Update: Nintendo confirms Wii Mini

$100 for non-connected machine with no BC - currently Canada only

Nintendo has now confirmed the Wii Mini by unveiling an official site for the machine.

Extra details have become public alongside the reveal, including a price tag of $100, the fact that the machine cannot connect to the internet and is not compatible with GameCube games. For now, it seems, the machine will be a Canadian exclusive, but for how long is uncertain. An official Nintendo statement released to GamesIndustry International said that "no announcements have been made regarding other regions."

A listing for a Wii Mini has been spotted on the website of Best Buy Canada, seemingly confirming rumours this week that a re-jigged form factor for the console was on its way to retailers.

The listing gives a release date of December 7 and shows the Wii Mini to be an upright machine in black with red edging, bundled with a single Wiimote. The site says pre-orders are being taken now, but links only to a page for existing Wii products. No price is listed for the unit.

Nintendo has yet to officially confirm the product, but has been contacted for clarification.

The leak comes hot on the heels of the launch of the Wii U in North America earlier this month. The machine launches in Europe on November 30.

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Latest comments (26)

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 9 years ago
Like I tweeted earlier.

Perfect sense. Make different products for different market segments. Like Ford do!
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Richard Westmoreland Senior Game Designer, Codemasters Birmingham9 years ago
Or it could confuse your customer into buying the wrong product for Christmas.
"Can I have that new Wii please?"
"Certainly, we have plenty in stock..."
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Antony Carter Senior Programmer, Epic Games9 years ago
Presumably it must come with a price cut as they already did a new wii varient last year without the Gamecube compatibility.
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robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard9 years ago
It's an amazingly brilliant way to kill off sales of your new console... what are Nintendo thinking?!?
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
This doesn't make any sense at all at this point with their new console out.
Way to kill off your own sales?
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 9 years ago
When Nintendo reported 400.000 WiiU sold in one week, they also reported 300.000 Wii having been sold the same week. Why would they cut off this revenue? It's not like those Wii buyers would have bought a WiiU.
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University9 years ago
Kill off your own sales? Are we really going to believe Nintendo and consumers are that stupid?

As Bruce said, different models for different consumers. This is a budget model for low-income families who don't have the cash to buy a Wii U, or any other gaming system right now. There are plenty of people who don't have $400 to spend on a Wii U and games. Such a videogames market exists in North America. Why did the PS2 and GBA sell for so long in NA? Because they were cheap games systems that became available to people who otherwise couldn't afford to buy into a dedicated gaming system. This is a continuation of that--a cheap, existing console with plenty of software to choose from at a very. very affordable price.
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Greg Knight Freelance Developer 9 years ago
It's not just for families on a low income - it's also for families who have young children who want a console for Christmas and whose parents don't want to spend hundreds of pounds as they don't care about being bleeding edge.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game9 years ago
It also is similar to the small PS one launching near the PS2. It sold to a lot of people who weren't going to shell out 300.
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee9 years ago
If only the Wii-U had a different name... :)
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 9 years ago
No online? I'm sorry how does it get patched then?

This machine, based on description alone is obsolete before it even makes it to the shelves!

Oh heck! Made the mistake of actually thinking about this and the Wii mini actually has no purpose! None at all! How is that possible?

I mean it can's download shopping channel games or do MiiI's with friends or anything other than play Wii games that aren't made any-more by anyone including Nintendo. It's like selling a brand new retro games machine. Like fake ageing something into an antique. You buy it to look at. It's not even worth plugging in....

I'm thinking myself into oblivion now. Am I an AI... is this what Cortana meant by Nintendo some kind of brain virus!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Peter Dwyer on 27th November 2012 3:54pm

