The Wii Mini is coming to SA

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There’s a ton of great games available for the now positively ancient Wii that you, hardcore gamer that you are, might not have played; things like The Metroid Prime Trilogy, the excellent Super Mario Galaxy series, Xenoblade Chronicles  and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – to name but a handful. Opportunity’s knocking twice – because the smaller, cheaper Wii Mini is headed to local stores.

We received a press release from Nintendo South Africa, telling us that the Wii Mini – once exclusive to Canada – is indeed headed our way. If you’re looking to catch up on Wii titles past, it’ll cost you R1499 for the privilege . The Wii Mini does have some other caveats though; unlike the Classic Wii (which retails for R1799), the Wii Mini has no internet connectivity (via Wi Fi or otherwise)  – nor is it backwards compatible with Gamecube titles.

It’s also, to my mind, too little too late, and costs too much. Had this thing been released two or three years ago, it could have revitalised the Wii market – but releasing it now, after the the launch of the Wii U is just a confusing misstep. Interestingly, in the UK, the Wii Mini can be had for 80 squid, or just a shade over R1000 – which actually makes it an intriguing, even worthwhile purchase. In Canada, it’s a much more palatable $99, or R855.

R1500? It’s just too much.

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Still…if you want one, it’ll be available in SA on March 21.

Last Updated: February 28, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Hahahahaha. Your Wii is so small……

  • Ain’t nobody gonna buy that dumbed down pieceofshit.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Hahaha! I couldn’t have said that better.

  • That’s a wii bit too pricey for me…

    • Banana Jim


    • Admiral Chief Erwin


  • Tarisma

    I have one question. Why?

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Bugger me timbers and bugger that. Not interested. And no internet access? How am I to buy DLC I don’t need/want/care about?!

  • Gavin

    also it only uses composite cables, no option for component, which is is a significant misstep

  • VR

    Hard to get ‘good’ Wii games in SA.

    Xenoblade, EA Grand Slam, Tiger Woods

    • The only thing good about a Tiger Woods game is that you can switch it off…

  • Deon Steyn

    What the hell is Nintendo doing. Has their CEO been lobotomized?

  • OVG

    Thats wiitarded.

    • AndriyP

      I didnt know you are a girl :/

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        He’s IN a girl 😛

        • I didn’t know OVG was a serial killer that skins oversized girls and wears their skin during the day, with full blown cosplay to boot! Like zOMFG!

    • Banana Jim

      Tifa… is that you?

  • FoxOneZA

    I have one alphabet: Y!

  • Banana Jim

    R1500? Freaking hell Nintendo, where are your heads?

    If this was released two or three years ago, I would have gotten one, but now? Everyone may agree that Microsoft is out of touch, but I think the big N might be in serious denial here…

    • This is probably their way of saying: Now shut the hell up about the price of the Wii-U bitches.

  • Macethy

    I would buy it for 900 rants. But for R1500? Not a chance!

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