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Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:37

Canadian release of Wii Mini is a test

Written by David Stellmack

This is as stripped down as the Wii can get

The Wii Mini is about as stripped down as it is possible to get the Wii. While no one is denying the affordability of the $99 price tag, some are questioning the lack of online capabilities as well as the dumping of GameCube compatibility as two things that should not have been stripped out of the final Wii Mini.

Nintendo suggests that the Wii Mini is for someone who is not looking for an online experience, and perhaps is a late adopter and does not have any interest in GameCube titles. While Nintendo sees it as a system that has the ability to play over 1,400 titles that don’t require online play, you have to understand their thinking when many used Wii games are so low priced.

What the Wii Mini also does is test a new configuration of the Wii that Nintendo can evaluate before bringing it to other regions. According to Nintendo, the Wii Mini achieved the majority of its cost savings by stripping out the online functionality. Do buyers considering a Wii Mini really care that it does not have online functionality? One example Nintendo gives is Canadians who want a second Wii for the cottage and they don’t have Internet at the cottage, anyway, so it is a perfect fit. It could also be a good fit for other countries in the future that also don’t necessarily have Internet. It is an experiment that we, along with Nintendo, will be watching.

David Stellmack

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