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Team Fail
November 27th, 2012, 01:46 PM
The Wii
Mini
Nintendo's long-running line of Wii Consoles is getting yet another addition to the family this holiday season with the Wii Mini (How many is that now? Three?). However, there is a catch. The console does not have USB plugs for microphones and keyboards, no SD card to put your games and saves on, and does not have wireless communication features, meaning that you cannot play online with friends in another city/country. And just like the recently released Wiis, it also does not contain support for Nintendo GameCube games. However, it is currently only being released in Canada on December 6th for $99.99, with no word on other countries yet.

If this revision of the Wii was being released everywhere, instead of just Canada, would you buy it? Why? Of all the features they removed, which was the worst to remove? What kind of people would most benefit from getting a stripped-down version of the Wii?

Picture inside:
http://plug-in.bestbuy.ca/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/8388iB66E0AA24B063184/image-size/large?v=mpbl-1&px=-1

Official Nintendo of America page (http://www.nintendo.com/wiimini?country=CA&lang=en/)

Major Ziggs
November 27th, 2012, 01:54 PM
Curious :o I think it's a pretty cool idea tbh, it'd be perfect for people that use the Wii casually for things like Wii Fit or Just Dance or whatever and they can't afford to buy the original console to just play a couple of games on (assuming it's cheaper... it must be, right?) I personally wouldn't buy for myself one since I love playing online and I'd hate not having SD storage or USB ports for gaming accessories, but that's just because I spend far too much of my time playing far too many games. I would however buy it for my mother since she constantly talks about wanting to borrow our Wii to play Just Dance on as a form of exercise but then can't work out how to set the whole thing up, whereas theoretically the new mini-Wii would be much more simple as there'd be far less settings and features to worry about. So assuming it's significantly cheaper than the original console with all the capabilities I think it's a good idea, just not for me personally. Also it looks really cool!

TRIFORCE89
November 27th, 2012, 03:54 PM
This isn't new territory for Nintendo, they've just taken a break on the console front for the last couple of generation cycles.

The NES 2 came out shortly after the SuperNES was release. The SuperNES mini was released shortly after the release of the N64. And of course the Game Boy micro (which was part of the GBA line) came out after the DS was already released.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/NES-101-Console-Set.jpg/320px-NES-101-Console-Set.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/SNES-Model-2-Set.jpg/320px-SNES-Model-2-Set.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/27/Game-Boy-Micro.png/320px-Game-Boy-Micro.png

Standard fare. By this point, even if they look different, they're now ridiculously cheap to produce. And as such, easy and profitable pickings to sell to those few who are interested (collectors, perhaps) and stragglers who are late to the party.

Jak
November 27th, 2012, 03:58 PM
I think it might be good for like what Triforce said. Collectors, people that don't have a regular Wii, or those without sufficient funds to get one, so in the case of the latter, it's a nice gift if you're on a tight budget and have a child or someone that really wants one. It skimps out on a lot, but hey, for the price and since there are plenty of great games in the Wii library, it's not too big of one to pay.

I myself wouldn't buy one, even for collecting purposes, but I think it has a decent enough market to appeal to.

Taro Tanaka
November 27th, 2012, 08:10 PM
You lost me at "no Gamecube support".

With the WiiU hitting the stores, I doubt anyone would opt to buy the Wii Mini over the WiiU. Collectors might, but I still feel that this was a bad career move. Nonetheless, they're at least thinking of the economy, so there's a good thing. For people who don't have internet connections, they can at least buy this without complaints for the right price. Otherwise, I myself wouldn't buy it.

AWsquared
November 28th, 2012, 12:00 AM
It's not something I don't plan on buying because I already have a Wii. But I definitely see Nintendo collectors buying it. The fact that it's only available in Canada at the moment brings up it's rareness. I can also see casual gamers like my dad who use the Wii for Wii Sports or WiiFit or people who just want to use the motion control part of the Wii buying it. Though the fact that it's not backwards compatible or doesn't have WiFi turns it off for me.

