Even though Nintendo just launched the Wii U and have plenty of marketing still to do to clear up the confusion surrounding the GamePad controller and it’s relationship to the original Wii, they’ve decided to go ahead and debut another console exclusive to Canada for the holidays – the Wii Mini.
“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.”
The new console comes in smaller form than the original Wii and loses a bit of functionality because of it. The slick red and black exterior is sure to appeal to many holiday shoppers, but those looking to pick one up should keep in mind that this new version of the Wii will not feature any online connectivity and backwards compatibility with Gamecube games and hardware has been completely removed.
The Wii Mini will set gamers back $99 when it lands in Canada on December 7th and comes packed with a a red Wii Remote Plus and a matching Nunchuk controller. According to Nintendo, the console will remain exclusive to Canada throughout the holidays and there’s no word on whether or not it will be introduced in other regions later.