Official Nintendo Magazine

Log in to access exclusive Nintendo content, win prizes and post on our forums. Not a member yet? Join for free

New Wii: first picture

Your first look at the newly announced hardware

This morning Nintendo revealed that it'll be releasing a new, slimmer Wii before Christmas - and we've got the first picture.

Nintendo have given us this, an image of the new 'Wii Family Edition' bundle, which includes the new slimline Wii, a Wii MotionPlus Remote and Wii Sports and Wii Party.

Click to view larger image
The hardware, as promised, is designed to sit horizontally, and is barely wider than the disc slot.

Unlike the current Wii, it will no longer play GameCube games and isn't compatible with the controllers.

So, have a good look and tell us: What do you think of the new console?


136 comments so far...
Add a comment

  1. Marioman5000 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:21

    FIRST! Sorry, I've always wanted to say that.

    Anyway, I don't see a picture.

  2. Rej Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:26

    Wow!!! Looks beautiful coz I can't see any picture. :|

  3. bobbyy29 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:26

    It's hardly a redesign. It's just horizontal now and there's about half an inch of empty space gone. Ugh! :x

  4. Steno1 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:27

    Is it me, or is there no picture here?

  5. Xelviar Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:27

    Looks like they've trimmed the fat on this one, and made it look a bit fatter in the process...

    Still the same Wii in my eyes though.

  6. irvings Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:28

    I think that is a big mistake on nintendo's part as it looks similar to a wii u as they both sit horizontally, it will just cause even more confusion

  7. OracleOfPokemon Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:28

    Wow!!! Looks beautiful coz I can't see any picture. :|

    the picture is on your computer screen. besides, all it is is a inch thinner wii with no gamecube compatablility.

  8. OrangeRakoon Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:29

    The wii on that box looks pretty standard...

    But regardless, seems like a quick move to keep sales of the wii up before the Wii U is released.

  9. omza Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:29

    So this "new configuration" is just spinning all of the labels 90 degrees...

  10. JFK_1980 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:30

    It looks the same...

  11. FrostyLemon Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:30

    Either ONM has put up the wrong picture or that's just a normal Wii placed horizontally... Are they taking the p**s?

  12. Steno1 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:33

    Taking that back. It looks like a step forward to the Wii U. Expect nearer christmas for this to be called the 'Wii X' (Xmas)

  13. Komodo_Wolfgang Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:34

    Nintendo seem to have wasted their money here (It looks like the GameBoy Micro scenario all over again. Send out a better version of the same console and see what happens..but oh look. nothing)
    It doesnt look to be any different, except the Wii logo has moved sidewards?

  14. K-tet Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:36

    I see it, and I'm wondering why.

    No really. I don't see why Nintendo would make this move. If the Wii U is coming out next year as they forecast, what's the point of releasing this model? A year or so ago would've been somewhat justified but... unless they have an epic software line-up for the Wii next year (which I doubt), I don't see any reason why people should buy this, the current Wii is fine as it is. This is nothing more than a waste of R&D money, even if Nintendo may claim that this model would be cheaper to manufacture than the existing one. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Dumb move Nintendo.

    The Wii will most likely decline and fall away come 2012 (and certainly no later than 2013 I predict), it's already declining now because of the lack of decent software for the system.

  15. Marioman5000 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:37

    Now there is a picture, it looks practically identical to the regular Wii, just sideways. Not interested.

  16. Toadmaniac2 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:39

    I'm not seeing the point in this? Surely most who want a Wii, have a Wii right now, and won't be wasting there money to have there Wii take up more floor space.

  17. samus_killer Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:39

    No Gamecube compatibility = no point.

  18. imbusydoctorwho Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:45

    Looks ok,but I won't be getting it,as I would rather wait for the Wii U.
    Yeah great for the people who haven't got one.

    It looks like a thinner Wii U.

