So the Wii Mini is a thing.

#1 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3642 posts) -

At least in Canada (which means it will be released everywhere else eventually). It lacks Gamecube backwards compatibility (which all but proves that the Wii U is going to get a bunch of Gamecube up-ports) and gets rid of internet functionality (which, aside from buying some classic VC games and Netflix which is everywhere, let's be honest, nobody was using anyway). It's only $99, which y'know, isn't that bad but...

I was going to say people are over the Wii, but apparently they just recently sold almost as many Wiis as Wii Us last week, so what do I know. I just know that with the... tepid success of the 3DS, the failure of the Vita, and the seemingly total lack of interest in the Wii U, even by people that bought it on launch day, I am fearful for the future of the industry.

I'd say I'm fearful for Nintendo's future, but I think they have a pretty safe strategy where they will always keep their head above water, even in dire straights. Honestly, I think it's more likely that Sony drop out of the console race someday and it just becomes "Western games on Xbox, Japanese games on Nintendo" down the line, which, really... doesn't sound all that bad to me.

I don't know how this turned into a ramble on the state of the industry, but yeah, Wii Mini.

#2 Posted by msavo (7523 posts) -

I'm in Canada and I might buy this for my little cousins. I bought them a PS2 when that dropped to $99 and they loved it.

#3 Posted by ProfessorEss (7130 posts) -

Man the Wii was already smaller than everybody else's slim. This thing must be tiny.

#4 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

a 99 dollar wii was exactly what i was waiting for.... like a year ago

this seems like a solid product, its a bummer about the GC compatibility though

nintendo is gonna sell this shit like (somewhat stale) hotcakes, best believe. i wonder how much longer they plan on supporting the original Wii though.

I think we can be fairly sure that there will be fewer than ten first party games coming out for OG Wii from here on out until she's officially retired.

#5 Posted by crusader8463 (14326 posts) -

Already a thread on this, but whatever. I think it's funny that they would release something like this now of all times. The casual market is already super confused thinking the Wii U is just a new controller for the Wii that will make their games prettier somehow. The last thing they need is to be promoting a new Wii ontop of that. It's just going to confuse the uninformed.

#6 Posted by Phatmac (5686 posts) -

I find it hilarious that this console has the same color scheme as the Virtual Boy.

#8 Posted by SexyToad (2739 posts) -

I think this would be a seller. It's pretty cheap at $100, so parents, I would think, would be buying them for their kids for Christmas. But it would probably split the market between the mini Wii and the Wii U. Parents wouldn't know everything about the Wii U, so they think it's only a new controller. So they would buy the mini wii since its cheaper.

#9 Posted by BlatantNinja23 (930 posts) -

@ProfessorEss said:

Man the Wii was already smaller than everybody else's slim. This thing must be tiny.

it's probably just larger than a disc. If anything maybe it's has wide as a wii, but much less deep.

@SexyToad said:

I think this would be a seller. It's pretty cheap at $100, so parents, I would think, would be buying them for their kids for Christmas. But it would probably split the market between the mini Wii and the Wii U. Parents wouldn't know everything about the Wii U, so they think it's only a new controller. So they would buy the mini wii since its cheaper.

If people are buying wii mini's instead of Wii U's, the chances of them ever buying a Wii U at this time is already incredibly slim. This is for people who still somehow don't own a wii, and for the crazy people who want another one. A market the Wii U was never going to fill, the market that waited till 2009 to buy a ps2

#10 Edited by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

@Ne0teric: It sounds like you'll need to purchase one of the USB to ethernet adapters they sold for the Wii to have internet access.

Edit: Oops! Never mind! No online functionality at all... Huh.

#12 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

We, as gamers, might not like it but it's going to sell like mad. Again.

#13 Posted by FritzDude (2216 posts) -

Mini Me, meet Mini Wii

I don't see a reason for it, but to each their own. It will most likely sell a lot too.

#14 Posted by Nictel (2312 posts) -

Would be worth something with internet support..

#15 Posted by MAGZine (435 posts) -

Guys, the Wii hasn't had Gamecube compatibility in a year.

Last year, they made the Wii have the horizontal design, rather than vertical. All horizontal Wiis are NON-Gamecube compatible. Furthermore, they retailed for $109 at Walmart.

The only news here is that they made is smaller.

#16 Posted by Chaser324 (5984 posts) -

@MAGZine: No internet connectivity, and it's a different box on the shelf with a different name that could contribute to market confusion.

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#17 Posted by Akrid (1346 posts) -

A CANADIAN thing! High-five Canadians! We got something!

#18 Posted by BisonHero (5688 posts) -
@Akrid

A CANADIAN thing! High-five Canadians! We got something!

High five! We're Guinea pigs to see if this Wii mini idea is totally a waste of time or not!
#19 Posted by Benny (1938 posts) -

I'm gonna say it, nobody has any excuse to buy this. If you wanted a Wii you would have gotten your hands on one by now like the other 100 million people who bought one since 2007. I honestly think if you get one of these you're a total sucker.

