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The Wii Mini Is Real, Arrives December 7 — In Canada

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the tora-tora-tora dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday there was a rumor doing the rounds that Nintendo was set to release a brand new version of the Wii console called the Wii Mini. The new machine would be significantly smaller than the current Wii, is expected to ship with a Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, and Sensor Bar, and hopefully carries a much lower (sub-$100) price. Well, it looks as though this wasn't just a rumor. Best Buy Canada has it listed with an image on its front page and a December 7 release date." Also at PC Mag.

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Cooling (1)

sycodon (149926) | about 2 years ago | (#42106439)

My son's Wii requires a fan be set up behind it for cooling or it shuts down.

Presumably they fixed that for this version (may have fixed it previously...I don't know, I just use it for Netflix).

Re:Cooling (4, Informative)

ZiakII (829432) | about 2 years ago | (#42106483)

My son's Wii requires a fan be set up behind it for cooling or it shuts down.

Presumably they fixed that for this version (may have fixed it previously...I don't know, I just use it for Netflix).



That sounds like a clogged exhaust fan, I would just take a can of air to it, and possibly dissemble the fan and clean it. Never had that problem with mine and it runs in a small shelf under the TV.

Re:Cooling (1, Informative)

rjejr (921275) | about 2 years ago | (#42106563)

Turn off the "always on" setting. About 2 years ago they did an update and everybody's Wii has been running hot since then. When your Wii is "off" the front top light should be a deep dark red, NOT orange. Of course since this new one doesn't have any internet overheating and always on won't be a problem.

Re:Cooling (1, Insightful)

Myrrh (53301) | about 2 years ago | (#42106599)

Don't know where you got that idea, but I've had mine more than two years and the only time the red LED has ever lit up is when the console has lost power. Is this info in the manual somewhere?

Re:Cooling (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106653)

manual???
What's hard to understand, there are 2 settings.. ORANGE (soft off, always on)
                                                                                                                                                --RED (Actually OFF)
you are correct if you have it set to "always on" and you lose power it will go red till the next reboot obviously.

Re:Cooling (-1, Flamebait)

Myrrh (53301) | about 2 years ago | (#42106677)

So no, you're talking out your rear end. How about some authoritative information?

Re:Cooling (4, Informative)

egamma (572162) | about 2 years ago | (#42106771)

So no, you're talking out your rear end. How about some authoritative information?

rjejr is correct. You can go into your Wii Settings and turn off the background data options--you know, the one that updates your weather and news and all that while your Wii is in standby mode. If you don't use your Wii for weather/news, you can save yourself some electricity/money by disabling the standby mode.

Re:Cooling (1)

Myrrh (53301) | about 2 years ago | (#42106999)

Good to know. Thank you.

Re:Cooling (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107215)

Why bother with that? I save myself even more electricity by unplugging it when it's not in use.

Re:Cooling (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107613)

It's rather rude to accuse someone of talking out of their rear end just because you're too lazy to check that what they said was correct.

Re:Cooling (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42108057)

Actually, you're inaccurate due to the Daimler-Hersfeld conjunction.

Re:Cooling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42108165)

I saw aliens land in 1951. Call me a liar and you're rude.

Re:Cooling (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106937)

Standby (yellow) is pushing the off button quick or using off on the Wii-mote controller. Off (red) is when you hold down the power button for over 2 seconds until it turns red. It is in the manual somewhere, but if I recall it's not somewhere readily obvious.

Re:Cooling (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106643)

The orange light is an indicator that WiiConnect24 is enabled. This leaves the wireless on while the console is "off", allowing the console to receive messages from your contacts when you aren't using the console. You can disable WiiConnect24 in the system menu.

You can't use a Wii Mini for Netflix (1)

IYagami (136831) | about 2 years ago | (#42108705)

According to the Verge (see http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/27/3698060/nintendo-wii-mini-no-internet-no-future [theverge.com] ), ", the Wii Mini comes with some unfortunate compromises, most notably the lack of any sort of online connectivity. Instead of being a media streamer-killing Netflix box that can also play a huge library of games, the Wii Mini feels more like a missed opportunity."

Re:Cooling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106561)

Some of the first gen models had a similar (maybe the same?). The issue was that when the Wii was idle (and all the fans were off), the video card would still be active. Naturally, this caused some problems for people. I just turn off my Wii when I'm not using it. It's a small inconvenience to have walk up to the Wii and hold the button for a couple seconds, but easy enough to shrug off.

