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Posted by Thomas East | Tuesday 23-Aug-2011 10:12 AM
The new Wii that's set to launch in October 2011 is the same size as the current model.


So, although it has been redesigned to sit on its side rather than vertically, it is no bigger or smaller than the original console.

That means - stats fans - that it is 157mm tall, 44mm wide and its length is 215.4 mm. Fascinating stuff!

Yet while it is the same size, it has been reconfigured to remove backwards compatibility with Nintendo GameCube titles and controllers.

It will be included in a value bundle that includes Wii Sports and Wii Play.
 
 
i have my wii on its side anyway because it wouldnt fit in the cupboard where it goes properly. it works fine and it has done since it was released so dont see the point in this :?
gregan25 23 Aug '11
epic fail.
KThxsBy 23 Aug '11
This 'redesign' seems pointless tbh.
superdudemiles 23 Aug '11
That then, is just pointless. The same size, but sits on its side and no Gamecube Compatibility.

I'd much rather go with that new budget PSP model.
CDS 23 Aug '11
only backwards compatible with wii? hm, oh well, i'd still have my gamecube i can use for those games
Captain_Alex 23 Aug '11
i did think when i saw the original picture that it just looked like the original wii had just been pushed over, turns out i had been right about that.
smashbrother 23 Aug '11
Nintendo Boardroom:
"So how can we make the Wii better?"
"We could remove backwards compatability, and force people to put it on it's side"
"Yes, that sounds like an excellent idea, it's done"
"But what do we call it?"
"Wii Family Edition, because all families enjoy the old Wii Sports instead of the new one"

THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT NINTENDO HAVE DONE WRONG IN RECENT HISTORY (VIRTUAL BOY ISN'T RECENT)
jgower 23 Aug '11
Er, wait what? It's a redesign, but it's not smaller. It doesn't add anything new, but takes it away... It's meant to be cheap but when you can buy a 2nd hand Wii for �55 at CeX, or �49 at GameStation (when you buy a Lego Game new) and I don't think the price will be lower than the �50 mark. I don't think Nintendo quite gets the idea of a redesign, the Xbox 350 was made small, lighter and had new chipsets to make it more stable. Oh wait, this is a Japan thing, Sony did the same thing when they took away PS2 gaming from the PS3, ah but they still made it smaller and added a larger Hard Drive. I'm just going to echo "KThxsBy", Epic Fail.
JakeJayLee 23 Aug '11
Just wait for the Wii U!
AquaMisty 23 Aug '11
Knew it. Unless its cheaper there was no point to this at all. This pretty much confirms that Nintendo are shooting themselves in the foot and running in front of a bus with WiiU marketing once again like with the 3DS. The causals will go "Oh, we already have a Wii, we don't need another one" liek they've done with the 3DS.
emperor ing 23 Aug '11
they removed the backwards compatibility? then that means its worse than the old wii :|
david wev 23 Aug '11
If it was �50 it would be ok,but knowing Nintendo they'll sell it at �80.
A waste of time and money tbh,Nintendo could've put all that work in the Wii U or into new games.
imbusydoctorwho 23 Aug '11
I think this is made for families that are yet to pick up a Wii and want a cheap bundle that is suitable to play together on odd occasions. Maybe putting it permanently on it's side, it's trying to blend into the Wii U's design? Maybe this model is designed for a younger audience who weren't playing games in the Gamecube era, therefore no backwards compatibility and no chance of knocking the console over and breaking it? (it seems easier for younger people to load a disc in horizontally rather than vertically?).
To be honest, i think this is a move from Nintendo to squeeze some last Wii sales out of people who don't already have one and give the console some reinvigoration. Taking out backwards compatibility and the stand will help cut production costs, so it may suit the Wii's incredibly low pricing better.
JamieRIOT 23 Aug '11
epic fail.

well i say epic fail, but i know loads of complete idiots are going to buy this junk.

