Though the whole of North America is engulfed in the Wii U craze this holiday season, only Canada will be getting something exclusively from Nintendo – a miniaturized, offline-only version of the original Wii.
Dubbed the Wii Mini, the red and black redesign will not be backwards compatible with Gamecube games nor will it connect to the internet. It will, however, launch on Dec. 7 for $99.99.
According to Nintendo, the system is being offered as a way for those that missed the boat originally and want to focus on only the Wii games.
“There are games in the Wii library for every type of player,” Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manger, said in a press release. “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.”
The Wii Mini features a top-loading disc tray and is reportedly much smaller from its six year-old counterpart. As expected, the system comes with all the necessary accouterments, including a red Wii Remote Plus and Nunchik controller.
Nintendo did not say when the Wii Mini will make it to other parts of the world at this time.
This announcement begs the question – who does this serve? With approximately 100 million Nintendo Wiis sold since its original release in 2006, are there still people out there that have wanted a Wii all this time and haven’t picked one up? Let us know what you think in the comments.