Re:Cooling (4, Funny)

blackfrancis75 (911664) | about 2 years ago | (#42106629)

Err, from TFH:

The Wii Mini Is Real, Arrives December 7 — In Canada

Cooling won't be a problem..

Wiiii (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106485)

The Wii2 or Wiiii

Re:Wiiii (2)

JimCanuck (2474366) | about 2 years ago | (#42106915)

Apparently Roman Numerals are not taught in school any more.

Re:Wiiii (0)

cygnwolf (601176) | about 2 years ago | (#42107859)

Pretty sure he got it right.... Wii-ii......

Re:Wiiii (1)

ConaxConax (1886430) | about 2 years ago | (#42106987)

The Wii2 or Wiiii

The WeeWii maybe?

Re:Wiiii (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107053)

In Canada, Mini Wiis come in bags.

Re:Wiiii (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about 2 years ago | (#42107887)

Or perhaps the W-1-1

No internet? (2)

bananaquackmoo (1204116) | about 2 years ago | (#42106499)

But it has no internet? Really? Seriously? No thanks.

Re:No internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106533)

Yeah, major dealbreaker. They didn't honestly think this would hurt the sales of the Wii U, did they?

Re:No internet? (4, Interesting)

Br'fin (170009) | about 2 years ago | (#42106589)

A curious choice. But I suppose if they didn't want to go to any effort to future proof the process and just wanted something cheap to go up against those $60 dollar motion activated Genesis knockoffs that CVS tends to carry this time of year... And it's obvious that people buying a Wii Mini aren't going to be focused on the latest and greatest Wii U stuff they want to be promoting on the Nintendo Channel... Still, it's a moderate shame about the Wii Shop and handful of online games.

*ponder* Does the Mini have fixed system memory and no SD Card support now too? I suppose without SD Card support it wouldn't have the save space memory for as many games/downloads either.

Re:No internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106705)

Wii U? This is a story about a Wii. Nintendo is releasing Wiis with reduced features to lower costs. They did something similar when they released a revamped, horizontal-style console without GameCube controller ports. They're taking it a step further and removing Internet capability, while continuing to sell Internet-enabled consoles to consumers who want them. I think it's a stupid idea, but that's the deal.

Re:No internet? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106729)

Maybe it makes sense to buy a Wii without Internet capability. The Wii's at the end of its life and since Nintendo has already confirmed they have no active Wii projects, who knows when they'll pull those game servers offline...

Re:No internet? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#42107153)

I think this is one of those cases where they meant to release the Wii Mini a while ago, but it got internally delayed for whatever reason, so they're releasing it to a scraps market. Next gen consoles may be out by next Christmas already.

Re:No internet? (1)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 years ago | (#42106745)

Why does it need internet?

Needs internet (1)

CQDX (2720013) | about 2 years ago | (#42106899)

For downloading games from the Wii store and Netflix. Half the games my kids play are SNES/N64 classics. When not playing I'm catching up on movies and old TV shows on Netflix.

Re:No internet? (2)

NevarMore (248971) | about 2 years ago | (#42106907)

Netflix (this is my main use for my Wii)
Playing games online
Using the built in browser
Getting game updates

Re:No internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107225)

Certainly a strange omission, but I assume you can still upgrade it to support internet with a USB ethernet adapter just like the previous iterations. (Not sure if it would support a USB WiFi adapter...)

Re:No internet? (1)

Applekid (993327) | about 2 years ago | (#42107615)

What gets me is, how much did they save by removing WiFi from a system that already communicates wirelessly to it's controllers? It couldn't have been very much. Microsoft's cheaper 360 design went the other direction and bundled it in! Makes Microsoft look like Santa IMO.

At least with internet connectivity the console could buy games off the shop at whatever price Nintendo wants to ask. With how mature the Wii game market is, I don't see anyone pinching pennies by buying this system over a Wii classic as buying anything other than cheap used games at no profit to Nintendo. Why wouldn't they want to leave this revenue stream open? Even if they did

It's not the first time Nintendo re-released a system and fucked it up. The NES 2 dropped the composite connections, SNES 2 dropped S-Video and RGB output (even though the port and cable supported them). Since then further gimping revisions haven't been so obvious. There was a Gamecube revision that dropped the digital video out, removing 480p possibilities, and modern Wiis don't have Gamecube compatibility.