nintendo once again sells out to the casual market.
KThxsBy 23 Aug '11
You said it comes with wii play but the pic shows wii party... 8)8)
tohaker 23 Aug '11
This "new Wii" is actually laughable - which isn't something you can often say about Nintendo. I'm actually a little disappointed and I doubt this will sell much at all. I take it this new Wii is a little less expensive to make? Anyway it does seem aimed at causal families (hence the title) who won't miss the Gamecube compatibility, but I think any family whose without a Wii has no interest in ever buying one.
Cave_dweller 23 Aug '11
What!? I thought it looked like my Wii (since I have it turned on it's side) Why don't they just change all of the advertising pictures to have it on it's side, and all new models to have writing turned on it's side, but keep Gamecube compatibility? It would be better.

:roll:
Nintendo Mad 23 Aug '11
that means they will make more money on each system as they dont need to manufacture new cases. this makes a lot of sense really.
Hylian_Grouch 23 Aug '11
so really what ias the point to it????
picton 23 Aug '11
only backwards compatible with wii? hm, oh well, i'd still have my gamecube i can use for those games

What the hell are you talking about, why would a wii be backwards compatible with itself?! :?
ledreppe 23 Aug '11
Is that still you Nintendo?
Or have you been replaced with a dim-witted monkey?
Buffalo_K 23 Aug '11
Yeahbuwhat? If there's no differece in size, then what's the point? You can already place the Wii on it's side if you so wish, so as some other people have pointed out this is just taking away the backwards compatibility, so it's less for more (because I'm sure it's going to be more expensive than just buying a 2nd-hand Wii). Strange!
Shinnos 23 Aug '11
Ridiculous. No benefit to the customer whatsoever, but with a large disadvantage. I'm assuming they're trying to reduce manufacturing costs by removing the GC compatibility. Not worth reducing the quality of the console though.
Joe_Crow 23 Aug '11
That's hilarious.
Gameking53 23 Aug '11
So unless i'm mistaken, basically all they have done is remove the backwards compatibility?
Maybe by doing this it reduces the production costs? Could work to maximise the remaining profits from the Wii, with the last big sales push.
However, i can't see too many people rushing out to buy this, not when you can pick up a normal Wii cheaply enough second hand.
reeesy 23 Aug '11
Wow Nintendo, huge fail there. Even the idea of a smaller Wii in the first place was a huge fail. The games industry is getting incredibly childish now:

- Nintendo announce 3DS price
- Sony make the Wi-Fi PS Vita price the same as the 3DS
- Nintendo cuts 3DS price
- Sony announces cheaper, Wi-Fi-less PSP.
- Nintendo announces Gamecube-less Wii

Then, with these rumours of a redesigned 3DS...I really am losing a lot of faith in Nintendo.
Captain Kuchiki 23 Aug '11
What on earth are you all moaning about? ? ?

this isn't designed for you, you have a wii. this is designed for both nintendo ( cheaper to make) and people that dont already have one (if you dont have a wii by now, you wont miss GC support).

why all the anger?

would you have bought a smaller wii even if it did the same as the wii that you constantly moan is not getting full support any more? thought not.

let nintendo get on with trying to make its business model work, and stop moaning.
ivorfran 23 Aug '11
True that. It's just the same as the PSP-E. A budget model for those who don't already have one. As for no Wi-Fi in the console itself, well that's the price you have to pay for a cheaper PSP. It's the same with this new Wii-E model The loss of Gamecube support won't harm those who don't already have Gamecube stuff. Although it is a bit naff when it comes to Mario Kart. But then, if it kept the Gamecube support and lost Wi-Fi, it would be naff for most games.
CDS 23 Aug '11
Then why make it? Waste of money, Nintendo! The biggest stroke of genius for the original was that it could play GameCube games. This one can't even do that! What it can do instead is something the original from all I've heard, is also capable of. Silly Nintendo, needs some good European logic.
Religion0 23 Aug '11
Who would buy this? The wii can be put on it's side anyway. This doesn't deserve to sell even a single copy, it's pitiful.
zapper01 23 Aug '11
WHAT IS THE POINT? its even the sam price and my wii is constantly on its side!
Dan-the-Wii-man 23 Aug '11
So basically it's the Wii without backwards compatibility...
Captain Kong 23 Aug '11
So they altered the buttons and got rid of the backwards compatibility? Seems really pointless so close to the new console.
MrLeechkid 23 Aug '11
please dont post

