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Neo Nugget  +   1168d ago
No online? O_o
badz149  +   1168d ago
WTF is this abomination?
I finally decided to get a Wii for my son and wife just so I can have more time for my PS3 and was looking forward to the Wii mini and this is how it turned out?? WTF?

I admire Ninty's support for their older consoles by making the Wii able to play old games but with this, all of that, GONE! and to make matter worst, this is 2012, but they decided to ditch the wifi too? seriously, who in the hell thought that this is a good idea?? somebody should be fired!
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1168d ago
On the bright side the the Wii Mini looks sexy... in my opinion at least.

No surprise some features got removed given how tiny the system is now and the very appealing price drop to $99.99. Same happened with the PS3 when it dropped PS2 BC in order for a price drop although it was ridiculed for it.
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kneon  +   1168d ago
Well maybe they don't want it to compete with the Wii U, so they stripped out all the extras.

And not only do you lose a bunch of features but it doesn't even seem like much of a deal, for $50 more you get the full blown Wii and a game included.

And why only in Canada? That's puzzling.
Jobesy  +   1168d ago
"No surprise some features got removed given how tiny the system is now"

So you're saying the mini is too small to fit wifi in? My phone which is a fraction of the size has wifi, theres no excuse!
guitarded77  +   1168d ago
I say take that $100 and put it toward a Wii U. You can play all the Wii games, and support for the Wii is gonna be gone soon.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1168d ago
I agree, this is just an awful deal. No game, no wifi, no backwards compatibility (though, to be fair, they had ALREADY dropped BC with the last iteration of the console). What makes Nintendo think this is somehow a respectable SKU?

Plus, it looks like an emergency kit you might store under the seat of your car.
nukeitall  +   1168d ago

"No surprise some features got removed given how tiny the system is now and the very appealing price drop to $99.99. Same happened with the PS3 when it dropped PS2 BC in order for a price drop although it was ridiculed for it."

I don't know what is up with these downgraded consoles later in life? No thanks!

Oh, did I say it is completely idiotic!

Just get the reguler Wii and get full BC and none of the BS. Don't support this sh!t.
ConstipatedGorilla  +   1168d ago
It's nearly useless and looks cheap too. Black and silver would have been better.
gaffyh  +   1168d ago
I think it looks quite good, but it isn't much smaller than the Wii itself.
deafdani  +   1168d ago
Uh. Wii Mini is going to be even cheaper than a regular Wii. Where do you think the lower price factor comes from?

If you want a Wii with Wifi, and Gamecube games, then go buy a Wii that can do that.
Cam977  +   1168d ago
It's fugly.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1168d ago

Considering the current SKU's come with a game (NSMBW), an excellent semi-rare soundtrack (Super Mario Galaxy) AND a wireless card for $150, you're really spending more money for less with the mini.

And the wifi is actually much more important than people are realizing, because it completely cuts people off from the eShop.
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Gamer1982  +   1168d ago
You can buy a full size wii for that price nowadays. Sure this is smaller but less features so not really worth it.
turgore  +   1168d ago
Exactly. Too expensive. You can buy a ps2 or a gamecube for 30 bucks.
TruthbeTold  +   1168d ago
If it bothers you that they took out the Wi-Fi capability, consider this question. How much longer are any past developers of Wii games going to keep up online support for whatever games they've released? Probably not much longer. Not to mention, that if you've been wanting a Wii all this time, but had to wait until it's $99.99, chances are you probably don't have internet service in a way that would allow you to play games online. Just saying.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1167d ago
@nukeitall, the Wii dropped GameCube backwards compatibility a while ago
and they didn't even drop the price, @Outside_ofthe_Box.

But because Nintendo isn't Sony, there was no fuzz over it because Nintendo can do no wrong -__-
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BattleAxe  +   1167d ago
Nintendo announced last week that they are not making anymore Wii games, and now they release a console without online connectivity? No thanks.
darthv72  +   1167d ago
oh wow
I can say this. Despite the criticism this will be a collectors item. Just like the nes top loader and snes jr.

