The Wii Mini, which is being released exclusively in Canada on 7 December, is a smaller, budget version of the Wii console which doesn't feature GameCube compatability, internet capabilities or an SD Card slot.
Speaking with Nintendo World Report, Nintendo Canada's Matt Ryan spelled out the differences between Wii U and Wii Mini. "They are two very different products for a different type of player. It really depends on the experience that players want and their preferred investment in their gaming console. If a player just wants to play Wii games, Wii Mini is a great choice at a great price. If the player wants more from their system, Wii U is the latest innovation of fun from Nintendo."