I’ll admit I was really perplexed when Nintendo dropped the price of the Wii right before the Wii U launched. It seemed odd to shave only twenty dollars or so off the price, instead of lowering it to $99. Now we know why the company did that, or at least we do for one territory. Today Nintendo introduced a completely remodeled Wii, called the Wii Mini and to be honest, it looks awesome. Coming in at only $99, it features no Internet connection, no backwards compatibility with GameCube, and doesn’t work with every Wii accessory, but we’re told it works with most. That may not sound overly compelling, but the idea is that this machine was designed for those looking for playing Wii games, and Wii games alone. There are currently over 1,400 available disc-based games. While I admit it sucks not having access to the Virtual Console, or WiiWare, this is an interesting idea. Getting new Wii players on-board at the lowest possible price and with a really sleek console. The most surprising announcement is that the system is exclusive to Canada. This is what the final line in the press release says:
Wii Mini is available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season. No information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future.
I’m shocked, what about you?
Ok so now I’m sure you’re all wondering what the new machine looks like, well wonder no more!