The obscurity alone makes it an automatic seller.
nukeitall  +   1167d ago

"But because Nintendo isn't Sony, there was no fuzz over it because Nintendo can do no wrong -__-"

Nope, BC still available where I am on Wiis I saw in-store. There were only select models of Wii that lost BC (mostly in Europe), but they got an extra game in the bundle.

Sony got flack because they pushed BC as a selling point, then backtracked and removed it on a high end console. Then they claimed it wasn't important all of a sudden very early in this generation.

They were also the first to remove major features from a console in a later iteration.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1167d ago
What other "major features"? Other OS? lol get over yourself.
The majority of people ranting about that never even used it themselves.
Sony has also ADDED several new software features to the PS3. A detail many biased people tend to forget.

Sony did not "push" PS2 backwards compatibility on the PS3 as a selling point any more than Nintendo pushed GameCube backwards compatibility on the Wii (or GBA on DS, later removed from DSi).

Sony never claimed it wasn't important. They cut costs AND dropped the price of the PS3. Nintendo didn't drop the price. I guess you skipped that detail too.
They've both been bundling games.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1167d ago

What I gathered from your comment is this:

It's only bad when Sony does it.
Information Minister  +   1168d ago
With access to the Virtual Console and backwards compatibility with the Gamecube, this would have made for a fantastic retro gaming machine.

As it is right now... meh!
Gamer1982  +   1168d ago
Would of if you could slot a HDD inside.
Honky Kong  +   1168d ago
no WiFi. I hope it still has a usb port for the broadband adapter...and portable hard drive.
Peppino7  +   1168d ago
This is EXACTLY what I've been waiting for!/s
Tonester925  +   1168d ago
Haha this is so lame
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1168d ago
Nothing about this looks appealing to me. Every reason to ever get a Wii has been thrown out the window by this iteration. This is not how you do a smaller unit, worse than the newest Ps3 Slim.
Game0N  +   1168d ago
What? worse than the newest ps3 slim? Whats wrong with the new ps3 slim? It's essentially the same thing as the original, same features and all just in a smaller size. I don't get your reasoning.
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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1168d ago
only for canada.
Anon1974  +   1168d ago
Ooh. No wi-fi. That's a huge omission. The families I know who currently use their Wii all use Netflix quite often for their kids. But, if you're just looking at a basic Wii for your kids that you can just plug in a game and go without needing anything else, it's only $99. It foots the bill if that's what you're after.

I think it looks pretty cool.
neogeo  +   1168d ago
That is the point. No netflix. If you want netflix mom then buy a WiiU. It's a smart move in 2 ways.
1. It gives a option to the very casual market that does not even know how to setup wifi.

2. It clears confusion between the Wii and WiiU. It will make a easy buying choice for people. The red color helps parrents id the different systems.

I used to work at bestbuy and you wont believe how many cheap people will skip WiiU if only it had netflix. We used to sell a junk TV with built in netflix and a horrible picture and people would buy it only for that insted of a better model without.
TacoTaru  +   1168d ago
I don't think anyone on this board would qualify for the "target audience". There are still families that can't afford internet access bills and this looks like a great little system for kids. Not everything is about "core" gamers. They'll probably sell a bunch to people who really want them and that's the point.
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FamilyGuy  +   1168d ago
I would have bought one if it still had wifi, what a shame. How much money could they possibly have saved by excluding it?

No wifi, no online capabilities, no netflix, no buy -_-
AWBrawler  +   1168d ago
Thats dumb as heck some of Wii's best games were on wiiware.
stage88  +   1168d ago
This is terrible. If you want a Wii download Dolphin. It's 100 times better and get this, absolutely free.
FlairSomewhere  +   1167d ago
Well, ignoring the cost of a strong pc.
And games.
And if you're ignoring that cost then you be a pirate, mate.
fatstarr  +   1168d ago
What the fck Nintendo
this is so freaking stupid
the wii sells for 89-120 as is especially when the sales come around

this shit is stupid I swear
No Amount of Fanboy Delusion helps you to agree with this product

No internet
No gamecube
No wiiware
No nothing
Just a wiiplaying dvd like machine.

