Wii Mini To Launch In U.S. For $100, Includes Mario Kart Wii

By Ishaan . November 4, 2013 . 10:22am

Last year, Nintendo launched a new model of the Wii, the Wii Mini, in Canada. Then, earlier this year, they brought the Wii Mini to the U.K. in March. Now, the system is being released in North America at a low price with a free game.


The Wii Mini will be released this month for $100, and will come packaged with a copy of Mario Kart Wii. Accompanying the game and system will be a red Wii Remote Plus controller and red Nunchuk controller.


If you intend to pick a Wii Mini up, note that this model of the Wii is missing several features available in regular Wii consoles, such as the ability to play Gamecube games and the ability to connect the console to the Internet. Additionally, the Wii Mini isn’t capable of 480p video output or using SD cards.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    T-Thanks Nintendo?

  • Shady Shariest

    I guess this is the prime definition of “A quick buck” for Nintendo…
    Doesn’t really help the Wii U, i might guess?

    • Pdugna

      well now that this is out and people will sell it saying Wii mini is just a Wii but smaller will even more confuse people about the Wii U.

      • Shady Shariest

        My point exactly… Will they actually do anything about the confusion at any point?

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          It’d greatly benefit them if they called it a Mini Wii.

    • It’s been done in line for Black Friday. It’s definitely timed as such.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Late adopters dont really play online.
      And Wii’s are still sitting on the shevles.
      Gutting Wii Connect 24 though was probably not a good idea. Would allows people to learn more about the WiiU.

  • 324234

    No Wifi, no Gamecube, not worth buying. Get a used Wii, there’s TONS. Side note: What’s the deal with all the two-tone Nintendo products releasing recently? Putting aside the three-tone OG 3DS there’s the XL, the 2DS and this Wii. So ugly. (Side note 2: The ‘mini’ Wii is practically the same size)

  • Just another thing to confuse the parents buying for a kid this Christmas. An older, fully-functional Wii would cost less in the long run. A likely ploy for cash this season is my bet. The Mini itself is a crippled version of the console not worth anyone’s time unless they’re not into online functionality and even then it’s cheaper to go one of the other versions of it come Black Friday. Pretty sure the original Wii will be half that price or less.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Sadly, the Wiis made since late 2011 can’t play Gamecube games either because the Gamecube ports have been removed (the Wii label is horizontal. As opposed to vertical from the Wiis from launch up to that point in 2011).

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ….Nintendo…Nintendo you shouldn’t bring back something that’s dead, that will die again once it hits state side.

  • AuraGuyChris

    The loss of online isn’t a big deal considering many Wii games don’t rely on it.
    But to package this with Mario Kart Wii, a game that’s even better playing online?

  • Akimitsu

    I don’t understand packaging this with Mario Kart Wii, a game that actually benefits greatly with online.

    • Way to push the uninitiated to buying it because they see ‘bundle’ and they automatically think ‘a good deal’.

      Again, a lot of uneducated parents will grab at this with that logic. It’s not ignorant marketing when you think about it.

  • ZEROthefirst

    I’ll feel bad for anyone who buys this (aside from someone who just wants it as an addition to their game collection). You can buy a regular Wii without any features missing anywhere from $70-80 at your local Gamestop (cheaper on Amazon, Ebay, etc.). I would compare this to the 2DS as a nice budget version of the console, but the 2DS is well done and the only thing it truly limits you on is using the 3D feature.

    Again I know this is perfect for someone to get for their collection, but other than that it’s not worth it to spend an extra $20+ for something that’s soooo limited. Bundling Mario Kart Wii in there with this is such a tease too, it’s one of those games that you definitely want online for.

    • Kamakuma

      I agree. x’D Heck I found one being sold at my local pawn shop for $60 that comes with Radiant Dawn. I had to slap myself a few times because I was broke…

  • Monterossa

    Wow… I like some of Wii games but they should have release an upgrade version instead of this, like the new Wii with HDMI support and larger storage.

    • Suicunesol

      I think they did release something like that. Wii… something, but I’m not sure. It didn’t do very well.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips


  • Anna Marie Privitere

    My parents bought one of these when it came to Canada, as it was perfect for them. It was cheaper, smaller, and since they use it exclusively for local party and exercise games, they’re not “missing anything” from the bigger version.
    Plus, they take the thing everywhere with them and have sold a bunch of their friends on one too — in fact they brought *10* with them for US friends last year at Christmas when they went to Florida, since it wasn’t available there yet.

  • whatinthewolrd

    Talk about killing the Wii-U

  • isotrex

    I thought they discontinued production for the Wii? I guess not for Wii Mini then? I hope they kill this one. The old Wii is fine and people should get it especially it has online capability. Other than that, Nintendo should really push Wii U instead of this Wii Mini crap since Wii U is already backwards compatible. They should sell it cheaper even if they don’t profit from it and hope they’ll earn more from the games. What’s to lose? They’re already losing Wii U sales. But hey, I’m no expert, just my two cents. :D

    • Wii has only been discontinued in Japan.

  • ShinStar

    You know the sad part is, I’ve been going to Goodwill stores lately and I’ve seen several regular Wiis there. Probably for a lot less than the Wii Mini new.

  • I’ve never owned a Wii but have thought of getting one for a few titles I’d like to play, but I can buy a regular Wii, used, for $60 or or even $50.
    Like the 2DS, this seems like an attempt from Nintendo to make a quick buck this holiday season.

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