$100 Wii Mini launching in US this month

How curious it was that Nintendo originally only released the Wii Mini in Canada, last December. The shrunken, stripped-down console later launched across Europe in early 2013, but still not the US--or even Japan. Apparently now is the time, though, as Nintendo today announced the Wii Mini will arrive in US stores "by the middle of November" at $99.99.

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How curious it was that Nintendo originally only released the Wii Mini in Canada, last December. The shrunken, stripped-down console later launched across Europe in early 2013, but still not the US--or even Japan. Apparently now is the time, though, as Nintendo today announced the Wii Mini will arrive in US stores "by the middle of November" at $99.99.

One Benjamin would get you the red-framed black console, a red Wiimote Plus, a red Nunchuk, and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. Which sounds quite nice, until you realise what else it'll cost you.

The Wii Mini has no online support, no GameCube compatibility, no SD card slot, only one USB port, and fewer video output options. Still, many people won't need those or notice their absence.

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    November 4, 2013 7:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, $100 Wii Mini launching in US this month.

    How curious it was that Nintendo originally only released the Wii Mini in Canada, last December. The shrunken, stripped-down console later launched across Europe in early 2013, but still not the US--or even Japan. Apparently now is the time, though, as Nintendo today announced the Wii Mini will arrive in US stores "by the middle of November" at $99.99.

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      November 4, 2013 7:04 AM

      What Wii exclusives are worth playing? I might pick one of these up if I'm missing a couple classics. What was the actiony RPG everyone was raving about two years ago?

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        November 4, 2013 7:09 AM

        XENOBLADE FUCKIN' CHRONICLESSSSSSSS

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          November 4, 2013 7:25 AM

          Good game, but Isn't this game like $90?

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          November 4, 2013 7:26 AM

          IAWTP!!!!

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          November 4, 2013 7:32 AM

          man i am at The Point Of No Return, I've really got to just finish it but I got blown out by Dickson. >:(

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            November 4, 2013 7:43 AM

            If you're getting stomped by Dickson, then you've got bigger issues immediately following him. It's been a while, but I believe you can leave and go farm because you're going to need some more levels to beat the game.

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            November 4, 2013 7:49 AM

            Wait, you haven't finished it? GET TO WORK.

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          November 4, 2013 7:41 AM

          I keep hitting the Inf button over and over, but it just adds one and then takes one away. This deserves 100 inf's from everyone

          Best game on that platform, bar none.

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        November 4, 2013 7:13 AM

        also check out:
        super mario galaxy 1 and 2
        Zelda twilight princess and skyward sword
        the last story
        kirby's epic yarn

        if your PC can't handle dolphin, there's still so much fun to be had with a wii and $100 ain't too shabby.

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        November 4, 2013 7:14 AM

        My collection consists of:

        Mario Galaxy 1 and 2
        Zelda TP and SS
        Punch Out!
        Red Steel 2
        Donkey Kong Country Returns
        Metroid Prime Trilogy
        Mario Kart Wii
        Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
        Okami
        Super Smash Bro Brawl
        Super Paper Mario
        No More Heroes 2
        The Last Story
        New Super Mario Bros Wii

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        November 4, 2013 7:44 AM

        Super Mario Galaxy

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        November 4, 2013 12:21 PM

        DON'T BUY THIS VERSION OF THE WII!

        Unless Nintendo has changed the model since the Canadian release, the Wii Mini does not support component cables and 480p. It can only output composite (yellow plug, 480i, NES had it in1985). So if you don't mind grainy, fuzzy, and washed out picture, then go ahead and get one of these.

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          November 4, 2013 12:26 PM

          1. No Online
          2. No Component Output
          3. No GameCube BC
          4. No SD Card Slot
          5. Unable to Transfer Saves.

          It's a pretty dumb product.

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            November 4, 2013 12:31 PM

            Yeah, forgot about no online, which means no Virtual Console, which is one of the best things about the Wii.

            Regular Wii models for the past few years haven't had GC backwards compatibility either, so if the OP wants that, he'll have to go to craigslist. Unless he already owns a GC, he should definitely go that route.

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            November 4, 2013 12:33 PM

            Why in gods name would they release this?

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              November 4, 2013 12:34 PM

              For the chillrens

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                November 4, 2013 12:41 PM

                The poor Canadian children who have no needs of Internets and big fancy game consoles. We survive off 99$ consoles and seal meat.

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            November 4, 2013 6:21 PM

            Even "normal" Wii's stopped being back compatible with Gamecube a couple of years ago. I found this out the hard way - I was waaaay late to the Wii party myself and only got one last year. I was very disappointed to find out they're not back compatible any more. :(

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          November 4, 2013 12:34 PM

          ^^^^ You'd be better off buying a used original Wii.

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          November 4, 2013 1:07 PM

          Well shit. Never mind.

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          November 4, 2013 1:11 PM

          absolutely amazing

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          November 4, 2013 5:30 PM

          Wii Mini, aka the Wii Tard

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        November 4, 2013 1:24 PM

        Mad World and No More Heroes

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          November 4, 2013 1:34 PM

          I keep forgetting about Mad World. I bought it on release, got halfway through it and kept failing on a certain part and rage quit and sold it back to gamestop. Was a fun game though.

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        November 4, 2013 2:53 PM

        I'd put that hundred toward a WiiU. It's backwards compatible with the Wii and GameCube, and there's just a massive catalog of good stuff to play there and coming.

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          November 4, 2013 4:53 PM

          It's not backwards compatible with Gamecube discs IIRC. Not even in Wii mode.

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            November 5, 2013 9:41 PM

            You're right. That's a shame too. The GC has a much more appealing library than the Wii.

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      November 4, 2013 1:00 PM

      composite output? That's not even for poors, that's for third world poors.

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      November 4, 2013 1:38 PM

      I don't get it. I know this is good for choice but at the same time if people aren't recognizing the WiiU as a new device then why release something else to further compete with the brand name?