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Submitted by Keroyx 1170d ago | opinion piece

The Wii Mini is a Thing That Exists, But Why?

Nintendo has announced a redesigned Wii, officially called the Wii Mini. It may have a lower entry point for people that still don't have a Wii and want one, but what's stopping them from simply buying the original Wii? Why does the Wii Mini exist at all? (Nintendo, Tech, Wii)

Merrill  +   1170d ago
It seems about a year or two late to me, If it should have been released at all.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1170d ago
way to Late..
The original wii sells for about $10-$20 more, so I don't really see the point in buying this mini one since its lacking features?! plus the wiiU is out and does anybody really want to stick with standard definition still?!?
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Kakkoii  +   1167d ago
Not really. It seems aimed at families who were still on the fence about spending over $150 on a Wii. And it gives it a nice tiny form factor that makes it even more attractive to those consumers.

It positions a version of the Wii for Nintendo to drain the last bit of market they can out of it. They won't be updating the console, and there aren't all that many online games for the Wii that people care to play, especially those who would be buying the console this late in the game. So internet connectivity not being there isn't much of an issue either.
The_Infected  +   1170d ago
To make money that's pretty much it.
krontaar  +   1170d ago
Cash in for the holidays. It even gives off a christmas-y vibe with the red.
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Deku-Johnny  +   1170d ago
It's a good idea really. It's for people who don't care about features such as online play. It's for people who just want a really cheap system to play games. A parent who wants to buy a console for their kid but has a tight budget. Someone who is just getting into gaming and wants a cheap console so they haven't wasted too much money if they don't get into it. If you're a 'hardcore' gamer (whatever one of those are) then it's not for you, get a Wii U or a 360 or something.
Fishermenofwar  +   1169d ago
Get a PS2...
Rageanitus  +   1170d ago
they should have put some effort in upconverting th egames to 720p
optimus  +   1170d ago
I think this is more of a trial run seeing as how it's only for canada...i think people that buy this for their kids will have the impression that this is a revamped wii and it will do everything the regular wii does. Nintendo is banking on parents not educating themselves and running off to the store to get their kid this "collectible" for a mere $99 in time for Christmas.
Unfortunately for the parents they will not know what it CAN'T do because i doubt it will list on the box what it lacks...good luck with those returns nintendo.
Yodagamer  +   1170d ago
Heck i kinda like the look of it, it's a shame about the wifi, but tbh alot of my games don't have wifi support except call of duty, goldeneye and monster hunter, which i can use on my regular wii
Whitefox789  +   1169d ago
My brother mainly uses his wifi for Netflix
Whitefox789  +   1169d ago
Same could be said on why there was a Gameboy Advance Micro?

To bleed as much out a brand name while you still can.

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