Re:No internet? (4, Insightful)

gmarsh (839707) | about 2 years ago | (#42107865)

Other than sharing the same 2.4GHz ISM frequency band, bluetooth (used for their controllers) and WiFi share basically nothing. In the regular Wii they use separate chipsets, separate antennas, etc. They're stripping out a few bucks worth of hardware. Not to mention, implementing WiFi in a product invariably involves paying a bunch of license fees to patent holders etc - either included in the price of your wifi chipset or paid separately. This adds a couple more bucks to the design.

Take the $99 they're selling the thing for at the store and subtract store markup, shipping, factory tooling, packaging, the rest of the stuff in the Wii box, etc. and you don't have much money to spend on the Wii Mini itself. A few bucks spent adding WiFi could end up being a significant part of the cost.

Honestly, I have to throw some praise at Nintendo for making a game system that's so cheap. My workplace is doing an "adopt-a-family" thing for the christmas season, where employees get together and buy christmas gifts for single parents who can't afford much for their kids. At $99, it's made our shopping list.

Re:No internet? (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 2 years ago | (#42108577)

Not just no WiFi, but

Internet connectivity features are not available.

..so no Ethernet port either.

I don't have a Wii, but have considered getting one largely to play the old relatively old cheap games from the Wii store, plus a few Wii specific games.. and thought this cheaper one would be a good fit, but nope..

Were people really upset about the size? (2)

Covalent (1001277) | about 2 years ago | (#42106573)

It's not like the original Wii was enormous...it may have been the smallest major gaming console ever sold. And since the price is not significantly less and the functionality is significantly less (no internet) I'm left wondering one thing:


Why would Nintendo waste their money developing and selling this?

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106689)

They don't. It wouldn't surprise me the slightest if this was used for a MCM test because the chips already have good yields. That, or they repackage what they already have.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

RdeCourtney (2034578) | about 2 years ago | (#42106735)

They're not wasting their money.. is replaces the original Wii. So they have 2 products - The full blown Wii U and then Wii Mini. The Wii Mini will be their entry level machine, no internet is great so I can let the kids play and not have to worry about them accessing the internet - it's a basic console. It's also only $99. If I want to access the internet and have full access to the internet, then I have my Wii U. http://www.nintendo.com/wiimini?country=CA&lang=en/ [nintendo.com]

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

Merk42 (1906718) | about 2 years ago | (#42106789)

The Wii U is an entirely different console, it's not the Wii with a touchscreen controller (gamepad). A Wii U game, that comes on a disc, that doesn't even require the gamepad would NOT play on the Wii/Wii Mini

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

EdgeyEdgey (1172665) | about 2 years ago | (#42106933)

The Wii U is not entirely different. The Wii U plays Wii games and can use the Wii controlers. You could say that the Wii is a subset of Wii U.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107087)

Its no more a subset of the Wii U than the Game Boy Advance was a subset of the original DS

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107121)

"Backward compatibility with" is not the same thing as "a subset of".

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107151)

The Classic Wii menu on the U is actually like the old Commodore C128s (in 64 mode)... they reboot into a separate ROM which has the original Wii firmware. You go back to the Wii U menu by turning off the console.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 years ago | (#42107217)

Not entirely, however, the non-original Wii models (the quietely released smaller model and this new mini) are, since they don't play GameCube games (the regular Wii does, unlike the Wii U)

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about 2 years ago | (#42107409)

The Wii also played Gamecube games, but calling it a superset of a Gamecube is a bit of a stretch.

The DS played GBA games, but calling it a superset of a GBA is a bit of a stretch.

The GBA played Gameboy games, but calling it a superset of a Gameboy is a bit of a stretch.

The PS3 originally played PS2 games, but calling it a superset of a PS2 is a bit of a stretch.

The PS2 played PS1 games, but calling it a superset of a PS1 is a bit of a stretch.

etc.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (0)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#42107169)

Sony does the same with their gaming consoles, I don't remember them removing features though, the timing is way different on the releases also.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (2)

dstyle5 (702493) | about 2 years ago | (#42107327)

I don't remember them removing features though

The PS3 is the console they did that with. Backwards compat with PS2, ability to install Linux, fewer USB ports I think, etc.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

randomErr (172078) | about 2 years ago | (#42106875)

Why would they remove internet from the classic Wii?
  • The internet is rarely used for games. The system is suppose to be used for games. Thats the reason that the GameCube didn't have a full size DVD drive.
  • It costs more to include the networking components and they want to lower the cost for extras in the controller
  • They don't want to support internet services on a previous generation platform
  • Owners are not using the Wii Store because its become stale and is used more on the DS/3DS. You an only download SMB 3 so many times (hint hint Sega).
  • Owners are not watching the Wii preview channels because most of the previews are for the 3DS and Wii U
  • Save on power usage and heat
  • (My guess) most of the internet is used for Netflix and Roku's and tablets can be found that do more

The new price point is kinda dumb considering the old one with system is still in large supple. But every gaming company offers a stripped down version of the previous generation system. Look at the top loader NES that removed the expansion port and support for many accessories. The Genesis/MegaDrive in its third version completely redesigned it A/V connectors and removed the front audio jack. The CDi... nevermind.

