Wii Mini to launch March 22 in UK

Redesigned console and value software begins European push

The Wii Mini will be launching in the UK on March 22, Nintendo has confirmed.

The console is a redesigned version of the 100 million-selling Wii system, although it loses some features including wi-fi and internet capabilities.

As well as the redesigned hardware, Nintendo will also be pushing out Mario Party 8, Wii Sports Resort, Mario Power Tennis and Super Paper Mario in the value Nintendo Selects software range.

The Wii Mini was first released in Canada last year at a budget price.

An assessment by Digital Foundry last year highlighted many technical flaws in the hardware, with Richard Leabetter concluding that "what truly rankles is Nintendo's bizarre decision to actively sabotage its own product, effectively alienating it from consideration for more discerning gamers.

"Removing WiFi is one thing, but killing off support for Nintendo's own Ethernet USB adaptor is quite another. Over and above that, purposefully removing 480p and component video functionality comes across as deliberately spiteful."

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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University4 years ago
Deliberately spiteful, or aimed less at the "discerning gamer", and more so the low-end console market who may not yet have replaced their PS2? Not a huge market, but a market that can be catered too; a market that simply wants a cheap plug-in and play box. You can get a new Wii from as little as £130 (with a game or two bundled in) if you want internet connectivity and 480p. I think the real disappointment here is the lack of choice across Nintendo Selects considering the range of software available from Nintendo.
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Jade Law Senior concept artist, Reloaded Productions4 years ago
As the rest of the industry stands conflicted in how to move forward and capitalize on a new age of digital delivery, it seems nintendo has chosen to negate that dilemma by simply going backwards.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jade Law on 26th February 2013 7:52pm

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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 4 years ago
And yet, the biggest problem is, that these problems aren't known to the unsuspecting buyer, all they see is a cheaper and smaller Wii..
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Elikem Jubey4 years ago
Considering you can get a second-hand Wii for half the price, I wouldn't consider the Wiini cheaper.
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John Arnold Video Production 4 years ago
People seem to be missing the point of the Wii Mini, it's rather another gameboy micro trick. Anyone who knows their facts can get a wii for £140 with full gamecube plug ins and virtual console. This is just an extra cash in for nintendo, I don't think we really need to go on further than that.

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
I'm not interested but this obviously isn't aimed at core gamers. It's aimed at people who don't know any better.
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Its pretty straight forward guys. This is a redesign by Nintendo that probably halves the production cost - its the only reason its happening. This will allow them to stick a $99 price tag on this, possibly with a game or two - and make it a "safe" console for parents/kids. Play the disc games, local multiplayer, nothing else.

And don't expect this to replace the existing Wii - its designed to be another product. Who knows they might even have some specific "kiddy" titles in the works.
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Rolf Moren Freelance Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
As Michael says, i suspect they will rehash their Marios and what not in a nice red case and get another wave of sales for their old products and collect nice and shiny coins for their coffers.
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