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Updated, slimmer Wii headed to U.S. on October 23

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Oct 2011 2:55 User comments (10)

Updated, slimmer Wii headed to U.S. on October 23 Nintendo has announced today that the launch of their new slimmed down Wii console, part of the "Holiday Edition" bundle which removes GameCube support, will hit the U.S. on the 23rd.
The console is 30 percent smaller than the original Wii and sits horizontally, saving space by removing GameCube memory card and controller slots.

Bundled with the black colorway console is the New Super Mario Bros. game, a special Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD, a black Wii Remote Plus controller and a black Nunchuk controller.

Nintendo is offering the console with an MSRP of $150.

The gaming company says the "Super Mario Galaxy music CD, which includes a selection of memorable music from the acclaimed video game, is available only as part of the new Wii bundle and will not be sold separately."

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10 user comments

117.10.2011 3:27

I guess after this version of the console and then Zelda, this console is done.

217.10.2011 8:58

Well, you can say that, but I don't think so. Not so long as they continue production of new games. I can't see all the Nintendo audience jumping on with the WiiU; sales of normal Wii's and these will still make up a large portion of the market due to the low price. I don't see Nintendo and developers abandoning it, and I don't see that many people flocking out to pay $250-350 just for a touch-screen add-on and the ability to finally handle HD content years after that ship took sail.

I just don't know, as far as I can tell the WiiU is just going to flop. Nintendo (no offense intended as I'm a classic one) fanboys will certainly jump on it, but it's missing the whole cheap factor that's made the original so successful.


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317.10.2011 9:10

Looks interesting, I expect more then a few complaints, but seeing as how the GambeCube wasn't a big success like the PS2; the missing functionality shouldn't be to bad.

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417.10.2011 11:26

Remove features and sell it for the same price. What a great idea...
http://www.gamestop.com/wii/consoles/ni...rt-bundle/91023

517.10.2011 13:46

there's also new slim wii which is blue and comes with the new sonic and mario Olympics game for 149.99 in 2012 though.

i dont get why nintendo says the game is free when in EU the console cost 99.99 and the game cost 50.00 so you really are paying for the game that comes with it unless that's EU region cost.

also, i find it strange that it comes with super mario galaxy cd when it supposed to come with new super mario bros wii since it's the game that comes with it just like the RED limited edition bundle.


wait a sec, gamestop and other retails says this new bundle plays gamecube still...
if it does still supports it then this a great deal wii mario kart bundle cost 134.96 right now at walmart.com



http://www.thealistdaily.com/news/wii-g...s-slim-version/

blue wii bundle for EU only for now. too bad the wii isn't powerful enough to play sonic generations because if it was bundled with the wii slim, nintendo would make lots of money.










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617.10.2011 17:37

Originally posted by core2kid:
Remove features and sell it for the same price. What a great idea...
http://www.gamestop.com/wii/consoles/ni...rt-bundle/91023
Yep, nonsensical to say the least. This should have come with a $99 price tag.

717.10.2011 17:54

Originally posted by buxtahuda:
Well, you can say that, but I don't think so. Not so long as they continue production of new games. I can't see all the Nintendo audience jumping on with the WiiU; sales of normal Wii's and these will still make up a large portion of the market due to the low price. I don't see Nintendo and developers abandoning it, and I don't see that many people flocking out to pay $250-350 just for a touch-screen add-on and the ability to finally handle HD content years after that ship took sail.

I just don't know, as far as I can tell the WiiU is just going to flop. Nintendo (no offense intended as I'm a classic one) fanboys will certainly jump on it, but it's missing the whole cheap factor that's made the original so successful.
Let me re-phrase that, after this holiday season with this bundle and Zelda, the Wii will have nothing of interest to me and it will go back to dust collecting like it is right now.

817.10.2011 20:33

I email them about this and here's what they said :

Hello,

Thanks for contacting us with your questions about the new version of the Wii.



I wanted to let you know that the hardware included in this bundle will look, feel and function like a standard Wii system with two slight modifications:



• Backwards Compatibility - This version of the Wii will not support GameCube game discs or accessories.



• Appearance - It is designed to sit horizontally rather than vertically. This changes the placement of the Wii logo and how components such as the EJECT and POWER buttons are labeled. The GameCube controller sockets and memory card slots have been removed from the left-hand side of the console.



I also wanted to mention that we’ll be replacing all current Wii bundles with this new hardware configuration. While our focus will be on offering this newest bundle only, availability of our current bundles, which include either Mario Kart or Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports, will vary by retailer until stock runs out. We do, however, anticipate that the current bundles will be available at stores through the holiday season.

So my I go buy it online from Walmart store like I said it cost cheaper than 150.00 at other stores :)


Same wii games needs the gamecube controller works unless they make usb for it take dance dance revolution for example, you need place to plug in the dance pad/mat.

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918.10.2011 8:57

Originally posted by KSib:
Let me re-phrase that, after this holiday season with this bundle and Zelda, the Wii will have nothing of interest to me and it will go back to dust collecting like it is right now.
Ah, alright then lol I certainly can see that. I can't even say when I last touched our Wii, must have been a couple of years ago when I bought the Metroid collection tin and it wouldn't play the games. I love Nintendo and their products, but I suppose I'm too "hardcore" of a gamer to play with any of it too much. Aside from the 3DS and my OoT and SF.

1025.10.2011 2:44
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Originally posted by buxtahuda:
Well, you can say that, but I dont think so. Not so long as they continue production of new games. I cant see all the Nintendo audience jumping on with the WiiU; sales of normal Wiis and these will still make up a large portion of the market due to the low price. I dont see Nintendo and developers abandoning it, and I dont see that many people flocking out to pay $250-350 just for a touch-screen add-on and the ability to finally handle HD content years after that ship took sail.

I just dont know, as far as I can tell the WiiU is just going to flop. Nintendo (no offense intended as Im a classic one) fanboys will certainly jump on it, but its missing the whole cheap factor thats made the original so successful.

Nope, its simple, it will not flop. The fact of the matter is that the Wii U is totally new, and totally innovative. People need to figure that graphics arent going much higher than 1080p. Look, there are higher resolutions, but they are so expensive that the point of buying it becomes completely irrelevant since literally nothing supports the resolution.

And Sony and Microsoft need to learn they cant keep trying to overpower Nintendo with higher graphics and better memory and RAM and simple things like DVD players or Blu-Ray. If they do that theyll make their consoles so expensive no one will want them. That is why the PS3 did so horribly in sales when it first started out. Youre forgetting that Nintendo is well known for their money-saving prices.

Sony and Microsoft need to come up with their own ideas and quit copying Nintendo and their trends. At this rate Nintendo will be buying off both Sonys and Microsofts gaming divisions.

Oh, and did I forget to mention the Wii U is fifty percent more powerful than the PS3, and lets not forget the immense amount of third-party support for the Wii U this time.

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