The newly revealed Wii model is causing quite the stir; first, with its abrupt announcement; then, when Nintendo cut all GameCube backwards-compatibility; and now, with confirmation that the new model is the exact same size as the old, with the only difference being the lack of GameCube ports and peripheral support.
According to the Official Nintendo Magazine, the new Wii is 157mm tall, 44mm wide and 215.4 mm long. Identical proportions to its preceding model, sans of course GameCube ports and the accompanying tech inside. Furthermore, a revelation we didn't pick up on last week was the console's new stance, with Nintendo designing the new Wii specifically to lie on its side rather than sitting up vertically.
But Nintendo wouldn't release a new console just for it to be aligned a different way. The removal of GameCube functionality - which is also missing in the upcoming Wii U - suggest a concerted effort from Nintendo to distance their fan-base from their older library of games and shepherd them towards pastures new.
Personally, we're a little miffed with all this. Nintendo haven't even announced a price yet. The new model comes as part of a bundle packing a Wii Remote Plus and a copy of Wii Party, and will replace the current line of Wii models which will duly be discontinued. So, GameCube fans, I suggest you either reinvest in that particular console or keep hold of your current Wii model. [ONM]