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The Wii Mini is a Thing That Exists, But Why?

So…it looks like Nintendo has gone and redesigned their Wii System and will be selling it at the low price of $99.99. Just in time for the holidays and the perfect gift for all those people who wanted Wiis but neglected to buy one already. Officially called the Wii Mini, the system will release on December 7th in a matte black w/ red border color design, as well as contain a red Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck. But in this post-Wii U world, releasing a redesigned Wii seems a bit…late. Doesn’t it?

Who exactly is the Wii Mini made for? Sure, Nintendo’s stated that it’s “a great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games”, but then they went and made it exclusive to Canada. So…Canadians who have wanted a Wii all this time, but never fully committed to buying one? It just seems weird to me to release a redesign of your system after you release a newer, ‘next-gen-y’ one. Is it a Canada exclusive because Nintendo’s worried about the Wii Mini not selling anywhere else because of the Wii U? Why not simply drop the initial Wii price and skip the redesigned system altogether? So many questions that probably won’t be answered.

And what are the chances that this will confuse some people? “Wii U? Is that what you said? Honestly, all I heard was the ‘Wii’ part.”

Admittedly, the Wii Mini does look nice in its current color, it’s also a top-loader (following in the recently released PlayStation 3 Super-Slim’s wake), and I can imagine people buying this one to replace their original Wiis due to this one being smaller. But for the newcomers, what’s stopping them from buying an original Wii? The Wii Mini doesn’t come bundled with any of it 1,300 playable games, despite being made for the aforementioned first-time Wii owners who just want to play games. The original Wii got Wii Sports and the Wii U has Nintendoland. But the Mini? No, you have to buy additional games with that. Hey, at least you get Motion Plus out of the box.

I’m not opposed to re-releasing the Wii. What I’m opposed to is doing it so late after the Wii’s launch, making it exclusive to one area, claiming that it’s made for first-time Wii owners and is all about the games, but not making a better case for it’s existence. What does the Wii Mini have over the Wii? A lower price, yeah, but for a little bit more, you could probably get a regular Wii and a couple games in one shot. I think I said something similar about the PlayStation 3’s second redesign a while back. Sony just seemed to be trying a squeeze a little more money out of the PS3 system, whereas Nintendo is just…making weird decisions again?

Regardless, I’d be curious to see how well the Wii Mini does during the holidays. It’s a weird creation, to be sure, but I also think the Wii U isn’t a must have thing at this very moment. So hey, feel free to prove me wrong, Nintendo. Again.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.

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