Wii Mini lacks online because not everyone “needs” the option, says Nintendo

Wednesday, 5th December 2012 21:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Wii Mini is as bare bones as it gets for a console, and that was exactly what Nintendo intended for the onset, according to Nintendo of Canada communications director Matt Ryan.

Speaking with Polygon, Ryan said the console’s lack GameCube backwards compatibility, online and SD card slot boils down to making the system as affordable as possible – $99.99.

Plus, not everyone “needs” online to play games.

“We want the system to be as affordable as possible to everybody, and the widest audience possible,” he said. “By taking out functionality, that allows us to keep the cost down.

“The reason that we took [online] out was that we don’t believe that everybody needs that to play games. I mean, a lot of the Wii experiences, and there’s over 1,400 of them that are disc-based Wii games, don’t require online functionality for you to have fun. Now, when you played Wii, or you played some of those games on Wii U, there’s enhanced fun factor when you play them online. But this system isn’t designed for the player who’s looking to have an online experience. Wii Mini is designed for families, or a late adopter, or someone who maybe isn’t even a gamer yet, and maybe doesn’t realize they’ve got a gamer hiding inside of them.

“There’s a consumer out there, there are gamers who have not bought a Wii yet, and there are gamers who have a Wii and want a second one for the cottage, or the chalet, or whatever, who actually don’t need the online functionality. So we basically stripped all the online functionality out, and the end result is cost savings for the person buying Wii Mini at $99.”

Wii Mini launches exclusively in Canada Friday, December 7.



  1. Ali

    Hey Nin, contact SEGA to give ya a few tips on how t survive post the consoles days. your day is near …

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dreamcastnews

    @1 spoken like a true asshole.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Aren’t they still making/selling dreamcast games?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. shogoz

    @2 spoken like a true fucking idiot and I hope you get fucked in the ass by a stray dog with rabies. Try not to choke or bite down on your fathers dick when it happens

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    That looks worthy of a swing of the Banhammer.


    I owned a Wii for a bit over a year and connected to the internet no more than 2 or 3 times to check out downloadable titles. The Wii isn’t reliant on constant patching, and single player/couch multiplayer is much more prevalent than OMP on Wii so I can see how this model is a good idea as online connectivity just isn’t that important for the Wii.

    You can still get a regular Wii if you need to be online. If not, this is a nice cheap alternative.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Telepathic.Geometry

    There’s no need for the fabled banhammer to be wielded at this time, just ignore him…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    A completely sensible decision, like sony did with psp E-1000. Removing a feature that many people wont use to decrease costs is a good strategy.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Digital Bamboo

    @5 You’re right, online is not all that vital for the Wii. However, this is not exactly a cheap alternative as a fully functional Wii with NSMB goes for $150, and if you want to play that game, which I imagine most Wii buyers would, it sells for $45 used. So, if you wanna play NSMB, you’re saving a grand total of $5 by buying the Mini. If, however, you only plan on buying bargain priced used games, then yeah, you’ll save a bit.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    I think it’s a bit of a false economy too. Yes you save a little on manufacturing costs, but you then have multiple SKUs with different hardware to support. Not to mention consumer confusion. Is it really that much of a saving to not include a LAN port?

    #9 2 years ago

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