London, United Kingdom (4E) – The Wii Mini will launch in the United Kingdom on March 22, Nintendo confirms. Nintendo’s popular Wii console is redesigned into a smaller model called the Wii Mini. With the new redesign into a smaller version of the Wii, the Wii Mini loses its wi-fi capabilities.
According to Digital Foundry’s Richard Leabetter, Nintendo has sacrificed its hardware for smaller aesthetics.
“Removing WiFi is one thing, but killing off support for Nintendo’s own Ethernet USB adaptor is quite another. Over and above that, purposefully removing 480p and component video functionality comes across as deliberately spiteful,” Leabetter concluded.
The first Wii Mini models was released in Canada last year. Nintendo has not only redesigned the console, it also has plans to include Mario Party 8, Mario Power Tennis and Wii Sports Resorts in the budget Nintendo Selects price range.
The Wii Mini is bundled with a red Wii Remote Plus and a red Nunchuk. Existing Wii accessories can be used on the Wii Mini.
When the Wii Mini first came out, Best Buy in Canada raved about the Wii Mini and declared:
“The Wii Mini has been completely re-designed from the base-up, resulting in a smaller console. The flat resting system features a manual release top-loading system, which will look to provide owners with a longer lifespan, since it relies on less electronics to power the loading and ejecting of discs.”