This is just Nintendo's way of saying this is it for the Wii. Here's solid replacement for when you break your old toy and need a cheap replacement for the kids room. And stores here's a cheap lose leader to sell out those old game CD with.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

Applekid (993327) | about 2 years ago | (#42106905)

It's not like the original Wii was enormous...it may have been the smallest major gaming console ever sold. And since the price is not significantly less and the functionality is significantly less (no internet) I'm left wondering one thing:

Why would Nintendo waste their money developing and selling this?

To confuse grandparents.

"My little Pumpkin wants a Wii U. Is that a U? Golly, I can hardly read this. That doesn't make sense. It's probably a Wii 2. Yup, they'll be so happy. Also, let me put a few butterscotch candies in the box."

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107529)

Because it costs less than $100. It competes with cheap knockoff consoles that are boring, but poor people play.

Re:Were people really upset about the size? (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 2 years ago | (#42107745)

But the standard price is $130, any do poor people really play knockoff consoles? I think it's mostly people who just don't know any better and think they're getting a deal, same as CVS's $100 android tablets.

How about a new console already? (-1, Troll)

Myrrh (53301) | about 2 years ago | (#42106587)

More than six years without a new console. Apparently, making a "mini" version of something you've already produced is what passes for innovation in today's world. I think it's sad.

Re:How about a new console already? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about 2 years ago | (#42106621)

pretty sure the Wii-U is out, I saw a sign somewhere saying they had it in stock.

Re:How about a new console already? (1)

Merk42 (1906718) | about 2 years ago | (#42106631)

You mean the Wii U that came out 10 days ago?

Re:How about a new console already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106649)

WiiU is a new console.

Re:How about a new console already? (0)

Myrrh (53301) | about 2 years ago | (#42106695)

Huh. You're right. The commercials I saw led me to believe it worked in concert with your Wii, rather than being its successor. Mea culpa.

Re:How about a new console already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106697)

Umm, The Wii U - Nintendo's new console launched in the US last week.

Re:How about a new console already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106707)

Yup... they just released a new console. It's called the Wii U. I don't think they consider making a "mini" version of the Wii to be innovation either.

They consider making a new console with a screen built into the gamepad to be innovation.

Whether they should have innovated more beyond the the new gamepad is something you can argue about, but they definitely have released a new console.

Re:How about a new console already? (1)

ravenscar (1662985) | about 2 years ago | (#42106723)

Have you heard of the Wii U?

No Internet Support??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106597)

"While the system has no Internet connectivity options or Gamecube support,..."

Haven't seen that in a while (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42106601)

Slim consoles are nothing unusual, but they're usually released before the next generation console as a ploy to extend the life of the hardware. The last time that I'm aware of a console manufacturer releasing a slim console after their next-gen console shipped was the Atari 2600 Jr, released in 1985, 3 years after the 5200 was released. In that case the 5200 was such a bomb that Atari needed to buy time for the 7800 to get released. I'm not sure what Nintendo's strategy is here, they already dominate the low end console market.

Re:Haven't seen that in a while (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#42106793)

Easy - as a low end option - we're talking $100 here. A price point no one else can match (the Wii's $250 price point was matched and beaten by Sony and Microsoft, and even $200 you can get a basic Xbox. So now Nintendo's uncompetitive so they need to have a lower price still - $100 in this case. The Wii U is still "novel" enough to be able to command $300-350, but the Wii is uncompetitive at its current price point.

Hell, at $100 it's cheap enough for experimentation or to toss in the car for car trips.

Re:Haven't seen that in a while (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106805)

The PSOne was released after the PS2 was released (in Japan, but a few months before the North American release of the PS2).

Re:Haven't seen that in a while (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 2 years ago | (#42106835)

I'm not sure what Nintendo's strategy is here, they already dominate the low end console market.

