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Wii Mini is Real, and a Canadian Exclusive (For Now)

Priced at $99.99, it can't connect to the Internet or play GameCube games.

UPDATE: This article originally noted the Canadian launch as November 30, which is the European launch. My bad! Carry on.

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It makes sense for Nintendo to extend the life of the Wii, even if its successor is now available in some territories. Who knew Nintendo would debut the Wii Mini, priced nicely at $99, in...Canada?

Yeah, I’m just as confused. But hey!

Wii Mini can't connect to the Internet, and doesn’t support GameCube games, but it does represent a new, super cheap way to pick up a Nintendo console if the Wii U, which starts at $300, is too expensive. A MotionPlus remote and nunchuck, A/V connector, power adaptor, and sensor bar are also in the box.

Nintendo has not yet commented on the availability of Wii Mini outside of Canada, though I’d suspect it’s likely.

Wii Mini launches in Canada on December 7, and there are more details on Nintendo's site.

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Posted by patrickklepek

UPDATE: This article originally noted the Canadian launch as November 30, which is the European launch. My bad! Carry on.

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It makes sense for Nintendo to extend the life of the Wii, even if its successor is now available in some territories. Who knew Nintendo would debut the Wii Mini, priced nicely at $99, in...Canada?

Yeah, I’m just as confused. But hey!

Wii Mini can't connect to the Internet, and doesn’t support GameCube games, but it does represent a new, super cheap way to pick up a Nintendo console if the Wii U, which starts at $300, is too expensive. A MotionPlus remote and nunchuck, A/V connector, power adaptor, and sensor bar are also in the box.

Nintendo has not yet commented on the availability of Wii Mini outside of Canada, though I’d suspect it’s likely.

Wii Mini launches in Canada on December 7, and there are more details on Nintendo's site.

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Posted by Babble

Could work out for Nintendo... Maybe.

Posted by LiquidPenguins

the smallest wii

a shameful wii

Edited by Kerned

Nintendo still seems to think (hope?) that the internet is just going to go away sometime soon.

Posted by LameImpala

Way to add to the market confusion, guys.

Posted by Jrstrid3r

Shame about the components but I really like the look of it.

Posted by Bizzama

This seems weird to me. Surely it's easy enough to find a used Wii and a controller for $100 at this point, right?

Posted by McGhee

Careful, we don't want any nation bashing going on. Very insensitive. I, for one, really love our ice-skate-wearing, maple-syrup guzzling brethren to the north.

Posted by Quebec_Classique

I think you meant to say Wii Mini where you said Wii U in the fourth paragraph.

Posted by jozzy
Nintendo has not yet commented on the availability of Wii U outside of Canada, though I’d suspect it’s likely.

I am sure you mean Wii mini..

Anyway, I might actually buy this thing. I don't have a Wii yet and I wouldn't mind playing some Wii Sports with the kids, and I'd like to play the Galaxies games.

Doesn't seem like it comes with any games does it?

Posted by PinkCrayon32

If anything this will take sales away from the WiiU...

Posted by Joker369

Considering that the wii shop was garbage and most good games for the wii don't require internet connection I guess this is a good cheep way to play games like Mario galaxy and Silent Hill Shattered Memories. Hell, I don't know.

Posted by GenghisJohn

So this is for the person who:

  • Didnt already have a wii but wanted one
  • Has no interest in virtual console games
  • Isn't buying a wii u

What the hell is nintendo thinking?

Posted by smitty86

Wii, WiiU, Wii mini. Can't wait to see the confused parents looking to by a Nintendo system for their kids.

Posted by ripelivejam

minwii

wiini

help me out here

Posted by Chtasm

How small is Nintendo's wee Wii?

Edited by korkesh
@patrickklepek "just one week after Wii U arrives there on November 30" Are you talking about Canada in that last sentence? We've had it since launch day in US (Nov 18th). It comes out in the UK on the 30th fyi.
Posted by crusader8463

As I said in the thread on this in the forums before this news post went up, it's dumb for Nintendo. People already think the Wii U is just a magical controller for the Wii that makes their games look pretty. This will just confuse them even more. Plus, the first Wii is still dirt cheap. For $50 more you can get a Wii that comes with a mario game, WiFi and plays the older games. Why not spend the extra $50?

Posted by ArcadeHero

the Pii Wii

Posted by crusader8463

@korkesh said:

@patrickklepek "just one week after Wii U arrives there on November 30" Are you talking about Canada in that last sentence? We've had it since launch day in US. It comes out in the UK on the 30th fyi.

Giant Bomb thinks Canada is in France and a part of Europe. Don't expect them to realize that when they get a release date that says North American launch that it includes Canada.

Posted by Dixavd

@GenghisJohn: I think it is for the same people that the super slim PS2 was for when the PS3 came out (the one that had the option of a clip-on screen).

For people who like to play games but don't have a load of money or travel a lot (mostly to hotel rooms).

I think the main problem with it isn't the audience it is to aim for but the timing that it is coming out. It would make so much more sense if it came out early next year or earlier this year - having it so close to the WiiU is crazy.

Posted by Atom

Okay this looks different, it must be the new Nintendo. Phew, I almost bought that tablet accesory by mistake.

Posted by tunel

just one week after Wii U arrives there on November 30.

Not true, the Wii U had launch in Canada the same day as in US.

Posted by Winternet

I envision Nintendo PR & Marketing Department to be a hundred japanese dudes in a very small area shouting and screaming until someone pushes a button somewhere and work is done that way.

