Nintendo's cheap and cheerful Wii console is finally coming to the United States.
Nintendo might be ramping down Wii production, but the Wii Mini is still alive and well. The Wii Mini was never actually launched in the United States. It went on sale in Canada in November of 2012 and was priced at $100. The Wii Mini focuses just on Wii games. As a result, those purchasing the Wii Mini will be sacrificing the ability to play GameCube games as well as internet access. At the time, Nintendo said the Wii Mini was exclusive to Canada. Though it launched in the UK earlier this year, Nintendo remained quiet on plans for a USA launch. However, it seems the Wii Mini is finally going to make its American debut.
Nintendo today announced that the Wii Mini will arrive in the United States in time for the holiday season. The launch is expected to happen in mid-November, and it will retain its $100 price tag.
"Wii mini offers the same fun experience as Wii, which has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "And it comes packaged with Mario Kart Wii, a multiplayer Mario racing game that is one of the best-selling Wii games. At such a great price, it is an extraordinary value for shoppers this holiday season."
Nintendo is also offering Nintendo Selects Wii games for a suggested retail price of $19.99 to go along with the Wii Mini. This collection includes Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Paper Mario, Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Sports Resort - will also be available at $29.99 each.