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Wii Mini priced at $99.99, launching exclusively in Canada

Tuesday, 27th November 2012 13:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii Mini was outed yesterday by way of a leaked retail memo. Nintendo has now published its official product page for the hardware, along with pricing and photos of the unit. Check out all the details below.

Nintendo is releasing Wii Mini at $99.99 and it’s launching on December 7th exclusively in Canada, with no plans to roll out across other territories currently set in stone. The console’s official product page is awash with images and details, stating that the console is compatible with around 1,400 existing Wii titles – presumably counting downloadable games.

It’s a red console that comes packaged with a WiiMote and Nunchuck controller, but lacks Wi-Fi support or GameCube compatibility.

Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager said in a statement, “There are games in the Wii library for every type of player. Wii Mini is a great gift for the holidays that brings everyone in the family together to play. Wii Mini has a mini price, but it’s all about big fun.”

The statement adds that Wii Mini offers “Great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games that helped usher in a revolution in motion-controlled gaming.”

VG247 contacted Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter for his thoughts, and he explained why he felt the release of a cheaper Wii model is a good move from Nintendo.

What do you make of the design and price-point? Let us know below.

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  1. Fin

    I’m confused – why would they release it in Canada only?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ejams

    Why is this only in Canada and why is it still $100? You can find a normal Wii new for around $130 I do believe.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @1 exclusive to Canada for the holiday season. I’m guessing it’ll be out elsewhere in the new year.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DLTDawnlight

    Well the colors do look Canadian. It looks like a top loading disc drive that looks like a CD Player.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    Going below 100$ is obviously the last thing to do in a console gen. It will help generate some sales. Cutting out wi-fi for cheaper console, just like sony did with psp E-1000.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Showmeyomoves!

    “compatible with around 1,400 existing Wii titles – presumably counting downloadable games.”

    But if they cut out Wi-Fi functionality, how would you even download those?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @6 Wired internet connection?

    Does the device have any Internet at all? I honestly don’t know.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    CD Player or a PC old DVD Drive thing.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    #7

    No internet connectivity at all apparently.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    @7
    No it doesn’t …

    Down at the bottom of this page
    http://www.nintendo.com/wiimini/what-is-wii-mini/

    “The Wii mini console does not connect to the Internet and does not support online features in games.”

    Oh wow. That’s kinda insta-fail.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Cobra951

    “Oh wow. That’s kinda insta-fail.”

    @10:

    That’s *entirely* insta-fail for all but young children and the mentally challenged. I can see doing away with Gamecube compatibility for the sake of cost this late in the gen, but not connecting to the net kills it. And as was said higher above, the real system can be had for not much more. First the disappointment with the overly expensive PS3 “mini”, and now this. Japan must be reeling from unfavorable exchange rates. It’s the only way I can makes sense out of this.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Digital Bamboo

    Apparently, confusion about the different Wii’s will not be limited to the customers this holiday season.

    I e-mailed the Canadian store that leaked the Wii Mini yesterday to inquire about the price–clearly specifying “the new Wii Mini” in the question–& this is the response I got back:

    Hello …;

    Thank you for contacting Best Buy Canada with your inquiry. You can find the product information about Nintendo Wii U by following this link; http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/nintendo-wii-nintendo-wii-u-32gb-deluxe-black-wiiu

    Alternatively, you may contact one of our knowledgeable retail sales associates at your local store. Products vary from store to store and in our web store. A store listing can be found by following this link…

    You may also find the information your require by visiting the manufacturers web site at: http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us again by emailing…or by calling… Thank you for contacting Best Buy Canada, we appreciate your business.

    Sincerely,

    CSR, Best Buy Canada

    Apart from parents who want to keep their kids off the internet, I really don’t see the point of this Mini model. $100 with no game, no internet & no gamecube compatibility or $150 for a Wii with all the features & NSMBWii–a game which costs anywhere from $50-65 new, by itself. So, unless you’re buying all your games used (& thus not giving Nintendo any more money) you’re really not saving anything, you may, in fact be paying a little MORE, and losing out on features.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SplatteredHouse

    Giant Bomb’s article on this mentions that it’s out in EUROPE on the 30th! ([quote]: UPDATE: This article originally noted the Canadian launch as November 30, which is the European launch. My bad! Carry on.)

    Further: “Wii Mini can’t connect to the Internet, and doesn’t support GameCube games”

    What good is it, if it can’t connect to the internet, and, how would firmware updates work for it? :/

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @14
    November the 30th is the *WiiU* Euro launch. So not just customers and retailers but journalist are in on the confusion too :)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    It looks like a Famicom, which is always a bonus.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SplatteredHouse

    @16 It doesn’t come with a robot though, so no bitey!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. monkeygourmet

    @17

    Robotic
    Operating
    Buddy

    So fucking cool! :D

    #17 2 years ago