While Nintendo’s new Wii U system may be the talk of the town right now, it seems the company wants to squeeze every bit of sales out of the original Wii before the aging console is relegated to history. That’s the only explanation for why it would announce the Wii Mini just a week after its successor hit stores across North America.
Unlike the original Wii, Wii Mini sports a fetching new red and black design. As you’d guess from its namesake, the console is also much smaller than other variations of the platform, lacking both GameCube and Internet functionality (meaning those who purchase it cannot play games like Mario Kart Wii against other players online, nor can they download additional titles through the Wii Shop.) It’s obvious Wii Mini is being positioned as a budget-conscious alternative to other gaming systems on the market, compensating for its truncated feature list with its low cost of $99.99.
There’s no word on if the system will be released in other parts of the world following the holiday season, but it seems unlikely that Nintendo would go through the effort of manufacturing a new version of its most popular home console only to relegate it to a single country. In any case, Wii Mini goes on sale in Canada on December 7.