New Wii SKU Not Coming To North America

As you might recall, in my original post about the new Wii console that loses the GameCube backwards compatibility I predicted that it would not be coming to America, and apparently I was right.

“Nintendo of America does not currently have any plans to release the Wii bundle that was announced by Nintendo of Europe on Aug. 17,” said a spokesperson to Destructoid. “Consumers in the United States can currently purchase a Wii console bundled with the Mario Kart Wii game and Wii Wheel accessory for a suggested retail price of $149.99. The Wii Party game is available separately for a suggested retail price of $39.99.”

I mean, how much cheaper than $149 could it possibly get? When the Wii U comes out, then we’ll talk.

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1 Comment on New Wii SKU Not Coming To North America


On August 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

So games which worked better and were designed for the GameCube controller, like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, are screwed?

This is completely unncessary. Everyone who’s going to get a Wii has probably done so at this point.

And it’s not like the PS3, which has extra hardware like a version of the PS2 CPU, and other components. The Wii uses the same hardware, just scaled up. The real “savings” here would be the removal of the GameCube ports, and the special drive loader which lets you use either size disc.

The removal of that part probably is what requires it to lay down. The previous loading mechanism probably held the disc up, while getting rid of it leaves them with a simplier mechanism which can’t handle it.

This is an odd thing to do at the end of the system’s life. This isn’t Nintendo style to remove features from a console.