  19. linkgooding Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:47

    If this is under a Ł100 i will get one for the sake of it and the extra controller and game and use it to replace my wii which seems on its last legs hopefully it can handle skyward sword else i have to replace it but would love one last huurrahh from my wii

  20. Mello Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 09:58

    A bit daft really, as the Wii is already nice and small, as opposed to the PS3 and 360 - in my case I have a pre-redesign PS3 and had (for about 3 months) a 360 Elite - both of which were behemoths.

    As people are saying it's just a filler before the Wii U comes out as a last attempt to get some sales out of it, but with the Wii U not too far away it's not a particularly great time to buy a brand new Wii.

  21. englishGAMER Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:01

    For a minute I thought it was a Wii U design, buy I already own a Wii, I've been owning one since November 23rd 2007, The position of m Wii is not sideways.

  22. Murphy11 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:05

    Does anyone else think it looks like the Wii u?? :shock: :shock:

  23. MarioMayhem Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:22

    I don't see why they can't make it play Gamecube games, as backwards compatibility is, and should be, a secondary function for any console, especially any home console. Still, it looks quite nice horizontally, and would be a perfect gift for young gamers or families that only plan on playing family games - although, it is a bit late in the Wii's life span to be releasing a new one, even if it did work for the PS2.

  24. TheRedPlumber Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:24

    What's the point? It's just some cash-in scheme by Nintendo, trying to persuade us fans to give us a fairly large amount of cash for a smaller console that does nothing new. At least the PS3 Slim actually put more features in.

    Oh, and what's this? It's no longer compatible with Gamecube games or controllers? Boo, Nintendo.

  25. The_Legend_not Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:25

    They might improve the power of the system and upscale most Wii games. Heck they might put a DVD player in it.

  26. Yoshifan007 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:27

    pointless money grabing gamecube dissing asswipes

  27. Nintendo Mad Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:31

    So it does everything my one does, and loses a bit of functionality along the way.

    I'll pass

  28. Casplen Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:33

    In a nutshell, its a downgraded Wii. Rather pointless. If anyone is still yet to buy a Wii, I'd suggest they buy an older Wii, or wait for the Wii U.

  29. bushmistro1 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:35

    i agree with the most on this just an excuse to get more sales. the thing that annoys me more though is there calling it family edition. how exactly are existing wii not family edition. nearly every advertisement for the wii since its launch has involved families why is this so different. the only good thing is that it has wii party since its never been bundled.

  30. mtrd_hntr Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:40


    So when the Wii U comes out everyone is going to think it's just this thing with a new controller...

  31. GuitarHero Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:47

    The fact that it won't play Gamecube games is poor, I wouldn't get it anyway but I see no reason to stop the compatability.

  32. ODNETNIN Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:52

    I have an actual Gamecube for my Gamecube games, seems to read discs better than my Wii, but I'd still rather have my old console WITH GC support instead of a new one without.

  33. Eragon Firesword Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:52

    That just looks the same as a regular Wii. I was disappointed before I clapped eyes on this. Shame on you, Nintendo.

  34. mushroomchow Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:56

    The wiimotes with motion plus built in are a nice touch. I might have to get one, especially considering as that's likely to be the standard for all multiplayer Wii-U games.

    Console itself gets a B+, for bundling Wii Party and Resort. The console itself isn't anything special and I'd never get one as I use mine to play GC Animal Crossing primarily, but lets face it, casual gamers are the Wii's lifeblood and this will no doubt hook a few new buyers over the christmas period.


    I'd let you off if you were 2nd or 3rd poster, but this is page 2, buddy. You fail.

  35. Zelda Maniac Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:57

    As if there isn't enough confussion about the wii u! Nintendo are so dum sometimes, they have the worst marketing department in the entire world, this is the most stupid thing I think they have ever done. I'm starting to lose faith.

  36. Sonic56 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 10:58

    OMG A WII ON IT'S SIDE. IT'S AMAZING. I think really unless the price is lower they should just scrap this

  37. Joe_Crow Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:04

    It's nice to see them trying to sell more Wiis for Christmas. But have two centimetres less plastic is definitely not worth getting rid of Gamecube compatibility.

