Wii Mini hitting December 7?

Supposed internal release schedule from "major retailer" suggests Nintendo will release redesigned, more compact console early next month.

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A Wii redesign could be on store shelves as early as next month, if one report proves accurate. NintendoWorldReport has obtained a supposed internal release schedule from an unnamed "major retailer" that reveals a "Wii Mini" console will arrive December 7. No price was listed.

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The bundle will come with a new, more "compact" Wii system, as well as a sensor bar, nunchuck, and Wii Remote Plus.

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.

A Nintendo representative declined to comment.

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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