#20 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Wait, you're telling me the regular Wii isn't 99$ yet? That's a rip off.

#21 Edited by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Wrighteous86: I think it's funny that you think the Wii U has a total lack on interest seeing as they have already sold a shit load of them. I would be more worried about Sony than Nintendo, Nintendo is doing excellent.

#22 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3642 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz said:

@Wrighteous86: I think it's funny that you think the Wii U has a total lack on interest seeing as they have already sold a shit load of them.

I love Nintendo, so withhold your fanboy rage.

Have you noticed any general excitement amongst the majority of "hardcore" gamers? Do most non-"hardcore" gamers even know the Wii U exists, or understand what it is? Most of the people I that I've heard from that bought it admit they only bought it because it was a new console, not out of any real interest, taking into account games journalists and forum posters. I anecdotally only know one person in real life that bought it, and the rest haven't even heard of it. It's also one of the first launches in recent memory that you could relatively easily walk into a store the day it was released and pick one up without pre-ordering or waiting in line.

It sold 200,000 less than the Wii first week (which DID sell out everywhere and sold 600,000 even with production issues). It only sold 100,000 more than Wii's were sold on the week of it's release. It sold 100,000 less than the Gamecube, 25,000 more than the Dreamcast...

It's about on par with the PS3 (which I suppose also didn't immediately sell-out), but that had a much more prohibitive cost, and people also pronounced it a troubled launch.

You can't act like everything is all hunky-dory. Is it the end of days for Nintendo or the gaming industry? No. But it is a warning sign that should be analyzed and heeded for one or both. It's certainly not an ecstatic launch for Nintendo. I'm sure they were hoping for much better.

EDIT: And I did say that Nintendo is safe and that I think Sony is more likely to drop out (which would only be good for Nintendo).

#23 Posted by Bollard (5031 posts) -
#24 Posted by Thoseposers (752 posts) -

lets say i wanted one of these but i live in america, would it cost a lot to import one and does it play ntsc games or pal?

#25 Posted by Lukeweizer (2517 posts) -

Can we all agree to abolish thread titles like this?

#26 Posted by deano546 (180 posts) -

Man, this thing is crazy.

#27 Posted by Akrid (1346 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

@Akrid

A CANADIAN thing! High-five Canadians! We got something!

High five! We're Guinea pigs to see if this Wii mini idea is totally a waste of time or not!

They won't lose too much money funding a product to 35 million! And we're basically America anyway, so it'll probably work the same down there!

#28 Posted by xyzygy (9637 posts) -

I wonder if the whole GC thing is just on official discs. Maybe you can hack this thing and burn your own GC games and override what Nintendo has set up.

#29 Posted by JasonR86 (9381 posts) -

This seems like a total waste of time to me. Why bother creating a product that has no audience to buy it?

#30 Posted by Aaron_G (1603 posts) -

Seems nuts, it is even a more limited Wii...

#31 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3642 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

This seems like a total waste of time to me. Why bother creating a product that has no audience to buy it?

I don't know how, but just last week Nintendo sold 300,000 Wiis. Only 100,000 less than the Wii U.

#32 Posted by BisonHero (5688 posts) -
@Thoseposers

lets say i wanted one of these but i live in america, would it cost a lot to import one and does it play ntsc games or pal?

Canada is in the same region as the US. The discs in each game case are identical; the only difference I'm aware of in Canada is that sometimes publishers will add a French-language manual to appease Quebec (and other scattered French communities). It would probably be easiest for you to just drive across the border and buy one if you're anywhere close. If you import one, the seller is likely to put some markup on the price.
#33 Posted by JasonR86 (9381 posts) -

@Wrighteous86 said:

@JasonR86 said:

This seems like a total waste of time to me. Why bother creating a product that has no audience to buy it?

I don't know how, but just last week Nintendo sold 300,000 Wiis. Only 100,000 less than the Wii U.

I heard that. It makes it even sillier to me that they would spend the research money and production making another one when the original is still selling well.

#34 Posted by Giefcookie (575 posts) -

I'll give you 20$ for a wii!

#35 Posted by Death_To_America (4 posts) -

I guess Nintendo knew the Wii U would sell like crap? Why? Cause they know it is crap, and I wholeheartedly agree.

#36 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Wrighteous86: Jesus I'm not a damn fanboy, I haven't owned a Nintendo system since the SNES. Anyway, I see where you're coming from but I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as you think it is.

#37 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3642 posts) -
@SathingtonWaltz Sorry, I more meant the Royal you. I've come to expect attacks from any Nintendo criticism.
#38 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Wrighteous86: It's cool. A buddy of mine actually picked up a Wii U last week and I got to try it out. It's actually kind of awesome from what I've seen, there are a lot of nice conveniences and features that make the console worth owning imo. Then again, I'm not platform loyalist and there is no changing some people.

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