    I know most families who would buy this wouldn't care about playing Gamecube games (although using the controllers is useful for Wii games too), but I don't think most would even be able to tell the difference between the two consoles.

    The PS3 and 360 were originally huge. The size was a problem. The current Wii is already tiny, it would never put anyone off buying it.

    I don't think the increase in sales that this will make will equate to the design and manufacturing costs of the redesigned console.

  38. AaronMclaren Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:05

    ummm... why? What's the point in this? They were better off just letting the Wii die gracefully, it's had it's time.

  39. theycallmejack Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:10

    Is this actually new? I've been doing that with my Wii since I first got it. All they have done is remove the backwards compatibility which is, ironically, kind of a step backwards... I don't think that even the boundless Nintenthusiasm of the ONM team can disguise that this is the most pointless update ever...

  40. liamJGC Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:14

    taking away the backwards compatibility is a step backwards - its as if they are getting rid of a whole library of games - which they cent cash in on in the first place - considering they dont sell new gamecubes/games

    this has probably already been asked / answered - but will the Wii U be able to play gamecube games?

  41. Wiimote Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:20

    Looks the same as the original wii. I thought the wii couldnt get any thinner as its quite slim already. Wont be getting this as i like playing Gamecube games on my wii.

  42. Mr Resettio Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:21

    Was there a point? The WiiU is coming out next year, and all this has managed to do is remove one of it's functions (gamecube compatibility). I mean, y ou just tilt your existing wii on it's sid e and it'll be fine. There's no point for this

  43. MrLeechkid Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:33

    From the picture is doesnt look thinner, it looks as though they have just slightly changed the design of the buttons. I don't really see a point for this redesign, the wii is fine the way it is.

  44. KThxsBy Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:41


    'Wii Family Edition' bundle

    oh god i feel sick...

  45. K-os XIII Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:42


    Makes me laugh when people spell dumb wrong.

    Back to the point. It looks very similar to my Wii but white instead of red because I have mine horizontal. It's hardly that much smaller. I think Nintendo would have been better off releasing some coloured Wiis.

  46. Porgey_XD Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:49

    No gamecube support = no classic controller? Also does this mean they'll release more New Play Control titles?

  47. Harryh11 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 11:59

    This new console is only for "Noobs"

  48. Hylian_Grouch Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 12:05

    it looks almost identical. these will sell, obviously, but really, nintendo this is unnecessary. concentrate on the wii u

  49. Tailzy Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 12:18

    So it can't play gamecube games or GC controllers?

    What a horribly downgraded console.

  50. Gameking53 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 12:22
  51. Rabbid_girl Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 12:22

    My Wii is already on its horizontal side. Because I like having my K.K. Slider plush sit happily on top. I don't care that the logo is the wrong way round. Its more cooler that way. I'm not gonna fork out for a new Wii just to have that logo moved. And to not be able to play GC games. And so that K.K. Slider won't fit right, with his doggie flab hanging over the edge, suspended in midair. Looks pretty though. But no.

    As much as I love nintendo, this was simply stupid. What next, a Wii or Wii U XL?

  52. Otis P Jivefunk Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 12:42

    Looks the same, utterly utterly pointless. It's a worse system because no GC, marketed to simply make money, not to innovate at all. Anyone who buys this might as well burn their money, the Wii U is just around the corner anyways...

  53. toonlink999 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 13:21

    I'd buy it if I didn't already have a Wii and never wanted any GC games (I'm lying, that would never happen) but why? Let's make a console we've already made and make it worse!

  54. emperor ing Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 13:24

    They're really just putting this out for anyone who doesn't actually have a Wii yet. Considering it's called "Family Edition", they're obviously trying to get those last few pockets of cash that they haven't got yet.

  55. ledreppe Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 13:26

    They're doing this for the last Christmas before the Wii is replaced by the Wii U, some have said it's a stupid move on Nintendo's behalf, but I can see their motivation in doing this. So what if it doesn't have gamecube compatibility, the sort of people buying this don't need gamecube compatibility. Look at the packaging design of the box, it's aimed at the casual market who wont use gamecube controllers.

