It was only two days ago that rumours of another wii revamp starting milling about the internet, and already more has been revealed as a has retailer mistakenly released images of the console on their website. The potential release date of December 7th matches that accompanies the picture matches information already leaked, but the console design is not what anyone expected.
UPDATE: Console confirmed for Canada and more images released!
First suggested by Nintendo World Report, following a leaked internal release schedule from a ‘major retailer’, the Wii Mini is said to contain a console, a sensor bar, nunchuk and Wii remote plus with jacket.
Now thanks to the good people of Best Buy Canada, we have our first glimpse of the tiny console, which appears to have cast aside the standard white and blue shiny visage of the original Wii, in favour of a stylish matte black and red look akin to the even-changing colours of the DS and 3DS lines.
Unfortunately the ‘preorder now’ link associated with the Best Buy listing does not appear to be working and the console is not mentioned elsewhere on the site, so at this stage we are left with just one glorious picture of the Mini. However its appearance does solidify the rumoured launch date and console title.
While this latest news does not answer any questions, it does raise a few more. This striking, likely-cheaper version of the Wii may be an indication that Nintendo are seeking to release various coloured stylings of the console, much like that of the 3D range. Will we be seeing various limited edition and differently styled Wii Mini consoles? If this is indeed their plan, could we be seeing the life-span of the console extended significantly, in the same way the Playstation 2 continued to be a favourite among families well beyond its console generation?
We can only ponder for now, but we will be keeping an eye out for as many mini details we can uncover.
It’s official; the Wii Mini has been confirmed for Canada and the Future Shop has just released more pictures of the curious little creature. The new version of the console will be retailing for a mere $99 and it will unfortunately not support WiFi or GameCube games. No word yet on whether it will be released in other territories, but here’s hoping.
Here’s the official release from Nintendo Canada:
On Dec. 7, the new Wii Mini home console launches in Canada at a suggested retail price of just$99.99 and puts the focus squarely on Wii games. The system can play more than 1,400 disc-based Wii games. Wii Mini is smaller than the original Wii system, and comes in matte black with a red border. The system comes with a red Wii Remote Plus, a red Nunchuk controller and works with most Wii accessories.
“There are games in the Wii library for every type of player,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager. “Wii Mini is a great gift for the holidays that brings everyone in the family together to play. Wii Mini has a mini price, but it’s all about big fun.”
Wii Mini is designed exclusively to play Wii games. Its family-friendly design has no Internet capabilities and does not play Nintendo GameCube games. It’s a great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games that helped usher in a revolution in motion-controlled gaming. Wii games are available at a variety of price points for every kind of shopper. Some top Wii games during the past six years include:
- A whole range of value-priced Nintendo Selects games, including some of the top-selling and best-reviewed Wii games of all time, at a suggested retail price of $19.99
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (suggested retail price of $29.99)
- Donkey Kong Country Returns (suggested retail price of $29.99)
- Mario Kart Wii (suggested retail price of $39.99)
- Wii Sports Resort (suggested retail price of $39.99)
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (suggested retail price of $59.99)
- Wii Fit Plus with the Wii Balance Board (suggested retail price of $99.99)
Wii Mini is available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season. No information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future. Remember that Wii Mini features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiimini.
Check out the pictures below for a closer look at the new design.