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Streamlined Wii to get Christmas release

New hardware won't support GameCube software; current model to be phased out

Update: Nintendo has confirmed to our sister site Eurogamer.net that the current Wii model is to be phased out in favour of the new SKU.

Original story: Nintendo will release a new version of its Wii console in the UK before Christmas.

The console won't be compatible with GameCube software or accessories. It will be part of a bundle that includes Wii Party, Wii Sports, a Wii Remote Plus controller and a Nunchuck.

The new console will be a more streamlined version of the white Wii, and it will be designed to be placed horizontally rather than vertically. The exact release date is still unknown.

Nintendo also announced that Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be added to the Nintendo Selects budget range in September.

The news follows a price-cut to the 3DS, which has performed below Nintendo's expectations since its launch earlier this year, and contribued to a sharp decline in the company's stock value.

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