  56. DomkeyKong Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 13:37

    I don't see how it differs from the previous wii in size? But I do think that having it sideways is more appealing, as I can never have my wii standing up, as it always falls over, and I'm scared it'll break, so having it on its side is a really good idea.

  57. Zihark Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 13:42

    Is this really necessary?

  58. DarkSide84 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 13:59

    Just what the hardcore fans wanted!
    A futuristic looking next gen console that separates itself from the Wii *cough*
    Nintendo have really splashed out on this new design I mean rotating the Wii logo around 90 degrees: genius
    Nintendo will have the same problems with Wii U as the 3DS because it looks exactly the same

  59. Castle Crashing Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 14:01

    It may not be that much slimmer but it's still a good marketing word. That in combination with the family image, included games and lack of Gamecube support points to the casual market. They certainly wouldn't care for Gamecube games.

    More importantly though it's what's inside that counts (or lack therof). Components are probably now much cheaper and removing the GC controller/memory card components must have massively cut down on the production costs. It's like that wifi-less PSP launching this year for 99 euros.

    I'll bet when the price is announced for this model it'll make much more sense.

  60. Shleppy Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 14:09

    To be honest, I think it would be a waste of money buying a Wii right now with a Wii U around the corner.

  61. TheRandomC Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 14:22

    Personally I can't really tell a difference, but surpose it is nice for people who haven't got a Wii and can have one with slim and smooth style.

  62. kevrool Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 14:39

    i think this wii is realy not necessary.

  63. addnator_ Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 14:46

    God they must be getting desperate

  64. mrriseagainst1 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 14:49

    kinda pointless if you ask me

  65. kirby711 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 14:57

    Looks better than the original... Should have been the original design in my opinion.

  66. Redfish20 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 15:20

    Good to see the Wii has not been abandoned and will continue to sit alongside the WiiU, DS and 3DS. You know, just like how the GB Micro stood next to the DS.

    Maybe the whole "family bundle" idea is actually a clever ploy to keep all the "family" and "party" rubbish being developed for the now cheap, cheerful and childish Wii leaving the "Hardcore" WiiU free of shovelware. Even if it's not a deliberate plot I kind of hope that it works out this way anyway. I don't want my new console full of lazy minigame compilations, I want lots of generic and repetitive shooters, obviously.

  67. HughPR Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 15:37

    Cool design, but no Gamecube games or controllers = massive no-no for me! I still play gamecube games occasionally, and always use the controller for Brawl.

  68. lui_gui Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 15:43

    ...this is a failure

  69. Catskill Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 15:50

    Why no compatibility with Gamecube software / hardware? Strange.

  70. MrChewtoy Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 16:04

    What was going through their heads when they made this?
    "Hmmm, you know that small Wii console that we made?"
    "I think it'd be a great idea if we made it smaller, and uncompatable with anything to do with the gamecube."
    "You sir, are a genius!"

    Smaller, fair enough but still unnecessary. I'd have included at least one GC controller port.

  71. Cidiyance Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 16:41

    Last minute sell out! And I'm not just saying for that, the lack of Gamecube game compatabillity is just flawed... Terrible!

  72. MrFamicom Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 16:49

    Nintendo should of made a mini gold wii with skyward sword bundle. I would of bought that just, but this if it's say Ł50 I'll pick on up just for the sake of it

  73. GloverMist Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 18:05

    I'm not quite sure why the Wii wasn't horizontal in the first place. I know they're fixing that with the Wii U but if they'd have done it originally it could've just sat on top of your TV box in the first place. I don't know why they're doing it now, with the Wii U coming soon(ish!) :|
    However, I do quite like the look of it, after all that! :)

  74. Zabba 2 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 18:06

    It...looks exactly the same

  75. Religion0 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 18:41

    Stupidity. You mean it only does less than the original Wii and doesn't look much different? That's absolute stupidity,

  76. MrLeechkid Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 18:51

    Wait, it doesnt play Gamecube titles? I missed that the first time I read this article. Why Nintendo?

