Nintendo Heartcast Episode 038: Mo Mini Mo Problems

Noah and Evan get into a debate about Wii Mini’s appeal, and hypothesize Nintendo reveals at the VGAs.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 12/05/2012 09:00 9 Comments     ShareThis

Nintendo Heartcast Episode 038: Mo Mini Mo Problems

Nintendo Heartcast Episode 038: Mo Mini Mo Problems

Noah and Evan predict what Nintendo reveals may happen at the VGAs, then debate the coolness of Wii Mini.

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Recording Date
December 3, 2012

Noah and Evan

Show Contents
00:00:00 Introduction
00:02:08 Anniversary Episode Details
00:04:20 Game of the Year Episode Details
00:06:55 VGA Nintendo Reveal Speculation
00:18:24 Predictions Show Teaser!
00:19:24 Player Input: ZombiU Defense
00:27:40 Player Input: New Super Mario Bros. 2 and U
00:34:10 VERSUS! Wii Mini
00:42:24 Listener Feedback
00:50:36 Conclusion
00:51:25 Credits
00:53:14 Total Length


9 Responses to “Nintendo Heartcast Episode 038: Mo Mini Mo Problems”

  • 690 points
    KisakiProject says...

    I actually think the Wii Mini looks cool. It reminds me of an 80s console! I think they are testing it in Canada and will release it once Wii U takes off a bit to clean up the last of the market. I bet next Xmas you’ll be able to find them in Walgreens for $50.

  • 381 points
    Hyawatta says...

    One too many features removed

    The Wii Mini looks cool, but it needs to retain all of its online functionality so it can play NetFlix, YouTube, and online multiplayer Wii games.

  • 849 points
    ejamer says...

    I’m pretty keen on the Wii Mini, but that needs to be qualified a bit.

    I’m a bit of a game collector so my mind is on the future. Wii Mini looks like a nice piece of kit (love the red controllers!) that will do everything I need when playing Wii retail games 5-10 years down the road. Internet access matters right now, but game servers will be shut down before long and I’ve got better devices for YouTube/Netflix/browsing in the living room. Picking up a Wii Mini and tossing it in my closet is a security thing for me: when my current Wii has trouble booting up, has the laser wear out, or gets toys/fingers/sandwiches shoved into the disc slot by a young child, this means I’ll have new and dedicated hardware to fall back on for my 100+ retail Wii titles.

    Now for the bad: I simply don’t think it’s worth $100 right now, despite being in the market for a new controller/nunchuck. If Wii Mini gets discounted to $75 or less during sales, then it will become an extremely appealing option.

    If the redesign outright fails at retail and gets marked down to crazy prices in a year or two (similar to the PSP Go and Game Boy Micro, which were available for a fraction of the original price) then I might buy a couple of units… although I doubt this will happen if Wii U continues to make use of Wii controllers. A controller/nunchuck combo currently costs $60 on it’s own, right?

  • 156 points
    Linkrevenge says...

    Wii mini doesn’t make sense to me with Wii U out now to me. Why would you want customers buy a console that will soon have no new games for it? About our first Wii U chat it was fun talking to you as well. I recently downloaded the Might Switch Force HDE. Its my first game of the franchise and just find the main character a little too positive tone for the job. I have yet to completed any level under par. I would like to get the new Paper Mario but its not a online multi-player game that could be RE: revelation or Black ops 2 for the next gaming night. Because MK 7 and Kid Icaruse can only be played so many times.

    • 849 points
      ejamer says...

      Anyone who would consider buying a Wii Mini is likely not in the market for a just-released console. In general, Wii Mini probably isn’t targeting anyone who would be reading this thread or listening to this podcast… although there will surely be some super fans or one-offs like me who see value in the console.

      So who will probably buy Wii Mini? People who are very budget conscious. Parents who may want to control/restrict online access. Gamers who want to test the waters of Wii-exclusive titles with the smallest possible outlay (although they would probably buy a used console with full features). Public access locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc that offer gaming as an activity. People who simply aren’t savvy enough to know what is being cut out.

      Even though I feel that the system is overpriced right now, a sub-$100 price point is a magic trigger for some people. If Nintendo plans to keep Wii in production for months or years to come, this Wii Mini experiment is an interesting way to see how low they can cut costs.

  • 381 points
    Hyawatta says...

    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge Voice Chat

    The voice chat in Ninja Gaiden 3 for the Wii U works directly through the GamePad. When the icon says “Chat On” that means that voice chat is currently turned off, and you need to press the button in order to turn it on. When it says “Chat Off” it means that voice chat is currently turned on, and you need to press the button in order to turn it off.

    I vote Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Nintendo HeartCast Game Night.

  • 75 points
    Rawbiz says...

    Don’t know what to think about, to me its not a big deal, but if they released it here I would feel that thats the last nail in the coffin for wii. Until then though I can’t see this hurting anyone whatever helps them continue to sell Wii’s

  • 75 points
    Rawbiz says...

    WHAT!!! your decision about Wii’s looks shocks me. In 10yrs, it will always look modern and likely never outdated. Man its one of the things Nintendo nailed. Wii U is also getting nothing but praise on its looks, from what usaully R unlikely sources. At first I hated Nintendo didn’t change WiiU more but once i saw it and held it I was impressed. glad they keep with wii’s styling.

  • 75 points
    Rawbiz says...

    Really as always enjoyed the podcast. Evan keep up the pressure until Noah comes to his senses (priceless) and take that step in the right direction and join Nintendo in their next gen gaming. Grt work guys

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