Wii Mini lacks Wi-Fi, GameCube support

$99 hardware revision cannot connect to Internet at all or play previous generation games; hits retail December 7 exclusively in Canada.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Nintendo confirmed the Wii Mini as a Canada-exclusive to be sold through the holiday season. No mention was made of a release in other territories. A landing page at the company's website confirms the earlier reports. The Wii Mini cannot connect to the Internet or play GameCube games.

The original story follows below.

The evidence for the Wii Mini continues to mount. Though Nintendo has not officially announced the hardware revision, Best Buy Canada has posted images of the device, and now Future Shop has provided even more details. A post to the retailer's blog corroborates earlier reports that the Wii Mini will be available December 7, but also reveals a price: $99. The current MSRP for the Wii is $130.

The lower price tag does not come without functionality setbacks. The Wii Mini does not include Wi-Fi support, and according to the retailer, will not be able to connect to the Internet at all or make use of online features in games. Additionally, the Wii Mini does not have GameCube functionality. The system is not compatible with GameCube discs, with controller ports and memory slots stripped from the system.

As for the system itself, the Wii Mini will sport a red case with a black matte finish on its top. It will come bundled with a red Wii Remote Plus and matching Nunchuck controllers. The Wii Mini is, as its name suggests, smaller than the original Wii, and requires the unit to be laid flat. The original Wii allowed users to either position the system horizontally or vertically.

The Wii Mini's power-on button is positioned at the system's bottom left corner, with an Open button on the right. This suggests the Wii Mini will be a top-loading system, similar to the GameCube.

A Nintendo representative was not immediately available for comment.

If the report is true, it would mark the second Wii redesign, following last year's Europe-only "Wii Family Edition" bundle. This console did not feature GameCube controller ports.

Last week, Nintendo director of product marketing Bill Trinen said the Wii remains a viable platform because of its large install base. He also suggested Nintendo could spur hardware sales by making the system available "at the right price."

"I think there's also the potential for a lot of people who still haven't purchased Wii, believe it or not, who might be interested at the right price," Trinen said at the time. "So we'll probably be looking at it more from that standpoint."

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twisted_sith
twisted_sith

lol this is cute! i kinda wish i had waited since i just bought a used white wii and i don't care about gamecube or wifi...

NightFox313
NightFox313

I can see why the online support would be removed, but why the GameCube backwards compatibility? It's hard enough to set the normal Wii vertically and play with GameCube controllers without it falling over or anything, even with the stand. You could play it horizontally, but then that risks the console from heating up too much.

 

They should've kept the GameCube compatibility, at least.

Chunkman
Chunkman

While I'm not going to qualify this decision as 'good', 'bad', 'smart' or 'foolish', I will say that this is perhaps the strangest marketing choice that I've seen come from Ninty in a long while. Keep in mind we're also talking about the masterminds behind the Power Glove though...

blakedaking
blakedaking

this saves new buyers from experiencing horrible online play

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I would accept no Wi-Fi over no GC backwards compatibility...

kb8618
kb8618

The flyers (Shoppers Drug Mart) I've seen say 89.99Clearly the Wii isn't selling well in Canada so they had to resort to releasing this bare-bone console

X-RS
X-RS

If the sensor bar coulda been better calibrated or whatever and basically be INSIDE the red box,

its f*cking worth every dying penny!!!! >_<

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I'd say they have way to many wii left and they are trying to get rid of them cheap. I think anyone who buys these are fools though, don't bother with these just get the wiiU or a ps3 or Xbox360

bmart970
bmart970

Question: The new Wii U is out, so why would I buy a cheap console that is inferior even to the last gen Nintendo console?

gameking5000
gameking5000

I actually think this smart by Nintendo.  The Wii's greatest weakness is online. Their best games are the mainly single player and local multiplayer games. Remove that feature and take $30 off the price which would encourage more people to buy it if they haven't already.

zpluffy
zpluffy

Mean while in Canada...

xolivierx
xolivierx

I think I'm going to wait outside futureshop , and when i see someone coming out with a miniwii I'm going to throw eggs at them

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

Wii Mini , iPad Mini?if this the Real Look Of Wii Mini it's Look horrible design!

Ringx55
Ringx55

I'm trying to wrap my head around why this would be exclusive to Canada. Maybe the Wii has never been a big seller here?

almossbb
almossbb

gotta be one of the most retarded decisions. i cant imagine my wii without gamecube or wifi, lacking in technology as the console already is

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

Damn, Nintendo are the KINGS of reselling people ***t they already own! Can't wait for the Wii Nano or maybe the Wii MiniXL (you know a smaller, larger version).