It should be 49.99 really unacceptable.

this trend of downgrades is not good -_-
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Iancranium  +   1167d ago
Yall been PRANKED lol lol lol. Really, have a look at the image of the box
DeforMAKulizer  +   1168d ago
I think this with the normal Wii and the Wii U will create massive confusion come christmas.
bubblebeam  +   1168d ago
Agreed. People can't forget that a lot of mothers can't tell shit from clay.

When my younger brother asked for Yu-Gi-Oh cards years ago, when they first came out, my Mother was asking people where to get these "UDL" cards. Yeh.....UDL is pre-mixed Vodka. *Facepalm
rezzah  +   1168d ago
When they first came out? That was like 10 years ago.
DeforMAKulizer  +   1168d ago
I must admit, im loving the design.

Very retro NES feel to it and the colors are just excellent. But with my Wii still A-OK i shall pass.
StanSmith  +   1168d ago
The Wii mini is a canada exclusive so there shouldn't be much confusion...unless you live in canada of course :P

I do agree that it looks nice with the retro vibe it has.
FlairSomewhere  +   1167d ago
Blame the idiot associates who don't prevent them from making that mistake.
moodgamer  +   1168d ago
This will be a great hit on Christmas. People usually dont realize how much consoles with the price pont of 99€ sell on this holliday season. Its a simple an small console for gaming, just that. No internet, no nothing. Gamers maybe dont understand this but youll see the sales numbers.
moodgamer  +   1168d ago
Do you work or worked in a retail store or gaming store?
AzaziL  +   1168d ago
They stripped the wifi part which probably costs less than $5 in bulk, costly decision that probably doomed this before it even releases.
Gothdom  +   1168d ago
it does have the same colors as the virtual boy...
Summons75  +   1168d ago
stripped memory slots too will hinder this as well seeing a huge thing about the WiiU is transferring your saves from wii to wiiu and the people that will most likely buy this will only buy while waiting for the WiiU to restock.
FlairSomewhere  +   1167d ago
Who in their right mind would do this?
kwyjibo  +   1168d ago
Yeah, really surprised they did this. Wi-fi chips are so cheap (I even think your $5 is an overestimate given how you can easily find them in $99 phones now).

I don't think it's doomed as such, but having Netflix et al would have made for a more attractive package.

They're probably assuming that everyone already has their boxes in place though.
rataranian  +   1168d ago
Worst move ever.
ShadowKingx  +   1168d ago
i think they should have kept the wifi feature in there or at least have some type of internet connectivity, but thats ok you can a buy the old wii for about 80 used in most pawn shops and gamestop now anyway.
tigertron  +   1168d ago
What a hideous machine. The original Wii was much better looking.

No wi-fi/online features, no Gamecube controller port, no backwards compatibility. Is Nintendo trolling us? I sure hope people don't get conned into buying this.

I also think this came out at the wrong time. Parents who don't know any better might get this instead of the Wii U.
yaz288  +   1168d ago
"no Gamecube controller port, no backwards compatibility."

wtf? really?! .. I was just fucking happy about this ..and now I am not -_-

I think the new design is better thought
ChickeyCantor  +   1168d ago
The later revision of the Wii also omitted the gamecube ports/compatibility.
insomnium2  +   1167d ago
I bought a Wii last cristmas for my kids and even then we had to make sure the model we got was the one with b/c. I would think they don't sell those anymore in stores. Don't know though.

This seems kinda stupid move by Nintendo imo but I'm a gamer so I think this console is not intended for me in the first place.
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sway_z  +   1168d ago
It looks fantastic.....although a little redundant.

