Nintendo’s Wii Mini, a smaller version of its popular console, is reportedly headed to retail shelves this December. Unfortunately, the machine may only be available in Canada for the time being.
According to Kotaku, this information was originally leaked on Canada’s Best Buy website. As of this writing, Nintendo has yet to confirm a release date for the tiny console. BGR reports the machine, which has been stripped of its internet connectivity, will sell for $99.
TechCrunch reports that Nintendo’s Wii Mini was rumored in the past. However, this is the first time anyone has gotten their hands on a specific release date for the miniature console. The smaller, sleeker machine will reportedly ship with a Wii Remote Plus, one Nunchuk, and a sensor bar.
According to GameSpot, the new Wii Mini is square-shaped and features a red and black color scheme. Unfortunately, GameCube games will not be supported.
“It’s a great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games that helped usher in a revolution in motion-controlled gaming,” the official Nintendo of Cananda press release explained.
Bill Trinen, Director of Product Marketing for Nintendo, explained that there’s still plenty of life in the company’s groundbreaking console.
“I think there’s also the potential for a lot of people who still haven’t purchased Wii, believe it or not, who might be interested at the right price,” Trinen recently explained. “So we’ll probably be looking at it more from that standpoint.”
If recent sales figures are to be believed, then Trinen is correct in his assessment of the console. In the past week, Nintendo claims to have sold over 300,000 units of the Wii. The company’s latest machine, the Wii U, sold 400,000 units in the same time period.
Although the buzz surrounding the Wii U isn’t nearly as loud as the noise generated by the Wii, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says the latest console is selling very well.
“Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock,” he explained. “Retailers are also doing their best to get the product to store shelves. But as soon as product hits retail, they’re selling out immediately.”
Are you planning to pick up a Wii Mini on December 7?