking for "The New Wii" at the counter...