  77. Midknights Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 19:15

    slimline wii -_-?

    The wii is a wee baby aniways...

    Also killing gamecube support will kill the deal for anyone who knows anything about the wii.

    There isnt a game my household plays without at least 1person needing a gamecube pad at one point in the gaming session.

  78. 91nintendo Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 19:21

    Looks almost identical, doesn't play gamecube games and isn't compatible with gamecube controllers. Good going, Nintendo ¬_¬

  79. WenGobou Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 20:04

    Seems a bit pointless as the Wii is going cheap everywhere and has the ability to play Gamecube games, but it probably won't stop families who don't know much about video games from buying it and maybe the even-cheaper factor will make it worthwhile.

  80. Argenthor Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 20:16

    Im guessing this will be VERY cheap.

    Silly move for nintendo though unless they change the look of the Wii U. Casual players just wont see a huge difference.

    RIP Gamecube

  81. ClockMenace Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 20:17

    I make my own sideways Wii at home. And mine will play GC games.

  82. CyberGW Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 20:26

    I love the new model, especially the blue around the disc slot!
    It's definitely made to look like the Wii U.
    However, the lack of GameCube and other controller support is a big down, why Nintendo? Why not just make one perfect??

  83. xLeverage Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 20:49

    I really don't see the point in this... It looks like the current Wii (and I can reference to mine right now, plus I already have it on its side) and I can't notice any differences except the text which is made to be read with the console on its side.
    A rather stupid move in my opinion. If the Wii U is coming soon then, surely, most people are going to simply wait and buy that? Considering this Slimline Wii has also lost the ability to play Gamecube games and use the controllers I really can't see the point.

  84. AL X Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 21:22

    No backwards compatability means a big no buy for me, even though I wouldn't buy it anyway!.

    Plus its not exactly like the wii is all that big and I like it standing vertically too :| .

  85. dannyyyy Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 21:53

    It looks almost exactly same.
    And surely if you were going to buy a Wii, you would of by now?

  86. amystar119 Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 22:01

    I agree with the above comment, if you want a Wii you'd probably have one by now and apart from sitting horizontally and being smaller it's no different to the original. Except it's less desirable because it doesn't play Gamecube games.

    Still if people can get it cheap and they just want something for the family it'll probably sell over Christmas.

  87. retrotoad Wednesday 17th Aug 2011 at 22:54

    Hmmm... Okay, then.

    Well, I commonly use my Wii as a GC and most for compatible games I use a GC controller. I couldn't play SSBB or Goldeneye properly on this new Wii. I mean, most people have a Wii now, don't they? With all the price cuts, bundles, advertising campaigns, special offers, you'd think anyone who would want one, or is on the fence about getting one would have bought a Wii by now. I know Ninty haven't done as well as they would have liked with the 3DS, I just hoped this wont have put them in a worse situation. I really don't get the "slim" side to it anyway, the normal Wii isn't exactly chunky, does it really need it at the expense of GC compatibility, a whole console itself? Anyway, I guess Ninty know better than I do, and hopefully will get this to sell. It's just with the Wii U in mind, I really am looking to move forward now.

  88. The_BAAD_Man Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 03:20

    This is a really pointless re-hash of an already excellently designed console. Why remove GC compatibility? It makes no sense!!

  89. Lylat64 Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 06:00

    My Wii does sit horizontially and is in the same room as my computer and i just spent 5 mins looking at it then the picture then it the the picture... still can't see the diffrance.

  90. K2000 Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 06:03

    At first I thought it was a WiiU, then I saw it was a Wii and started thinking, ok, I need my own Wii so I can play games without m brothers kicking me off it, that and Ijust got Chibi-robo, then I saw that it has no GC ports, and can't play GC games, so I'm thinking, I've always supported nintendo, even if it has had me bullied, but to be honest, whats the point anymore (apart from Metroid that is).

