First official images and news on Wii Mini
No online? O_o
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!
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.
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.
"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!
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.
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.
@Outside_ofthe_Box "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.
It's nearly useless and looks cheap too. Black and silver would have been better.
I think it looks quite good, but it isn't much smaller than the Wii itself.
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.
@deafdani 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.
You can buy a full size wii for that price nowadays. Sure this is smaller but less features so not really worth it.
Exactly. Too expensive. You can buy a ps2 or a gamecube for 30 bucks.
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.
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 -__-
Nintendo announced last week that they are not making anymore Wii games, and now they release a console without online connectivity? No thanks.
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.
@NathanExplosion: "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.
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. http://www.semperthree.com/... Nintendo didn't drop the price. I guess you skipped that detail too. They've both been bundling games.
@Nuke What I gathered from your comment is this: It's only bad when Sony does it.
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!
Would of if you could slot a HDD inside.
no WiFi. I hope it still has a usb port for the broadband adapter...and portable hard drive.
This is EXACTLY what I've been waiting for!/s
Haha this is so lame
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.
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.
only for canada.
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.
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.
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.
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 -_-
Thats dumb as heck some of Wii's best games were on wiiware.
This is terrible. If you want a Wii download Dolphin. It's 100 times better and get this, absolutely free.
Well, ignoring the cost of a strong pc. And games. And if you're ignoring that cost then you be a pirate, mate.
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 OS No wiiware No nothing Just a wiiplaying dvd like machine. It should be 49.99 really unacceptable. this trend of downgrades is not good -_-
Yall been PRANKED lol lol lol. Really, have a look at the image of the box
I think this with the normal Wii and the Wii U will create massive confusion come christmas.
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
When they first came out? That was like 10 years 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.
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.
Blame the idiot associates who don't prevent them from making that mistake.
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.
Do you work or worked in a retail store or gaming store?
They stripped the wifi part which probably costs less than $5 in bulk, costly decision that probably doomed this before it even releases.
it does have the same colors as the virtual boy...
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.
Who in their right mind would do this?
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.
Worst move ever.
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.
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.
"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
The later revision of the Wii also omitted the gamecube ports/compatibility.
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.
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?
I can see that too.. lol Kid: MOM MOM MOM! I WANT THE NEW WII U!!!!! ... 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.
Why would the moronic store rep suggest that?
@FlairSomewhere The mom asked for the new Wii, didnt ask for Wii U. It happens.
...I just don't think the store rep would just leave it at that.
Don't worry bro, I've got your back. +1 Agree
I actually like this tiny machine! If only they kept the Gamecube support I would of got this in a heart beat.
this has to be the most hideous console ever created. Whoever made this shouldn't be allowed to design anything else ever again.
Wrong article The one with the ps3 super slim is on another page
People are bitching about no online but I can't even remember using the wii for any online features.