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

i'd rather spend the extra 40$, get online, get backwards compatibility, get 2 free games which happen to be some of the only good games made for wii.. What a gimmick....LOL

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

I didn't think it needed a Wiidesigned. Ha look! I made a funnay!

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I can walk to the end of my street here and buy a Wii for £30, and probably even less now that the U has come out.

Why on earth would someone pick this up?

vicke32
vicke32

This is just rather silly, there's no point in getting this when you can get a normal wii. If they however sold it for about 70, it came with 4 controllers and was renamed to have the word "family" in the name it would be something of a commercial success.

After all, the only people who would buy this don't have a gamecube, nor would they play anything that would require internet.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

A store up here in Canada is already advertising that they are selling this for $89.99 so who knows how low the price will go.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

This thing is only good to flip for more money to collectors of video game consoles and Nintendo fan boys.

fefisgbf13
fefisgbf13

like everyone I was like WTF no wifi?

Then I realized as a wii owner for almost 4 years now I dont remember the last time I used internet on it.

Solace427
Solace427

So it's a pretty little box? -shrugs- O.o

djwood84
djwood84

Was excited when I saw this -- till I realized there would be no virtual console and no gamecube games.  WTF big N?

naomha1
naomha1

Sometimes, the decisions Nintendo make just make me scratch my head. A Wii, with no wi-fi? How do you update the damn games? Even the damn PS2 slim had internet.  Oh, Nintendo, how you love to shoot yourself in the foot. 

jayd02
jayd02

I think it looks cool, but it can't do anything.  I understand the reasoning behind making it but it can't do anything.  Not having online isn't that bad for the games aspect because the Wii had virtually no online any ways.  If you used it for Netflix or any other means (I don't know what else) then there is no reason to get this.   Not supporting Gamecube is ok; Gamecube is really old now.  Not much nostalgia in getting it since there are only a handful of games that you would buy for the console.

 

Not a bad move by Nintendo, just a weird one.  This could potentially take away from Wii U sales.  Yes money is still going to Nintendo but they need to get Wii U's out to people rather then an old console.  The Wii can't do anything, it can't update, there is virtually no reason to continue it.  Nintendo needs to get the Wii U out and make the transition period between the Wii and Wii U as small as possible.   I have a Wii U and I love it if anybody out there is still debating on whether or not to find one. 

Gilligan1961
Gilligan1961

Well, since most of us in Canada live in igloos with no internet anyway, I guess Nintendo sees an opportunity here....

Gooper_Blooper
Gooper_Blooper

Even if I didn't have a Wii, I'd have to pass on this. I don't mind the lack of GameCube compatibility because I still have my trusty platinum Cube, but no Wi-Fi means no WiiWare or Virtual Console, which is a deal-breaker. Too bad - I like the design.

L_ninyo07
L_ninyo07

... i never hated or disliked the Wii, but i hate this "Wii Mini" it looks like a food take out container.

littlelynn84
littlelynn84

I honestly kinda dig the weird design.  It's cute.  ^_^

 

And yet, at least half of the time I've spent with my Wii has been playing Virtual Console and GameCube titles (not to mention Netflix and Hulu).  The lesser functionality really is a little disappointing to me. 

Wyckid
Wyckid

 @blakedaking As a huge Nintendo fan, I found this comment to be hilarious.

kawaiiflonne
kawaiiflonne

 @Pharoah_Jon Now here is the biggest question to your rant, why buy that Wii Mini when you can get from gamestop a wii for 79.99 for a refurbished one. It can't be that for canada shipping, so it seems like would be cheaper for a refurbished wii, then the actual wii mini.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

 @Pharoah_Jon I'd try and build a thought out argument/agreement with what you 're saying, but it's hard to take you seriously when you're going around insulting everyone in every which way you can find, all the while typing like you just learnt what a keyboard is.

 

In all seriousness, we live in a much different age then that of 1987. To say this isn't geared towards hardcore gamers is the truth, but lacking features in something like the Wii is a bit...baffling. Now, it's not the fact it lacks Gamecube support (although keeping something like that in could have still sold it to some core gamers) isn't an issue, but throwing out the entire network capabilities is daunting. It cuts out some things the Wii is capable off, and in fact cuts down content from other software. The consumer is missing out on about 30-40% of content that the console has to offer, while offering nothing more in return other then a bit of a markdown and a shiny new package.

