Summary: The Wii Mini is a good idea on paper. The Wii is now six years old and has sold millions, so a cheaper hardware revision is an excellent way of rejuvenating interest and picking up some more fans. Sadly, Nintendo has robbed the machine of so much functionality that you’d have to be potty to even consider picking one of these over a second-hand (or even brand new) original Wii system.
Summary: The bare-bones Wii Mini gets rid of many Wii features to just focus on playing disc games, but the stripped-down experience isn't worth the savings.
Pros: The Wii Mini is compact and very affordable, and the bundle's price is only a few dollars more than some of its components would cost if purchased separately.
Cons: No online functionality means you won't be able to play downloadable retro Wii games or watch Netflix; it can't connect to HDMI ports, and can't display HD video; original Wii can be found for just a bit more, or even less if purchased used.
Summary: The basics Amid the fuss surrounding the launch of the Wii U it’s easy to forget that Nintendo also released another new piece of hardware at the end of 2012: the scaled-down Nintendo Wii Mini. Essentially a Wii in different clothing, the system is currently exclusive to Canada but could be coming to other regions down the line. Is this revision worth a look, or is it just money for old rope? With our beloved copy of Super Mario Galaxy 2 at hand, we set out to find out.
Pros: The most obvious advantage of the Nintendo Wii Mini is the price - it retails for $99 Canadian dollars, which equates to about £60. Second-hand Wii consoles aren’t exactly expensive these days of course, but if you’re looking for a brand-new system that hasn’t been gathering dust in someone’s bedroom for the past six years then this could seem like an attractive option. Another plus point is the console’s new design; while it’s clearly intended to appeal to youngsters...
Cons: Where to start? Once you’ve gotten over the appealing case design, the Wii Mini is a catalogue of schoolboy errors, the most glaring of which is the lack of online connectivity. The console cannot connect to the web in any way, shape or form. That means no online gaming, no Virtual Console downloads, no WiiWare, no YouTube - nothing. In this day and age, where even the youngest mobile user is connected to the net via their sub-£100 smartphone, that’s an almost unforgi...