Forbes.com and Destructoid broke the story of the new Nintendo redux of their Wii system.
Being sold, at least initially through Best Buy, the Wii Mini will retail for $99. Best Buy will be taking preorders starting November 27th with a launch date of December 7th.
The Best Buy blog describes the new version thusly:
“The Nintendo Wii is one of the most influential and best-selling gaming consoles of all time. Featuring one of the largest gaming libraries, the Wii was the first system to bring home affordable motion sensor gaming, and set a standard for gaming consoles and peripherals going forward. On December 7th, Nintendo is ready to re-introduce the Wii, with a twist.
Touted as “Big Fun, for a Mini Price,” The Nintendo Wii Mini brings home all the excitement and motion gaming of the original, at a fraction of the size, and price tag. The Wii Mini has been completely re-designed from the base-up, resulting in a smaller console. The flat resting system features a manual release top-loading system, which will look to provide owners with a longer lifespan, since it relies on less electronics to power the loading and ejecting of discs. Similar problems led Panasonic and Sega to have to redesign some of their early systems. While Nintendo has never had similar problems with the Wii’s original disc drive, this is a good safety measure in place to ensure you’ll never have to experience that issue. At an introductory price of $99.99, the red and black Wii Mini system comes with the console, sensor bar and a Red MotionPlus controller with Nunchuk.
The Wii Mini aims to introduce (or reintroduce) a new generation to its original gaming options. For the last six years, the Wii has pushed the limits of what we had originally thought were possible to get out of our console games, and spawned a new generation of interactive gaming in general. From the first time a Wiimote was waved as a magic wand in the Harry Potter games, used as an eraser in Warioware, or the Wiimote and Nunchuk had to act the part of a runner’s legs in Madden Football, the Wii has been everything from a good system for party games, to a good source of exercise. Now, with this miniature version of the Wii, more gamers than ever can share in everything it has to offer.
While the system has no Internet connectivity options or Gamecube support, it features full functionality and compatibility with the Wii’s expansive library of over 1,300 games and its associated peripherals, totaling nearly 1 billion games sold. From the massively popular Mario Kart Wii, to the Legend of Zelda series, the simplified nature of the Wii Mini allows for an easier out-of-the-box gaming experience, and is perfect for those who want to check out the Wii and could not pick up the console before, or a quick addition to a rec or gaming room. If you have a Wii already, a Mini would make a great backup, or travel size companion.
You can also register your Wii Mini with Club Nintendo (club.nintendo.com) and get 100 coins, which are redeemable for everything from exclusive posters and notebooks to games.
Best Buy will be carrying the Nintendo Wii Mini starting on December 7th and will be taking pre-orders later today (November 27th.) Check back soon, and get ready to bring home the Nintendo Wii Mini at its introductory price of $99.99!”
Will buyers confuse the Wii Mini with the Wii U? No doubt with the Wii U being in short supplies the Nintendo Company hope that this will be a great fill in item to avoid disappointing anxious children this Christmas season.