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Wii Mini Is Hitting The UK On March 22nd

Posted by Damien McFerran

Don't all rush out at once

The Wii Mini — otherwise known as the hardware revision that nobody asked for — is coming to the UK on March 22nd.

The system was launched last year as a Canadian exclusive, but we'd recently heard rumours that it was getting a wider release this year. A scaled-down edition of the original Wii console — which has sold almost 100 million units globally — the Wii Mini has a different design and no internet connectivity whatsoever.

To coincide with the launch, Nintendo is releasing several classic titles under the Nintendo Selects banner.

There's no word on pricing as yet, but in Canada it cost $99.99 — which translates to just over £60. Will this price point convince you to open your wallet? Leave a comment to let us know.

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User Comments (32)

BenAV

#2

BenAV said:

An ugly Wii with no GameCube support or Internet connectivity... everyone better get themselves one of these.
It's barely even mini compared to a normal Wii, too. :P

Squashie

#3

Squashie said:

I have no reason to buy this, I mean, it looks nice, but there is just no point, I own both a Wii and Wii U.

Burning_Spear

#4

Burning_Spear said:

Here comes another day of bashing a product that isn't targeted to a single person who frequents this Web site.

Shugo

#5

Shugo said:

@Burning_Spear
That's true, but I went snooping around Canadian online retailers (where the Mini has been available for a while) and what I found was pretty shocking: it looks like Nintendo has been phasing out all the other Wii SKUs. I couldn't find a single major retailer that was selling any new Wiis other than the Mini.

For a latecomer who wants a shiny new Wii, that's probably really irritating. At this point it looks like the only other option is a used Wii (which is cheaper than Mini anyway). If they're rolling the Mini out in the UK, this might be your last chance to pick up a more capable Wii.

Here in the US, you can still get a non-GCN-playing Wii with internet and component support AND Wii Sports Resort for only $130. Why this still isn't an option for the upper half of North America eludes me. It's a much better deal for both 'casuals' AND 'hardcores'.

Bass_X0

#7

Bass_X0 said:

My four year old niece may want a Wii for her fifth birthday, but I'd rather get her a second hand proper Wii for half the price.

Gavin_Rozee

#8

Gavin_Rozee said:

Just a heads up for anyone in the UK, you can get the light blue Wii with Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Mario & Sonic 2012 and Metroid Other M from ShopTo for £90.

It takes component, SD cards and has Wifi, but no GC compatibility.

Muzer

#10

Muzer said:

I was wondering - what happens if you plug an ethernet dongle into it?

Spooky

#11

Spooky said:

I might get a couple so that I can have an official red nunchuk finally! As far as I know it doesn't have USB either so no internet at all

rezyac

#12

rezyac said:

noo go away AWAY DAM YOU. iv just spent over £200 on the neo geo gold with extra arcade stick /spit. colectors nightmare bringing out new (old) consoles lol

Drawdler

#13

Drawdler said:

Still waiting for Australian confirmation so that I can add this to my collection. I think that I'm only missing SNES, Virtual Boy, GBA Micro and DSi XL of the really major ones now so I may as well get a Mini to keep.
I need a SNES first though. :P

TheAdza

#14

TheAdza said:

Boo hiss. I honestly can't believe Nintendo are sinking money into this instead of promoting the Wii U.

ThumperUK

#15

ThumperUK said:

I presume that by not including wifi in this version (it made more sense not to include in Canada) that Nintendo will be switching off Wii internet access at some point & sooner rather than later.

ToxieDogg

#17

ToxieDogg said:

Complete waste of Nintendo's time and money. Just like the GB Micro pretty much was. It's an interesting curio, nothing more.

DePapier

#19

DePapier said:

We need to understand that this device is not meant for us as we're looking towards the Wii U as a home console. That Nintendo is bringing it to the UK must mean that it still sold well in Canada.

Dunban

#20

Dunban said:

100% for casual gamers, families, my grandma, or just as a party-console. there will a small number of customers, but it`s quite funny to develop and sell a death console, with not even a single new game

AJWolfTill

#22

AJWolfTill said:

If they market this.... It's going to outsell the WiiU in the UK....
Please don't let that happen :'(

RaylaxStaff

#23

Raylax said:

Nintendo logic:
"Welp, the Wii U isn't selling brilliantly. Better put out a different bit of new hardware to siphon off a few more sales!"

"Welp, Mario games have been horribly over-exposed recently. Better re-publish 3 old ones!"

Farmboy74

#24

Farmboy74 said:

Why oh why oh why, Nintendo need to push the Wii U more in the UK, not sell a new version of the outgoing Wii that retains non of all the features of the original. The only reason, I can see of Nintendo doing this, is that they will remove from circulation the current Wii model and offer this against the WII U with all the features. But they are running a huge risk in my eyes of cannibalisng Wii U sales with this .

MEGAMAN_D

#26

MEGAMAN_D said:

see this is where nintendo are stupid

why even put the effort and resources into this totally pointles and useless revision of a more or less dead console.

they should be more concerned, with promoting the Wii U and actually getting people to recognize their NEW console.

FullbringIchigo

#27

FullbringIchigo said:

well i have my WiiU to play my Wii games now (gave my old Wii away when i updtated to the WiiU it was first Nintendo console i got rid of) and so do many others or the original Wii so bringing this out now just seems a little stupid if you ask me plus no internet connection so no Wii Shop and no VC games, i really can't see this selling at all

TheSonicdude97

#29

TheSonicdude97 said:

I could use one as a cushion while playing games, so then both my butt and I will have technology available in front of us! ;D

neumaus

#30

neumaus said:

@TheSonicdude97 Just know that if you ever wanted to sell your butt cushion Wii mini, you'll have to call Nintendo to make it official.
These butt cushion transfers are complicated stuff!

XD

HaNks

#31

HaNks said:

not so bad considering you get a nice red motion plus included. and the retail price on those things individually is +/- £40. nintendo will have an idea of how many people ever connect their wii's to the internet and it's probably a lowish percentage. so this seems like a reasonable model to push in the future, especially in 'emerging' markets.

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