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No plan to launch Wii Mini in the UK, says Nintendo exec

Low price micro-sized system could remain exclusive to Canada

Nintendo has ruled out the possibility of launching its new Wii Mini console across the UK, an executive at the company has told CVG.


James Honeywell, head of consumer marketing at Nintendo UK, told CVG's Tamoor Hussain that the Wii Mini is "specifically for Canada only".

"We have no plans to launch it in the UK. Our focus here is all about Wii U," he said.

On December 7, Nintendo will release the Wii Mini across retail for CA $99 (roughly £60). The compact console features a manual release top-loading disc tray, and comes in matte black with a distinct red border.

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The low price point is partly achieved by removing some of the console's tech such as a mechanical disc tray. The system has no internet connectivity options or GameCube support, but is compatible with more than 1,400 disc-based Wii games and supports "most Wii accessories".

Nintendo originally declined to comment on whether the micro-size system would be released beyond Canada.

Honeywell clarified the plans during an interview with CVG at HMV's flagship Oxford Street store on Thursday evening. More than 200 fans lined up outside the building to be some of the first people in Britain to claim Nintendo's new Wii U console.

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Nintendo of America estimates it had sold about 400,000 Wii U units during its first week of release in the US - a positive result held back by supply constraints. During the same period, Microsoft claims to have sold some 750,000 Xbox 360 systems while Sony says it shifted about 525,000 PS3s and 160,000 Vita units.