Like clockwork, when the big name companies release their Next-Gen consoles, they go back and try to highlight some of the bigger features of the console before. A branding technique to get people interested not only in the new console, showing how far they have come, but also to get those who do not roll with the latest consoles a chance to get their hands on the now previous generation console.
With that said, Nintendo says hello to fans with the Wii Mini.
With the WiiU just released November 18, 2012 in the US (November 30, 2012 in Europe/Australia and in Japan December 8, 2012) people have just started the movement towards Nintendo’s future, some will still be looking into their past. In this case, Canada, as it has been dubbed a Canadian Exclusive to be released on December 7th. A holiday release for those lucky enough to see it.
The tricky thing about this console is that it is literally what the name implies, a smaller version of the Wii that has been in circulation for 7 years+, with some key items left out of the design. It make sense, why release a full console at full steam when it’s been pushing that way for years now?
I can’t speak for anyone else but when it comes down to it, taking out some very key features to your previous console and then selling it is rather of a misguided idea. Especially when the features taken out are the two big items in which the previous console generation was centered around. The internet connectivity and GameCube backwards game compatibility being stripped of this rerelease is like Microsoft creating a Xbox 360 rerelease and taking away Xbox Live and cutting the library by a third. Now maybe that is a bit of a comparison that doesn’t equal out, but you understand what I mean.
This stripped console with basic function is being sold at $99 start December 7th in Canada, and is being projected to be targeted at the less “core” gamers and more at getting the family scene on board with the coming generations of gaming. Admirable, as many family are not exactly game centric and like a family fun environment but can we say that the same family, once interested, wouldn’t want some online play if one of their children moves away and still wants the early morning Super Smash Bros. match with mommy or daddy dearest?
It would be inevitable that some would indeed want that option available, yet with the Wii Mini, that would not be possible.
Some speculate this is Nintendo’s way of trying to get people involved in the console movement since the WiiU is still being asked if it is just a Wii expansion pack of sorts. It would be a nice play, showing people just what the original Wii is to separate the image of the brand new WiiU. Is it going to work?
Possibly, it’s been Nintendo’s formula for a while now. Distinguish the newest console from the horde of their previous installments, the N64 from the Super Nintendo, the GameCube from the N64, and the Wii and its innovative motion control from the GameCube. It’s a power play on their part and has gotten people talking, which, in the end, isn’t that exactly what Nintendo wants?
In my opinion, I’d like to at least look at the console, but since I don’t reside in Canada, I’m SOL. For now I’ll live with my orignal Wii and will get to enjoy the WiiU whenever I can afford one. For now, I say spot on Nintendo for making the news with this, maybe now you can go back to making the WiiU something super amazing.