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Wii Mini coming to the UK next month

Great value Wii console release date confirmed for UK. No word from Nintendo on price...

The Wii Mini will be launched in the UK next month with a release date set for 22 March. The smaller version of the original Wii console was launched in Canada last year but it will be made available in the UK soon along with some new Nintendo Selects games. Nintendo hasn't confirmed a price for the console.

Wii Mini is smaller than the original Wii, and comes in matte black with a red border. Included with the console are a red Wii Remote Plus and a red Nunchuk controller. Wii Mini is also compatible with most existing Wii accessories.

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However, the Wii Mini has no internet capabilities so you wouldn't be able to play games like Mario Kart Wii online. As a result, Wii Mini is being touted as a great value console although Nintendo has yet to reveal a price.

To coincide with the launch of Wii Mini, Nintendo are releasing some new games in the Nintendo Selects range, a series of classic games at value prices. The games include Mario Party 8, Wii Sports Resort, Mario Power Tennis and Super Paper Mario.

What do you think of Wii Mini?

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  1. Scraggy man Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 12:31

    Kind of a waste as it is just getting in the way of the Wii U and everyone who wanted a Wii likley has one and will probably want the next consol than a smaller package.

  2. Zaphod_B Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 12:33

    If it's cheap I reckon it'll do well with kids and less well off families (and the occasional Wii-lacking hardcore gamer who wants to play Xenoblade etc!), but the Canadian price was a bit high compared to a second-hand Wii...time will tell I guess.

  3. tomonm Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 12:46

    Bit unfair to compare it to a second hand Wii as it will be new but yes, I'm interested to see how much it will cost. As for it getting in the way of Wii U, it doesn't really. No one who was considering buying a Wii U will buy a Wii Mini instead.

    I think Nintendo are trying a last push to get Wii over the 100 million mark. They're close! But, as Matthew said in the last ONM podcast, people concern themselves too much with the business side of things. There are plenty of great Wii U games coming soon and this new console isn't getting in the way.

    The Wii Mini has been made so it makes sense to make it available in all territories.

  4. ledreppe Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:00

    You say Super Paper Mario is coming out as a selects title, but it has been a selects title for some years now. Just thought I'd point that out!

  5. tomonm Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:01

    You say Super Paper Mario is coming out as a selects title, but it has been a selects title for some years now. Just thought I'd point that out!

    Thanks! It said that Super Paper Mario was a new Nintendo Selects game in the press release.

  6. King Slazo Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:02

    Depends on price but Nintendo really don't need to muddle their brand identity further. They had enough problems at the 3DS and Wii-U launch because of poor naming choices. Combine that with the console itself looking terrible, the transition to next-gen now in full swing and a new fully functioning, better looking Wii only costing Ł120 - Ł130 new (and probably cheaper if you look outside of Amazon / don't mind a pre-owned system), I just can't see this doing anything good at all for Nintendo...

  7. adamatsu Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:10

    i really don't see the point, but somehow it looks cool and i slightly want one...but no, it is definitely a total waste of time.

  8. tomonm Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:11

    Depends on price but Nintendo really don't need to muddle their brand identity further. They had enough problems at the 3DS and Wii-U launch because of poor naming choices. Combine that with the console itself looking terrible, the transition to next-gen now in full swing and a new fully functioning, better looking Wii only costing Ł120 - Ł130 new (and probably cheaper if you look outside of Amazon / don't mind a pre-owned system), I just can't see this doing anything good at all for Nintendo...

    I don't get this brand identity argument. Apple release different iPods and iPads all the time. No one gets confused between an iPad Mini and an iPad

  9. MartinIsAwesome Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:18

    It's so slim~! And red~! And I'm being superficial~!

  10. King Slazo Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:19

    When the 3DS came out, some consumers thought it was just another upgrade to the DS, and got confused why they couldn't play 3DS games on their DS / DS Lite / DSi / DSi XL.

    The same happened with the Wii-U. Heck, Nintendo ever confused gamers when they first unveiled it, by barely showing the box so nobody knew if this was a new pad for the Wii or its own thing, or even if the controller itself was the console.

    Now here we are, post Wii-U launch, and here's a new console, with another name. Obviously we know what it can and can't run, but its not aimed at us.

    Meanwhile, with Apple, you have a singular portal that controls that, so you don't (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong) see what you can't run.

  11. toffeeman30 Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:27

    will the wii mini be known as the wii wee in scotland?

  12. Oxo64 Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:27

    Nintendo really should be pushing Wii U. Releasing the Wii Mini is a waste of time, resources and will only confuse consumers further. Anyone who is interested in getting a Wii probably has one by now.

  13. Spyrolad Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:34

    Who doesn't already own a Wii?

  14. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:36

    It does look nice,but that's about it.
    Nice to see some new Nintendo Selects titles are coming,will be going for Paper Mario because I never got it the first time around.

