Wii Mini coming for $100, but only in Canada

The new Wii U is still a big thing, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from announcing the release of a revamped Wii Mini for the holiday season. It will be available December 7 for only $100, but there is no Internet connectivity, and it's exclusive to Canada.

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The new Wii U is still a big thing, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from announcing the release of a revamped Wii Mini for the holiday season. It will be available December 7 for only $99.99, but there is no Internet connectivity, and it's exclusive to Canada.

The Mini will play more than 1,400 disc-based Wii games, including Super Smash Bros Brawl, New Super Mario Bros and Wii Fit Plus, but it is not compatible with GameCube games. The black and red system is much smaller and designed to sit flat. It comes with a Wii Remote Plus and a standard nunchuck controller.

Nintendo offered no word on whether the console will be available in the United States at a later time, so if you want it for the holidays, be prepared to make a run to the northern border to grab one.

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    November 27, 2012 7:40 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Wii Mini coming for $100, but only in Canada.

    The new Wii U is still a big thing, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from announcing the release of a revamped Wii Mini for the holiday season. It will be available December 7 for only $100, but there is no Internet connectivity, and it's exclusive to Canada.

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      November 27, 2012 7:41 AM

      lol

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      November 27, 2012 7:44 AM

      what is nintendo doing

      to be honest, I think this is a cool idea, but it's years too late at the point where the wii is supposed to be irrelevant for nintendo, they should have released a smaller wii of some sort 2 years after the original wii

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      November 27, 2012 7:45 AM

      Apparently Canadians, like Alaskans, don't have the internet yet.

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      November 27, 2012 7:51 AM

      Nintendo, I love you, but some times you make no god damned sense.

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      November 27, 2012 7:53 AM

      if you guys want wifi, buy a regular wii.

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      November 27, 2012 7:55 AM

      This might be a cool arcade machine for trips. Pickup a small 7" screen and carry case. Load it up with homebrew and wiiware/VC games. But for $100 you could also pickup a used wii for cheap and have wifi and gamecube compatibility.

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      November 27, 2012 7:55 AM

      Might have made sense earlier this year, but doing it right after the release of the Wii U(which is already going to have a lot of marketplace confusion) is just dumb. And Canada exclusive is a bizarre half-measure - why even bother?

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      November 27, 2012 8:10 AM

      for $20 more you get the full sized one that comes with a game and internet connectivity. why would anyone bother?

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      November 27, 2012 8:41 AM

      Palm Pixi all over again.

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      November 27, 2012 8:58 AM

      that they aren't even squeezing wifi into this says a lot about the type of customers they know buy a Wii

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        November 27, 2012 9:00 AM

        the type of customers they know buy a Wii Canadians

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        November 27, 2012 9:03 AM

        everyone bitches how terrible nintendo's online support is so they remove it and people bitch more

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          November 27, 2012 9:13 AM

          yes, because both things are dumb. Their online support/services are generally below average, that doesn't mean we're better off without any online functionality. The Wii gets used a significant amount for Netflix watching in a lot of cases even by casual folks.

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            November 27, 2012 9:21 AM

            then don't buy this one? Rocket science!

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              November 27, 2012 9:23 AM

              No one has said anythign about buying one. Thats the point. We aren't going to buy one. We are just pointing out how dumb nintendo is being. You know, discussing it. On a discussion board.

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              November 27, 2012 9:27 AM

              I will make sure to only comment about things I am buying

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      November 27, 2012 9:02 AM

      Canada makes sense because its a good testing ground for putting out a device

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      November 27, 2012 9:04 AM

      Can't find a wii u? Well your kids probably wanted a wii mini anyways just buy them that.

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      November 27, 2012 9:44 AM

      wh....what?

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      November 27, 2012 9:51 AM

      I dont know much about supply and demand and manufacturing. I had one economics class in college and barely survived it.

      However...one would assume that this is taking away funding that could be used to produce and supply more WiiUs for the holiday season. Which is annoying as fuck. There are tons of people who are waiting for Wii U's and with it looking like they are gonna be near impossible to find for awhile its frustrating they are are using this many resources to launch a new mini Wii console rather than supplying more U units.

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      November 27, 2012 9:53 AM

      I guess it makes sense to give us a non internet Wii and not give us Nexus 4's

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      November 27, 2012 10:47 AM

      What the fuck you buttholes. I want that :(

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        November 27, 2012 12:44 PM

        It's cool looking and cheap, but unless it comes with a USB to Ethernet dongle I'm left scratching my head a bit.

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          November 27, 2012 5:57 PM

          I am only interested in the Nintendo Selects titles and none of the online material. And it's tiny so I want it.

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      November 27, 2012 11:23 AM

      I certainly got a small boner when I saw this, sure the wii is old and all but there was still a lot of great games to be played on it. I love the new look of this console it's so cute!

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      November 27, 2012 11:32 AM

      With Wal-Mart selling a white Wii for $89 WHY would anyone want to buy the mini? At least you can watch Netflix, play online games, and buy WiiWare and Virtual Console titles with a normal Wii.

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      November 27, 2012 1:08 PM

      Wonder if it's still compatible with the ethernet to USB dongle

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      November 27, 2012 4:26 PM

      Would that be the Wii Wii

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      November 27, 2012 4:52 PM

      Finally they addressed the complaint about the Wii being so huge.

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      November 27, 2012 5:03 PM

      Pretty good plan, since many parts of Canada now have AC power available, but few have internet access, as it costs way to send bits that far north. Sadly, most Canadians will therefore not see this article and remain unaware of this nice new console.

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        November 28, 2012 9:06 AM

        What the hell? I'm from Canada and we have all the same service that you have in the US

        We do have AC power, fiber internet and all the other telecommunication.
        But yup it’s true we probably have to pay way more for the same stuff.

        It’s Canada... not Africa...

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      November 27, 2012 5:23 PM

      The no-wifi thing is crazy JUST because of netflix if nothing else.

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        November 29, 2012 5:48 AM

        Netflix in Canada is not very good... it's a good starting point, but there isnt the same type of content as there is in the USA

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      November 27, 2012 5:34 PM

      enjoy your wiiners canada

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      November 27, 2012 6:41 PM

      Thats almost the same price as buying a sensor and controller for a wii u.

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      November 27, 2012 6:42 PM

      Ha, this is such insignificant news and it's got everyone so worked up. Just say "Nintendo" and half the Shack starts twitching and foaming at the mouth.

      This is a weird little product like the Game Boy Micro. I don't know why they're making it but if you guys want to make a huge fuss over this, I can't stop you.

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        November 27, 2012 6:45 PM

        It is fair to point out that this is a weird thing to release now when there already is a ton of market confusion around their new console.

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          November 27, 2012 7:03 PM

          Well, that's true. No one confused the Game Boy Micro with the DS, but the branding was much more distinct in that case.

          Nonetheless I doubt the release of this thing is going to make or break the Wii U. But that's a valid point and I shouldn't have belittled it.

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            November 27, 2012 7:19 PM

            Yeah I feel bad for the kids who will inevitably get one of these instead of a wii U because they asked for "the new wii."

            It will be a small number, but I bet it will happen.

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      November 28, 2012 12:37 AM

      That is so weird half the reason for buying a Wii is the VC, what is going on?

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      November 28, 2012 10:44 AM

      What the fuck. This is so weird.

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      December 1, 2012 9:33 AM

      I think the "no internet connection" is to stop it from being softmodded. You need the MAC address to generate the fake system update that allows you to install the homebrew channel.