News: Nintendo Announces Wii Mini for Canada

Miniature version of the console hitting Canadian retailers this holiday season.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 11/27/2012 15:00 5 Comments     ShareThis

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.

Source: Eurogamer

5 Responses to “News: Nintendo Announces Wii Mini for Canada”

  • 576 points
    MegabusterLegends3 says...

    Why couldn’t the Wii have looked like that from the get go? I want it just because of how it looks!

    At the same time, I’m getting a GameBoy Micro vibe from this thing. Who is really going to buy this, at this point in time?

    Well, actually, I am, if it comes to the US. Much like the Gameboy Micro, this will probably be a fun little oddity to have and hold 5 years from now. Also, Red WiiMote and Nunchuk FTW.

  • 849 points
    ejamer says...

    As someone who grabbed a GameBoy Micro on clearance once the system “failed” and went on to absolutely fall in love with the quality and super-portable form factor, I just want to say that it was a severely under-appreciated platform.

    That said, I’m kind of intrigued and like both the new colors and design… if only I had one of those limited edition red Xenoblade classic controllers!

    But it’s hard to cough up $100 when I can still buy a Wii console for $120 with New Super Mario Bros Wii, a CD soundtrack from Super Mario Galaxy, and full online features.

    Here’s hoping for sale (or eventually, clearance) pricing down the road for these cool little units. I’m not the target market, but would still consider buying if the price was right.

  • 261 points
    JasonMaivia says...

    They should have used this design for the Wii U to make it stand out more from the original Wii console.

  • 15 points
    Lukas Velunta says...

    I would get one of these if the price goes even lower. As it stands, I can get a fully-functional OG Wii for less (though I already have a fully-funcional OG red Wii).

    I am loving how it looks. Shame it’s gimped.

  • 360 points
    M. Noah Ward says...

    This is my favorite Nintendo console design since… maybe the Super Nintendo. But no internet or ability to make this my main Wii console? Curse you, Nintendo! Still, ship it to places other than Canada. I’m one of those Game Boy micro guys and this looks too darn sweet. RED AND BLACK! WOOO

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