Exclusive to Canada: The New Wii Mini

It’s not every day that Canada gets its very own exclusive iteration of a console, but that’s where we stand today as Nintendo of Canada has proudly introduced the new Wii Mini console. We can only assume that this is the reason why there has been little sign of the new bundle and accompanying price drop which has been offered in the U.S.

This new version of the original Wii console (not to be confused with the Wii U, if that’s an issue) will be available on December 7th at a price of $99.99, and can play over 1,400 disc-based games in the Wii library. The device is smaller than the original Wii system, and comes in matte black with a red border and includes a red Wii Remote Plus, a red Nunchuk controller, and will work with most Wii accessories; check out the gallery below for images.

However, with a lack of internet capability, you won’t be able to take advantage of any online capabilities available in certain titles, nor will you be able to download games from the Wii Shop Channel, including WiiWare and Virtual Console titles. And just as with the last hardware iteration, GameCube games are still out– this is a console with a single laser-like focus.

“There are games in the Wii library for every type of player,” said Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager, Ron Bertram. “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.”

While the console is available exclusively in Canada for the holiday season, there is a chance it could be released elsewhere at some point in the future, but “no information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future.” Nintendo is also sure to remind everyone of the system’s parental controls, which in addition to the lack of internet capability, seems to be their way of positioning this as a child’s first video game system– or perhaps even for older folks who might like a round of bowling in Wii Sports, but don’t want to mess with all that other newfangled stuff. “Just let me play, dangit!”

Those who do purchase a Wii Mini can register it at Club Nintendo, and complete a simple survey will receive 100 Coins for their Club Nintendo account.

Finally, Nintendo offers a few additional shopping suggestions for those interested in the system going into the holiday season:

  • A whole range of value-priced Nintendo Selects games, including some of the top-selling and best-reviewed Wii games of all time, at a suggested retail price of $19.99
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (suggested retail price of $29.99)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (suggested retail price of $29.99)
  • Mario Kart Wii (suggested retail price of $39.99)
  • Wii Sports Resort (suggested retail price of $39.99)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (suggested retail price of $59.99)
  • Wii Fit Plus with the Wii Balance Board (suggested retail price of $99.99)

Of course, there are plenty of other options for those interested.

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