New Wii Hardware Quietly Announced

Sideways move.

Nintendo have sent a fairly normal email to let us know their release plans for the rest of the year. Super Mario Land 3D and Mario Kart 7 are coming in November and December, respectively. There’s Super Pokémon Rumble heading to the 3DS in December. Twilight Princess is getting a new budget re-release for the Wii. We knew most of this already.

Tucked away, almost out of sight, there is something quite substantial:

Those looking for the perfect present for all the family this Christmas can look no further than the new value Wii bundle. It not only offers great value to European fans, but introduces a streamlined Wii console with a slightly altered configuration**, which is designed to sit horizontally, rather than vertically. The bundle includes the newly configured Wii console in white, a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk™, and copies of Wii Sports™ and Wii Party™.

The emphasis in that quote was added by myself to draw your attention to the interesting, annotated part. A new, horizontal Wii console with a “slightly altered configuration”?

It seems that Nintendo have removed the Gamecube functionality and backwards compatibility of the Wii in order to make it even cheaper for Christmas. The text specifically states that the new Wii won’t be compatible with Gamecube software or accessories, meaning that the Gamecube controller might no longer be an option for Virtual Console games.

No word of whether this new console revision will be available elsewhere or whether it’s just for us Europeans who, apparently, want cheaper hardware with key features removed.

Update: Here’s the first image of it, courtesy of Official Nintendo Magazine:

Source: Press Release

24 Comments

  1. Im waiting for the massive backlash against Nintendo. I hope everyone who complained about PS2 compatibilty being removed from the PS3 is equally vocal about this move.

  2. I’d rather buy the old model for backwards compability.

  3. i play almost as many GC games on my wii as i do wii games, so this wouldn’t interest me.

    and as i’ve already got a wii anyway, i wouldn’t be interested anyway.

    so this whole comment was kind of redundant. ^_^

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