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.

[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. 

Triton
Triton

Has to have Wi-Fi, how else will publishers fix their games they put out that are not finished...

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

It looks like something you'd throw at someone when they're annoying you...

franzito
franzito

I wonder why Nintendo pulls a stunt like this if not for profit purposes.

snova9308
snova9308

if its cheep enough, i might want it simply for the monster hunter 3

but other than that, meh...

 

too bad its canada exclusive.

why did they even make a seperate console if their only selling it in one country anyway?

ag_04
ag_04

Wow that is some really ugly design...

Stormbringer91
Stormbringer91

Canada is just a test ground for nintendo, with less people than California they can use that to project how much profit could be made if a mass supply were to be shipped. That is my theory anyway.

Rohan233
Rohan233

Reggie Fils Aime needs to be replaced, as he clearly does not know what the fuck he's doing. This is just utter garbage Nintendo, my PS1 is worth more than that crap.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

awful strange that theyre only releasing it in canada

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

what did Canadians ever do to Nintendo to deserve this crap

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Or for just a little bit more they are still selling Wii bundles with more functions or for a few bucks less you can get a used Wii with more functions, and Wiis don't really break, so why not go for the used one if you're looking to save some money?

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

WTF does anyone will want a Wii? it's like the shittyest console since the virtualboy 

 

and a portable gamecube will sell much better (provided we can buy the games on Eshop) 

 

really nintendo start thinking

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Why... the hell would you want one?  And why the hell only in Canada?  

justinka777
justinka777

id rather buy a game cube mini than a wii mini

Meinhard1
Meinhard1

...another may even purchase a Wii U, another still might LOATH Nintendo but buy all three inexplicably.

Yet some will go their entire lives without so much as looking at a Wii.  The Wii Mini may be perfect for them, the Wii may be perfect for them, the Wii U may be perfect for them. But having never seen a Wii how could they know?

Meinhard1
Meinhard1

I think that this will be the perfect Wii unit for a certain type of person.  And the worst Wii possible for another type of person.