Wii Mini Leaked, Coming On December 7 According To Best Buy

By Spencer . November 27, 2012 . 2:08am


The Wii Mini, a smaller version of the Wii, is scheduled to come out on December 7. News about the Wii Mini comes from Best Buy which may have introduced the Wii redesign a wee bit too early. While Best Buy says they are taking pre-orders, the link doesn’t go to a Wii Mini page.


It’s unclear how much the Wii Mini will cost. A regular Wii without any games was on sale for $89 on Black Friday.

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  • JustThisOne


    I’m totally surprised that they did this. I can’t really see a reason why they would release a newer version and the end of a console’s lifespan. (And this applies to you too, Sony, with your PS3 Slim 2.) Is this actually profitable?

    • unless it can be used with the Wii U =]

    • Peace Legacy

      Considering to this date, the PS2, PSP and DS still sells, I can certainly see a market for this if this was to price somewhere between $49-$79.
      Myself as an example: there are a bunches of games I want to try out on the Wii, but never had the chance… and I am still on the fence about whether I should buy the Wii U or not. If this was to be cheap, i can easily buy one, play all the games I want, keep the controller, and sell the hardware on ebay for $20-$30 when I am ready to move on to the Wii U (therefore, by spending around $50 or so, I can easily have something to do in my spare time while waiting for the Wii U to flourish enough.
      P.S: My local pawn store have a standard Wii available for sale for only $50 right now, so I hope the price I proposed ain’t too unreasonable, no?
      P.P.S: Why this look cooler than the Wii U and the 3DS’s design completely baffle me (the 3DS Lite and XL should look sharp and shiny like that, with that awesome balance level of contrasting glossy red and matte black!)
      P.P.P.S I take it back, after the update, it cost like a $100, and the red part doesn’t look glossy enough after new images

    • NFreak007

      I imagine that it’s more a case of cutting production costs than anything else.

    • SirRichard

      At least here in the UK, the PS3’s hardware sales jumped straight up when the new Slim hit and have been doing well since. People are desperate for new boxes, well-timed redesigns can pull in good money.

    • sd28

      the simple answer is more money

    • kylehyde

      Yes, it will be actually profitable, considering that the Wii was profitable since the first day and that with the passing of the years the cost of components decrease and the profit from the console increase, this model could be really cheap to make. Also, is not the first time that a newer version of a console was released at the “end” of their lifespan, sony released the last model of the ps2 well into the ps3 lifespan.

    • Spirit Macardi

      This is actually something that Nintendo has done quite a bit. They’ll release a miniaturized version of a prior console after the new one launches, since they realize that not everyone wants to jump into the new generation. I think the only systems of theirs that didn’t get this treatment were the N64 and Gamecube.

      • Victor

        The Wii is the first console they have done this with. They usually drop the previous console.

  • Elvick

    So would this be like the one released in Europe awhile ago? Or is it something ‘new’? Can’t remember what that one looked like for Europe, but I remember them getting a paired down Wii with no b/c and other obvious “cut cost” things.

    Personally have no use, but it’s smart. Some people pick up a console when a generation ends, so they have almost the entire catalog to check out (sans new releases… which for wii is pretty much null).

    • NFreak007

      The one you’re talking about was exactly the same size and shape as the original Wii, the only difference was that GameCube compatibility was dropped and the stand was removed. As far as I know it’s the standard Wii everywhere now, not just in Europe.

      Basically, if the console’s boxart shows it standing vertically it’s an old Wii with b/c. If it shows it laying horizontally it’s a new one without it. The Wii Mini will presumably be completely separate from those two,

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Nintendo employee: It’s a complete clone of the Wii, except 1/8 it’s size
    Iwata: I shall call it Mini Wii

    • Peace Legacy

      Wiinie could have been an awesome (ly cute) name for sure.

      • i actually thought of that a second or two before I read this comment lol

      • キロ

        Or Wii Miini XD

  • In all honesty I think Nintendo could’ve done something better with their money this holiday season.

