Nintendo launch pointless £80 Wii Mini

Nintendo haven't released a decent console since the N64, and even that didn't capture the imagination like the SNES. And so, in a bid to stay in the market after everyone collectively shrugged at the Wii and Wii U, they've decided to go budget.

For £80, you will be able to get your hands on a Wii Mini from March 22nd. For your buck, you'll get a scaled-down console with a Wii Remote Plus and nunchuck.

What is a Wii Mini though and is it worth £80? Well, for starters, the exact same device costs around £60 overseas, so it seems a bit of a swizz from the off. Is it worth a punt if you're a gaming n00b? This new console doesn't connect to the internet (so no iPlayer or downloadable content from the Wii Store) and there's no games bundle.

For another £40, you'll be able to buy a proper Wii, which allows you connect to the internet and comes with a load of games. With the amount of packages you can buy you can have a fully functioning Wii and a bundle of other stuff, thereby making the Wii Mini look pretty useless.



  • Euan
    If you want to buy a several year old console, you might as well pick up a used Wii from CEX (which is what I did when my wife's one died a while ago) - only cost something like £35.
  • Russ
    Bonkers, you can get the Wii for £35 in the likes of Cash Converters now
  • Mark H.
    'after everyone collectively shrugged at the Wii' Huh? 'On September 12, 2007, the Financial Times reported that the Wii had surpassed the Xbox 360 (released a year earlier) and had become market leader in home-console sales for the current generation, based on sales figures from Enterbrain, NPD Group and GfK. This was the first time a Nintendo console led its generation in sales since the Super Nintendo Entertainment System' 'On January 31, 2010 the Wii became the best-selling home video-game console produced by Nintendo, with sales of over 67 million units (surpassing that of the original Nintendo Entertainment System)' 'As of June 30, 2012, the Wii has sold 96.56 million consoles worldwide.' Source:
  • Homagetoshame
    It seems a bit ridiculous to say "everyone collectively shrugged at the Wii and Wii U" when the Wii is the best selling console of the existing generation doesn't it? I'm not a fan and I don't own one, but... yeah....
  • ryouga
    I dislked the N64 overall, only had about 4 games I liked(but many more good games) but had about 25 on the Gamecube which I still own 10 years later(and the same one) and still play!
  • Missed s.
    I don't think Mr wallet meant that everyone collectively frocked up the weeds during his heyday I think the shrugging is going on now and being simplified but you Bloody iPad.
  • what f.
    The GameCube was actually very good, SNES the last good Nintendo console my arse!
  • dougie
    people who bought the wii, not only deserve nintendo products, but should be encouraged to buy more crap from nintendo to keep them healthy.
  • JonB
    The Wii is by far the most kid-friendly console out there. Violent or scary games unsuitable for the under-10s are few and far between. The remote is also very easy for a 4 or 5 year old to get the hang of, so it is the ideal family console. I'd rather my kids played Wii games than sat in front of the crap that is kid's TV.

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