While the Nintendo Wii U is fresh out of the gate, there are those who don’t take gaming as seriously as some of us do and they don’t participate in the “keeping up with the Joneses” part of the console lifestyle. Believe it or not, while a lot of us are chomping at the bit to get our hands on Nintendo’s newest console, there are those out there who don’t even own a Wii. I know. I’ve seen them.

If you’re one of those people, fear not, as Nintendo has no plans to leave you out in the cold. For those who are too casual for even the Nintendo Wii, the company is releasing the Wii Mini in Canada for an affordable $99.99. The Wii Mini achieves this low price point by axing both GameCube compatibility and Internet access, which really shouldn’t be that big of a deal considering that the budget console is aimed at the most casual of gamers.

I know it hurts not being able to use Netflix, but you do get what you pay for and you’re still getting quite the bang for your buck. At $100, this tiny black and red console is extremely hard to beat for those on the fence about buying a gaming console.

via Engadget

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With a New Look, $99.99 Wii Mini Offers an Amazing Value for the Holidays

VANCOUVER, BC., Nov. 27, 2012 After nearly 100 million sold worldwide, Nintendo’s Wii console is getting a new look and a new price. On Dec. 7, the new Wii Mini home console launches in Canada at a suggested retail price of just $99.99 and puts the focus squarely on Wii games. The system can play more than 1,400 disc-based Wii games. Wii Mini is smaller than the original Wii system, and comes in matte black with a red border. The system comes with a red Wii Remote Plus, a red Nunchuk controller and works with most Wii accessories.

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

Wii Mini is designed exclusively to play Wii games. Its family-friendly design has no Internet capabilities and does not play Nintendo GameCube games. It’s a great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games that helped usher in a revolution in motion-controlled gaming. Wii games are available at a variety of price points for every kind of shopper. Some top Wii games during the past six years include:

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)

Wii Mini is available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season. No information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future. Remember that Wii Mini features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiimini.


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