The UK has at long last been ‘blessed’ with its official Nintendo Wii Mini release date and the resulting hype and hysteria has been exactly as expected.
None existent. Pitiful. Embarrassing. Need I go on?
Hot on the heels of equally dire reports concerning Wii U sales the world over, the heavily disputed Nintendo Wii Mini arrived in the UK this week in response to demand that never existed in the first place. Having originally graced Canada with an exclusive release date earlier this year and summarily been panned by about 99% of critics and consumers, the Wii Mini was expected to be scrapped altogether though is still for some reason continuing its cringe-worthy campaign.
This really isn’t the kind of downer Nintendo needs right now, with the company already being forced to watch its pride and joy Wii U console failing left, right and center.
In theory the Wii Mini is an excellent concept – a smaller, lighter and delightfully cheaper version of the market-defining Wii that we all came to love. Unfortunately, what’s guaranteed not to win over the masses is taking a six-year old piece of gaming hardware, stripping it of its internet connectivity and SD Card storage slot and then trying to pass it off as something worth buying.
Or in other words, the Wii Mini is cheaper than the standard Wii, but sheds so much of its functionality that there’s no point whatsoever in not handing over the extra $20 or so for a full-fat Wii.
What makes the situation even worse is the fact that Nintendo tried to convince us all that the stripped-back Wii Mini shed its internet connection to make it a more family-friendly console – something that went down like a lead balloon with critics the world over.
So, while the Wii U beats a slow but steady path toward its own death-bed, the Wii Mini is destined to gather dust on a paltry few shelves across the UK, though many of the biggest retailers aren’t planning to even bother with the thing at all.
It’s all rather depressing really – here’s hoping Nintendo can make it through, one way or the other.