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Nintendo Wii Mini Official, Priced under $100, Release Date 12/7, Canada Only

by Paul Strauss
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Just moments ago, we published a post about the Nintendo Wii Mini being leaked by Best Buy Canada. I guess they only jumped the gun a little bit, since the console has now officially been posted up on Nintendo’s Canadian Website.

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The Wii Mini will sell for just $99.99 (CAD) (~$100 USD), and has a bold new look that I really like. The console comes in a small red and black box, and includes a matching red Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controller, as well as a plain white power brick, sensor bar and a composite video cable. Those who want an HD connection via HDMI or Component video will still have to buy that cable separately.

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It’s fully compatible with the over 1300 current Wii titles and existing accessories as well.¬†Other than its (as yet unspecified) smaller size and cooler industrial design, it does away with one other aspect of the original – the Wii Mini has no internet connectivity, nor will it offer backwards¬†compatibility¬†with the Gamecube. That will certainly keep cost down, but will also reduce the potential revenues from online game purchases and DLC. I’m not sure how I feel about this move on Nintendo’s part.

But with the console going on sale on December 7th exclusively in Canada, it’s perfect timing for Nintendo to flood the market with a low-cost gaming system and get people excited about the Wii again – especially with the Wii U being priced at $300 to $350 – and already in short supply.

With its Canada-only release, I wouldn’t be surprised if you start seeing tons of these show up on eBay so those outside of the Great White North can enjoy a cheap Wii.

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