It looks like the Wii U isn’t the only home console Nintendo has in the making. There seems to be yet another console that will be released before the Wii U.  Nintendo has announced a new Wii model will be released later this year: the Wii Family Edition. This revamp is similar to how the original DS system was revamped into a DS Lite. It’s basically a Wii with some extra features (and some missing features), like:

  • This system has a size reduction, much like the DS Lite compared to the original DS.
  • Due to the size reduction, this system no longer supports Gamecube games seeing the lack of space for controller slots.
More after the jump!

The Wii as it is has sold over 87 million units as it is, and a simple revamp like this one might not help with sales all that much.  The main fault keeping this system from completely cleaning off the shelves for this holiday season would be that consumers would rather save their money for the upcoming Wii U in just a few months after the release.

This console has a release set for the holidays and will be included in a couple of bundles. However, throughout the past few days Nintendo has announced that there will be no plans for this console in neither North America nor Australia. So far, Europe is the only region where the Wii Family Edition is available.

Source: Nintendo Buzz

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  • ChainofTermina

    ….neat. Think I'll keep mine though. You know, the one that has GC compatibility.

  • GalagaGuru

    Not buying it unless they reveal some features added in and a sub-$100 price point.

  • TriforceGod55

    not buying it. I still play GC games. (i.e. TP)

    • cloverplayer

      and wind waker!

    • ALinkToTheAwesome

      And Four Swords Adventures.

    • Oni Link

      Wii TP< GC TP

    • BornThisWay2011

      Smash Bros. Melee, Zelda: Collectors Addition.

      If it even is coming to NA, ill keep my old one. Im saving my money for Skyward Sword (NOVEMBER 20th RELEASE!, 8 DAYS AFTER MY 16TH BDAY!!!!!), and Wii U. Wii U is gonna Rock my world. But ill be too busy playing SS so I wont have time for Wii U…is it capable with reg.Wii games? Hmm….

      • Alessandra

        You can still play Wii games on the WiiU, Nintendo has already said that the WiiU will be able to play old Wii games so you're good to go if you got a WiiU 🙂

  • Justin

    um, seriously?

    • HeyHeyitsZELDA!


  • cloverplayer

    …honestly, I'm almost glad America doesn't get it.

    • BornThisWay2011

      meee tooo! Save for Wii U, Skyward Sword (NOVEMBER 20TH!), and possible Majora Mask 3D…..I'm still sending in my Email to Nintendo of America!!!!! I still have hope for the remake of the awesomeness!!!

  • It's not called the Wii Slim. It's called the Wii Family Edition.

    • Bingo

      Wasn't that always its name? 😛

    • Run,Link,Run!

      Ohhhhh biggg difference!!!!

  • Ceallach

    So basically, Nintendo wants us to buy the same system we already have (only with less features) a little while before they release a brand new system that will make this one obsolete?

    • it's for the people who never got a wii cause it was too expensive, who aren't going to get the WiiU, and just want to play some of the more family friendly wii games, like wii sports, wii fit, and stuff like that. It's not for people who already have one, it's for people who saw the original and were like "well that seems nice, but I don't need to spend that much money on it at the moment." With a lower price point they can encourage hold outs to buy the Wii before they move on to the WiiU, possibly introducing more new people to gaming, grooming them for future Nintendo consoles.

    • Like my new name?

      It's for REALLY casual gamers that barely have any experience. This is great for little kids that have never been involved in any gaming console besides maybe a DS or something. (I've seen a lot of kids that only have a DS.) If the price is really good, it will be a huge success.

      Long story short, it's for extremely casual gamers that say "well, I have a Wii." because it's for family play. Bundling it with Wii Sports and Wii Party was genius in my opinion, it's a great way to summarize the console that was never made out in the way intended, the "motion controls".

  • The Iron Giant

    Being smaller without Gamecube capabilities hardly seems like an "extra feature". I'll stick with my model that can play Wii AND Gamecube games, while still taking up a modest amount of space, thank you.

  • Zelda Informer has a good article explaining why Nintendo did this. GameCube materials aren't in circulation enough to warrant keeping this feature, and the cheaper sticker price will allow more people to buy a Wii. Anyone in Europe who wants to play GC games has the option of buying a GC (like I did, though I'm not European) or buy an older Wii.

  • JuliiD

    Im pro dog com.

    Or that's how it sounds to me . .com

  • Sakume

    I don't see how this is a good move at all. Why would I buy a system that has less features than my current system? That's like saying "we're re releasing the 3DS but it's no longer 3D. BUT it is smaller than the lite."

    • Silver Scale

      A Game Boy Micro with a second screen then?

  • lifesavers2

    I'll buy it if they put Rainbow Dash all over it…

    • Anon

      Go back to 4chan, faggot.

