Nintendo has another new console to offer you in the coming weeks -- if you're in the right place.
Behold the Wii Mini, which is coming to store shelves on December 7. But the device, which is notably smaller than the well-established original Wii, will only be available in Canada. The device, matte black with a distinctive red border, will retail for $99.99.
With the reduction in size comes a reduction in capabilities. Nintendo says that the Wii Mini is "designed exclusively to play Wii games." The device can't connect to the Internet and does not play Nintendo GameCube games.
Word got out today after Best Buy Canada promoted a "Wii Mini" on its home page. Early on, it seemed that the ad was mistakenly placed on the Best Buy site, since the "Pre-Order Now" link didn't work. When searching the Best Buy Canada site, CNET was unable to find any Wii Mini listing. Similar searches on other retail sites, including the U.S. version of Best Buy's home page, proved similarly fruitless. But now we have it.
Nintendo launched a separate new console, the Wii U, earlier this month. In an interview with CNET yesterday, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said thatduring its first week on store shelves. However, during that same week, the Wii was able to muster 300,000 unit sales, indicating that it might still have some gas left in the tank.
In the past, Nintendo has offered up new versions of older hardware to keep customers buying. That the company is considering launching a new Wii is not necessarily out of character.
Nintendo hasn't yet determined whether it will ever launch the Wii Mini in other markets.
Update 7:56 a.m. PT to include new details.