Nintendo Confirms UK Date for Wii Mini

By Adam Riley 26.02.2013 16

Nintendo Confirms UK Date for Wii Mini on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Cubed3 reported on the rumour of Nintendo bringing the Wii Mini to Europe recently, and today Nintendo UK has confirmed it as fact. Late last year, after confirmation of the Canadian release Cubed3 took a closer look at whether it was a masterstroke or own goal so be sure to check that out.

Below is Nintendo's official word on the UK launch of the Wii Mini:

After nearly 100 million Wii consoles sold worldwide, the new look Wii Mini launches across UK on 22nd March. The latest addition to this family of home consoles offers great gameplay at great value, putting the focus squarely on games with over 1200 disc-based Wii titles to choose from. Wii Mini is smaller than the original Wii, and comes in matte black with a red border. Included with the console are a red Wii Remote Plus and a red Nunchuk controller, with Wii Mini also being compatible with most existing Wii accessories.

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With a family-friendly design offering no internet capabilities, Wii Mini allows you to jump straight in and experience all the great Wii games from the last six years since the Wii console first launched. To coincide with the launch of Wii Mini, Nintendo is also adding to the existing range of Nintendo Select titles, offering great value for everyone to enjoy classic Wii games. While Nintendo Selects games such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy and Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City are already available, other classic Wii titles being added to the Nintendo Selects roster in time for the launch of Wii Mini include:

Mario Party 8 - Everyone can get in on the fun with Mario Party 8 on Wii Mini. Use the Wii Remote to twist, turn, lasso and row your way through six game boards and dozens of thrill-packed minigames.

Wii Sports Resort - Wii Sports Resort took the inclusive fun and intuitive controls of the original Wii Sports to the next level, introducing a whole new set of entertaining and physically immersive activities. With the deep control enhancements available through using the Wii Remote Plus, newcomers to this game can enjoy unprecedented gaming precision as they cruise on a water scooter, duel with swords, toss flying discs and much more.

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Mario Power Tennis - Power up your tennis game on Wii Mini by swinging the Wii Remote to smack powerful forehands, backhands and lobs. You can take on the role of your favourite Mario characters and play on imaginative Mushroom Kingdom courts, including a court littered with famous Mario-style power-ups. As you win tournaments, clear minigames or challenge Gimmick Courts, you will unlock new characters, courts and challenges. Bring some friends because up to four players can compete in wild multiplayer tennis matches.

Super Paper Mario - Princess Peach needs to be rescued from an evil kidnapper - and Bowser isn't to blame! You can take control of Mario, Luigi, Bowser and Princess Peach - who escaped by herself after she had been kidnapped - to overcome the evil Count Bleck in an action adventure game that mixes traditional side-scrolling 2D platforming with 3D exploration and puzzle-solving.

Wii Mini launches across the UK on 22d March accompanied by a series of family friendly Nintendo Selects games offering great value.

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Wrong time, wrong place. Lack of 480p, internet is a foolish idea. What will happen with games like Mario Kart Wii?

Wii U needs all the attention it can get, yet I bet this will be heavily promoted. Do Nintendo want Wii U to fails?

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It's an interesting one. Perhaps the management bods have seen Wii U stutter and will leave it until Mario Kart et al arrive, instead squeezing more money out of the Wii market. PS2 has kept on trucking in the background thanks to its slim release that ditched features, so clearly Nintendo's top brass think Wii can do the same.

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A very dumb move...

I can only see this making the marketing efforts for the WiiU hurt even more, market confusion is absolutely the last thing Nintendo needs right now.

I just hope I'm wrong and that they know what they're doing.

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Can Wii U go any lower in the UK? I barely see its presence in retailers and its games are selling in the low 1,000s, some even in the 100s and lower.

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Nintendo UK need a big game to shift Wii U's desperately

I can definitely see this coming back to bite NintendoUK in the near future. With system confusion and the marketing fiasco, I don't see this being a smart move at all.  

Working like a fiend isn't very fun... and surprisingly isn't very fiendish either.

Amazon UK 

- £79.99


Smilie

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When it was converted from Canadian dollars it worked out around £60...typical Smilie

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I feel sorry for the new UK marketing team, how on earth will they be able to sell this?! The ramifications of even trying are terrible.

This should be a third-world product, or a product that probes new markets, it should not be releasing here, not now at this delicate time.

Adam Riley said:
Smilie

When it was converted from Canadian dollars it worked out around £60...typical Smilie

that's VAT for you

Papa Don (guest) 27.02.2013#12

I agree with Linkyshinks. This is the sort of product for third-world counties - like those cheap to produce laptops that were made so poorer countries could have a better life/enjoyment. All the unsold Wii Mini's should get donated by Nintendo. 

Canada and Europe are two very different markets, if Nintendo seriously think this version can have any positive impact here, right now at this proposed cost, they're severely mistaken. I think this product only works to confuse people further, as well as cheapening the Wii brands image even more.

Adam Riley said:
It's an interesting one. Perhaps the management bods have seen Wii U stutter and will leave it until Mario Kart et al arrive, instead squeezing more money out of the Wii market. PS2 has kept on trucking in the background thanks to its slim release that ditched features, so clearly Nintendo's top brass think Wii can do the same.

The difference with this is that the PS2 Slim was already around before the PS3, to make and release this after the Wii U launch is totally stupid. 

I thought it was a slightly silly move to ditch the Gamecube ports and backwards compatibility (considering it didn't make it any cheaper or the unit any smaller although i bet it increased profit margins by a little)

The purchaser in some cases for video games consoles tend to un-informed (i.e parents) who will see this being the 'same' thing as the Wii U, i can see so many parents being confused...same with the ones who got the DSlite and DSi confused thinking they were a brand new piece of kit (rather than re-packaged but essentially still the same, although I know the differences on features are different but you get my point.)

I just don't get how Nintendo Europe picked this up? Do they have any business sense at all? Hopefully this will fly extremely low under the radar...


Yea, Sony would never hamper sales of their premium console, all there iterations of PS are released to avoid that.

Linkyshinks said:
Yea, Sony would never hamper sales of their premium console, all there iterations of PS are released to avoid that.

Not sure if that was sarcasm or not...but the point is valid, even if the PS2 did have multiple packages during the PS3's early years it was still producing games and still selling by the bucket loads anyway. Sure it might have hampered sales of the PS3 but i doubt it would have done much to confuse the purchaser...

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