Cadance
November 28th, 2012, 09:00 AM
I'm someone that craves older-system capatibility like Gamecube support, but honestly...this console is deemed too simple for me. I prefer the other Wii (the one before the Wii U) where it does have Gamecube support, and SD card support. As someone who likes to collect, I see myself buying that and keeping it for collectible purposes.

I'm surprised though, that it's Canada-exclusive.

TRIFORCE89
November 28th, 2012, 11:05 AM
I'm pretty sure there was a minor Wii revision in recent years that was available in North America and Europe, but not Japan, that already ditched GameCube support.

Cherrim
November 28th, 2012, 11:42 AM
That... is really ugly. Seriously, it looks like it's made out of rubber. Why would anyone want this? @_@ I don't look at that and thing "Wii"; I don't even look at it and thing "Nintendo". It's just such an odd design. I have no idea what they were thinking.

I think the stripped down features bother me less than the design. :P I mean, the lack of backwards compatibility is probably the only feature dealbreaker for me and that doesn't surprise me because I don't think Wiis have been backwards compatible since the black one came out. (Or somewhere in there they dropped it, anyway.) The online capabilities of the Wii are kind of laughable. All you'd be missing out on is WiiWare/VC and that's not too big a deal. If you're skimping and going for the $100 version of the console, you're probably not interested in buying overpriced old games and indie games that are mostly cheap on PC anyway. The SD card thing is a little baffling to me though because it's not like it wouldn't be cheap to include the slot but internal storage is probably more than enough if you aren't downloading games/channels for the Wii.

TRIFORCE89
November 28th, 2012, 02:56 PM
That... is really ugly. Seriously, it looks like it's made out of rubber. Why would anyone want this? @_@ I don't look at that and thing "Wii"; I don't even look at it and thing "Nintendo". It's just such an odd design. I have no idea what they were thinking.
It's very McDonald's Big Mac clamshell box-esque

Captain Fabio
November 29th, 2012, 02:29 AM
I didn't think it was possible for the Wii to be worse, but now it is.
Seriously, stripping it of its add ons that help it float in the industry and the big one, for me, is killing GC compatibility; total waste of time.

NatureKeeper
November 29th, 2012, 03:09 AM
I personally second AWsquared's opinion. If you have a Wii, then this thing is useless, but it is mighty good for casual gamers.

And I like the design I dunno what you guys are talking about. ._.

P.S. Fabio, why do you hate Nintendo so, so much? xD

BakingBluePotatoe
November 29th, 2012, 04:47 AM
Huh.. so from the pic, I assume it's the size of one of those old portable CD players?

I'd get it for the portability.. well, yeah,I can't play it outside, but you know, take it to a friend's house...

Canada exclusive seems kinda random though...

Mr. Avocado
November 29th, 2012, 08:48 AM
I think what they have done is very stupid. It's like they have taken the Wii, and put it back a decade with none of the key features it possessed previously. I don't see Nintendo making a profit out of this; gamers wouldn't want a product like this, I can only see Nintendo collectors/hardcore fan-type people buying this product. Sorry, but I think this is really not going to become a hit.

Azure Rathalδs
November 29th, 2012, 09:29 AM
I think that this might be a hit in emerging markets and less economically developed countries because of it's affordability. Plus, the lack of wi-fi would not hurt them seeing how people in those countries usually don't have broadband and some even use their mobile phone as their main internet device.

The thing is, this is currently a Canada only thing. I don't see why they could try and break into African or Brazilian markets with this, it's overall a bit of a oddity of a console.

On the console itself, I think it looks quite nice. Matte Black needs to be used over the glossy crap we get in most things today. As a added bonus, the top-loading nature of the device means that there are less parts to break.