  91. BOWIEtheHERO Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 06:35

    Is there another picture that i'm missing besides the one of the 'Family Edition' packaging... Because I literally brought my Wii up to the computer screen to compare the size of the two. The space between disc slot and the buttons, the space from the disc slot to the edges, and it all looks about the time.

    I can't actually see the redesign whatsoever...
    Still, this can't be as bad as the new PSP model that Sony announced... 3000-E, no backlight adjuster, Mono sound, shorter battery life, no Memory Card slot, and more...

    As with that case, there's no need to get this, unless it's dirt cheap and you don't have GC games to play.

  92. Dig_Dug Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 06:52

    I believe that Nintendo shoudn't of changed the Wii's look, so close to the Wii's end. However this is kinda like the stepping stone between Wii and Wii U.

  93. emperor ing Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 08:12

    Is there another picture that i'm missing besides the one of the 'Family Edition' packaging... Because I literally brought my Wii up to the computer screen to compare the size of the two. The space between disc slot and the buttons, the space from the disc slot to the edges, and it all looks about the time.

    I did this! And I agree, unless they've chopped a bit off the long end, there's been no size reduction at all.

    Just thought I'd make a comment on the horizontal thing. I have my Wii vertical simply due to space on my desk. It's not huge like the 360, so the chance of knocking it over is relatively small. If the WiiU is horizontal only, goodness knows where I'm going to put it when I get one.

  94. SSBBmegamaster Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 08:29

    looks just the same as the old wii with a few very minor changes. :?

  95. faulty goomba Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 10:04

    It's a bit hard to get excited about a new wii since Nintendo will soon be killling it off in favour of Wii U. I thought every household already owned a Wii, too.

  96. SuperLuigiYoshi Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 10:20

    I'll be honest, it doesn't look that much different. I have my Wii horizontally, and it looks almost exactly the same as this. The disc slot looks uglier as well.

  97. m_lockier Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 11:51

    not a new design, it's just been put on it's side

    and not having gamecube feature is terrible, most of the games I play on the wii atm are gamecube ones

  98. Plobadob Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 12:09

    Oops, they knocked it over.

  99. asadjamil12 Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 12:24

    Erm...... its not very slim.

  100. SamuriFerret Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 13:19

    So this is just a different shell for the Wii, but with much less hardware and software compatibility?

    Why did they even bother?

  101. joe167 Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 13:50

    What's the point??? :?

  102. superflash43 Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 13:54

    for Ł100 you can get the old style wii or for probably Ł180 (don't know actual price but that's what the wii started off at) you can get then new wii with less features this seams Nintendo's new way of ripping its customers off. :evil: D:

  103. linkgooding Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 14:01

    I feel many of you are missing the point this is like the 3DS price drop so the profit can be made on software nintendo won't make profit on the console which i expect will be around Ł60 and for me as my wii is dying it will do just so i can play skyward sword so dont hate enjoy

  104. DudeElLoco Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 14:27

    Why should it matter which way you place your Wii. I have always had mine horizontal so why should it sound like it's a big deal.

    No GAMECUBE COMPATIBILITY! WTF, what will happen to those poor old neglected purple pads? At least I keep mine plugged in the Wii for a game of Smash Bros. After playing Melee for so long, I couldn't adjust to a normal Wii controller for Brawl so thats why I love the purple one. The Cube may be dead but the pad lives on!

    Plus, it really does not seem that much thinner.

    It just looks like it's going to cunfuse the non-gamers to thinking the Wii-U has come early (although the Wii-U is rounded whereas the -ugh- "Wii Family Edition" -ugh- is still squared) like how some saw the 3DS as the next upgraded current model of DS rather than a new machine to continue down the road as basically DS2.

    I should say that those "ugh"s are out of disgust!

  105. ShigeruMiyamoto Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 16:12

    It looks the same, just with the buttons in slightly different places.

