Wii Mini Has No SD Card Slot

By Ishaan . December 2, 2012 . 3:00pm

As previously reported, the upcoming Canada-exclusive Wii Mini has no backward compatibility with Gamecube games like the original Wii model, and also lacks the ability to connect to the Internet. However, it turns out it also has no SD Card slot.


Nintendo World Report were informed by Nintendo of Canada that the Wii Mini will lack an SD Card slot. This makes the device incapable of transferring saves to the Wii U at a later point.


Wii Mini will be released in Canada for $100 on December 7th.

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  • Chim_era

    Simply said it’s $100 down the drain ….

    I’m really wondering what Nintindo is thinking with this AND the Wii U

    • Pyrotek85

      It’s not bad looking but you’re right, it’s just missing too much. Even the black Wii only stripped GC compatibility. What’s worse is that I fear most people who buy this aren’t reading about it online like we are, so they’ll probably be in for a surprise when they find out later.

      • British_Otaku

        The family edition is the one that stripped GC compatibility. You can find the original 2006 model and the family edition in a variety of colours each. /nitpick

        Fortunately, the Wii’s games don’t take much storage space, so even with the surprise being nasty (no online features, no GC option/controls, no SD card), it could be okay for some.

        • Evan Groman

          Not only could it be okay for some, I would argue it would even be okay for /most./ The fact is that the majority of people who own gaming consoles are not hardcore gamers, and they wouldn’t have used the Wii’s GC compatibility or SD cards anyway.

          Someone who is serious about owning a Wii should get the original model, but this is still good for the casual gamers, and let’s face it, the Wii’s main target audience is casual gamers anyway.

          • Elvick

            The reason my sister has never bought a bluray player is because she thought that she would have to repurchase all her movies on bluray.

            My point is, that keeping things you already own and being able to use them again on something new is a huge value to most casual people.

            Granted, not many casuals would have had a Gamecube. Which should have been your argument instead.

          • Evan Groman

            Not many casuals having a Gamecube WAS part of my argument, I thought that was implied. A casual player would not have much use for the GC compatibility, because they likely only purchased the Wii for the gimicky movement part, and aren’t familiar with gaming consoles.

            The Wii is not the same as that, because the target audience are not people who had Gamecubes, seeing as there are wayyyyyy more people with Wiis than people that had Gamecubes. (approx 5 times)

  • raitouniverse

    The Wii Mini is dead on arrival. Won’t sell like the Wii.

  • The Wii is still very popular in Canada, which is why it’s only sold in that region for now. I think they’re testing the market there to see the purchase rate between this new mini Wii and Wii U. I do see this being placed in a lot of the store demo kiosks, hospitals, hotels, and charity homes there, maybe even public bars. Online play or SD card capabilities aren’t really needed for places such as those.

  • malek86

    The lack of SD slot is not that bad for a unit that can’t go online (and thus can’t download games and channels). Savedata takes few blocks anyway.

    However, in light of a possible upgrade to the Wii U, it would mean losing all your save progress… not good. This feels like poor foresight.

    • EdgeKun

      Man. The lack of SD was kind of dumb at first in my mind, but I hadn’t even realized the implications (for upgrading to a WiiU) until you pointed it out. I can’t quite figure out Nintendo’s angle here, unless they’re just trying to make sure there’s no piracy or the like on this little guy. = But yeah, inability to upgrade your saves to WiiU has this being a bit overzealous and ill thought out on Ninty’s part.

  • $24431191

    Lol, what can it do then?

    • A very stylish paperweight that plays Wii titles in isolation from the online community.

      • Kirbysuperstar2

        Online community? Wii? That’d be a first.

        • wii have an online community? I’ll check it again when i get back home

    • Wake

      It might play games, but it isn’t confirmed yet.

  • AkuLord3

    Not sure what Nintendo is thinking with this…this will probably be the worst slim down console…ever. though its cheap…i’ll just stick with buying Wii (or Wii U) later

  • Now that is one investment I won’t make.

    Not being able to play some Wii games with my friends online (who live far away) AND the lack of the gamecube backwards compatibility is a real let-down.

    Geez what the hell Nintendo… *sigh* and that thing looked really good at first. What’s next? No charging cable since everyone owns a Wii already? … oh wait… *looks @ 3DS*

    • They didn’t pull that charging cable nonsense in Canada, IIRC.

      • SirTeffy

        They didn’t pull it in the USA either…

        • oh how nice of them… *sigh* anyway thank you for your information about that matter. Wonder what the hell is going on with nintendo nowadays though…

  • raitouniverse

    lol I wonder if people are being sarcastic or not. But seriously, if you still haven’t bought a Wii, the regular Wii is inexpensive enough if Wi-Fi is that important for you. And you can probably get a used gamecube for half the price of this… so… nobody should be whining about the Wii Mini, like at all.

