Nintendo Wii mini announced for Canada, coming Dec. 7

Hot on the heels of the official launch of the new Wii U console in the United States, Nintendo has announced plans today to launch a smaller version of its already tiny 2006 Wii console on December 7. The catch? The new console will be an exclusive for Canada, at least for now.

The console will be called, not surprising, the Wii mini. Nintendo's page for the console reveals that it will come with a red Wiimote Plus controller, a red Nunchuk, a sensor bar, a power adapter and a standard composite cable. However, the Wii mini will be strictly a gaming console. The hardware won't have any Internet hardware or features. It also won't be able to play older GameCube games like the original Wii did when it was first launched.

So far, Nintendo has offered up no information regarding if and when the Wii mini will be released in the United States and other parts of the world. The console will be priced in Canada for $99.99.

Nintendo said this week that it sold 400,000 units of its new Wii U console during its first week of sales in the US. It launches in Europe on Friday and in Japan on December 8th.

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always a catch. why can't they make a smaller console that does everything the normal size does? better yet why don't they fix all the flaws in the normal size wii u before they release an additional wii . The new launch of a system is more important then lunching a smaller version of their old system. mini wii should of been launched 4 months ago. Wii u shouldn't have numerous obvious problems and they need to start announcing 3rd party games before its to late. In 6 months (if and when) the next playstation and xbox are announced and than lunched they will be like oh S**t what we thinking!! why didn't we fix these problems sooner?!?! stop trying to extend the sales of the wii and start earning sales the wii u. Nintendo needs to get their a** in gear.

Well removing the online features stops one of the easiest forms of installing homebrew so thats surely a positive for Nintendo. Not sure why people are so up in arms about the lack of online ability... how many games actually support online gameplay on the Wii to begin with?

A lot of the fun ones Like Mario Kart, Smash Bros, the fun Call of Duty games. And then all those WiiWare games and Virtual COnsole games (it's almost a slap in the face to WiiWare developers... except, no one was buying their games anyway.)

I'd imagine if there's still a USB port though you can still use the USB -> Lan adapter.

roadwarrior said,
There are a lot of other things need internet on the Wii as well (such as Netflix).

True, completely forgot about the media features as every other device of mine has the option to play Netflix, Hulu, YouTube etc...

jerzdawg said,
Well removing the online features stops one of the easiest forms of installing homebrew ...

All methods of installing the hombrew channel are save game exploits and things not having to do with the internet. Does it have an sd slot?

Ned said,

All methods of installing the hombrew channel are save game exploits and things not having to do with the internet. Does it have an sd slot?

really? what about the message exploit? that has nothing to do with a save game, all you need is the mac address and an sd card. (not sure if the sd card slot is still in tact, I would assume so for memory purposes)

jerzdawg said,

really? what about the message exploit? that has nothing to do with a save game, all you need is the mac address and an sd card. (not sure if the sd card slot is still in tact, I would assume so for memory purposes)

...ah yeah, I guess it wouldn't technically have a mac address. I guess it depends on how that exploit works though. Your still just technically saving something to an sd card though. It might just need to me modified slightly.

Ned said,

...ah yeah, I guess it wouldn't technically have a mac address. I guess it depends on how that exploit works though. Your still just technically saving something to an sd card though. It might just need to me modified slightly.


what? no, the letter bomb exploit requires the online ability - after the 4.3 update this was the most common and easiest way to install homebrew since it did not require a specific game ie SSBB

pay extra $30 for additional features. I see hardcore nintendo collectors wanting this.
I can imagine many shoppers buying this thinking it's the new Wii and then returning it.

The Wii isn't exactly huge to begin with, and it can only get a little smaller anyway and still be able to contain the drive. Like others said, I don't really get the point of this.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Agreed. That's a really strange demographic.

is it?

If anything this is a test to see if consumers will adopt it.

anyways, i dont really see much use for it, other than to play the wii games without financial strain.