What happened to the new version of the Wii?

#1 Posted by dagas (2812 posts) -

Earlier in 2011 there was news about a new cheaper version of the Wii without support for Gamecube games that would be out for the holiday. I've not seen anything about it since. Has it been cancelled or what?

#2 Edited by WilltheMagicAsian (1544 posts) -
#3 Posted by Drace (164 posts) -

Perhaps the Wii U has something to do with that?

#4 Posted by Vextroid (1389 posts) -

It's been on sale for months now, in Australia at least.

#5 Posted by Hailinel (24394 posts) -

It's out and on sale.

#6 Posted by dagas (2812 posts) -

I see that now. Only seems to be avaliable in bundles though at least over here. Is there any difference from the old version other than design and lack of Gamecube support? Is it smaller? More effecient? etc.

With everyone saying the Wii is dead I've been waiting for some time now to pick one up for dirt cheap, but even these cheaper to manufacture consoles don't seem to be any cheaper. Or maybe this generation won't get as cheap as the last one did. I remember seeing a bunch of Gamecube's for €50 at the end.

#7 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1544 posts) -

@dagas: It's just a different shape and doesn't support Gamecube. Just get a used Wii off eBay for like a third of the retail price.

#8 Posted by FreakAche (2952 posts) -

It's out already. They didn't make a big deal about it, because it's the exact same thing.

#9 Posted by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -

Wow, it looks so similar that I completely forget they were doing this.

#10 Edited by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

What do you mean, its been on shelves for quite a while now.

#11 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

Not playing Game Cube games sucks for this system because I have honestly played just about as many Game Cube games as Wii games. I understand as systems hang around for longer that the need to be backward compatible diminishes but the Wii doesn't have enough core games without backward compatibility.

#12 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -

@sopranosfan said:

Not playing Game Cube games sucks for this system because I have honestly played just about as many Game Cube games as Wii games. I understand as systems hang around for longer that the need to be backward compatible diminishes but the Wii doesn't have enough core games without backward compatibility.

My Wii is used solely as a GCN. Sad, but true.

#13 Posted by lord_canti (1507 posts) -

came out in the uk ages ago although i cant see why people would want a wii without game cube compatibility

#14 Posted by Hailinel (24394 posts) -

@lord_canti said:

came out in the uk ages ago although i cant see why people would want a wii without game cube compatibility

A lot of Wii owners out there don't have Gamecube games.

#15 Posted by SpawnHellraiser (41 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@lord_canti said:

came out in the uk ages ago although i cant see why people would want a wii without game cube compatibility

A lot of Wii owners out there don't have Gamecube games.

i didn't have GC games when I brought my Wii. I borrowed a couple though because I never played a GC game.

#16 Posted by BisonHero (6435 posts) -

@dagas: The only difference besides the lack of Gamecube support is that all of the lettering on it assumes you put the system on its side, instead of standing up. Apparently Nintendo is SO over standing the console up vertically. It may not even come with the little plastic stand.

Anyway, with no Gamecube support, that means no Gamecube memory card slots, and no Gamecube controller ports. The biggest drawback to that is if you buy Super Smash Bros. Brawl it'll be sorta weird, because playing that game with Gamecube controllers is kinda the ideal way. I'm sure you can get used to playing the game with Wii remote + nunchuk, but if you played Super Smash Bros. Melee then you're already quite used to the Gamecube controller.

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#17 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Why would you want a wii that can't play gamecube games?

WHY?!

#18 Posted by rockyhorrorgerri (373 posts) -

You know I wondered that too. I haven't seen a Wii U yet.

#19 Edited by AndrewB (7575 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

Why would you want a wii that can't play gamecube games? WHY?!

Exactly. There might just be more great Gamecube games than there are great Wii games. And Wind Waker. That alone should be the reason to get the real Wii.

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