Nintendo Wii Mini: a budget video-gaming option for the holidays

The $100 no-frills console will be on sale in the U.S. mid-November

Published: November 04, 2013 03:15 PM

Nintendo has been a bit overshadowed this year, with the highly anticipated next-gen Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One video-game consoles coming our way within the next few weeks. But Nintendo has an option for consumers unwilling to shell out the $400 and $500 (respectively) for those consoles—or even $300 for a Wii U. The Wii Mini is a very basic gaming console—but it will sell for just $100.

Nintendo says the Wii mini is a scaled-down version of the original Wii and will play any of the existing 1,300 Wii games from disc. It has no Internet connectivity but can run certain multiplayer games locally, and the Mini will feature the same parental controls that the Wii offers. It will come with Mario Kart Wii, a Wii Remote Plus controller, and a red Nunchuk controller.

Look for the Wii Mini in stores around mid-November.  

—Carol Mangis

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