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Wii Mini: original console ‘isn’t quite dead yet’, says Pachter

Tuesday, 27th November 2012 11:49 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii Mini is a very real console that is launching on December 7th, according to the Canadian arm of Best Buy. Some are sitting back in sheer bamboozlement at why Nintendo would want to release another Wii model with Wii U already out Stateside. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter told VG247 that the reason is simple: it’s still selling big guns.

VG247 asked Pachter for his thoughts on the console’s release, and it even caught him off guard, “That is the first I’ve heard of it. I agree that it may have been better to bring it out when the Wii was still popular, but Nintendo might have a strategy to keep the Wii alive. They apparently sold 300,000 Wiis last week globally, so the console isn’t quite dead yet.”

The 300,000 figure comes from Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime who also stated that the Wii U sold 400,000 units in the same week.

As the original Wii is still selling, Nintendo’s desire to release a cheaper Wii Mini SKU for cash-poor families who want in on the gaming trend a chance to do so economically. That is, if it launches at a sensible price. We’re still waiting to hear about that.

What’s your view? Speak your mind below.

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  1. SplatteredHouse

    So, the Wii NEW at launch barely outsells Wiiold. Is that a good result, considering that wiiold has not been selling as well this year?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    I still think Wii Mini might end up cannibalizing some of their Wii U sales. Maybe not too much but still.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. stx

    Nintendo are drinking their own cool-aid. I think they just risk confusing the average consumer even more by introducing two new Wii consoles this xmas season, that’s three different SKUs. They should just have lowered the price of the old Wii which people know and then introduced the Wii mini next fall, maybe with a Wii U price drop.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mistermogul

    @3 – agreed

    #4 2 years ago
  5. dreamcastnews

    I think this is 100% the right thing to do, Nintendo always kept the SNES and NES going long into the lifecycle of the next console and it’s worked out just fine for the PS2 so why shouldn’t they? Not everyone has £200+ to buy their kids a games console but £100 seems bang on the mark which is where I imagine this console priced.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    @5
    Nobody is saying that this might not work out for Wii. The problem is Wii U. At least with PS there was a 2 and 3. This time around many people might think that the new Wii is released in two models: U and Mini.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. dreamcastnews

    The price difference says it all wouldn’t you say?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    @7
    If the consumer is not clear on the differences then being told one is £150-£200 more is not a good differentiator message. They need to understand the actual differences which justify the price difference before finding it out. Otherwise the initial reaction would be to tell the retailer where to go with the WiiU.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. dreamcastnews

    @8 have you ever worked in a games shop? All the staff are trained to tell customers the difference.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    @9
    Point is all a bit moot now – unless you are Canadian. In my experience the vast majority of game shop staff know slightly less than a vaguely trained monkey.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. dreamcastnews

    Well, you’ve been going to the wrong shops then, the retailers I’ve worked at have always had excellent customer enlightenment skills.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @11
    Customer enlightenment skills? Did you leverage them?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. dreamcastnews

    Eh? Leverage as in corporation borrowing….? oO

    #13 2 years ago