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