(NEW YORK) — Nintendo of Canada is taking a page out of Sony’s book this week by re-releasing the original Wii with a major make-over, evoking the popular PS2 Slim.
Wii’s old technology has a new look, a black matte surface and an even more compact package.
But with the redesign, which includes a red Wiimote plus and a red nunchuck, comes a few caveats. Wifi is no longer included and backwards compatibility with GameCube games has been stripped from the system.
Although it is not difficult to purchase a cheap Wii on eBay, this $99 mini-Wii may seem like a good deal for some, especially considering that a Wiimote with nunchuck attachment can still go for $60 on its own.
While not available in the United States just yet, perhaps a quiet, limited relaunch is a good thing, saving less knowledgeable parents and relatives from picking up the wrong “new Wii” and causing Christmas morning disappointment.
Some 400,000 new Wii U systems were sold last week, according to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, on par with the demand for the original Wii back in 2006.
That’s good news for the new system, as the original Wii was the second highest-selling home console ever, bested only by the Sony Playstation 2.
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