PROS / The Nintendo Wii Mini is small and lightweight and plays all Wii games.
CONS / You cannot download online games, since Nintendo turned off the Wii servers, and this version can't play GameCube discs.
VERDICT / The Wii Mini lets you play some of Nintendo's best games at a low price, but for an extra $200 you can play the same games and more on the Wii U.
The Nintendo Wii changed the world of gaming with its motion controls, but since the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo has stopped supporting its aged console by shutting down the Wii's online servers. However, if you want a chance to play some of the best motion games, Nintendo launched the Wii Mini, an affordable video game console with all the features you need to play the best Wii games. While the console doesn't need the Wii's internet connection, the Wii Mini lacks backwards compatibility with GameCube discs – an odd removal.
The Nintendo Wii Mini comes with all the equipment you need to play, including a Wii Remote, Nunchuk Controller and "Mario Kart Wii" game. In comparison to other consoles on the market, the Wii Mini is the least powerful device. Even at the Wii's prime, it was barely more powerful than the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, so if you're looking for a graphical wonder, you should look elsewhere. However, the Wii Mini utilizes Nintendo's revolutionary motion controls.
Since Nintendo shut down the Wii's online servers, it should come as no surprise that the Wii Mini lacks any kind of internet connectivity. However, it is odd that Nintendo removed the GameCube compatibility. The original Wii allowed players to use their GameCube discs and controllers, but the Wii Mini only plays Wii games. Although it is much more expensive, the Nintendo Wii U also plays Wii games, but it also offers online multiplayer, digital games and a new generation of exciting games.
Like the Wii before it, the Wii Mini does not play DVDs, CDs or video files, and because the console cannot connect to the internet, you cannot stream video and television through Netflix or Hulu Plus. Also, you can't exchange Friend Codes and connect with people online. You can download music onto an SD card and listen to music, but without any of the other multimedia or social capabilities, it's unlikely that you'll use the Wii Mini for anything but playing Wii games.
The Nintendo Wii Mini is an affordable video game console that lets you play some of the best motion-controlled games. It strips away unnecessary internet connectivity, since Nintendo closed the Wii's online servers, but it also does not play GameCube games, a feature that the original Wii had. Although the Wii U is more expensive, it does all that the Wii Mini can and more, so you should save your money for a better Nintendo console.