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The Wii Mini will be released in Canada on December 7, where the console will be available exclusively this holiday season, Nintendo has announced.

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. No game will be included with the Wii Mini.

"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."

The Wii Mini has also been designed exclusively to play Wii games. There's no internet capabilities – meaning no WiiWare or Virtual Console – and doesn't play GameCube games. Nintendo says over 1,400 Wii games are available.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

While the Mini will be "available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season" it seems certain the smaller unit will be launched worldwide in 2013.

At this late stage in the Wii's life, cutting the cost of the console will help tap into untouched markets - $99.99 Canadian dollars equates to around £60.

Source: Press release

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Woffls

I don't think anyone had a problem with the Wii being too big. (teehee!)
Posted 11:14 on 28 November 2012
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pblive@ altaranga

Because they have smaller hands?

It's a timed exclusive to Canada as far as I understand. Canada seems to be one of those places that gets to 'test' new stuff before it appears elsewhere. Probably easier to get licensing or cheaper to get the product to market there or something.
Posted 10:30 on 28 November 2012
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altaranga

Exclusive to Canada?

Can anybody explain WTF kind of marketing that is? Why, of all places, Canada? Not that there is anything wrong with Canada; I've been there a dozen times and love the place. However what is so special aboot [sorry, couldn't help myself] Canada for an exclusive console release? The mind boggles.
Posted 09:48 on 28 November 2012
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BC_Animus

Mini's all the rage atm. Looks like there's hope for us less endowed men after all. (And yes, there WAS a joke.)

Seriously though a Wii mini has potential, but the timing and its capabilities are wayyy off. If it was released a year or two ago, then yeah, it would've done well. If it runs off rechargable batteries, can play downloaded titles, and has the ability to stream to a tablet or mobile device, then yeah, it might have a chance. But as it stands I don't think it's got much legs to stand on.

Having said that, it IS Nintendo, and you can never tell with them. Maybe this thing will have a pedometer built-in and you can go jogging with it or something. Or do yoga on it. Or something. Mums will love it.
Posted 04:15 on 28 November 2012
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Woffls

Well that's a relief. I still think it's a bad idea for them to release it at all, but leaving a global launch until next year should at least mitigate the confusion among potential customers.

They should make it available online only or something. I'm sure retailers like GAME and HMV will have absolutely zero interest in stocking the Wii Mini because the markup will be really low, and the software sales will mostly be old 2nd hand games anyway I'd imagine. They'll be clearing space for Wii U as well.

I don't think this will have much impact next year providing Nintendo don't bother marketing it at all.
Posted 14:45 on 27 November 2012
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