Following a recent flurry of Nintendo Wii Mini leaks, the compact revision of the aging Wii console has been confirmed with the Nintendo Wii Mini release set as a pre-Christmas Canadian exclusive.
Officially unveiled just hours after the Canadian arm of retail giant Best Buy leaked the Nintendo Wii Mini release date and pictures, the scaled down Wii follow-on has been confirmed with a December 7 launch in the North American nation, landing just weeks after the Nintendo Wii U release date.
Stripping out a number of full Nintendo Wii features to form a budget barebones console, the Nintendo Wii Mini has dropped compatibility for GameCube titles and will not feature internet capabilities when it launches early next month.
Nintendo Wii U Features
Sporting an all new compact red and black form factor, the Nintendo Wii Mini features the same motion controlled gameplay benefits as its larger, 2006 released predecessor. Continuing the new colour theme, the console is to land boxed with a red Wiimote and nunchuck controller.
“Wii Mini is designed exclusively to play Wii games,” an official Nintendo statement announced. “Its family-friendly design has no Internet capabilities and does not play Nintendo GameCube games.
“It’s a great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games that helped usher in a revolution in motion-controlled gaming.”
Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager added: “There are games in the Wii library for every type of player. 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.”
Nintendo Wii Mini Release Date and Price
Set to launch as a Canadian exclusive, the Nintendo Wii Mini release date has been confirmed for December 7, just one week after this Friday’s November 30 Nintendo Wii U UK release date. Helping save the pennies ahead of the Christmas period, a Nintendo Wii Mini price has been confirmed as $99 Canadian dollars, (£62.28).
Nintendo has yet to confirm when, or indeed if, the Nintendo Wii Mini release will be rolled out to UK markets following the festive period.
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