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Chris Nash QA Engineer 9 years ago
Wii firmware updates are provided on software discs. Buy any Wii game released in the past few months (especially Nintendo first party ones) and it'll most likely have the most up to date firmware on it.
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Bryan Wiegele Owner/CEO, Perpetual Games9 years ago
Speculation is one thing but putting it in a limited release market to test the waters, smart.The Wii software has been solid for a while now and since they're not making any more Wii games, it won't really need any further updates. It'll be very interesting to see the public reaction.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game9 years ago
I suspect the Wii will only connect to the Nintendo network for a little longer, then no Wiis will be network enabled.
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Rod Oracheski Editor, Star News9 years ago
They're battling consumer confusion by releasing a new Wii with a big red U on it. Brilliant bit of marketing.
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Benn Achilleas CEO and Founder, Playabl9 years ago
@Klaus, they meant Wii sold 300k units over the same comparable week as WiiU e.g. week 46, launch week 2 before Christmas etc. The Wii is not still shifting 300k units in the US.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 9 years ago
Strategically, this doesn't make a huge amount of sense to me. Nintendo obviously have a lot of spare Wii parts to clear out but what is the cost of promoting another platform that undercuts your top dog?

I would assume that Nintendo's strategy would include gaining as much market penetration as possible before the next xbox/ps4. If they give people an alternative place to get their Nintendo fix rather than pulling the plug on the Wii properly then surely that would work against them achieving that objective? I always thought the same about the way that they have supported the DS for so long.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.9 years ago
All leading or successful consoles are carried over to the next generation to bolster revenue to offset early launch losses.

The only one that has ever eaten into sales of the newer generation product is the PSP.
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Anthony Chan9 years ago
Being in Canada, I am very interested to see how this turns out. I think there is a market demographic for this machine, (families with younger kids looking for a game device that has more E-T than M rated games). All families know that Nintendo game franchises are top notch, and child friendly. The price point makes this the most affordable gaming unit on the market in canada (and creates a significant gap between itself and the closest pricepoint - xbox 360).

Most of the commenters that are doubting this (with good reason) may be slightly biased because of their preference in technology moving forward. However for parents of young children, they don't care about the latest and the greatest. They care about fun for the value. With so many parenting manuals instructing less TV and video game time for the demographic that really the wii really shines in, the PS3, WiiU and even 360 seem a bit pricey and "counterproductive" (parenting wise). The Wii mini might just sweeten the deal.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Anthony Chan on 27th November 2012 7:05pm

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Does it support USB Ethernet? Wi-Fi is missing not internet support so if it does...

Annoyed it doesn't play wiiware games out of the box... first the wiiu and now this- seems our sales are damned forever.

Like the unit although the button placement looks like a hard push could topple the unit?

Might get one later on for the kids when they grow up... then again already have 2 wiis and will be swapping one for a wiiu soon.

And the main thing we do on the Wii... play Mario Kart online... won't work!

Really hope that USB internet will work...
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 9 years ago
Michael, I don't think this is aimed at you! Plus you're not in Canada :p
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange9 years ago
This system was clearly made for those who just want to play packaged games most likely discounted ones that are on clearance sales or among the "Nintendo Selects" lineup. People who will buy this does not concern themselves with hooking this thing up online. It's for their kids who just wants to play fun stuff without having to worry about patches and online parental controls.

The system's a top loader like the gamecube/dreamcast, it wont tip over. What's shown is the top view of the system. It's still unclear if only the wi-fi feature has been removed and it still has at least 1 USB port that you can use to connect a broadband adapter.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 9 years ago
Canada is a good test market for this and I really don't think the lack of internet capabilities will hurt this system at all.
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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam9 years ago
The lack of internet might cause some confusion, as although it's not as common as on PS3/360 games, there are still a fair amount of Wii games out there with online features, whether it's buying extra songs for a music game or playing online multiplayer in Mario Kart, a feature Nintendo were heavily advertising on TV just a few months ago. I can imagine people buying a Wii Mini and Mario Kart and then wondering why they can't play online, especially as Mario Kart is one of the games highlighted on the Wii Mini website!
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
As someone who lives in an area with lots of low income folks (many without broadband), I can see this doing well if launched in select North American markets. Wii games can be found all over the place around here from major retailers to discount shops starting at around three to five dollars, so I can see families on a budget going for it. The lack of online means nothing to those who don't live online or frankly, care about WiiWare games, Netflix or any other pay services being offered as options..
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
Annnnd.... that link is removed from Nintendo's site for the new console. Or that's what it looks like when I click it. I guess they're trying to avoid "confusion" after all on US game sites jumping on this the wrong way...
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