Nintendo Unveils Wii Mini for the Canucks

Lance Ulanoff
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Nintendo's pushing the new $299 Wii U console hard (and has already sold 400K units in the process), but in at least one region, the gaming company has a new back-up plan: The $99 Nintendo Wii Mini.

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The new smaller, black box with red trim is a simpler game console. It offers no Internet access and cannot play older GameCube console games. What it does do is play virtually all Wii games (Nintendo says there are around 1,300 of them). The other major caveat is that the console is only available in Canada. According to a Nintendo press release on the new system, "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."

Nintendo also left out some details on the console itself. We do not know the exact size or weight of the box, though judging from the above image, it's not much wider than a Wii Remote.

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As Nintendo describes it, the Wii Mini is "all about games," and without the Internet, it has to be. No Web browsing, cavorting with other Mii's or multi-player gaming. It's also worth noting that while the Wii Mini ships with a single Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk (both red), a brand new Black Wii with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort (including Remote and Nunchuk) is currently $119 at Best Buy.

What do you think of the Wii Mini? Would you game without the Internet? Is this the perfect gift for young, Canadian children? Let us know in the comments.

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The Wii U GamePad has a 6.2-inch touchscreen.

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