I can see many a sad child opening this on christmas morning or on their birthday...instead of the Wii U they pleaded for


....Mass parental consumer confusion ensues!

*I have to LMFAO when receiving disagrees from comments like this!?

1) Are we disagreeing parents won't be confused...not even one? or a child won't be disappointed expecting a Wii U?

2) Are we disagreeing because I commented 'Redundant' releasing a completely stripped down Wii when you can get a fully featured Wii for approx same price?

3) Are we disagreeing because I commented it looked Fantastic?

What?? Huh?? ...Don't disagree just cos you can...that's just dumb?
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skrug  +   1168d ago
I can see that too.. lol

At Store
Mom: Can I get the new Wii?
Store Rep: You want the new Wii Mini that just released?
Mom not knowing any better answers: Yes.
Christmas Day
Kid starts opening present full of joy.
After opening...
tears starts to erupt. And no, not tears of joy.
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FlairSomewhere  +   1167d ago
Why would the moronic store rep suggest that?
skrug  +   1167d ago

The mom asked for the new Wii, didnt ask for Wii U.

It happens.
FlairSomewhere  +   1166d ago
...I just don't think the store rep would just leave it at that.
TotalSynthesisX  +   1167d ago
Don't worry bro, I've got your back. +1 Agree
fossilfern  +   1168d ago
I actually like this tiny machine! If only they kept the Gamecube support I would of got this in a heart beat.
wishingW3L  +   1168d ago
this has to be the most hideous console ever created. Whoever made this shouldn't be allowed to design anything else ever again.
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live2play  +   1168d ago
Wrong article
The one with the ps3 super slim is on another page
TheLyonKing  +   1168d ago
People are bitching about no online but I can't even remember using the wii for any online features.
wishingW3L  +   1168d ago
without online you can't take advantage of the Virtual Console nor Netflix!
TheLyonKing  +   1168d ago
Which I doubt very many families and gamers took advantage of tbh

While I personally think the addition of a wii mini will hurt wii u and don't see the point I find the omission of online is a good move in a poor strategy.
MariaHelFutura  +   1168d ago
I have a Wii that I only use for Netflix.
Pillville  +   1168d ago
Virtual Console
Online Play
Firmware Updates
Sharing/Downloading Miis
Plagasx  +   1168d ago
At least it looks better than the Wii U.
I_am_Batman  +   1168d ago
Wow 99$ for a Wii. And a great Design too. Since I don't own a Wii yet I would buy it right away if Nintendo didn't remove the online capabilities.
GreenRanger  +   1168d ago
Nintendo are trying to stop people from buying the PS3/360, which are cheaper than the Wii U, so they are releasing this for the super casuals who wouldn't have needed the online, or even knew it existed.
Nintendo want Sony and Microsoft to announce their next gen consoles because the Wii U will be cheaper than them.
Having the PS3/360 with 50-60 million owners each is bad for the Wii U because it's really just around the same specs as Sony's and Microsoft's consoles with a different controller.
Sony and Microsoft could take advantage of that and hold off their next gen consoles for another few years.
The casuals won't move from the Wii to the Wii U and the hardcore gamers won't move from the PS3/360 to the Wii U, so the majority of Wii U gamers will be the ones who buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo franchises.
When the PS4/720 come out, the Wii U will be the cheap, weak console, just like the wii is now, and that's exactly what Nintendo want.
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StanSmith  +   1168d ago
You and others with your theories here need to read this:

It's exclusive to Canada! What difference will it make when it's exclusive to one country?

