Hours after the Wii Mini was leaked by a retailer, Nintendo has released an official statement saying that the Wii Mini will be released only in Canada on December 7 and that it's priced at just $99.99 (around €77.2).Nintendo is quite busy releasing the Wii U all over the world, launching the new home console in North America last week and getting ready to debut it in Europe and Japan in the following weeks.
It hasn't forgotten about the regular Wii, however, as the company has just confirmed that a new version of the home console will be released next week only in Canada.
The Wii Mini is compatible with all the disc-based games released for the full-fledged console, but it features a much smaller form factor and a design with matte black and a red border.
"There are games in the Wii library for every type of player," said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada's vice president and general manager in a statement, via Engadget.
"Wii Mini is a great gift for the holidays that brings everyone in the family together to play. Wii Mini has a mini price, but it's all about big fun."
The console comes with red versions of the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk, and should be compatible with all Wii accessories. There are some downsides, however, as the console won't feature any sort of Internet connectivity or GameCube support.
"Wii Mini is designed exclusively to play Wii games. Its family-friendly design has no Internet capabilities and does not play Nintendo GameCube games. It's a great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games that helped usher in a revolution in motion-controlled gaming," the company added.
The Wii Mini will be available only in Canada, as Nintendo confirms that "no information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future."
What do you think, Canadian gamers? Will you be picking up this lower-priced console or are you going for the full-fledged Wii U?