We already knew that Nintendo was releasing a special miniature version of the Wii exclusively in Canada, and that the new console would be lacking many of the original’s features (including Wi-Fi support and GameCube compatibility), but just how limited is it? Digital Foundry recently went under the hood to find out, and what they discovered may puzzle many fans who were considering purchasing the console.
For one thing, it’s not all that “mini.”
According to their analysis, not only does the Wii Mini lack Internet functionality, the console can’t even go online through a Wii USB ethernet adapter. Even more confusing, the system doesn’t support any component cables, only the composite ones it comes packaged with. For reference, even the GameCube supported component cables, so seeing this omission is pretty baffling.
Still, considering how many units the Wii has shifted throughout its lifetime (a lot), these features will hardly matter to those who are just picking one up now, and may in fact even convince some to upgrade to Nintendo’s new Wii U instead. For everyone who wanted to purchase one because of its novelty, though, this will probably come as a disappointment. What do you think? Were you planning on importing one? Have these findings made you reconsider? Let us know in the comments!