      • smbmaster99

        We love you to, Anon

    • smbmaster99

      That'd be epic

  • Cinder


  • Merq

    Huh, seems a little pointless at this point… But of course it does to me, I have a Wii already. This isn't meant for us, they don't expect anyone to downgrade, it's meant for people who still don't have a Wii. Why not try one more time to get those people to buy it.

  • Zelda777

    Consoles hardly need to be smaller. And not playing gamecube games would be a major downer. So unless there is a price cut it is worthless.

    • Russet

      I think the whole point is that it's cheaper, for people who don't already have a wii.
      Because I'm pretty sure if someone doesn't have a wii or a gamecube anyway, they don't care/know that that they've missed out on older stuff.

  • Hmmm…I'm sure as more information is released we'll hear more about it's new features. I just really don't see the point of it unless they'll be adding some fresher stuff. I don't like they took away the Gamecube controllers.

    • blj

      Totally irrelevant, but did anyone else, experience a new Zelda Universe today. I tried coming on about 30 minutes ago. And it took me to a beta version, of this site. I think it might be the next version of this site. But yeah, I prefer this one :). Just saying. Not criticizing, or hating

  • Sorry, but from that picture it looks like it's roughly the same size anyway… The Wii was just a bit bigger than a VHS tape, it's not like it was ever hard to find a place to sit it!

    • Bob

      Yeah your right

  • Beka

    hmm, conflicting opinions everywhere. I already have a GC so if i did ever get my wii AND i lived in Europe (someday, SOMEDAY!!) AND there was a price cut, I would probably get it. But since im stuck in america I guess im out of luck.

  • zelda4ever

    …I always thought the Wii was relativly small anyway…

  • CubeDash

    only buy it if your wii is broken

  • Wind Waker fan

    Cool I Might get it but they need some way to transfer Wii Ware games

  • I think it's odd…
    If it isn't going to have the gamecube it better have some better stuff

  • TwilightEchoes

    This is a huge waste of time if you ask me. Yes, i'm going to buy this Wii before the Wii U comes out even though it has less features and stuff…ya ok. Not only that but i happen to enjoy playing my GC games on my Wii.

    • Sage of Hyrule

      Why will you buy it if it's a waste of time?

      • Rauru

        Sarcasm. Fool.

  • lolbot

    Lol, does nintendo need money so bad? This is just milking the wii's succes out
    and no GC? that'll be a reason for a lot of ppl not to get one

  • PikaLink

    yeah…I'm saving my money for the 3ds games coming out and the wii u…and this little game they call Skyward Sword

  • TheMaverickk

    The only reason someone would have for buying this, is if they are one of the families that still don't own a Wii in order to play games like Wii Sports, Wii Play, and so on.

    It's being aimed to directly snag people who only want a Wii as a party gimmick to pull out with family and friends to play those few games that involve motion controls.

    It's basically the "casual" version of the Wii. meant to specifically appeal to casual players. Since they probably didn't own a Gamecube or play many video games to boot before the Wii.

    This product isn't being aimed at those of us who play video games with a passion.

  • Maora

    Meh. Not gonna get it.


    And it's for the casuals…

  • GorCoronSumo

    They should call it the Wee Wii.

    • GorCoronSumo

      Then again, maybe not…

  • KingDodongo1

    Kinda pointless if you ask me. Doesn't every family on the planet already own a Wii?

  • Exziron

    It’s smaller and you can’t play GC games on it. How is that extra features? What a very Derp part on you Nintendo. I think this will be bad, maybe not AS bad as low sales on the 3DS when it was released, but still a very derp move.

  • Sage of Hyrule

    This seems… redundant. I really can't see it selling much, save for people who haven't had a Wii/aren't buying a Wii U at its release. I bought a DS Lite because it was much more portable compared to my original DS, and as a handheld system that was pretty important. But when the Wii is meant to sit at home on a shelf, a reduced size doesn't really mean much, especially considering they've had to sacrifice the Gamecube backwards compatibility for it.

    Bottom line: I wish Nintendo would put more energy and funding into the Wii U than producing a silly little remake like this.

  • bob

    would only get if it cost less than 100 bucks, and that's only if you don't have a Wii yet.

  • Ganondorf

    This is a bad BAD idea. Seriously the people who buy this will not want to fork out for a WII U if they have just bought one of these.

  • shreds97

    Yaay it's not coming to America which means I won't feel guilty over not buying it!! :DD

    But seriously. The Wii is fine as it is, there is no need for a remake. They should just chuck the Wii Family Edition or whatever its called and work more on the Wii U.

    IDC if I get thumbs down, but I agree with TwilightEchoes.

  • skilar

    zelda skyward comes 2 days after my 13th birthday

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  • Snow_Leopard

    I'm keeping my GC Compatible Wii and waiting for Wii U.

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  • This console has a release set for the holidays and will be included in a couple of bundles.