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Reconfigured Black Wii Heads to North America

Posted by James Newton

Mario in tow too

The new Wii console without GameCube support is officially coming to North America, Nintendo has confirmed.

From 23rd October Nintendo will offer a black Wii with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and an exclusive Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD to boot.

The deal will cost around $149.99. Will you be picking one up?


Oct. 11, 2011

As the holiday season draws near, Nintendo of America is giving consumers a new way to discover the nonstop fun and exceptional value of the Wii™ system. Starting Oct. 23, a new Wii console bundle will be available at U.S. retailers, including the New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii game, a special Super Mario Galaxy™ soundtrack CD, a black Wii Remote™ Plus controller and a black Nunchuk™ controller. The new bundle will be offered at a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Particularly for first-time console buyers and newcomers to the world of Nintendo, this new Wii bundle delivers a mix of inclusive entertainment at an attractive price. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is one of the most widely enjoyed games for the Wii system with more than 20 million units sold worldwide. Featuring iconic characters from the classic Super Mario Bros. series, the game lets up to four friends or family members play together in a fast-paced platforming adventure. The Super Mario Galaxy music CD, which includes a selection of memorable music from the acclaimed video game, is available only as part of the new Wii bundle and will not be sold separately. The newly configured black Wii console sits horizontally rather than vertically and is designed exclusively for Wii game play and entertainment experiences (Nintendo GameCube™ software and accessories are not supported).

The standard Wii bundle, which includes a Wii console (white or black), matching Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controllers, Mario Kart™ Wii game and Wii Wheel™ accessory, will continue to be available at a suggested retail price of $149.99. Both Wii bundles offer tremendous value to consumers and families looking to expand their home entertainment options.

Upcoming games for Wii include The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword, an epic new installment in the fan-favorite adventure series launching Nov. 20. In addition to a huge, diverse library of motion-controlled video games, the Wii system allows users to access a variety of fun online features by connecting their console to the Internet. Netflix members with an unlimited streaming plan can use the Wii console to enjoy thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix directly to their living rooms.

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irken004 said:

Why not include Mario Galaxy instead of NSMBW? The soundtrack doesn't even match



pixelman said:

Less features, less functionality, and less bang for you buck... all for the same great price! Oh and you get a free soundtrack too.



Virus said:

I've been wanting that soundtrack forever, and now it's attached to a Wii system I will never touch...
My soul dies a little today...



Frodo87 said:

It does seem silly to have a soundtrack for a different game than what it's packed with...



bonesy91 said:

sorry but this is just screaming "we are cheap" from Nintendo.

good job on killing one of the best features on the Wii, be sure to use that saved 50 cents on that cup of coffee you've always wanted.



Sonic1994CD said:

I hope those Super Mario Galaxy soundtracks come to the usa club nintendo that would make my day.



Pokefanmum82 said:

i don't get it. if i was buying a Wii, I would buy the original one instead of one that doesn't play gamecube games....because they are the same price.....if you're going to reconfigure something, put it a lower price than the original one.



NX01Trekkie1992 said:

why would I buy this when I can get an original Wii, with the GC compatability, and with Mario Kart Wii? Nintendo needs to lower the price to make it more appealing, not that I'd get it regardless as I've had a Wii since 06



Ryno said:

Oh those poor kids who are going to get this for Christmas only to want the Wii U less then a year later when all there friends are getting one. The parents are only going to tell them "no, you just got a Wii for Christmas last year!"



CrazyOtto said:

The removal of the ability to play GC games doesn't bother me too much, since one could just simply get a Gamecube for GC games. But the thing that bothers me is the lack of GC controller compatibility for Wii games that use them.



Pj1 said:

irken004 I agree with you and at the moment I'm the pnly person posting some thing from the UK! random I know!!



DiggerandIndy said:

I don't know if the GameCube-less Wii will be popular. There's still people who like to play on the VC and Super Smash Bros. Brawl with their GC controllers.



Kagamine said:

i've never bought a classic controller because i have GC controllers, but if i had this wii i'd have to buy classic controllers. guess that's where they see the money.



Hyperstar96 said:

Why would anyone buy the new bundle if the old one will still be in stores? It makes no sense to me.



theblackdragon said:

i have been dying for a copy of that soundtrack forever. just sell the soundtrack, Nintendo! I'll buy that from you, but i don't need another Wii, dammit



LittleIrves said:

As they say, this is "particularly for first-time console buyers and newcomers to the world of Nintendo," i.e., people who don't have GC games or might not even know what a GameCube is. I bet they sell a good bunch of these. Kind of like launching a romantic comedy on the same day as a big action blockbuster. HD systems will be trying to push Skyrim or Arkham City as holiday must-haves, and Nintendo will have their tried-and-true, cost-effective family experience on the shelves. None of us here care. But as a business, it's smart.



CrazyOtto said:

I wish a third party company would make an adapter for the Wii U and streamlined Wii that includes GC controller ports so you could at least use the GC controllers for GC controller compatible Wii games.



