Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Nintendo Wii Mini fatal flaws: No internet, no UK release date


Nintendo Wii Mini fatal flaws: No internet, no UK release date

The surprise reveal of the Nintendo Wii Mini got us hot under the gadget collar yesterday, promising all the fun of Nintendo’s back catalogue with a handy Netflix and BBC iPlayer streamer for a rock bottom price. But Nintendo’s since made the little console official, and we’re afraid it’s got some fatal flaws…

The Nintendo Wii Mini, sporting a $99.99 (£62) price tag and new red hue, will play all the games the current Wii can muster – but right now, it’s only available in Canada. We asked a representative if it’ll be coming to our shores, simply to be told “No announcements have been made regarding other regions”.

Now, if you’re thinking “Why would Nintendo go to the trouble of shrinking down its console for just one country?”, you’re not alone. We’d be very surprised if the Japanese gaming giant doesn’t roll this out globally at some point, but even if it did, there’s another problem: there’s no internet.

That’s right: unlike both generations of the Nintendo Wii, it doesn’t have Wi-Fi, so you can’t play online, watch videos or download updates. And worst of all, it means no access to Nintendo’s Virtual Console store packed with so many amazing retro games.

Unless the Nintendo Wii Mini ships to the UK with a drastically reduced pricetag (New Wiis can be had for £90 with a game), this looks like one to avoid – we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, let us know in the comments: would you ever buy a console without internet access?

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