The Wii Mini has launched in the UK. What, you didn’t go to a midnight opening and queue for four hours to buy yours? It seems you weren’t alone.
Techradar has posted a story in which it claims to have spoken to Game and HMV about the launch of Nintendo’s pared back, discount version of their incredibly successful Wii hardware. Both retailers apparently say that there has been barely any interest whatsoever in the new hardware revision. According to the tech website, the Game flagship store that it spoke to (which is unnamed) won’t even be stocking the console.
The Wii Mini is marginally smaller than the Wii everyone knows and loves, with a snazzy red and black colour scheme and a lack of many of the features that users might want from their console. It has no WiFi, for example. There’s no support for the ethernet adapter either so anything that a Wii does online, including Virtual Console purchases and downlaodable games, is off limits. Priced at around £80 in the UK, it’s also significantly more expensive than its full-featured older sibling if you’re willing to shop around a little bit.
There are a number of games that it’s worth owning a Wii for – at least the two Mario Galaxy games and a raft of JRPGs, for example – so if you’ve never enjoyed Wii ownership and would like to, we can totally understand that. My suggestion is that you nip off and buy a nice cheap one on eBay. Perhaps even consider a second hand one, they’re much more reliable than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 were in their early days so you should be safe enough.