  106. gasmask5 Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 17:50

    they are just wasting money putting these into production

    money that can be spent on the production of the wii u :(

  107. garsh303 Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 18:49

    WHY NINTENDO WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :twisted: :evil:

  108. CraigEmberson Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 18:56

    I think that is a big mistake on nintendo's part as it looks similar to a wii u as they both sit horizontally, it will just cause even more confusion

    The Wii has always been optional anyway, either on the stand or laying down on its side. The Wii U doesn't even look the same, it's curved and the buttons are in different places and it's made of a different plastic shell...

  109. hemslow Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 19:38

    No GameCube pad compatibility is just stupid. What was the point in this console? I don't see why it needed an (inferior) re-design for it's final push. It's not as if it's not 'slim-line' already.

  110. AquaMisty Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 20:39

    This Wii is rubbish !! Its not as good as the Wii we have now ! No GameCube slot,This is a step back.
    By the way,Nintendo,the original Wii can be placed horizontally as well and if you really want Wii Sports that bad if you lost it ,Buy it in Nintendo Selects.


  111. toady Thursday 18th Aug 2011 at 20:55

    Worst. Redesign. Ever.

  112. superdudemiles Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 00:05

    It not that different, im not really interested anyway.
    Actually I kinda feel that it's weird, to redesign a slimmer version of the home console seems like a playstationy thing to do.

  113. RubbishGamer Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 08:52

    Can't play Gamecube games?!

  114. IPecksU Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 11:14

    wii nu?

  115. Sex Bob-omb Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 12:54

    this is the most pointless idea nintendo has ever had

  116. hbalthamos Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 13:39



  117. The_Legend_not Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 14:33

    Guys Microsoft AND Sony have done this. Look at the ps3 Slim, can't play ps2 games anymore. The Xbox 360 can't play most normal Xbox games and that is hat Nintendo want to do! the Wii U isn't coming out for another good year, they're trying to do what MS and Sony did. And it worked for them!

  118. Zelda Maniac Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 15:01

    Looks like a wii on it's side with too much cake.

  119. kirby007 Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 17:32

    Lack of gamecube compatability is ridiculous and cant really see any big difference

  120. Wiintendo Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 17:52

    Officially Nintendo's dumbest announcement since the DSi XL -_-

    The Wii U will be the next gen console for Nintendo, so if the Wii is about to become the last generation console by the time Wii U comes out, why even remove a feature that was one of the main selling points of the Wii to begin with and just downgrade a console that may be obsolete in a couple of years time??

    For the DSi, it made a bit of sense to remove GBA support because there were some distinct features not found in the normal DS such as the camera and photo editing, sound editor and most importantly, the DSi Shop to download exclusive games to make up for the lack of GBA support (Even though the service for the DSi shop was pretty crappy).

    For this, what's new enough to abandon this feature? Some extremely minor button layout and a size that looks barely the same?

    Blatantly just to make more money basically, especially if they don't reduce the price for the Wii as it is.

  121. Fredgamer2 Friday 19th Aug 2011 at 22:43

    What on earth! That's fantastic Nintendo! Produce a console that actually goes backwards in development. So they think people will spend their hard earned cash on a console that has less features than the original Wii, but lies horizontally? I genuinely cannot believe that Nintendo, having to watch themselves a bit due to heavy market competition, actually waste their budget developing this tatty rubbish that will not sell. If they want to do anything: get the Wii U out faster!

  122. B4Byc4Rr Saturday 20th Aug 2011 at 00:56

    Too much fiddling with a good thing if you ask me :roll:

  123. Joey788 Saturday 20th Aug 2011 at 12:26

    Don't Like this new wii due to the fact it cant play gamecube games :(

  124. LuigiFoofighter Saturday 20th Aug 2011 at 12:38

    Don't Like this new wii due to the fact it cant play gamecube games :(

    ^ ^
    ^The definitive statement.^

    Also it's a little late for a redesign if you ask me. ( They've already announced a new console! )

  125. marioboyz Saturday 20th Aug 2011 at 13:04

    it looks the same apart from its fell over and so have the buttons. NO gamecube compatability means that they have saved 2 cm on a teeny tiny console allready.

    the name should be somthing like the wii's last hurrah!

    and what about the gamecube, that didn't get a goodbye? they should make an extremely tiny gamecube with the emulator in. that could be Ł30 . then you could have a slimlined console.

    then buy both and you've got a wii for 90 quid.