    • Lima99

      The problem is that this is coming at a confusing time, Xmas. Kids will be asking their parents for the new “Wii U”, which could be confused with this. Not only that, but the price different between the Wii and this Wii Mini is minimal and yet the features that were stripped are huge. It’s not just about Wi-Fi, take the entirety of the VC out, and GC compability out.

      • raitouniverse

        It’s also coming out only in Canada. I think they’ll be smart enough to not confuse such things. If there is a problem, it won’t be widespread. It’ll only be contained up there.

        So… not a big problem. Stop making such a big deal out of it people. For reals.

  • Brandonmkii

    No BC I can live with, seeing as I still own every system I’ve ever owned. But no online is kind of a bummer.

  • Foryth

    Someone should microwave this…

    • Aoshi00

      Turn it into a jelly Wii or send it back to the past :)

      And I thought at first it looked pretty cool in red :(.. now that’s taking barebone to the next level.

  • You can only not only play Classic games that were released on Disc like Mario All-Stars and Kirby Collection

  • ZEROthefirst

    The only reason I can see anyone buying this is because they’re collecting consoles/games so they can add it to their collection… OR some un-suspecting person hasn’t heard of all of these things and thinks they’re getting a good deal.

  • Elvick

    What a useless console.

    The price difference is so minimal that the missing features aren’t worth saving the money on.

    This will probably just sell to people who are buying Wiis as gifts for others. Feel bad for anyone asking for a Wii U and gets this stupid thing.

  • IshimaruKaito

    then whats the point of buying this??

  • Shadowman

    That sounds kinda lame.

    • Budgiecat

      Goes good with plenty of CANADIAN BACON

      • Shadowman

        Well I like bacon.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I kinda see this as the budget Wii lol. It stripped a lot of things in the machines which is important for the old Wii owners,
    This one seems to be design specially for casual market who wanted to play Wii games with their family and not caring anything about online and Gamecube games.

    • That’s pretty much exactly what it is. It’s similar to that one PSP model that Sony introduced last year (or was it the year before last?) without Wi-Fi.

      These systems are for people who have no intention of upgrading to a Wii U any time in the near future or getting onto the Internet. It’s solely for the extremely budget-conscious consumer who just wants good games for cheap. That’s why they’re advertising this alongside their Nintendo Selects line of budget titles, too.

      • Budgiecat

        Or price conscious buyers will just buy used

  • sibarraz

    this console had a dvd lector?

  • Maybe this is just a highly elaborated marketing strategy for the Wii U not to look that bad in comparative or something. I dont know.

  • Pity I was interested maybe pick one up for collection purposes. Rather blows how Nintendo decided to go three steps back with the Mini. such a shame but still I think it will do wonders for the youngers or elderly.

  • The Wii Mini – the perfect gift for your grandma!

  • I think people are missing the point here in general. There are thousands and thousands of people out there who don’t care about Internet connectivity, don’t care about Gamecube backward compatibility, and aren’t about to upgrade to a Wii U any time soon.

    Would it be nice if those features were still in there? Sure, but there’s probably market research that indicates a large number of people exist, who simply don’t care for all of this added functionality. They just want a cheap system to play a few good games on.

    This is the exact same audience that the PS2 sold to, after the 2008 period or so. Taking those features out brings down manufacturing costs, which is why it’s being done. Sony did it with the PSP a couple of years ago, too, so there obviously is some method to the madness here.

    • Elvick

      I think you’re too defensive of anything Nintendo and therefore miss the point in general.

      People are stating their opinion of the thing.

  • It’s sooo tiny! I wanna eat it.

  • XypherCode

    Kinda off topic but honestly I never heard of NoC. I thought NoA catered the Canadian audience as well? xD

  • psycho_bandaid

    I wonder who specifically they are targeting with this model. Ninty has always been pretty good at reading the market so I’m thinking they have some focus group in mind. I can’t see it at all, though

  • a b

    its already out and it cost 90$ not 100

  • Tails the Foxhound

    Well so much for my novelty purchase, really dumb move Nintendo.

  • This machine…………

  • isfuturebright

    Ok so what comes with Wii mini really? It’s easier to just say that hahaha

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Only in Canada.. the wii is just a box that plays games, Ah

  • almostautumn

    And it’s still region locked, I take it? Just, with this one, you literally can’t do anything about it?

    I think that thing looks slick as hell and I’d love it, but man is that just way too gimped to be worth even half that cost.

  • CirnoLakes

    Ooh, that’s a bad decision.

    That’s a really bad decision.

  • Budgiecat


  • A paper weight for $100 seems like an awesome deal. Unfortunately I already bought a similar paper weight for $200 a few years back (and mine has an SD card) so I’ll pass on this.

  • AlexanderPappas

    As a Canadian citizen I am against this….

  • Keyanf

    That’s one way to stop homebrew….

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