Too many people jump the gun here on N4G.
GreenRanger  +   1168d ago
Silly Stan.
Canada is a test bed to see what kind of demand it has.
Nintendo don't want to mass produce the thing and have it meet the same fate as the PSP E1000.
Also, if you think my comment was being negative towards Nintendo--it wasn't.
If i was trying to sell a console, that's exactly what i'd do.
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dogsmokespipe  +   1168d ago
I think your post here as well as the one below bring up some interesting points. Whether you're right or not, I can't say. But I do know that I've OFTEN wondered what the hell Nintendo was thinking with just about every major design choice they've made since opting to use cartridges with the N64. Every announcement I hear from them sounds like folly, and yet they always turn a profit.

The way you put it, their business acumen seems quite shrewd. I hope you're right.
Pillsbury1  +   1168d ago
You turn into the white ranger. Tiger zord!
M83_  +   1168d ago
From looking at the small pic I thought this was just like a roku/apple tv style set top box with a cool enough red band around it. I thought it looked good.

Then I opened the link. It looks like a very cheap and hideously ugly plastic console from the 80s. I don't even think it even justifies it's price tag.
brettyd  +   1168d ago
This is a useless machine, no wifi? no gamecube? better be $50 tops.
mamotte  +   1168d ago
I'm a -too- late adopter for this gen, and I can say there's some market for it. For example, I just bought the $199 PS3 BF bundle, and next gear I'll buy this Wii at $99. It's not like online were a strong feature on Wii.

So yeah, I'll be buying one. The reason I Am late to this Gen, it's because I was finishing a lot of Gamecube games, so backwards isn't necessary to me. Looks great, if you ask me.
ShadowKingx  +   1168d ago
This console basically mean there are no longer supporting the Wii. Reason is how in the world will they patch it if something go wrong, you pretty much have to send it to them or take it back to the store you purchased it from.

and like someone said above no Netflix, no purchasing games from previous gens. i really think nintendo made a huge mistake. the upside though is that many kids that don’t play online will have a new wii this christmas.

if nintendo releases a external internet thing later for it for a reasonable price than this might be worth getting but i just don’t see any point in buying it at all right now.
momthemeatloaf  +   1168d ago
The Wii sales made Nintendos ego big, now they think they could do whatever they want and it will sell.

The Wii brand is dead so they may have a lot of trouble with Wii u. That gen of gamers have grown up and now want Xbox and ps3 because its what the older and cooler kids play. Now Nintendo has to try and entice this young gen of gamers, and they may very well, but if Wii was rebranded it would not only attract the kids but hardcores too, because hardcores don't want anything with Wii on it. They're putting all there eggs in one basket again, they better hope it pays.
SpaZaA  +   1168d ago
Fugly.....and pointless. You can get a new much better looking original Wii for just a few bucks more.
KillerPwned  +   1168d ago
I wondering if you can just buy the USB Ethernet adapter and use that for internet? Either way I will get one of theses when I see it for like $50 max to add to my collection.
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Lionalliance  +   1168d ago
No online?....are they kidding?
firefly69  +   1168d ago
WEll they shoud have spend the money on a better hardware for the WII U than on this BS!I really dont get NINTENDO some times!A weak cpu on the Wii u AND then this BS mini Wii!
Starbucks_Fan  +   1168d ago
I really like the design of the system, especially the red/black colors. But no wifi just killed it for me. Maybe at $40 I'll bite.

I hope people don't get this confused with the Wii U.
Y_5150  +   1168d ago
I don't care about online much. I've had no online for 3 years with a Wii since launch and had no problem! So I'm going to get this and use that extra $30 dollars on the accessories.
DFresh  +   1168d ago
Anyone would be retarded to buy a Wii when the Wii U just came out.
But if your going to buy the Wii maybe this won't be such a bad deal if it's at a lower price.
sitharrefus  +   1168d ago
Can it connect online through a Ethernet usb?
Starbucks_Fan  +   1168d ago
nope :(
Unlimax  +   1168d ago
Ok Nintendo Fans don't be mad but this is your reaction when you saw this Version :P

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nevin1  +   1168d ago
Could go with pair of these.
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Tetsujin  +   1168d ago
I'd buy it just to ebay a few years later for $300+ for the collectors.
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