The Wii sales are pretty tapped out, last week down to 91k vs 276k for the PS3 and 354k for the Xbox360. I guess they're using the Wii U publicity to get some halo attention for the new, cheaper Wii which occupies a completely different price point.

Re:Haven't seen that in a while (1)

Black LED (1957016) | about 2 years ago | (#42106857)

The last time that I'm aware of a console manufacturer releasing a slim console after their next-gen console shipped was the Atari 2600 Jr,

Under fifty bucks!

Re:Haven't seen that in a while (1)

Bizaff (443681) | about 2 years ago | (#42107245)

Fifty bucks!?

Re:Haven't seen that in a while (1)

dstyle5 (702493) | about 2 years ago | (#42107341)

Now isn't that nice!

Re:Haven't seen that in a while (0)

lexman098 (1983842) | about 2 years ago | (#42106921)

they already dominate the low end console market

But unlike RIM they see the writing on the wall and want to stay ahead of the android/iOS encroachment on their space. Eventually the Nexus sphere or whatever will re-launch, or maybe something else similar, and it will be a huge contender in the casual gaming space.

NES-101 (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42107019)

The last time that I'm aware of a console manufacturer releasing a slim console after their next-gen console shipped was the Atari 2600 Jr

I seem to remember the NES-101 coming out after the Super NES.

I'm not sure what Nintendo's strategy is here, they already dominate the low end console market.

It probably comes with a redesign to defeat Homebrew Channel. For one thing, no Internet means no Homebrew Browser.

How much smaller really matters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106609)

The Wii is already pretty minuscule as-is. It's not really significantly bigger than the disc drive it requires (wankers armed with micrometers and a numbers fetish notwithstanding). Sure, if they knocked out the sockets for the Gamecube controllers and memory cards, then they could scrape SOME space off the size of it, but unless they intend on converting the Wii's library into all-downloadable stuff*, they still need the CD-sized disc reader, and that's going to be the majority of the size of it.

*: And after how catastrophically Sony handled the PSP Go, I doubt Nintendo would be dumb enough to pull the same stunt with another established console like that.

No sign of any specs (1)

Bill Hayden (649193) | about 2 years ago | (#42106611)

I don't see any specs or pictures of the rear. I wonder if the Wii will finally get a digital output? Or have DVD playback built in?

Re:No sign of any specs (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#42106843)

Considering the original didn't have DVD playback over licensing cost concerns, I doubt the lower-end cheaper model will have it either.

Re:No sign of any specs (1)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | about 2 years ago | (#42108715)

I don't see any specs or pictures of the rear.

Bender, is that you?

No Internet but how about homebrew? (1)

bobstreo (1320787) | about 2 years ago | (#42106639)

And if not, is there a price break on the original Wii?

Veriton is a wee PC (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42107037)

If you want homebrew on a device the size of a Wii, get a Veriton from Acer.

Re:No Internet but how about homebrew? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 2 years ago | (#42107261)

You can still get the original Wii for $129 from Walmart US. At only $30 more, I don't see much of a use for this new Wii Mini, especially because it doesn't have internet. Which means it can't play Netflix. You might as just buy the old Wii, which was pretty much already mini, and use that . Plus the old Wii comes with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. It looks as though the Wii Mini doesn't come with any games at all.

and the pedophiles rejoiced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106647)

"hey kid, wanna play with my wee wii?"

bad enough when it was just Wii (1)

schlachter (862210) | about 2 years ago | (#42106671)

Now the kids will be playing with their small Wii?
Streaming from their little Wii?

Re:bad enough when it was just Wii (1)

Gerinych (1393861) | about 2 years ago | (#42108375)

There's no streaming on the little Wii, but I get your point.

wee wii (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about 2 years ago | (#42106687)

Wanna play with it?

Add internet connectivity using USB? (2)

WillAdams (45638) | about 2 years ago | (#42106757)

Could one add a (wired?) internet connection using a USB dongle?

Re:Add internet connectivity using USB? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107059)

Not if they striped all the necessary software out, and provided no way to replace it.

I'll pass... (5, Funny)

Nexion (1064) | about 2 years ago | (#42106759)

I wouldn't want to be accused of having the smallest Wii on the block.

Re:I'll pass... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106863)

I don't want to take a wee Wii in the middle of the store either.

Re:I'll pass... (1)

Translation Error (1176675) | about 2 years ago | (#42107511)

There is that, but if you are accused it's definitely best to be able to point to a small game console in your defense.

F1rst comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106763)

Looks like the other ~30 were deleted.

