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Rumour: Redesigned (Mini) Wii Out In Two Weeks

Surely a bad idea?

According to rumours, Nintendo are about to launch a new, mini Wii on December 7th.

“The information was part of an internal release schedule from a major retailer that at this time we are unable to disclose,” says Nintendo World Report.

The Wii Mini (as it’s apparently known) will come with a newly shrunk console, a sensor bar, Nunchuk and a Wii Remote Plus. This will be the Wii’s second redesign, and it’s already considerably smaller than anything else, so chances are it’ll be matchbox sized.

Presumably the GameCube functionality will remain missing.

If this is true it’ll bring further confusion to the Wii U launch, something that Nintendo really don’t want to be messing around with. Sony’s PSP is still outselling the Vita in Japan, gamers love cheaper tech that still has plenty of games.

We’ll see soon enough.

  1. Eldur
    Since: Nov 2012

    Launching a redesigned version (tweaked to maximize profit) is a pretty established way of further monetizing an established console, but it would seem a little odd to launch one so close to it’s successor’s launch as it will inevitably lead to *some* sales cannibalization.

    But as Alex says, there are always some people who are happy to pick up slightly older tech at a bargain price, even if it means foregoing the new system.

    Comment posted on 26/11/2012 at 08:28.

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