Posted by downtime58

So many grandmas will buy this for so many disappointed Canadian children.

Posted by Ravelle

@GenghisJohn said:

So this is for the person who:

  • Didnt already have a wii but wanted one
  • Has no interest in virtual console games
  • Isn't buying a wii u

What the hell is nintendo thinking?

Money, Profit by grandmothers who buy their grand kids the wrong consoles.

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Posted by evanbower

@korkesh said:

@patrickklepek "just one week after Wii U arrives there on November 30" Are you talking about Canada in that last sentence? We've had it since launch day in US (Nov 18th). It comes out in the UK on the 30th fyi.

Haha, in Patrick's last mention of Canada, he said that we were "across the ocean." ....He thinks we're England.

Posted by Declarius

Wait what? Wii U came out the same day as US in Canada.

Posted by hussatron

Now when Grandma goes Christmas shopping, she'll see that new Wii thing everybody is talking about for only $99 and think she's getting little Timmy an awesome gift she can actually afford.

Posted by NekuCTR

In lieu of not being able to, and kind of not wanting to buy a WiiU I've been going back to play all of the early Wii stuff. Totally satiated my Nintendo lust for the time being. I wholeheartedly support just playing your old Nintendo shit if you already have it because it seems to have about the same affect.

Posted by evanbower

Nintendo has not yet commented on the availability of Wii U outside of Canada, though I’d suspect it’s likely.

Don't hold your breath, jerks. Come find me in Vancouver, sitting on my throne of Wii U's.

Edited by ripelivejam

how is it black and also small?

Posted by Snail

@PinkCrayon32 said:

If anything this will take sales away from the WiiU...

People who'll buy this are mostly people who have been put off by the Wii's price over the years. Do you really think those people would buy a Wii U?

Posted by ma_rc_01

@crusader8463 said:

@korkesh said:

@patrickklepek "just one week after Wii U arrives there on November 30" Are you talking about Canada in that last sentence? We've had it since launch day in US. It comes out in the UK on the 30th fyi.

Giant Bomb thinks Canada is in France and a part of Europe. Don't expect them to realize that when they get a release date that says North American launch that it includes Canada.

North America, you mean like alaska?

Edited by jozzy

@GenghisJohn said:

So this is for the person who:

  • Didnt already have a wii but wanted one
  • Has no interest in virtual console games
  • Isn't buying a wii u

What the hell is nintendo thinking?

I don't know, that seems like a pretty decent subset. Just before Christmas, at a nice impulse buy price (giving your kid a Wii U for Christmas is probably too much for a lot of people), it might actually sell. I bet it doesn't cost Nintendo much to produce either. And people that don't have one yet are probably not interested in VC games. The no internet restriction seems weirder to me, this would make a pretty decent netflix box for cheap.

Did you see that the Wii sold 300k units in the US on Black Friday, clearly the thing still has legs. We'll see, but I think the Wii mini will do pretty well.

The confusion argument with the Wii U is a pretty good one though, but that problem started with naming it the Wii U.

Posted by Jayzilla

The only thing i see this being a good idea for is a collector item and never taking it out of the box. That's it.

Posted by DoctorWelch

Again, is anyone proof reading anything around here?

Posted by Orbitz89

@McGhee: And I love our gun toting, flag waving, bible thumping second cousin's to the south!

Posted by Veektarius

@jozzy said:

Nintendo has not yet commented on the availability of Wii U outside of Canada, though I’d suspect it’s likely.

I am sure you mean Wii mini..

Anyway, I might actually buy this thing. I don't have a Wii yet and I wouldn't mind playing some Wii Sports with the kids, and I'd like to play the Galaxies games.

Doesn't seem like it comes with any games does it?

You know, my knee-jerk reaction was also to laugh at the proposal, but there are a couple Wii games I'd like to play, and I wouldn't need the internet to play them.

Posted by Triumvir

As if they didn't need more product confusion. I literally had to explain to three people today (within the span of an hour) that the WiiU was not a controller add on for the Wii.

Posted by Bistromath

Well, congratulations Canada?

Posted by Yanngc33

Sick get Canada, sick get

Posted by OllyOxenFree
@DoctorWelch said:

Again, is anyone proof reading anything around here?

No.
Edited by subyman

So how do you patch games? Seems strange, at least include an ethernet port. Maybe Nintendo thinks Canadians are a bunch of backwater, nomads that do not have internet? haha

Posted by ripelivejam

@evanbower said:

Nintendo has not yet commented on the availability of Wii U outside of Canada, though I’d suspect it’s likely.

Don't hold your breath, jerks. Come find me in Vancouver, sitting on my throne of Wii U's.

like the iron throne but melted plastic/silicon?

hope you wore a mask when forging it.

Posted by dagas

No internet? Even the PS2 slim has internet.

Posted by McGhee

@Orbitz89 said:

@McGhee: And I love our gun toting, flag waving, bible thumping second cousin's to the south!

Really? I can't stand it here. ha

Posted by Thoseposers

Personally i'm interested because it looks so good, i've never and will never play a wii game online or use any of the online features, i don't need virtual console games, and i have a gamecube already to play my gamecube games. So basically this is for anyone like me who wants to just play wii games. I'm hoping they'll either release it here in the US or i can get one shipped to me for not a lot more

Posted by DoctorWelch

@OllyOxenFree said:

@DoctorWelch said:

Again, is anyone proof reading anything around here?

No.

Your avatar fits perfectly with this comment, and it made me laugh.

Posted by aquamarin

It's rare that I don't lust over a new hardware iteration, this is one of those rare cases.