  • Josh Strange

    too late

  • I have a faint hope that it will be able to play Gamecube games because my Wii that can is slowly dying. I know that it’s foolish to get my hopes up, though. Soon, I will no longer be able to play Luigi’s Mansion or Super Mario Sunshine at all…

    • JMaster3000

      Forget about that, this is what i found on internet

      ”While the system has no Internet connectivity options or Gamecube support, it features full functionality and compatibility with the Wii’s expansive library of over 1,300 games and its associated peripherals, totaling nearly 1 billion games sold.”

  • AndyFe

    So that is what Nintendo is doing with their extra Wii U money

  • Wake

    The scary thing is, this is still going to sell a ton.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Know what would make that thing even better? Gamecube controller ports. playing games like Smash or Mario kart feels odd on the classic pad. I think its kinda useless but, Go Nintendo?

    • Elvick

      I’ve always been fine with the nunchuk and wiimote with those games, but I can understand people liking the gamecube controller.

      I never understood why Nintendo didn’t just make a wireless Gamecube controller for the Wii and rebrand it as a Wii controller of some kind.

      That would have been infinitely better than the classic controller. Which is useless to me since you have to plug it into a wiimote. Like really? :/

      I know Nintendo had legal issues with the wavebird, but I doubt a real wireless controller would have been the same thing.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        I seen 3rd party gamecube to classic controllers but they were felt cheap and had button lag. I think They might make that for the wii-u

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Kinda pointless, unless they plan to cut-costs with his Mini Wii, but I assume it cause more to create it and it definitely wont sell as much as the original Wii, which was already making money.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    ……this is again another strange move(For me. O.o) from Nintendo. Considering that now Wii U is going gun blazing looking to sales, i don’t understand why they still pumping this Wii.(I know it is still selling but isn’t the market is more or less filled with Wii already? and should not they e focusing on long term Wii U more here?)

    • Victor

      Apparently they are not releasing anymore software for the Wii. So they are focusing on the U. Pikmin 3 is nearly released, Zelda is in development, monolith is working on something, and Retro is working on something and and Namco is developing Smash bros. They are focusing on the future imo.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Yeah i know that but, isn’t it strange considering that Wii U is backwards compatible with Wii.
        By selling this, it can move away some potential buyers here.

        • Victor

          Yes it is strange…and could back fire

  • JMaster3000

    It has no internet connectivity and no GC support. and it seems it has a longer lifespan.
    The price is 99$

    Here’s a pic of it

    Its gonna come with a Mote Motion Plus and Nunchuck.

    • pressUPfororanges

      Which probably makes it the most pointless upgrade ever.

      Yet still uber sexy.
      I kind of want one.

      • JMaster3000

        Yep me too.
        Also, Red+Black FTW

    • malek86

      Wow, now that looks terrible. I don’t see the appeal of this… casket thing. No internet connectivity, no GC mode… looks like they are aiming for the kids with this one. And admittedly the cheap plastic looks like a bit like a toy.

  • baha


    No internet, no GC support, Canada exclusive. What’s wrong in your heads, nintendodevs?

    • I guess it was meant to be a compact, much cheaper version but given the current Wii price it really kills the purpose lol.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      no wifi?! Whats point in getting it, unless your a game collector

  • darkfox1

    Wow looks like that Wii is gonna have a long lifespan. It looks like it’s built for war or something lol.

  • ShindoW

    Almost was gonna purchase this then they said no internet connectivity. So much for that. How are you gonna play multiplayer games (like Animal Crossing) without it?

  • MrRobbyM

    I’m disappointed it’s not called the Wiini

  • I worry about product confusion between this and a new product that people are already confused about, but Nintendo probably knows more about business than I do.

  • Dude, the Wii is already tiny enough to fit in my backpack with plenty of room to spare. Why does it need to be any smaller?

  • tubers

    If it’s 59.99 during next year’s BF.. heck yeah! Never owned one :)

  • I have to say I would totally have bought this new Wii just to keep as new but to find out that the Internet was removed is a huge downer but then again I could just keep it just for Wii games. I already moved my VC games over to the Wii U hoping they get an update so I can play them on the Gamepad in the future. I’ll definitely think about it when it arrives in the US.

  • Victor

    This could back fire.

  • ShinStar

    “News about the Wii Mini comes from Best Buy which may have introduced the Wii redesign a wee bit too early.”

    A wee bit too early…
    A wee bit…
    A Wee…

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