Nintendo's $99 Wii Mini lands on U.S. store shelves Nov. 17

The previously unveiled Wii Mini console from Nintendo now has an official launch date in the United States, Nov. 17. It'll be available for the affordable price of $99.

The Wii Mini has already been selling in Canada, the UK, and some other markets for quite some time now, but this interestingly red gaming console is making its debut on American soil for the first time. At just under one Benjamin, the Wii Mini understandably can't connect to the Internet. That means buyers won't be able to download games, play online multiplayer games, or use any Internet-required services. This device is solely for playing games.

It looks like the Wii Mini is good for families or perhaps just children who enjoy Wii games but don't need all the bells and whistles of the Wii U. Nintendo is also cleverly marketing it as a good option for families looking for an additional gaming console for a bedroom or guest room while the main living space enjoys a higher-end gaming option.

To add some extra value, every Wii Mini comes with a copy of Mario Kart Wii. Plus, a select number of other games will be available for $19.99 and $29.99 each.

Steering clear of mobile app marketplaces that often sell games for no more than $5, cheaper hardware seems to be Nintendo's answer to the growing low-end market of gaming. The $129 Nintendo 2DS is another example of this strategy. Whether or not it's successful in the long run, remains to be seen.

Source: CNET | Image via Nintendo

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But then people like me would prefer my Wii not to connect to the net.
I don't need to watch BBC iPlayer through it or anything like that so it is wasted really.

This is a worldwide forum. What is a Benjamin? My guess is some banknote with a picture of Benjamin Franklin on it, but why should I be expected know which one?
I can see that the price is $99, so it is probably a $100 note but that doesn't excuse the sloppy, introspective writing.

thomag said,
This is a worldwide forum. What is a Benjamin? My guess is some banknote with a picture of Benjamin Franklin on it, but why should I be expected know which one?
I can see that the price is $99, so it is probably a $100 note but that doesn't excuse the sloppy, introspective writing.

Considering the story is about it being in released in the US, the "slang" used for $100 bill is just fine here.

This device has potential. The games it offers will be the deciding factor. It is a bummer that it can't play older games though.

This has been in Canada for a while, surprised it's just launching in the US now.
Even it had Wifi it would be a more desirable console, you could at least play some online games and use Netflix on it.

This console badly needs games like a new Zelda, a new 3D Mario and a new Metroid. I think a lot of people are waiting after these games to buy the console...

I think the Wii U will do extremely well once the major titles start releasing. I'd like to get one soon but the games on it so far just don't justify it... yet.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I think the Wii U will do extremely well once the major titles start releasing. I'd like to get one soon but the games on it so far just don't justify it... yet.

True. I think there was an uptick in sales once Wind Waker HD came out. Seeing how this generation is probably going to be close to ten years, I think Nintendo will manage to surpass Gamecube sales.

The Wii U isn't enough of an improvement over the Wii to justify the cost of entry.

Look at the XBone or PS4 pre-release games. These things are marvelous visual masterpieces. The Wii U games look just like the Wii games, but can run at 1080p. That is great, but it's not enough; nothing looks "real".

I just don't think there's a compelling reason to purchase it.

I have a Wii and contemplated getting a Wii U for a while. I have to say I am very happy with the Wii and I am not really convinced by the Wii U features.

Dinggus said,
Can the Wii play N64 games? If I can get Conkers Bad Fur Day on it, I'd be pretty happy.

Yes. Several are available via the Virtual Console. However via certain "methods" it is possible to play any ROM using an emulator. Its performance is not perfect for all games, however.
However, none of this is possible on the Wii Mini due to lack of Wifi and SD card slot.

Whether you like to admit it or not, the Wii outsold both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 by a longshot. Unless you think 100+ million units is not big, of course.

Was pretty much going to say the same thing, don't really see the point of this when the normal Wii can be had for so cheap. You're losing out on that whole back catalog of classic games because this thing can't connect to the internet.