Hey Nintendo, the ’80s called – they want their system back! This peculiar little box is the Wii Mini, the latest iteration of Wii models. It is set to launch exclusively in Canada on December 7 for $99. ”No information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future,” Nintendo adds.

The new design lays down flat and features a manual release top-loading disc tray. All systems are matte black with a red border, and come bundled with a sensor bar and a red MotionPlus controller and Nunchuk.

I have to say that I find this very bizarre. I’m all for the concept of a smaller, cheaper, more portable console, and I’d be surprised if Nintendo didn’t squeeze in one more cheap Wii model for the holiday season. But what’s up with that design?

It seems that Nintendo are ditching the long-running white-and-silver theme that they have established over the last 6 years. I could understand why the console was red if it was branded with Mario’s ‘M’ logo or something, but the plumber’s mark is nowhere to be seen. I’m not a fan of the clashing colours of bright red and black, and it appears pretty plasticky. It looks an awful lot like a toy or lunchbox from the ’80s or ’90s. It’s also rather strange that only Canada will be receiving the little wonder.

As with the previous model, GameCube compatibility is unsupported.

Nintendo move in mysterious ways. Still, it’s not about the design but the games, and if the $99 price tag makes the Wii’s fantastic library of games accessible to a new (albeit small) demographic, then I’m all for it. Any Canadians interested?

Source: CVG