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.
Excerpt: Nintendo's Wii Mini has been a bit more elusive than we thought , but we've at last snagged the entry-level console ahead of its official release and given it a quick shakedown. While it does what it says on the tin -- welcome newcomers and second-system shoppers to the Wii universe -- we've found that there's a few important details to consider beyond just the absences of internet access and GameCube support. Read on past the break for our quick look.
Conclusion: We’re not entirely sure what Nintendo was thinking when the Wii Mini was given the greenlight. Granted, the low price point (it retails for $99 in Canada, which is about £60) and kiddie-friendly design suggest that it’s aimed at the younger end of the market, but after six years of sales, surely most pre-teens have access to a Wii by now?
Pros: Attractive design, Cool red controllers
Cons: No online connectivity, Composite AV only, Not that much smaller than the original Wii, Top loading drive actually means it takes up more space