Expa0 said:

I quite simply cannot grasp the stupidity of this new Wii redesing, why remove the only feature that made Wii worth anything? Just no..



killer6370 said:

Lol with this new wii version no one can say wii is just two gamecube tied togheter because it doent even support the controller



coolvw93 said:

oh well. i dont think many people are gonna get it. only people who will get it are people who could care less about gamecube. almost everyone has a wii now. without gamecube compatability, how is everyone going to get to play the classic Gamecube games like double dash and melee or even wind waker.
I know..... someone probably will think, "why not just get a gamecube?" it saves room and time not having to bring it out when you want to play gamecube games. these new "redesigned" systems arent worth it.



Supremeist said:

If I ever end up getting a Wii, (probably not because of WiiU) but I would just try to find one with GameCube support. I want to play the Zelda games on the Wii's VC.



Yosher said:

I already have the soundtrack. But I want the one from Galaxy 2, too!

And to the people wanting that soundtrack: You can always consider buying this package, then selling the Wii and NSMBWii while keeping the soundtrack. It's just how much that CD is worth to you though I guess.



SkywardLink98 said:

Nope. I want to play gamecube games, and I don't need a second wii THAT much. And Pizzacore, you can play zelda games on the wii without gamecube support. Just get the classic controller.



Tasuki said:

So I wonder how many of those Black Wii sets without the soundtrack we will see being sold on place like Ebay and Craigslist.

Personally if my Wii happened to break I would sooner buy a used model with the GC parts than a new one without the GC parts. N64 games would just be a pain to play using the CC. The GC controller is much better for N64 VC titles sadly though you are forced to use the CC with this redesigned Wii unless Nintendo plans to release a GC or N64 type controller that plugs into the Wiimote like the CC.



Punny said:

The newbies get the soundtrack, the soundtrack that this 5-year Wii owner has waited since 2008 to own, and not the people who have waited ages for it!?!? FUUUUUUUUUUUU



Rapadash6 said:

Along with the removal of GCN ports and functionality, the system itself never looked good in the horizontal position. So not only is it loosing one of it's better features, but it's also less stylish as well. Good job Nintendo.

As for the soundtrack, I suggest everyone just look for the platinum version on ebay, if they want it so bad. You'll pay a premium, but OSTs from Japan, especially those representing Nintendo games, increase in value significantly over time and this game (and it's sequel, of course), are among Nintendos finest works.



kingothekoopas said:

nintendo can keep that thing. i want no parts of it. if i'm going to have a second wii (it has it's uses) then it's going to be a GC compatible wii. not this piece of crap.



Tasuki said:

@Killer6370: Yes I have a gold CCpro that I bought from a used game store since I couldnt afford the CC Bundled with GoldenEye at the time, and it still doesnt feel right to me when playing N64 games like OoT or Mario Kart 64.



leon_x said:

The backward compatibility with Game Cube was one of the things that attracted me



killer6370 said:

who care about soundtracks? a few days after release it will be uploaded on youtube as usual



FluttershyGuy said:

I've got an idea, Nintendo. Instead of releasing a new Wii with fewer features for what few people don't have one; how about more new top-tier games (I have three in mind for NA), and improved Wii Shop Channel weeks; for the preexisting Wii owners? You know, instead of almost abandoning them with Wii U 8-12 months away. And get a few new Wii owners in the process, who'll pay full price for a fully featured system. Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

It is always cool to see a Nintendo console released with a Mario side-scroller, like the olden days, though!



ogo79 said:

so if i get this, which i wanted have to re-buy all my VC games to have them on this new black wii!?!?



Waxxy said:

It's ironic that everyone here complaining about the lack of GC functionality most probably already has a Wii with GC functionality. It's not like you have any reason to run out and buy this, guys.

I agree that the price should be cut more but I think the idea is they're making up for the lack of GC features by including a soundtrack CD. It still doesn't really make sense to me and I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo has plans to slash this to $99 just in time for Christmas so that late-comers to the world of Nintendo can get in cheap for the holidays.



komicturtle said:

Bring the blue one over and maybe I'd consider- probably not though.

There are people who rip soundtracks from games, so you could just download them folks. I downloaded Smash Bros. Brawl's whole soundtrack..



rjejr said:

No Gamecube game or controller support = $99, I don't care what game or soundtrack they package it with. And the Mario Kart bundle is $135 everywhere I look and that comes with a Wii wheel.
And I'ld rather have the blue one, even if it does make it look like a Jakks Pacific toy.
It's one thing for the Wii to die, do they have to humiliate it day in and day out.



Shock_Tart said:

lol neutered wii. what kinda crap is that? no gamecube support? and 149 for somethig like that? all because it has some fancy music? well good job on shooting yourself in the foot on that one nintendo. you know instead it should have added an extra slot where u can play GBA games by the memory card slots or something along WITH gamecube control. that is totally just not worth the price they are selling it for. nintendo has lost it. sadly :[



retro_player_22 said:

The bundle is good but the console sucks compare to the original Wii. Not only will GCN support be gone but with this console you are limited to playing only Wii games and to us some of the good Wii games are those NOA refused to released over here. I rather save my money for the Wii U, it doesn't had GCN compatibility but at least it's new and still bc with Wii.