Smart Move for Nintendo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106779)

This is similar to Sony's product line up. They continued to sell PS2's pretty solidly until just the last year or so (at least in the US.) If you look at the sales numbers (I haven't recently) they were moving something like 40k units a week. Not too many manufactures would discontinue a product selling that well. Add in the savings with the cost reduce and I'm sure this will continue as a cash cow for Nintendo for quite some time.

Not News (0)

ilikenwf (1139495) | about 2 years ago | (#42106785)

Seriously...this doesn't matter much. How does this not get collapsed while the story above it about Netflix's open source failover tools getting released on github get does? WTF?

Bad pickup lines (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42106797)

Imagine you're at a gathering, talking to a nice girl, and then ask her "would you care to come back to my place, I have a miniwii?"

Major missed opportunity (0)

Millennium (2451) | about 2 years ago | (#42106817)

They should have called it the Wee Wii.

Just for reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107113)

For more informations :
http://www.nintendo.com/wiimini?country=CA&lang=en/

A Solution in Search of a Question (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#42107219)

I don't know anyone who ever complained about the original Wii being "too big" (it's already the smallest home console on the market). Or, for that matter, anyone who has purchased one in the past 1-2 years and complained of it being "too expensive" (it's already the least expensive home console on the market). You can buy the regular (white) Wii for $120 right now at Best Buy, the $20 savings is not huge.

I suspect that these ones also have broken backwards-compatibility with the gamecube, so you are definitely getting less usefulness for less money.

Re:A Solution in Search of a Question (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 2 years ago | (#42108647)

I don't have a problem with making it cheaper, or even taking out features WHEN you make it cheaper.. as long as those are made clear.

It is fairly clear (standard disclaimer at the bottom of the page) that it doesn't play GameCube games.

The Wii mini console is not compatible with Nintendo GameCube Game Discs or accessories.

Hey, something else for people to not buy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42107251)

Nintendo waits until after the biggest shopping week and day of the year to release a minature version of a console that is already outdated?

Then again nintendo itself is outdated. All they do is re-release the same things over and over again so many times they make george lucas look like the most creative, inventive and unique person ever in exsistance.

Wiiu is just a wii with a new controller slightly upgraded, wii mini is just a smaller wii, the wii is just a gamecube with a new controller. The 3dsxl is just a 3ds with a bigger screen, the 3ds is just a dsi with a 3d gimmick, the dsixl is just a dsi with a bigger screen, the dsi is just a ds lite, the ds lite is just a smaller ds. They havent actually made new hardware in decades, they just slightly upgrade the same old shit.

Their games are still just pokemon, mario, donkey kong, zelda, mario, etc all going through the same motions as they did 20 years ago. New super mario is nothing new anymore, they just keep rebadging the same games over and over and pokemon is even worse.

But what kills me is everyone complains about everyone just making the same thing like activision, but they will open their wallets and beg nintendo and praise them for pinching off yet another hot steamy mario game in their games and rebuy the same system with a new controller.

I'll buy it. (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 2 years ago | (#42107317)

This is going to confuse the hell out of people this holiday season who are already confused enough about Nintendo's consoles as it is. Nintendo has seemingly done a poor job educating consumers, so they're left often still thinking that Wii U is just a thing you buy to add on to the Wii. They don't realize it's a separate console. This is going to compound that confusion.

That said, I'll buy one. Primarily because I'd like to have one to put in my shelf full of collected consoles and I have no idea where my actual Wii is. I haven't touched it since Boom Blox came out in 2008 and when I moved, I packed up everything in boxes and forgot which box I put the Wii in. Three years later, I haven't found it. I haven't even looked. I don't even care. Aside from a very few number of first-party titles, they just didn't offer much appeal to anyone other than maybe my mom.

My PC game collection is around 2,400 titles.
My XBOX 360 collection is around 300+ titles.
My PS3 collection is around 40 titles.
My Wii collection is 18 titles.

sub-$100 (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | about 2 years ago | (#42107339)

Yes, indeed, $99 is sub-$100...

Statistically, the expected value of sub-$100 is $50 though!

reply (1)

gullfaraz (2771281) | about 2 years ago | (#42108579)

So no, you're talking out your rear end. How about some authoritative information? rjejr is correct. You can go into your Wii Settings and turn off the background data options--you know, the one that updates your weather and news and all that while your Wii is in standby mode. If you don't use your Wii for weather/news, you can save yourself some electricity/money by disabling the standby mode. http://goo.gl/uavVx [goo.gl]
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