"boo, there is no gc compatability"

or

"its just the same but on its side"

do you think that nintendo will read these comments and change their minds.

i cant state this enough, this is not for YOU


ggrrrr, stop posting and go out and find another pokemon
ivorfran 23 Aug '11
What a stupid Wii

please dont post

"boo, there is no gc compatability"

or

"its just the same but on its side"

do you think that nintendo will read these comments and change their minds.

i cant state this enough, this is not for YOU


ggrrrr, stop posting and go out and find another pokemon


The point of having a comments thread is for the forumites to comment on the article. It may not be for them, but everyone is allowed to express their opinion.
toady 23 Aug '11
Basically, this is going to be a very valuable collector's item come 50 years :L
smalldude070 23 Aug '11
What on earth are you all moaning about? ? ?

this isn't designed for you, you have a wii. this is designed for both nintendo ( cheaper to make) and people that dont already have one (if you dont have a wii by now, you wont miss GC support).

why all the anger?

would you have bought a smaller wii even if it did the same as the wii that you constantly moan is not getting full support any more? thought not.

let nintendo get on with trying to make its business model work, and stop moaning.

We're only angry because Nintendo are being so stupid and are going to lose money, people who don't have a wii who you claim are going to buy this are going to think that the wii u is this with a new controller. It is complete idiocy.
Zelda Maniac 23 Aug '11
This 'redesign' seems pointless tbh.

Try and get some more life out of it up until Wii U comes out. Despite the fact that everyone who will ever get one surely already bought it :P
Argenthor 23 Aug '11
I can think of hundreds of ways to spend money better than on making the Wii crapper. Something's gone seriously wrong here.
C00LI098 23 Aug '11
I am truly baffled as to why Nintendo are wasting materials, money and time on a completely pointless console. Surely they have regular Wiis sitting in warehouses that need selling first!
sciqueen 23 Aug '11
Tom, do you ever get news that you just plain ole' don't want to post?
ZodiacXYZ 23 Aug '11
This actually makes no sense at all. Remove the backward compatibility but it's still the same size? Even though I'm sure they could have made it smaller due to the fact that the GC ports are removed. And, although it's the same size, it's been forced to lie down, meaning for some people, it can actually take up more room. And this is done a year before the release of Wii U, so those who aren't very good when it comes to tech might buy a console that is on it's way to it's grave when they could save for a Wii U, which can play the Wii games anyway. WTH Nintendo? This is just dumb.
Kirby8 24 Aug '11
Is this a joke? So they're removing features and that's all? If its not significantly cheaper then I'm dissapointed
Spyrolad 24 Aug '11
Does that mean the disc slot is bigger?"The new console is no bigger than the disc slot" or something like that
CBTIRL 24 Aug '11
Guys, it's just a redesign for the casual market, why are you so upset about something that doesn't concern you, this isn't replacing the old wii.
Dertdood 24 Aug '11
Guys, it's just a redesign for the casual market, why are you so upset about something that doesn't concern you, this isn't replacing the old wii.

Because they're wasting money. We don't want them to lose money on this.

Anyway, why is this version easier to put on it's side than the old one? I've never tried because wii is always in the charging dock and never need to be put on it's side.
zapper01 24 Aug '11
how are nintendo wasting money by removing expensive out of date components (i'm sure that gc controller ports aren't off the shelf items), changing a plastic case (10p ?) and printing button labels a different way up ? do you all thing its a complete re design? its not, just the same insides in a different, cheaper, case. In reply to the comment about everyone posting their anger because it is their right, thats correct. But constructive comments are far better than "Why ?" " people will think this is the wii u!" Are these people the same who buy a �10 games machine with 16 bit graphics and 2 handheld motion controllers, thinking that its a wii? if so, they deserve to be sold this, and will only buy a wii u in 2 years time, when it has been reduced anyway. but continue asking "why?"

maybe nintendo are struggling, but i really hope that they continue to innovate rather than replicate.
ivorfran 24 Aug '11
So, this is a slim version that is exactly the same size as the regular one, is more awkward to place down and has less functionality than the old one?

