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Does the UK care about the Wii Mini?

Wii Mini

Nintendo’s Wii U console launch hasn’t gone down to well here in the UK, with sales not hitting anywhere near as projected by the game industry giants and the majority of titles not really dazzling fans. Well it seems that another Wii model thats about may be about to fall on deaf ears.

In a poll hosted by VoucherCodesPro (an online similar voucher site to that of Wowcher), 1,003 Brits were quizzed on the upcoming (to UK market) Wii Mini.

VCP’s poll simply asked “Are you excited about the Wii Mini announcement?” to which 76% said no, while only 24% said yes.

Those who said no were then asked to state their reason. They responded as follows:

  1. Don’t see the point – 74%
  2. No advance in graphics – 56%
  3. Just rehashing an old console, not a technological advancement- 49%
  4. Small size not a big enough selling point- 47%
  5. Already own an original Wii – 42%


When asked ‘Would you be likely to purchase a Wii Mini once it’s released?’ participants replied:

  1. No – 61%
  2. Yes – 22%
  3. Don’t know – 17%


The Wii Mini had originally been announced as an exclusive to the Canadian market, available only during the holiday period.

Although the Wii Mini is good looking with it’s compact size and ‘sexy’ red & black finish, there’s also not a lot to it in terms of specs, less so than the traditional white models. Taken down to it’s bare bones, the Wii Mini has not Wifi access, doesn’t support the Ethernet USB adapter and also has been stripped of its 480p component video functionality. Just as Nintendo’s Family Edition of the Wii, any GameCube compatibility is also absent for this model.

The Wii Mini is due for release in the UK from the 22nd March and the cheapest we’ve been able to find the console is at Game for £79.99, though to be honest I think a better alternative would be pick up an older model second had for cheaper and keeping the option to play GameCube games and use WiFi connectivity.


Sources: VG247GameVoucherCodesPro
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