 

On top of all of this, I've almost never seen a house that didn't have a Wii under their TV sets, and that's saying something when I know a few people who are less fortunate, so I feel this is a bit of a silly decision to make six years later. Sure, the PS2 slim sold strong still, but it didn't do anything other then make the PS2 smaller (and I think it might have lacked PS1 support? Not too sure on that one though, HDD support I know for sure) and the PS2 already had a pretty strong library to back it up. Well, time will tell on how well it sells, but I doubt it will sell that well here (at least, not in the Toronto area)

DuoMaxwell007
DuoMaxwell007

 @almossbb  umm you are aware of the fact that some of the later model normal Wii's also lack gamecube support right?

GeneralBeanX
GeneralBeanX

 @vicke32 If the people that would buy this don't have a gamecube and wouldn't need internet then why would they get the normal Wii over this? Spending money on features you don't need is a waste. I think you are dead on with who this is marketed towards and with the holiday approaching I think the Wii Mini will sell great to its market. $100 for a console is great deal. We just need to see if Nintendo puts enough of them on the shelf soon enough to make the sales. 

Wakkawipeout
Wakkawipeout

 @naomha1 In the 6 years the Wii has existed, I remember only a handful of patches for the whole system. Skyward Sword was the only game I remember getting one.

 

Otherwise, there weren't any Wii games that needed updates. It's not like the PS3 or 360 where every game has multiple patches, sometimes on day one.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@naomha1 they probably had spare parts and deducted they could sell a low budget wii with them parts, hence the fugly design

Gooper_Blooper
Gooper_Blooper

Oh darn, wait - No Cube compatibility means no Cube controllers, and a good 80 percent of my playtime was with Cube controllers. Yeah, that's a deal-breaker too.

Pharoah_Jon
Pharoah_Jon

@Draken_Domingo

Oh so your from Toronto, the wannabe American city....lol

All kidding aside...

"The consumer is missing out on about 30-40% of content that the console has to offer," I dunno where you got that number from, but yes the Wii Mini is lacking what the Wii is capable of! I know some ppl that have a Wii, and don't make use of the online features!

    the lesson here, you don't miss something that you haven't experienced! Nintendo is aware of who has their Wii connected. And maybe, just maybe they've noticed the least amount of ppl connecting their Wii's to the internet in Canada!

   There is still a consumer out there, ppl that haven't bought the Wii yet for a variety reasons. Ones that only have Xbox 360 and PS3 that are curious about it. Ppl that want a 2nd one, OldSchool gamers getting back into gaming! And for $99 you can't go wrong, This is great for late adopters, famiies + "GAMERS" who haven't realized the hidden gamer inside them!

  Personally don't know how the "Wii Mini" is going to sell, but I don't think it's going to least bit faze Nintendo!!!

almossbb
almossbb

@DuoMaxwell007 oh I'm very aware. and it remains a retarded idea. that other Wii was retarded and this one is even worse.

Pharoah_Jon
Pharoah_Jon

 @kawaiiflonne Cheap ppl, just another market!!!

Obvioulsy Nintendo hasn't reached 100% of North Americans. Ppl that haven't tryed the Wii or possibly console gaming at all.

Whether it be Truckers, Toddlers, Grannies, Tranies, Angry Loners and Uncle Leo!

kawaiiflonne
kawaiiflonne

 @Pharoah_Jon Honestly I think the Wii Mini is just a cheaper device to cash in on people, who don't want to spend, as much on a system. I personally don't like it either.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

 @Pharoah_Jon  Trust me when I say that there is nothing about America that Canada wants to be. :)

DuoMaxwell007
DuoMaxwell007

 @almossbb  @DuoMaxwell007  its not retarded... older model PS3s had stuff removed... you ever thought that maybe its because the Wii is 6 year old now and 99% of the people who actually WANTED one have one already.. while these minis are just for poorer ppl who would like one but couldnt afford it at the higher price and thus things have been taken out of it to make the price cheaper.. as such the target demographic for these Wii's probably dont have internet ANYWAY so wi fi would be useless to them as they manly just want the wii for playing games.. and speaking of WiFi internet was mainly useless on Wii anyway I mean how many games were widely played online on Wii? Im sure not even the MOST online played Wii game has higher numbers than the LEAST online played xbox or ps3 game mainly because of nintendo's bad online (friend codes) lack of voice chat in 99% of the games  and online was hardly hyped (i men Wii has what.. 10 online games IF that)? so yeah no Wifi isnt a huge loss and I doubt people care about gamecube much.