After a rather heavily-debated arrival in Canada last year, Nintendo has confirmed a Wii Mini release date for the UK market. As is stands, the smaller version of the game-changing Wii console will touch down in the UK on March 24th.
Pricing details have yet to be confirmed, but should the UK Wii Mini launch for the same price as its Canadian sibling, Brits will be looking at a cost of around 60GBP.
However, even after being launched in Canada for a reasonably paltry $99, critics and consumers alike largely panned the Wii Mini for being everything from pointless to insultingly diluted. And all of the above has been joined by a new call labeling the Wii Mini “savagely” inferior to the original Wii in terms of hardware.
On the surface everything looks above board and the Wii Mini is a pretty striking piece of kit, with a superb red and black trim complimenting its tiny frame. However, Nintendo may have shot itself in the foot when originally marketing the Wii Mini by trying to convince Canada that its lack of internet capabilities was in fact a deliberate move to promote family-friendliness, according to the console-maker.
The trouble is, take away internet connectivity and the Wii Mini becomes and incredibly limited console – one that’s already been left in the dust by the Wii U. And what’s more, the world is so completely wrapped up in PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 release date hype that now’s really the time for Nintendo to give the world a ‘Wow’ rather than a ‘Meh’ – the Will Mini apparently defining the latter.
Nevertheless, despite critics arguing that the Wii Mini is frankly disappointing on every level, chances are its novelty value alone as a gimmick will see a decent number of units shipped across the UK. Whether this proves to be enough to justify it being released in the first place however remains to be seen.