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4.0 out of 5 stars Wii Mini, 2 April 2013
This review is from: Nintendo Wii Mini Red (Console)
Don't listen to the nay-sayers about the Wii Mini, the console is designed for the younger audience and also keeps the Wii brand alive with new hardware which can only serve as a good thing considering new releases are hinged on this console selling.

The Wii Mini is an attractive retro design that keeps the general aesthetic of previous re-released Nintendo consoles, the red and black design is very striking and although it's a little too 'cheap plastic' it serves its purpose. Many have moaned about the lack of GameCube compatibility which, was taken out of Wii consoles in 2011 and considering a secondhand GC is around a tenner; it doesn't really factor into the equation. The console lacks WiFi compatibility also. This isn't too much of a problem considering many online services for the console will be shut off in the near future, also most of the best software released is on disc - something this console does play.

In short, the Wii Mini is designed to be a GAMES CONSOLE, not a media centre. If you're looking for something that does it all, I recommend a PC.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2013 16:15:38 BDT
DeeJay says:
I have to diagree. I dont see anywhere that is aimed for a younger audience, the fact it has a retro design actually says the opposite. It is missing many of its features because they needlessly shrank an already small enough console. Also, there will be no new Wii games, whether this Console sells well or not. They have tried to do what Sony did and create a Mini console late into its life. However, the Wii never had the greatest selection of games (as opposed to the PS/PS2), we all know this, it needed backwards compatibility and access to the VC catalogue to make it really worthwhile. Now take into account a 2nd hand Wii costs £50 less than this does, and does everything, so who will really splash the cash out for this?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2013 16:33:16 BDT
F. Longden says:
I think we've lost sight of what a games console does - it plays games, that's what it's designed to do sure this one doesn't have Internet access but 1) most of the channels get cut off in June 2) a very small percentage of owners use the Wii's network capabilities 3) everyone already owns like two devices capable of running the 'extras' that the Wii does, it's clearly aimed at kids? It's a striped down console at a budget price that has bright coloured plastic - if Nintendo were that enamoured with catching the retro audience they'd have made it grey/black like the Famicom consoles. £79.99 isn't much to ask for a console that's strengths clearly lie in its disc-based games which this console plays. Many parents would potentially buy this console to put in a little one's bedroom considering it doesn't have that slot loading slot that kids seem to gravitate around putting coins and whatnot in the slot and breaking it.

Sure a second hand Wii is cheaper? I don't get your point? That's like me saying a 2001 Ford Fiesta that was fully specced back then is £2000 but a 2013 one at £7000 is a basic model without the top range gear... What if people prefer the newer shape and don't want something somebody has already used and most likely caked with dust. It's all relative to your needs and moreover; your budget and lifestyle.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2013 11:43:07 BDT
I don't see why here in the UK we have to pay more this than they did in Canada back in 2012. Release it at the same price (£60) and it would sell more.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2013 01:44:36 BDT
Agni says:
Completely agree, Sony and Microsoft have lost sight of what gaming used to be, and now they just want to make it into an "everything-box", geared towards the masses. I actually love the fact that it has no Internet support, it takes me back to those days where Internet connection wasn't needed to enjoy amazing games (As well as me being a solo gamer), I'm sure a lot of people can agree with me here in terms of that.

And sure, GC support's gone, but that's no big deal, if you really wanted to, you could easily pick up a full Wii set with accessories and controllers for an easy £25, but this Wii Mini right here is for gamers that want to get back to their gaming roots.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 22:32:04 GMT
M. Wilson says:
Do you know if you can use a wii controller, like the ones with other consoles, with this.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 23:20:06 GMT
F. Longden says:
Indeed you can :)

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 23:03:37 GMT
Missy says:
Can you use the Wii Fit Board with this please?
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