Nintendo announces redesigned Wii console

Nintendo has announced a redesigned Wii console, destined for release before Christmas. As Techradar reports, the new console will have a more streamlined shape. The current shape console can be placed both horizontally and vertically, but the new console removes support for vertical placement. The new console also removes GameCube compatibility. It will not run the games, or use GameCube accessories, so owners of Nintendo’s previous console may wish to look for the older model consoles.


 

The new Wii will release as a bundle pack. Inside the pack comes the console, Wii Party, Wii Sports, a Wii Remote Plus, and a nunchuck. Nintendo plans to sell other game bundles in order to ensure some appealing deals for parents.

As all the consoles were intended to remain in the console race for an extended period of time, all that remains is to push those who do not own one of the consoles to buy their way in. Sony has done this by dropping PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable prices. Microsoft wants to focus on the Kinect again due to its success this year.

Nintendo is releasing the new Wii design in order to maintain a fight for the market, though they are focusing on ensuring the Wii U will be the best possible purchase when it releases, around April 2012. The redesigned Wii’s release and pricing are not yet known, but it is likely cheaper than current models due to the lack of GameCube support. It will likely release between September and November, which are typically the peak buying seasons for Christmas gifts.

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I hate it when they remove backward compatibility. I'd rather have as few consoles as possible. I was hoping the Wii U would be able to play GC games but it can't. That sucks. I still play some of my GC games. I wonder if they'll do a GC virtual console thing and sell you the games again.

...Well, there's always emulators to the rescue. If it wasn't for emulators my living room would look like that mess you see in AVGN's videos.

I'm happy with my recent purchase of the Black Wii @ 150 US with Mario kart. I really don't see a radical redesign at the system, so I'm not ****ed off at it... The Wii still is small and very compact. Now, having the Sensor Bar deprecated will be + 1 to the console, dunno iif that'll happen though.

Im guessing they also figured out how to remove all of the exploits to avoid homebrew installations (the real money saver for Nintendo)

They should make a special retro edition and make it look like the original NES. That would be awesome. I'd almost want to buy it just to have sit by the TV for when people come over.

Despite all the hate, I think it looks rather nice. If it also comes in black, it'd fit in nicely with the rest of my unit.

i'm actually quite happy. Not many people would use it for gamecube games, its better to have a smaller cheaper Wii, hopefully lower power usage and maybe noise, i guess we'll have to wait and see if those things are true.

torrentthief said,
...cheaper Wii

It's relatively cheap already. Amazon's selling a similar package (obviously without the redesigned console) for £109.99.

It's the most unadventurous redesign ever. They basically just shaved a few cm off the Wii, it looks the exact same as current Wii's. Pretty sure there will be marginal power savings if any.

DPyro said,
It's the most unadventurous redesign ever. They basically just shaved a few cm off the Wii, it looks the exact same as current Wii's. Pretty sure there will be marginal power savings if any.

It's be interesting to see what would happen once people actually realize they cannot play some games that require the GC ports... (as mentioned above)

Hope people realize this shortly after their purchases so they can return it.
This redesign is prone to fail.

GS:mac

Hmm, according to the picture Nintendo has redesigned it to look just like a product box. I'm sold. I'm getting two of these.

Klethron said,
Hmm, according to the picture Nintendo has redesigned it to look just like a product box. I'm sold. I'm getting two of these.

Just look eh? not functionality, like vertical placed console stopped you before.. RIGHT! Yeah I am SURE you will buy 2 "wink wink"...

Klethron said,
Hmm, according to the picture Nintendo has redesigned it to look just like a product box. I'm sold. I'm getting two of these.

Just look eh? not functionality, like vertical placed console stopped you before.. RIGHT! Yeah I am SURE you will buy 2 "wink wink"...

Family Edition?

1 wii plus remote + nunchuk is not going to be very family friendly, more so when they bungle a game like wii Party that is very much multiplayer only based game.

I think its very miss-leading and I'd seriously expect at least a couple of controllers so the family can play together, more so because they're bundle Wii Party AND then go to show a family each with a remote on the box.

If you get anything else "family based" in the UK, you expect to have two adults and two kids worth of something.

Lol what the heck, Nintendo. They need to realize that consumers are generally idiots. DS, DSlite, DSi, and 3DS all seem like general upgrades from each other. "Oh, it's just a DS with a 3d screen, right?"

Wii U? Oh, that's just the new controller for Wii, right?"

Yeah, sure. Why not release another wii with less features to further confuse the general public.

Sylar2010 said,
Lol they have killed the "Wii U" on a whole new level... I mean look at it… and I'm a 3ds fan…

I think there is little in this article to warrant Wii U trolling. In fact, the only thing about it is Nintendo saying they are focusing on it.

Senlis said,

I think there is little in this article to warrant Wii U trolling. In fact, the only thing about it is Nintendo saying they are focusing on it.

