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Posted by MrMojoSinking

There's a lot of people that are out of the loop when it comes to videogames and the $99 price point is magic. I remember seeing a lot of people buying PS2s right after the PS3 launched.

Posted by geirr

All the boys and girls love a mini Wii.

Posted by jamesisaacs

Can't play gamecube games and can't connect to the internet. Yeah..no thanks!

Posted by Orbitz89

@McGhee said:

@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

Lol. All joking aside, from the very few times I've visited the States the people were very nice. Although I did only visit one place in both trips.. I would love to see more of the U.S.A though. Short on traveling funds.

Edited by Majkiboy

100 isn't super cheap when used ones goes for like 20, but I'll admit, I kinda like the design

EDIT: ok 45$ :)

Posted by Scotto

This is the kind of device, and price point, that would appeal to "non-gamers" (grandmothers, middle aged adults) who just want a Wii Sports box. Except... all of those people bought a Wii three years ago at the latest, played it, and have long since moved on by now.

So who is this thing for? And I say this as a Canadian - why in God's name are they only putting it out here right now? I can't imagine it's as a "test market", because they've already spent the R&D money designing and fabricating the fucking thing by (presumably) the thousands.

And do they know that we have readily available cable and fibre-optic broadband internet up here?

Can't wait to buy a plastic-y looking, kneecapped version of a console that was already pretty technologically blinkered compared to the XBOX, PS3, and Wii U. And they routinely put bare-bones Xbox 360 S's on sale up here for $99 these days, too.

Posted by Juda

Is it a top-loader? In other images, I can't see a disc slot and the eject button looks like it pops open the black surface. Sorry of this was already covered.

Posted by Zaxex

Should probably note in that update that November 30th is the European launch of the Wii U not the Wii Mini. Confused me for a second.

I've almost never used my Wii, so taking away the Virtual Console, Gamecube compatibility, and internet functionality doesn't sound worth it at all. To be fair, neither does the Wii U at the moment; until there are several great original Wii U (and E-Shop) games, a handful of Wii games I missed, and the Virtual Console (namely Gamecube) games too choose from.

It's a depressing notion that it takes Nintendo's legacy to justify buying their latest consoles, for me at least. Without original DS games, the Virtual Console and E-Shop, I'd regret my late purchase of a 3DS.

Posted by Teclo

They expect people to buy a Wii after we all found out how terribly supported it was?

Posted by Tupacalypse

@Puaru: Hey bud, news flash. Empires fall. While sure this particular example I think might be cool and work out for some of the reasons you stated (and Sony doing it with the ps2 forever) overall Nintendo looks like they dont know what the hell theyre doing with the WiiU and they're enterprise in general Stuck in the past with allot of their interface choices and game options (0 third party games that have ever been appealing to me).

Its the #1 reason reason business fail after so many years. If you really think that Nintendo knows what they're doing because they have X- years of experience, even though they continue to make choices that in this day and age don't make sense, you need to look at the bigger picture. Hell the general atitude on GB seems to be that of questioning NIntendo for what they're doing for better or worse wich I think is great. I kind of hope this is a wake up call to Nintendo, that they head further down that road until they realize they have to grow up and start thinking about How they can innovate beyond interesting but sometimes gimmic-esk control schemes.

Posted by bluefish

If it came with component cables and the ability to upscale I'd think it a great move.

But it's just the same predictable 'meh' at this point.

Posted by Lucidlife

A "console" that won't connect to the internet. GREAT idea.

Posted by jozzy

@Scotto said:

This is the kind of device, and price point, that would appeal to "non-gamers" (grandmothers, middle aged adults) who just want a Wii Sports box. Except... all of those people bought a Wii three years ago at the latest, played it, and have long since moved on by now.

So who is this thing for? And I say this as a Canadian - why in God's name are they only putting it out here right now? I can't imagine it's as a "test market", because they've already spent the R&D money designing and fabricating the fucking thing by (presumably) the thousands.

And do they know that we have readily available cable and fibre-optic broadband internet up here?

Can't wait to buy a plastic-y looking, kneecapped version of a console that was already pretty technologically blinkered compared to the XBOX, PS3, and Wii U. And they routinely put bare-bones Xbox 360 S's on sale up here for $99 these days, too.

Except last black Friday 300k Wii's were sold, so no, not everybody has one. I think this thing is going to do pretty well for Nintendo.

Posted by gk128

It'd be nice if we can see this thing for real, Also it'd be nice if it still could access the net. If not WiFi either built in Ethernet or the USB thing.

Posted by mulder000

@Bizzama: Exactly. I have no idea for the use for this. Here in Canada , we never get the awesome deals you guys get, but we get the Wii Mini!

Edited by MonkeyKing1969

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/canada-tops-globe-in-internet-usage/article551593/

Has anyone mentioned that as of March 2012 it has been determined that Canada tops globe in Internet usage. Those crazy Kanooks, spend the most time on social networks and the Internet on earth. They beat out China and South Korea for the most hours spent on the internet or on social networks. Therefore, Nintendo is giving the MOST CONNECTED people on earth the LEAST CONNECTED system. (slow clap for Nintendo)

Posted by omfgzell

wii miini.

That one's free, Nintendo.

Posted by codyjgallant

Glad that Nintendo some what showing love to Canadian!

Posted by TheSouthernDandy

@codyjgallant said:

Glad that Nintendo some what showing love to Canadian!

Cheap half assed love is better then no love at all...god I'm so lonely...

Wait, what?

Posted by maverick_76

I need a $99 paperweight!

Said no one ever.....

Posted by headcase

@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
  • Wants to pay $100 or less for a video game console

FTFY

@maverick_76 said:

I need a $99 paperweight!

Said no one ever.....

http://www.gamerankings.com/browse.html?site=wii&cat=0&year=0&numrev=0&sort=0&letter=&search=

Yeah, no.

Posted by Corvak

@headcase: I think that while there is a market (which isn't me) many of the Wii's best retail games are sadly out of print.

Posted by Ingannation

budget console. ps3 wii hopefully xbox not going to do this