The price and release date for the Nintendo Wii mini console are out in the open and the company plans on making it available first in Canada. The device is, as its name suggests, a compact version of the Wii gaming system.
Technical details haven’t been disclosed as yet and all we know so far is that it packs in basic functionality found in its predecessor. Ron Bertram of Nintendo Canada states that the Wii mini is an ideal gift for family and it comes at an affordable cost. The console supports a wide catalog of games that were launched for the original Wii. However, the company has dropped off a couple of features such as internet access and GameCube compatibility. Some of the highlighted titles include popular releases such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart Wii, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Kirby’s Return To Dream Land amongst others. Games start at $19.99.
The package contents comprise of the gaming system, a red Wii Remote Plus, a red Nunchuk controller, a Sensor Bar and a few other components to get the device up and running. Additionally, the company states that it is compatible with a host of Wii accessories such as the Balance Board, the Wheel, the Zapper and the Classic Controller Pro. Nintendo recently launched the Wii U console in the US and it is also scheduled to go live in Europe by the end of this month. It comes with the GamePad handheld controller which features a 6.2-inch touchscreen and off-screen play that allows users to step away from the TV and game from anywhere. This capability is limited to certain titles.
The Nintendo Wii mini will retail for $99.99 in Canada and it will be available starting December 7, 2012. Potential buyers can visit Future Shop, EBGames and Best Buy online stores to pre-order the console now. It currently comes only in one shade, that’s red. The system will be exclusively in the country during the holiday season and there’s no information as yet pertaining to where it will be launched next.