  15. Sonic_Freak Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:54

    Propel Gamer is now taking pre-orders for Ł94.99 :shock:
    http://www.propelgamer.co.uk/Product-De ... px?id=1588

    They list the RRP as Ł99.99.

  16. KH81314 Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:54

    They should have released this before the Wii U came out.

  17. Darkblizz Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 14:41

    It's a nice idea, and it does look good, but I think I'd miss the online and backwards compatibility. This could be the Wii's equivalent of the Game Boy Micro.

  18. AaronMclaren Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 14:44

    You can pick up a Wii pretty cheap now anyways, not sure why this is needed. Nintendo should be seriously pushing the Wii U seeing as the beginning of the 'big' titles like Lego City and Monster Hunter are coming for it in the next month, and then hopefully a steady stream of games to tide us over till E3.

    Not to go too deep into the sales (as it's very early days) but the Wii U has dropped off significantly since it's fantastic launch worldwide, and it certainly isn't doing too well here in the UK at all. I haven't seen a single TV advert for the thing since Christmas, and it's so badly advertised in shops and online. Nintendo need to dip into their pockets and go all out on an enormous advertising campaign; If retailers are putting Wii U games in with Wii, and having to say 'Wii U games are not compatible with the standard Wii console', what hope do consumers have?!

  19. jaco_p Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 15:20

    This is absolutely a ridiculous waste of money. No internet and gamecube??suck. Ł100? suck. I could pick up a FULLY FUNCTIONING wii for about Ł30. Waste of R&D money, and waste of money for any who pick it up. Most people in the UK aren't even aware of the WiiU and some still don't even identify that it's a different console. I'm doing my best with my WiiU hat but i can't be everywhere. Maybe divert some attention to that

  20. Spyrolad Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 16:34

    No one thought the Gameboy Advance was a Gameboy, no one thought the PS2 was a Playstation, why would people think the Wii U is a Wii?

    Same with PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, PSP, 3DS...

  21. TheSlenderman Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 17:44

    They should have named the wii u, wii 2. It would have saved confusion, + it don't sound too different. Can't see anyone mixing the wii mini with anything else, though, unless they are utterly off their head.

  22. RedDwarf Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 18:14

    I'm probably going to buy this, I think this could be valuable In years to come.

  23. Zaphod_B Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 18:25

    I not sure there's really much confusion about the name of the WiiU. I mean, it was made pretty clear several times, at two E3, and outside of those shows, what it was/is (I was fuming at journalists who "weren't sure if it was a new pad or new console" at the time. Why are they even employed and sent on fancy LA trips if the can't tell that simple fact when it's stated right at them! They're supposed to be the professionals! /rant). It's not like you'll buy a Ł300 machine with a clear image on the box, take it out, and slap your forehead as you realise you've bought a fully working console and you actually only wanted a controller for your now-secondary console.
    Perhaps more none gamers need to know about the WiiU to get them into it and bolster Miiverse and online game, but I give people enough credit to realise what it actually is; Nintendo aren't exactly been obtuse about it! The same with this Wii Mini.

    Just read about it not supporting 480p though, that's a bit disappointing. I know most people don't use anything but the cable it comes with, but it's sometimes nice to give a fellow Wii owner a component cable for a birthday or wotnot, plug it in, and see their eye's light up as the gracklevision is cleared!

  24. ThePokekid78 Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 18:28

    Ah, the offline, brand-confusing lunchbox that-everyone-already-has-but-better finally arrives!

  25. nintendoftwman Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 19:26

    What's the point if you lose gamecube and can't play games online?

  26. Mr Roboto Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 20:10

    If its priced really cheap then it will bring a boost to Wii software sales.

  27. fisher2007 Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 21:54

    why didn't they released this before the Wii U came out and this is a total waste of time.

  28. Waldy565 Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 22:45

    If the very unlikely happens and Nintendo add GC support for this (add the card and controller slots) I will pick this up, as it's an easier method rather than obtaining a gamecube. However, this is very unlikely to happen, I would only purchase this as it would be a rare console in years to come (plus the NES design is very slick) :D

  29. liveswired Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 23:00

    I don't know how a console can be called great value without a price, missing online connectivity and Gamecube compatibility.

    If it is released at Ł30 it would be good value. It must cost Nintendo less than 5p to manufacture a Wii now.

  30. shadow.x Wednesday 27th Feb 2013 at 06:19

    It looks so cute, haha. Might buy it for my mummy lol :)

  31. BanksLad Wednesday 27th Feb 2013 at 14:44

    Will it have GameCube pad slots? The only reason I would have it is if it did as it's so small and I could put it next to my wii u (which plays my wii games).

  32. hamzahdsi Wednesday 27th Feb 2013 at 17:32

    why?WHYYYY?!

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