Wii re-design dumps backwards compatibility

Wednesday, 17th August 2011 10:26 GMT By Stace Harman

Support for both GameCube games and hardware is being ejected by Nintendo for its upcoming Wii re-design. Merry Christmas.

[Update] Eurogamer has reported that, in addition, the existing Wii model will be phased out.

The new, slimmer, Wii included in the Family Edition bundle – pictured – will not support GameCube peripherals or games, Eurogamer has reported.

The bundle includes Wii Sports and Wii Party, both designed to make the most of the included Wii RemotePlus, but if you want to play any games with a standard, non-motion sensing pad you’ll have to shell out for the Wii’s Classic controller.

There’s no word yet on pricing for this new, even smaller box of tricks, though it will be out in time for Christmas.



  1. StolenGlory

    No backwards compatibility?

    What games will I play on it then? :(

    #1 3 years ago
  2. triggerhappy

    What the hell use is that? If I ever buy a Wii, half the attraction is that i’ll be able to play all my old gamecube games. Pft.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. RandomTiger

    The only thing that makes my wii purchase worthwhile was gamecube Pikmin 1 & 2.

    I know theres the new play style wii versions but frankly even for what is essentially a RTS the controller version is still much better.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Fin

    It’ll be a bit ridiculous if they don’t drop the price too.

    “Here’s something that does less than before…for the same price!”

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Less is the new more.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. RandomTiger

    @4 They will drop the price, and this is the change that will help them do it. It frees them of 4 gamecube pad ports and 2 save ports, they can probably redesign it to be smaller and lighter and start a new contract for cheaper components.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. dreamcastnews

    I agree, it’s certainly going to be cheaper and will shift a fair few units i’d say, it’s time we got over the Gamecube. It was an awesome system that was overlooked sadly by everyone except true gamers, but seriously a Cube can be had for less than a tenner these days!

    I do find it a little strange that this is being introduced so close to the end of the Wii’s lifecycle… Unless they plan to ramp up support for it in 2012; doesn’t seem Nintendo’s style.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    If it can be had for a tenner, imagine how cheap it is to just include the few components into the Wii. It’s not like the Wii can’t be cheaper without pulling that out. Plus, it is no longer a Wii if it can’t play GC games in my view. That was a major selling point of the original Wii, and pulling that out in both the Wii and the Wii U feels like a betrayal.

    It seems like every time Nintendo speaks these days it’s to drive me further from their arms.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Hybridpsycho

    Stop complaining about how it’s not backwards compatible, I’m really happy it is not. Everytime Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo mentions backwards compatible it makes me slightly angry. There is no reason for it, it only limits the development of the new console.

    If you enjoyed the games then you most likely have them for your old consoles. Play them that way instead and stop QQ’ing.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Telepathic.Geometry

    You are indeed a psycho.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. RyougaZell

    Meh. Reason I got a wii in the 1st place was for GameCube games. So far I think I’ve use the Wii once a year.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. bxsentinel

    Im no console designer so i cant really speak on if it really limits sony, nintendo or xbox from anything. but i can tell that many would prefer not to have a half a dozen consoles lying around there t.v. just to play some old classics. Thats why backward compatability is such a great feature to have.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. dreamcastnews

    People bought a Wii on the selling point that it plays GC games?! Sure it’s a handy feature in any console and with some past consoles it could have saved them from death, but the Wii is an 80Mil or so selling console – Seriously to say if the Gamecube costs a tenner why not put the components in there is a trifle silly, most games were re-released on Wii. The PSP has just had the WiFi cut from it but it isn’t any less a system for it, these console manufacturers are just taking out the least used features as the consoles get later in their lifecycle much how cars begin to become more basic before that particular model line is discontinued.

    #13 3 years ago

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