Nintendo redesigns Wii, removes fun parts

In an effort to bolster flagging Craigslist sales of used GameCube consoles, Nintendo announced today that they would be removing backwards compatibility in their new, even tinier Wii design.

They’re also removing the GameCube controller ports, taking away the ideal control method for many of the Wii’s best games.  This will effectively cripple titles like Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii, unless you purchase some Wii Classic Controllers.  Which, I guess is probably the point.  In addition, they will now be able to join rivals Sony and Microsoft in selling you downloadable versions of games you already own.

Personally I don’t know why Nintendo doesn’t just get it over with and release what their target demographic really wants: a $59 pocket-sized console that has Wii Sports Bowling pre-loaded and supports no other games, like the dedicated Pong consoles of yore.  Grandmas everywhere would be overjoyed, and Nintendo themselves would be released from the crippling burden of actually having to come up with a game every year or so.


About Ryan Searles

I like watching movies, and then talking about those movies. Sometimes I write things about them, which you should read. Other interests include boxed wine, video games, the works of Harlan Ellison and HG Wells, and being a general curmudgeon.

Posted on August 17, 2011, in Tech News, Video Games and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Does the new Wii come with anything new, other than being smaller~? It makes no sense for people who already have a Wii. Same thing as to why i just have a DS lite and not the DSi or larger one… they removed the GB Advanced compatibility which i utilize. 🙂

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