EonJolteon
November 29th, 2012, 09:52 AM
That... is really ugly. Seriously, it looks like it's made out of rubber. Why would anyone want this? @_@ I don't look at that and thing "Wii"; I don't even look at it and thing "Nintendo". It's just such an odd design. I have no idea what they were thinking.

It almost looks like something out the 80's. xD
The texture of the console itself is... gross. I'm honestly shocked by the design, too. ><

But really, it looks retro. Nintendo, you silly. xP

TRIFORCE89
November 29th, 2012, 09:07 PM
I think what they have done is very stupid. It's like they have taken the Wii, and put it back a decade with none of the key features it possessed previously. I don't see Nintendo making a profit out of this; gamers wouldn't want a product like this, I can only see Nintendo collectors/hardcore fan-type people buying this product. Sorry, but I think this is really not going to become a hit.
It's not for gamers. It's not supposed to become a hit (heck, it's limited just to Canada). It's for a niche of casual stragglers who never got the Wii before. And Nintendo for sure will make a profit. The cost of that old technology today? How could they not make a profit?

Mr. Avocado
November 29th, 2012, 11:45 PM
It's not for gamers. It's not supposed to become a hit (heck, it's limited just to Canada). It's for a niche of casual stragglers who never got the Wii before. And Nintendo for sure will make a profit. The cost of that old technology today? How could they not make a profit?
It should eventually be released elsewhere, I don't see them sticking to only selling them in Canada. Also, with the price of the Wii having dropped, I don't think that there would be much of a decision between the actual Wii and the Wii Mini.

Morkula
December 5th, 2012, 03:14 PM
It's a very retro design, that's for sure. But I'm not sure how many people will buy it. I think most people that want a Wii own one by now, and it's a dead console at this point since Nintendo has moved on to the Wii U.

I don't see this going very far, to be honest. The Game Boy Micro was tiny and had a brilliant screen, so that was a selling point. This...really has none. :/

Pinkie-Dawn
December 5th, 2012, 08:22 PM
I won't buy it due to its lack of GCN support (meaning no GCN controllers for Brawl) and SD card support (unless it means it has more memory than a regular Wii).

Mr. Magius
December 6th, 2012, 07:35 PM
LOL@CANADA

But I don't know what Nintendo was thinking. The Wii itself isn't even selling (probably due to the PS3 and 360 competition), so what will stripping away its features do? I personally won't buy it, because (1) I already have one lol, and (2) If I didn't already have one, I'd still buy the full-size Wii because of all the essential features. I wouldn't think there are too many strictly casual gamers on the Wii console that would imply they need such a puny console like this.

The fact that Nintendo's new console is the Wii-U yet they extended their old, nearly obsolete console bewilders me. It's like if Nintendo released a new type of GBC as they released the GBA. (???????!!)

TRIFORCE89
December 6th, 2012, 07:43 PM
It's a very retro design, that's for sure. But I'm not sure how many people will buy it. I think most people that want a Wii own one by now, and it's a dead console at this point since Nintendo has moved on to the Wii U.

I don't see this going very far, to be honest. The Game Boy Micro was tiny and had a brilliant screen, so that was a selling point. This...really has none. :/
You'd be surprised. They've done it twice before. Must be something to it

Praisedscooter
December 9th, 2012, 06:42 AM
it had me skeptic at no GC support, it completely lost my at no internet support. Though cheap, part of the reason in having a Wii was the Virtual Console titles, at least in my opinion.

AzaleaLightning
December 9th, 2012, 09:15 AM
It'd be cool if they offered it in a variety of colors but... it's still so useless x_x

For that price, it'd be so much economically better to get a regular Wii, even if the newer models don't support GameCube games...

SummerSushi
December 18th, 2012, 04:45 PM
No clue why no GCN support is shocking so many people when the 2011 red,blue and black Wiis lost it. While the Wii is one of my fav systems last gen Wii,DS,PS3 I won't buy it even for collector's reasons. But I'll admit I like how it looks.