The Wii U is at the center of the spotlight at the moment, but Nintendo isn’t letting its previous home console, the Wii, be forgotten just yet. A new version of the console, the Wii Mini, has just been announced for a Dec. 7 release.

The info comes straight from Nintendo themselves, though the console is available for pre-order from retailers like Future Shop and Best Buy Canada. Why Canadian retailers? Apparently, the console will be exclusively sold in Canada, at least for now. I used to live in Canada myself, so I can’t help but feel a sense of hackneyed patriotic pride. Eh.

The price point is $100. The design is smaller than the original Wii, hence the name, and it sports a black and red color scheme. A triangular power button is now in place, and the disc drive is now a more traditional top-loading drive.

As for its functionality, it’s compatible with all Wii games and Wii controllers. Unfortunately, it’s not compatible with Gamecube games and accessories, and Best Buy has even stated in a blog post that online functionality is missing, including the ability to purchase downloadable WiiWare and Virtual Console games.

Stay tuned for more news on Nintendo’s consoles. Will you be picking up the Wii mini? Let us know!

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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  1. No online and no Gamecube games? Probably should just buy a regular Wii or save up for a WiiU.

  2. No online and no Gamecube games? Probably should just buy a regular Wii or save up for a WiiU.

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