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Cue the jokes about a shrinking Wii: "I swear, this has never happened before!"
On the heels of the launch of the next-generation Wii U video game console, Nintendo is now preparing to introduce a smaller, svelter and cheaper version of the six-year old Wii game system, which for the time being will available only in Canada.
Called the Wii Mini, the $99.99 game console is slated to go on sale Dec. 7 and is aimed at folks who have yet to make the leap into the world of Wii. Although given that the console has sold nearly 100 million units since its 2006 launch, we're not sure how many Wii-less households are left on Earth.
"It's easy to use, very simple," Nintendo of Canada spokesperson Julie Gagnon said of Wii Mini. "It's intended to be different and reach late adopters of the Wii system."
Black with red trim and physically smaller than the already wee Wii, the Wii Mini will come with a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controller, both coloured red.
There will be no games included with the system, and unlike the regular Wii, which sells for $150 to $170 with one included game, the Wii Mini will have no online capabilities and will not be able to play Nintendo GameCube games.