  126. MeritedMIKE Saturday 20th Aug 2011 at 14:17

    Gamers Edition Please? After all, this was meant to affect all people and gamers, right?

  127. Harryh11 Saturday 20th Aug 2011 at 15:57

    Come on guys, sony and microsoft did this before. its a way of gettin money. A company needs money.

  128. Zelda Maniac Saturday 20th Aug 2011 at 16:03

    Yeah but Nintendo are gonna lose money with this, no one is gonna buy it. I hope with all this uprising that Nintendo change their mind.

  129. Turboman Sunday 21st Aug 2011 at 15:22

    This would seem pointless if it wasn't even CHEAPER (hint hint Ninty) or had a DVD player in it.

  130. TheRedPlumber Sunday 21st Aug 2011 at 20:00

    R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. Full Stop. I don't like to say this, but I think I'm starting to turn away from Nintendo.

  131. shadow.x Monday 22nd Aug 2011 at 01:03

    I looked at it for 2 minutes and couldnt spot the difference. Oh wait, its horizontal. :|

  132. Yoshiller Monday 22nd Aug 2011 at 09:25

    I think that Nintendo are trying to get more money from the Wii's last bit of life before the Wii u#U comes out. Also, it's a downgraded Wii that is horizontal without any Gamecube compatibility, it is completely pointless and if they wanted this model they should have released it earlier :roll:

    Finally, I think that they are ripping people off by giving them a Wii with less capability and one that looks like a Wii U :evil: I never thought I would say this but Nintendo are being cheapskates here :cry:

  133. Dimpee Monday 22nd Aug 2011 at 23:37

    It looks very similar to the original model to be honest but we need to see them side by side for a size difference. I myself sold my wii a long time ago so this will be perfect for me so i can play skyward sword. hopefully it will be even more energy efficient as well.

  134. tomutwit Saturday 27th Aug 2011 at 13:00

    That is so stupid. Cant play gamecube? Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. Are Nintendo trying to forget the Cube altogether?

  135. yoshiking1 Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 15:54

    rubbish whats the point in buying it if it wont play gamecube games and you cant get youre downloads on it

  136. Dapz Wednesday 23rd Nov 2011 at 16:59

    Sorry, but I call willy-move. The removal of GC compatibility is completely uncalled for, not just because being able to play every GC game ever (that was released within your region) was awesome but also because it means the controllers can't be used. I know that the Classic Controller Pro softens the blow as it's a more viable alternative than the original Classic Controller, but if you happen to already have a GC controller then the Pro is just a purchase you shouldn't have to make and means basically giving back the money you've saved by buying the cheaper version, which isn't much anyway!

    Also, the announcement of Wii U doesn't seem to have reached too many people in the casual crowd, but has been mostly confined to the hardcores. I pity anyone who thinks that this being the new version of the Wii will keep it from being obsolete for a long time, when really another new version is less than a year away. If Nintendo HAD to release this they could have at least done it sooner.

    Basically this whole thing is a joke. They're trying draw all the attention to the lower price, but price cuts are actually meant to be getting the same for less, but this is less for less.

Register or log in to commment
Add a comment
Nintendo Co., Ltd. is the owner of certain copyright which subsists and trade marks and other intellectual property rights in certain content, characters, artwork, logos, scripts and representations used in this publication. All rights are expressly recognised and they are used by Future Publishing Limited under licence © 2006 Nintendo Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. "Nintendo", "International Nintendo Licensed Product" "Nintendo DS", "Nintendo DS Lite", "Nintendo DSi", "Nintendo 3DS", "Nintendo DSi XL", "Nintendo 3DS XL", "Wii" and "Wii U" and the associated logos are the trademarks of Nintendo Co. Ltd. All rights reserved.