Wii gets a new SKU for Christmas. Gamescom hardware rehashes are becoming a bit of a trend

One of the stranger pieces of news to scme out of Gamescom, this. Nintendo is readying a new version of the Wii for release this Christmas. It's a revision of the current hardware, dubbed the 'Wii Family Edition'. The console will ship with two games - Wii Sports and Wii Party, plus a Wii Motion Plus-enabled Wiimote and a Nunchuck controller. A decent enough starter package, but we're more interested in what's been left out of the machine.

The biggest omission is Gamecube compatibility. You may snigger and say 'well, who plays Gamecube games these days anyway?', but consider this: Gamecube controllers remain the best way to play several big-name games, not least Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Leaving out the controller ports may cut costs, but it's also going to be detrimental to that gameplay on one of Wii's biggest titles. I could also point out that a Gamecube pad is the best way to control NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, but no-one would care, so I won't.

Above: The console looks slightly fatter, although having looked at a real Wii again, we're not so sure it is

Other than that, the console looks very similar to the old version, which is no surprise - it's cheap enough to produce so why waste money redesigning the entire thing? Rumour has it, however, that it now sits in a horizontal position, which looks logical when you notice the 'Wii' logo has been moved around accordingly. Our Wii in the office has been in a horizontal position for about... what, five years now? Much of that time was admittedly spent in storage, but the point is it's hardly a new feature. Look - here's our regular Wii demonstrating the 'horizontal' position.

Above: *Blink* *blink* "What? What year is this? Why do my eyes hurt?" "Easy, Wii - you've been in a drawer"

Wii U is but months away now, but don't forget the ultra-diminutive PSone sold impressively well into PS2's tenure. Just think how many kiddies this could make happy this Christmas. Even if they do have to use a Classic Controller for Smash Bros.

17 Aug, 2011


  • HeroOfLegend - August 23, 2011 6:03 a.m.

    So, when the DS released a model without GBA support, they called it the DSi... So, I've officially named this the Wiii. Patent it.
  • Smash_Bro - August 19, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    It's bad for the Wii to lay down like that. The console actually lasts longer if you keep it standing up... Just sayin'.
  • darkraichu34 - August 18, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    @GameManiac Gamecube had some great games. I personally loved Paper Mario and Luigi's Mansion.
  • GameManiac - August 17, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    "I've". Not I'be.
  • GameManiac - August 17, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    Ditto. Even though I'be never played a Gamecube game. I'm considering them. Although I don't know if the Wii U will have them up for download. Then again, I see many on Amazon going for less than $10 each.
  • Linktoreality - August 17, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    This just reminds me that my local gamestop still has a ton of PS2 games left.
  • ThatGamerDude - August 17, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Taking out Gamecube funtionality? This is why us veteran gamers must teach these new generations about life before the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3!
  • QWERTYCommander - August 17, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    @andybeans Since I'm guessing this Wii still has Wi-fi, I think the PSP-4000 is worse.
  • Antistaenemyofthedaleks - August 17, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    Anyone else think it looks a tad like the WiiU?
  • jackthemenace - August 17, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Hey, if this don't play Gamecube games, HC games'll be cheaper. and That's fine by me. Just means I need to buy more Memory sticks, though... @Badgraphix1- I don't necessarily think they're thought process goes" Let's get rid of the stand! But that'll mean it needs to be horizontal... Move the Logo!" I think it's more of a case of removing the stand because it's now horizontal, rather than making it horizontal because they've removed the stand. I know it's ILLOGICAL and UNTHINKABLE, but, y'know.
  • tacehtselrahc - August 17, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    The words Dead, Horse and Flogging spring to mind.
  • flabslapper - August 17, 2011 1:24 p.m.

    Lest we forget the Classic Controller Pro, which probably works fine with Smash Bros. Either way though this is a load of shit, though maybe this'll mean GameStop will start putting the GC games on sale like they did the PS2 games before getting rid of them
  • MattOfSteel - August 17, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    Yeah, doesn't affect me unless this launch day Wii ever breaks from over use. Ha. Funny they wouldn't have this bundled with a WiiFit board and that game to really make it compete with the cheapest Xbox family packs. Do whatever you gotta do to keep giving me my Zelda, SmashBros, and Metroid Nintendo.
  • Hydrohs - August 17, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    I'm completely fine with this. My sister and I have to share our Wii, but I've been wanting one for just myself personally for a while. I just haven't felt it necessary to pay 150 bucks to get it, if this thing is cheaper than it could be perfect. I never play Gamecube games with my Wii and I use the Classic Controller for Brawl, or any other game that supports it.
  • CancerMan - August 17, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    "Wii Family Edition"? That's fuckin' redundant.
  • badgraphix1 - August 17, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Another omission appears to be the gray stand, which I'm guessing is why the changed the position of the Wii logo in such a way.
  • Ensoul - August 17, 2011 noon

    It's a family addition but there's only one controller? Tsk, Tsk. Also I've played the odd GC game with my Wiii; since I missed out on picking up the Composite cables for the GC, it's the only way I can play the progressive scan enabled GC games.
  • RawkyRoo - August 17, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Slightly off topic, but have you heard that The Last Story and Pandora's Tower have been confirmed for Europe? Also, are you going to be doing a review for Xenoblade Chronicles?
  • andybeans - August 17, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    I don't know what's worse, this or the "new" PSP-4000?
  • Rash86 - August 17, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    but at least with the PSOnes it didn't take away any functionality

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