The Wii Mini

Apparently Nintendo thought it was a good idea to start selling a slightly smaller Wii without GameCube backwards-compatibility or Internet connectivity. The MSRP is $99.99 and it is slated to be exclusively sold in Canada. Is this the biggest disaster to hit Canada since the Mullet?

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Of course not. $100 game console? People are gonna be all over that.

The regular Wii normally goes for $150 though. I feel particularly bad for any families that open up one of these up mistaking it for a Wii U.

Understand.. nothing.. I mean nothing Nintendo does is bad.

Why would this be a disaster? Smaller, cheaper Wii with less features that families after a cheap console probably wouldn't use anyways. Its a Wii Sports machine. Makes sense to me, except for the Canada only part.

Dyni wrote:

Why would this be a disaster? Smaller, cheaper Wii with less features that families after a cheap console probably wouldn't use anyways. Its a Wii Sports machine. Makes sense to me, except for the Canada only part.

I agree, I would guess that the percentage of Wii owners that actually used the Gamecube BC and online features is extremely small.

This is a huge coup for people who post photos of their collections of "Every Nintendo Console EVAR" on Reddit.

nivek wrote:
Dyni wrote:

Why would this be a disaster? Smaller, cheaper Wii with less features that families after a cheap console probably wouldn't use anyways. Its a Wii Sports machine. Makes sense to me, except for the Canada only part.

I agree, I would guess that the percentage of Wii owners that actually used the Gamecube BC and online features is extremely small.

The Wii has been an incredibly popular Netflix box. I also think the lack of virtual console sales is befuddling. Wii games with multiplayer are pretty rare.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

I also think the lack of virtual console sales is befuddling.

I don't think the VC has been as big a hit as they expected. There hasn't been much movement on the Wii VC in the last year or two, the 3DS one is rolling out games slowly (much like the Wii), and there's no native VC for the Wii U.

Finally, something we get that others don't!

Seriously though, it's an interesting move. Nintendo usually does this to their handhelds, not their consoles. (by "this" I mean putting out a revision close to the next-gen release)

I wonder how it'll play out.

Edit: do Canadians use the internet less on the Wii than other countries, could that be why it's releasing here but not elsewhere?

shoptroll wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:

I also think the lack of virtual console sales is befuddling.

I don't think the VC has been as big a hit as they expected. There hasn't been much movement on the Wii VC in the last year or two, the 3DS one is rolling out games slowly (much like the Wii), and there's no native VC for the Wii U.

That's disheartening. Makes sense though, I haven't bought a Wii VC game and yet there's several I'd like to own. The Wii's online functionality left much to be desired.

Our launch Wii has massive disc read issues, but there are still a few games that my kids like to play. I've migrated the kids to the Xbox 360 for most of their gaming, but I could see picking up a Wii Mini at some point just to play a few of our favorite games. In particular, our whole Rock Band setup is for Wii, so a Mini would be an affordable way to keeping playing that (albeit without any additional DLC).

No Gamecube BC? The new regular Wii's don't have this either. Or do they just lack the inputs for the GC controller? No, I don't think they're BC

Citizen86 wrote:

No Gamecube BC? The new regular Wii's don't have this either. Or do they just lack the inputs for the GC controller? No, I don't think they're BC

The current new Wiis (since the holidays last year; the black NSMB bundles) do not have GameCube backward compatibility. The difference between those and the Wii Mini are form factor, internet capability, and price.

Remember, Nintendo isn't making games for the Wii anymore. So it's basically dead as a platform. Why not decrease the price (which means decreasing the capabilities) and sell it to people who want to play that Wii thing but still haven't, for whatever reason? It'll help Nintendo squeeze a bit of extra profit from their existing hardware.

I'm only confused about why it's Canada only for now. That seems weird. Maybe they didn't think they could produce enough for other countries over the holiday season so decided to only launch it in Canada?

Giving cube props for getting this correct.

<+notcube> I think it's because nintendo had a sh*tton of boards, and no network cards
<+notcube> so they just packaged it up and shipped it
Blind_Evil wrote:

Giving cube props for getting this correct.

<+notcube> I think it's because nintendo had a sh*tton of boards, and no network cards
<+notcube> so they just packaged it up and shipped it

It all seems so simple now.

Mitch Hedberg wrote:

I think Pringles' initial intention was to make tennis balls. But on the day that the rubber was supposed to show up, a big truckload of potatoes arrived. But Pringles was a laid-back company. They said "f*ck it. Cut 'em up."

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Citizen86 wrote:

No Gamecube BC? The new regular Wii's don't have this either. Or do they just lack the inputs for the GC controller? No, I don't think they're BC

The current new Wiis (since the holidays last year; the black NSMB bundles) do not have GameCube backward compatibility. The difference between those and the Wii Mini are form factor, internet capability, and price.

I didn't know this. I really like my Wii half because of the Wii games and half because of GC games. Not being able to play half of my library would put me in a serious funk. That sucks.