Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nintendo Reveals the Wii Mini for Canada

Hey, do you remember the Game Boy Micro? The new version of the Game Boy Advance released after the DS was already released and was a massive failure? Well, apparently Nintendo doesn't.

Should have been Mini Wii. Also, what?
What you're looking at is the Wii Mini, a miniature version of the the Wii being released in Canada next Tuesday, December 7th. It comes with a red Wii Remote and Nunchuck, cannot play Nintendo Gamecube games and isn't capable of going online, meaning even Virtual Console games are out of the question. Nintendo states that it's only going to be available through the holidays.

Now, if I may be so bold, wasn't a NEW Nintendo console just released all of 9 days ago? One that the average casual onlooker is likely to already confuse for the already existing Wii? If so, why would Nintendo ever go back to the original Wii and release a new model? Shouldn't they be focusing on getting people to buy their new hardware, not gimped versions of old hardware? I already mentioned that Nintendo pulled this same stunt before to no avail but I guess they feel confident enough in both the Wii U and the Wii Mini to still be able to pull in a profit from both this Christmas. Either it's going to overshadow the Wii U or it's going to become another oddity for collectors like the Micro or the NES-101. My guess is the latter.

Nintendo has yet to confirm if the Wii Mini will see release outside of Canada but I'd say it's a safe bet that it will at some point.

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