Don't confuse trolling with a logical point, one of the Wii U main attention grabbing points besides the controller was its look.

Sylar2010 said,

Don't confuse trolling with a logical point, one of the Wii U main attention grabbing points besides the controller was its look.

its fugly looks*

"[...] the new console removes support for vertical placement. The new console also removes GameCube compatibility. It will not run the games, or use GameCube accessories [...]"

Mhh.... Sound thing! </s>
Refurb/used Wii FTW here...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
"[...] the new console removes support for vertical placement. The new console also removes GameCube compatibility. It will not run the games, or use GameCube accessories [...]"

Mhh.... Sound thing! </s>
Refurb/used Wii FTW here...

GS:mac

It is ridiculous for them to just remove functionality like that. For me, playing NGC games is very important. Even in the scope of just playing Wii games, some of them are played using the NGC controller.

While we are pointlessly removing features, lets remove wireless networking and the ability for the console to output video.

Senlis, don't be so hyperbolic. Obviously the ability to play NGC games isn't a main selling point of the Wii, and vertical placement isn't really a major thing (mine is vertical, but it's not like it'll prevent me from using it if it were horizontal only).

Senlis said,

It is ridiculous for them to just remove functionality like that. For me, playing NGC games is very important. Even in the scope of just playing Wii games, some of them are played using the NGC controller.

While we are pointlessly removing features, lets remove wireless networking and the ability for the console to output video.

Actually it makes sense. Look at the markets the Wii appeals to, the majority of owners probably don't know what a Gamecube is, or if they do likely don't care. Makes sense to cut an unused feature out rather than something important (like wireless). I dare say the majority of people who want Gamecube support on the Wii already own one and those that don't will be able to pick one up for years to come.

Kirkburn said,
Senlis, don't be so hyperbolic. Obviously the ability to play NGC games isn't a main selling point of the Wii, and vertical placement isn't really a major thing (mine is vertical, but it's not like it'll prevent me from using it if it were horizontal only).

Guess you're right. At least they don't release updates for all consoles that remove features like Sony.

Kushan said,

Actually it makes sense. Look at the markets the Wii appeals to, the majority of owners probably don't know what a Gamecube is, or if they do likely don't care. Makes sense to cut an unused feature out rather than something important (like wireless). I dare say the majority of people who want Gamecube support on the Wii already own one and those that don't will be able to pick one up for years to come.

The big problem is of course, that many Wii accessoires use GameCube connectors. For example, the Wii Cyberbike and Wii Dancing pads. Also, some Wii games (Mario Kart) can also be played with a GameCube controller. So, dropping GC-game support might be fine, but they should leave the ports there because they are used by other Wii-things.

Glassed Silver said,
"[...] the new console removes support for vertical placement. The new console also removes GameCube compatibility. It will not run the games, or use GameCube accessories [...]"

Mhh.... Sound thing! </s>
Refurb/used Wii FTW here...

GS:mac


The thing is that you'll probably will receive the controller without MotionPlus, which is a down. That little **** just costs too much.

Rowdy said,

The big problem is of course, that many Wii accessoires use GameCube connectors. For example, the Wii Cyberbike and Wii Dancing pads. Also, some Wii games (Mario Kart) can also be played with a GameCube controller. So, dropping GC-game support might be fine, but they should leave the ports there because they are used by other Wii-things.


Exactly. The Gamecube controllers are practically needed for some games. Super Smash, Goldeneye, and many others people prefer to use the GC controller.

ahhell said,
umm. I don't see the point in the redesign...other than saving Nintendo money.

Thing is, I doubt it saves them much, if any money. This isn't like the first PS3 redesign where they removed PS2 backwards compatability. They actually had all of the PS2 hardware in there, which made it cost quite a bit more.

The Wii on the other hand just has a 1.5x higher clocked CPU and GPU. Pretty much the only thing they removed were the ports, which is a few cents at most. The redesign was just for the buzz.

Regardless, there are so many unused Wii consoles out there that Nintendo has basically flooded the market. Why buy new when you can get it used for 1/2 the price?

dagamer34 said,

Thing is, I doubt it saves them much, if any money. This isn't like the first PS3 redesign where they removed PS2 backwards compatability. They actually had all of the PS2 hardware in there, which made it cost quite a bit more.

The Wii on the other hand just has a 1.5x higher clocked CPU and GPU. Pretty much the only thing they removed were the ports, which is a few cents at most. The redesign was just for the buzz.

Regardless, there are so many unused Wii consoles out there that Nintendo has basically flooded the market. Why buy new when you can get it used for 1/2 the price?


They can use a cheaper disc drive also since it now does not have to use those mini gc discs

majortom1981 said,

They can use a cheaper disc drive also since it now does not have to use those mini gc discs

Are there actually any drives that don't support the smaller form factor??