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Wii Mini Is Real, First Image, $99

Updated with the price, lack of Wi-fi and GameCube support info.


There it is, in sparkly red and black.
It looks like the rumours we reported were true – Nintendo are bringing out a redesigned, smaller Wii alongwide the brand new Wii U.

The smaller Wii Mini, spotted on BestBuy’s site (via EG) sports a fetching red and black style, and will release next week on December 7th, at least in Canada.

Confusingly, Nintendo are also releasing the new Wii U this week, a console that’s already proving a little confusing to the casual market, judging by this sampling of Twitter responses

This new addition is hardly likely to help, with shelves that’ll now be stocking the new Wii U, the new Wii Mini and – presumably – the old Wii.

Nintendo has yet to officially announce the Wii Mini.

Update: full info has emerged from the BestBuy site. It’ll cost $99, and comes with the console, sensor bar and a Red MotionPlus controller with Nunchuk.

There’s no internet or GameCube support, though.

Update 2: the Wii Mini is exclusive to Canada for this holiday season.

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33 Comments
  1. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Nice

    Shame Nintendo themselves won’t be making new titles for it, but understandable I suppose. There’s one hell of a back catalogue available for it, if the price is right.

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:00.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Think Nintendo are pretty poor with $-£ pricing, so will be interesting to see how $99 compares.

      Lack of internet with its access to virtual console is disappointing & would have been a great way to get iPlayer/Netflix etc onto a spare room TV… So chalking this one up to a missed opportunity, just like the PSPE1000

      Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 13:37.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Damn, no Internet (for the classic library) is pretty much a deal breaker…

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 14:17.
      • bowie
        Member
        Since: Jan 2012

        The lack of internet does seem puzzling. I can not find the quote now but I am sure that Phil Harrison stated that the people who buy at the tail end of the cycle like this (he was talking about the PS2 though) are people you do not make much money off. It seems strange not to try and draw these people towards digital downloads.

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 23:19.
  2. dude90
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Judging by the Twitter responses I’d say the majority of them are clearly thick.

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:15.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Seems to me that they just need to find this little known search tool on the web called ‘google’.

      Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:26.
  3. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    A Mini Wii? Will they be releasing Doctor Evil next?

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:18.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Doctor Wii-vil.

      Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:27.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        You win the internetz

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:29.
  4. djhsecondnature
    Since: Forever

    Great idea but a year or two late. Now is probably one of the worst times to release it. It’ll either not sell, or will but eat at Wii U sales.

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:29.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      It should have released when the recent Gamecube-less Wii released.

      Although I think it was Steve jobs that said, you’re better off cannibalising yourself than someone else doing it.

      Wii U won’t be ridiculously huge seller like Wii & 360 was, I’m certain its success will come next Christmas period when the new Sony & MS consoles are out and Nintendo can do a massive 3DS style price drop, release a Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart & Zelda game plus lean back on a year’s worth of back catalogue… It will be very compelling then. although, if they can;t drop the price then I think it will limp along and maybe never properly get going.

      Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:47.
  5. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Looks stunning, but why release it now?

    Bad timing. Still, that’s one sexy console.

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:47.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I have to say, it’s a lovely looking design (along with the packaging). Very smart.

      Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 13:09.
      • LewisJ999
        Member
        Since: Jan 2011

        I don’t know why, but it looks like a pair of bathroom scales to me.

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 16:29.
      • avengerrr
        Member
        Since: Oct 2012

        yeah i’m with you there LewisJ999. Looks like a cheap £5 battleships board game case.

        Was tempted, but no Internet??? Seriously

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 23:10.
  6. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    It looks neat but they really should have released this around the time of Kinect and Move. With the Wii U being backwards compatible there isn’t as much a need for this now.

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 11:48.
  7. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    I am appalled by the fking bad language and bad grammer and bad spwlling in those twitter responses. fucksake peeple grow up! Bad language aside, the mini looks a little bit like a PSX, know what I mean? And also, if the scale of the console and the controller in the box picture are accurate, doesn’t look very mini.

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 12:04.
    • colmshan1990
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      If that picture is accurate, doesn’t that make the Wii the size of a DVD box?

      How much more mini do you want?

      Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 12:16.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Minidisc size? :)

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 12:28.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        colsham, just seen the updated pic, when the story was first put up it was a box shot with the controller next to it which didn’t make it look too small. The new pic seems quite dinky though so I take it back :)

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 17:51.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        If anything though, i would have said that the packshot was actually a better measurement of size, as you had the picture of the wii-mote to gauge against.

        Now you are just looking at a picture of the wii itself, which could be the size of a coffin, or might be the size of a big mac box. There’s just no way to tell!

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 18:03.
      • OnlineAssassin77
        Member
        Since: Jun 2012

        It does have the look of a Big Mac box but I’m not badda ba ba ba lovin it.

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 18:19.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Forrest, you’re right, I don’t know where I stand anymore! Having googled a few more pictures I can’t actually see if this is smaller than a regular wee or not. Whatever size it is the quality of the plastic doesn’t come across well in the pics. Minidisc size would be perfect actually.

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 20:36.
  8. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    That actually looks nice. If the price is right it might be worth picking up to play some gems that I have missed since selling my Wii. Still haven’t played Mario Galaxy 2 or Zelda Skyward Sword…

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 12:30.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      That’s what I was thinking of… with Mario Galaxy 1&2, Metroid Prime Trilogy, Zeldas, Mario Kart, Boom Blox & a load of JRPGs there’s a healthy back-cat to get stuck into.

      Shame there’s no Virtual Console access through it not having internet & of course the ability to access iPlayer/Netflix etc on a second/third tv in the house would have been cool too :(

      Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 13:42.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        The lack of VC access makes this a much harder sale for me… Is there a LAN adapter sold separately? Not up to date with all the Wii accessories.

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 14:20.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Nevermind. Canada exclusive for now…

        Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 14:25.
  9. Bambo_19
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    Literally would go and buy one. but only in canada? and no mario kart online ?! what is the point

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 15:52.
  10. deadwelsh
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    so this is about £70, think i would rather pick up a 2nd hand one from ebay or a game store tbh, but it looks good, the missing features are a deal breaker though

    Comment posted on 27/11/2012 at 17:25.

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