Nintendo of Canada is taking a page out of Sony’s Playstation 2 playbook this week by re-releasing the original Wii with a major make-over, evoking the popular PS2 Slim. Wii’s old tech has a new look, a black matte surface and an even more compact package, as if the first generation Wii were not small on its own.
With the Wii Mini redesign, which includes a red Wiimote plus and a red nunchuck, comes a few caveats. WiFi is no longer included and backwards compatibility with GameCube games has been stripped from the system.
While it is not difficult to purchase a cheap Wii on eBay, this $99 mini-Wii works for those in need of a neo-retro gift, especially considering that a Wiimote plus with nunchuck attachment can still go for $60 on its own.
The Wii Mini is not available in the United States just yet, and perhaps a quiet, limited relaunch is a good thing, saving less knowledgeable parents and relatives from picking up the wrong “new Wii” (not the new Wii U) and causing Christmas morning disappointment.
That’s good news for the new system, as the original Wii was the second highest-selling home console ever, bested only by the Sony Playstation 2.