I do hope I need not spell it out for you.
Eragon Firesword 25 Aug '11
Guys, it's just a redesign for the casual market, why are you so upset about something that doesn't concern you, this isn't replacing the old wii.

Also, how does it not concern us? We're their customers. If GAME suddenly decided to sell half their games without the boxes, would you say it doesn't concern us?
zapper01 25 Aug '11
So, essentially, Nintendo are now making there Wiis have the logo switched around, strip it of backwards compatibility and advertise it as a 'redesign'. Nintendo = Old Geezers.
TheRedPlumber 26 Aug '11
how are nintendo wasting money by removing expensive out of date components (i'm sure that gc controller ports aren't off the shelf items), changing a plastic case (10p ?) and printing button labels a different way up ? do you all thing its a complete re design? its not, just the same insides in a different, cheaper, case. In reply to the comment about everyone posting their anger because it is their right, thats correct. But constructive comments are far better than "Why ?" " people will think this is the wii u!" Are these people the same who buy a �10 games machine with 16 bit graphics and 2 handheld motion controllers, thinking that its a wii? if so, they deserve to be sold this, and will only buy a wii u in 2 years time, when it has been reduced anyway. but continue asking "why?"

maybe nintendo are struggling, but i really hope that they continue to innovate rather than replicate.

It's being expensive because they're making somethingnthat no one will buy! Sure, it may get a couple of sales, but word will soon get about that you can get a better (preowned, but they are still better than a crappy, downgraded Wii) console for an identical, or maybe even cheaper price, that has even more functions.
TheRedPlumber 26 Aug '11
Wait, what's the point of removing the GC stuff if it's not gonna be smaller? They did it with the 3DS and DSi which left them more space for extra design, does that mean there is like some empty space where the GC bit should be?
Fubz 27 Aug '11
how are nintendo wasting money by removing expensive out of date components (i'm sure that gc controller ports aren't off the shelf items), changing a plastic case (10p ?) and printing button labels a different way up ? do you all thing its a complete re design? its not, just the same insides in a different, cheaper, case. In reply to the comment about everyone posting their anger because it is their right, thats correct. But constructive comments are far better than "Why ?" " people will think this is the wii u!" Are these people the same who buy a �10 games machine with 16 bit graphics and 2 handheld motion controllers, thinking that its a wii? if so, they deserve to be sold this, and will only buy a wii u in 2 years time, when it has been reduced anyway. but continue asking "why?"

maybe nintendo are struggling, but i really hope that they continue to innovate rather than replicate.

It's being expensive because they're making somethingnthat no one will buy! Sure, it may get a couple of sales, but word will soon get about that you can get a better (preowned, but they are still better than a crappy, downgraded Wii) console for an identical, or maybe even cheaper price, that has even more functions.

they dont just do this for a laugh ! they research, look at the markets that dont have their product, and aim at them. Would you want a preowned present? if they dont have a wii by know, the preowned market is as relevant to them as tangy toms are to a gibbon. these are the "families" this is aimed at. they dont have your underlying knowledge of all things nintendo, they want to but the kids something to keep them happy.
ivorfran 29 Aug '11
they dont just do this for a laugh ! they research, look at the markets that dont have their product, and aim at them. Would you want a preowned present? if they dont have a wii by know, the preowned market is as relevant to them as tangy toms are to a gibbon. these are the "families" this is aimed at. they dont have your underlying knowledge of all things nintendo, they want to but the kids something to keep them happy.
If a family wants a wii they will have already got a wii, and if they do want one theyll get the one which they know is a wii. They could think that this is the wii u which would turn them off. Even if your a massive Nintendo fan like me you've got to admit that it is a stupid move.
Zelda Maniac 30 Aug '11
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