Marios-love-child said:

I cant believe how many of you are concerned about the lack of Gamecube support.

Surely everyone who is remotely interested in playing Gamecube games will already own either:

A. An origional Wii with built in gamecube support


B. An actual Gamecube console.

This new console is for people who dont already own either of the above.

The way some of you are carrying on you would think that Nintendo are planning to come round to your house, dismantle your existing Wii to remove the Gamecube support and while their at it snatch all your gamecube games and controllers away from you



Ichabod said:

Wow, that actually doesn't sound like much of a deal. This should have come out a couple years ago... at this price. The sound track, if not already available separately, will be in a couple months as people rip the music and sell it on ebay. I don't know. Give up GC support for NSMB? Doesn't sound like a deal to me. Should have included both SMG games instead and I'd say it would be a great deal!



Tryken said:

NoA won't bring a single Rainfall game, but they'll bring this stupidity posthaste. Unbelievable.



GeminiSaint said:

This is for people who don't yet own a Wii and don't care about GameCube games. Why is this so hard to understand?



Tasuki said:

@Gemini Saint: Yeah but what happens when the people who do own a Wii now and it breaks and than they are forced to buy one of these Wiis without the Gamecube parts. Why is this so hard to understand?



Marios-love-child said:


No one is forcing you to buy anything. You could just as easily pick up a pre owened original Wii with GameCube support if you really want one. You dont HAVE to buy this newer version.

What will you do when they bring out the Wii U and stop production of the Wii altogether?

The GameCube has been going for almost 10 years, its time to let it go and move on



Token_Girl said:

It's kind of crazy that they're charging the same amount of money for it, but you can still get the original version, no problem. I guess they figure many people buying new Wii's don't care about gamecube, and NSMB is a strong enough seller to get people to buy for the bundle, not the hardware.



Tasuki said:

@Rated_R_Superstar: Its not so much the inability to play Gamecube games so much as not being able to use the GC controller for Wii games and VC games. For example I have Mario Kart Wii if I want to play 4 players I have 2 Wiimotes and 2 Gamecube controllers. Now with this new Wii I wouldnt be able to play 4 players since there wont be anyway to connect my Wavebird controllers to it. See what I am getting at. Also I dont like the way N64 games play with the CC or the CCpro.

As I said before not being able to play GC games isnt the big thing here I still have my Gamecube for that if something should happen to my Wii or for when I do upgrade to the Wii U.



Marios-love-child said:

I understand what your saying but I still dont see how this will effect you. Pretty much everyone I know owns a Wii and I can honestly say hand on heart not one of them has ever had a broken Wii and therefore never had to go out and buy a new one, so the failure rate is actually pretty low on the Wii compared to the Xbox ring of death for example.

Lets just say though in the spirit of debate that your Wii did break down.

So far there have been 80 odd million Wii's sold world wide, this means that if you really had to buy another for some reason you'd have little to no trouble at all tracking down a Pre-owned Wii with the Gamecube controller ports already built in. You dont HAVE to buy this new model if you dont want too.

Again though in the spirit of debate, lets just say the for whatever reason you were forced into buying this new version of the Wii, you complain about only being able to use your 2 Wii remotes.

Well....... you do realise that when you buy your new (gamecube supportless) Wii its likely to come with at the very least 1 Wii remote. Heck possibly even 2 depending on when or where you buy it.

Now correct me if i'm wrong but add those 2 to the 2 that you already own and that will give you 4 Wii remotes to play as much 4 Player Mario Kart as you like.

Ok so you cant use your gamecube controllers to play N64 games from the VC but as I stated above, you really dont have to purchase this model if you dont want to.

Sorry to keep going on but I just cant understand whats so difficult to understand about the points i'm making.

No doubt you'll come back with a counter argument and think of another reason I may have forgotten



StarDust4Ever said:

What, no zany wacky Virtual Console exclusives, like the DK: Original Edition PAL got last year? Bah! USA gets screwed again. Oh wait: they get a game that doesn't match the soundtrack. Throwing in a NSMBWii game with a Galaxy sountrack is a dumb idea, in my opinion. If you're gonna do that, you might as well include Galaxy instead of or in addition to NSMBWii. The reason NSMBWii sold boatloads more than both Galaxies is due to advertising and bundling.

Does anybody know if the CD soundtrack is comparable to the Japanese Club Nintendo edition? I already have the Japanese version, but if this one's got a different selection of tracks, I may have to snag it off ebay.



Tasuki said:

@Rated_R_Superstar: You have very good points there and I have to say I never heard of a Wii breaking down like a Xbox 360 for example unless the Wii had been modded or through total neglect by the owner but thats a different story.

You are right there that I dont have to buy one of these new ones I mean heck I probably never will have to buy another Wii again I mean if its made just as good as my NES I will have it a long time. The only thing is the people who do end up buying this Wii are going to miss some great games on the GC but like you said if they really wanted to play the GC games they can get a GC really cheap.

Honestly if I think about it they are just doing what Sony did with the PS2 backwards compatibility in their PS3s, which I am still not happy about and is the main reason why I opted for an Xbox over a PS3.

Sorry for carrying on like I did.

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