After launching last year in Canada, the Wii Mini console will make its way to British shores on March 22nd. The tiny black and red box will be bundled with a Motion Plus WiiMote and Nunchuck, but a fair few compromises might make it a bit of a tough sell.
The Wii Mini has no onboard Wi-Fi and no support for Ethernet cables or USB dongles, thus robbing it of any online connectivity whatsoever. What's more, it also doesn't support 480p component video, making for an incredibly bare-bones gaming experience even in comparison to the original Wii.
However, it will almost certainly be very cheap. Retailers have yet to put a price on the Wii Mini, but the Canadian price of £99 CAD converts to £64 at the current exchange rate. Nintendo also plans to release more discounted Wii boxed titles over the coming months, with the likes of Wii Sports Resort, Super Paper Mario, Mario Power Tennis and Mario Party 8 joining the Nintendo Select range.
"With a family-friendly design offering no internet capabilities, Wii Mini allows you to jump straight in and experience all the great Wii games from the last six years since the Wii console first launched," reads the blurb. "The latest addition to this family of home consoles offers great gameplay at great value, putting the focus squarely on games with over 1200 disc-based Wii titles to choose from."
We'll find out whether this statement has any basis in reality come March 22nd.