Well, this was unexpected. Nintendo is trying the take-a-cool-thing-and-make-it-smaller business model. A Best Buy blog post gives the details on the Wii Mini. Short version: it's a smaller Wii, more or less. It looks lovely in the screenshot and only costs $99, but it doesn't have Internet support and doesn't play Gamecube games. Also there's this other system called the Wii U that's out, so that makes this a weird time to offer another system that could compete with it. [Forbes]
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