Reported on thesixaxis
Sony isn’t the only company giving its hardware platforms a refresh and a price drop this week. Nintendo has quietly announced that there will be a new Wii console released in time for Christmas. But just like the PSP-E1000, the updated Wii has cut its feature count in order to be offered at an expected, although not confirmed lower price point.
As you can see from the image above, the new console is being shipped as part of the Wii Family Edition. You get Wii Sports (5 games) and Wii Party (13 game modes) included, plus a Nunchuk and the bundled Wiimote is the most recent MotionPlus integrated version, known as the Wii Remote Plus. All good so far, right?
Now look at the console, it doesn’t look to be any smaller than the existing Wii, and the layout on the front of the machine looks to be identical from a quick comparison. While it seems to have the same footprint, Nintendo has decided to only let you place the console horizontally, you can’t put it in a vertical position using a stand like before. Although, surely a 3rd party stand or one from another Wii would work?
Either to cut manufacturing costs, save on space inside the casing, or a combination of the two, this updated Wii has lost its GameCube backwards compatibility. It won’t play the games, and it doesn’t have the connections for the GameCube controllers anymore. Whether that’s a positive or negative depends on your gaming habits and what GameCube titles you have lying around.
For a gamer only interested in Wii titles it’s going to be a great value item as this new console has everything you need in one box. You also aren’t losing any core Wii features, and there’s a large selection of games on offer here, so it’s probably going to do very well as we approach the Christmas period.
According to Eurogamer, Nintendo has confirmed that in Europe at least this new console will be the only one sold, meaning when the current stocks of the existing model have been sold you won’t be able to buy a console with GameCube compatibility anymore.
My Two Cents
While this would anger me if it was the only system available, it looks like a smart way for new system adopters to get into the Wii. Personally I wouldn’t mind this version, however the fact that some Wii games play much better with Gamecube controllers makes this something I wouldn’t consider getting.