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Red Wii Mini Console MotionPlus Bundle (Wii)
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2014
I was trying to rack my brain on all the hate behind this console. But then I realized, taking out the Gamecube ports, online, and SD Card, really affect one game the most: Super Smash Brothers. If you are the type of casual gamer that just wants this console to get your fill of Mario, then this console is just fine. The console is not only a steal, especially with Mario Kart included, but many of the Wii hits are at great prices as well.

One thing I do like about this Wii is the top-loading disc drive rather the dependence on motors to insert and eject discs, which are bound to stop working. Open the lid, pop the disc in, shut the lid and you're good to go. Simple and fool-proof enough for kids.

I also liked that it came with the Wii Motion Plus Remote with rubber cover, nunchuck, and even AA batteries. So, Nintendo did give you everything to get you up and running right away.

Oh, just to confirm it does have built-in memory for game-saves. It seems like you will have to go through a LOT of games before it finally runs out.

Ok, so what's wrong with this model? The most glaring problem is the proprietary composite cable that it comes with. The Wii could do 480p with a special component cable that was strangely rare to purchase. However, with composite, you will only get 480i. What does this mean? It probably won't be the clearest image you will see. If you are picky about graphics and absolutely pristine images on your 60" HDTV, then not even the normal Wii will help you there.

Before you buy this, note that the only video cable that works is the one in the box, that's it. It's probably safe to assume that no 3rd party peripherals that plug into the Wii, no wi-fi or ethernet devices, etc, will work with this Wii Mini. If you're just in it for Nintendo exclusives to play offline, you won't be disappointed.

I hooked this up to a 32" Samsung and 32" Vizio TV. After some adjusting and brightness, I'm happy to say that the Wii Mini is definitely "good enough" in terms of image quality on both devices. Yes, it could be better with 480p component cables. But, kids and moms will not know the difference. It does have a 16:9 widescreen mode, which makes it all the more bearable.

I really wanted to do this review because I saw so many negative reviews from people about this console. For those fans, the Wii U has online, HD, and everything else for more hard-core gamers. For my family, who wants to play a little Mario Kart and Wii Sports Resort on a budget, it's perfect.
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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2013
Perfect for young kids who are just getting into gaming!

Let me start off by saying, if you are a hard-core gamer this console is obviously not for you, but this $99 package was exactly what I needed for a 6-year-old who is just getting into video games. I did not want to spend between $200-$500 for a top-of-line cutting edge console with all the bells and whistles for a 6-year-old who doesn't need those features and doesn't have a clue what 1080p means. By the time my 6-year-old does get into more advanced gaming and wants multi-player features and internet download capabilities, no-doubt there will be a new, fancier video game console than the Wii U or the XBOX One. He certainly doesn't need "backwards capability" since he's new to video games or wi-fi for Netflix and internet downloads.

I purchased my Wii Mini on December 13th from TRU for $99 including the Mario Kart. I was concerned about whether I would be able to hook this up to my Samsung LCD HDTV since some of the reviews claim it CAN'T be hooked up to an HDTV. To avoid a Christmas morning fiasco, I went ahead and opened the box, and this literally took me about 30 seconds to hook up to my television. It couldn't have been easier. Seriously, a monkey could do it. You put the yellow cord in the yellow hole, white cord in the white hole, red in the red. It's really that simple. I have no idea how every brand of LCD flat panel is designed, but on my Samsung the plug holes were located right on the side of the television. Very easy to access. See the photo I've included for a picture of the television hook-up. Other than that, it was just plugging it into the outlet and installing the included AA batteries in the remote. I actually played a little Mario Kart just to see what it was like and had a blast. Were the graphics amazing, cutting-edge-blow-your-mind-high-definition? No. But the picture quality looks exactly like a regular Wii. No better, no worse.

Bottom line: If you have young children just getting into video games, who don't need the gazillion features and cutting-edge graphics, and you'd like to save a few hundred dollars, this is the perfect console for you. By the time your young ones are advanced enough to want all those features, you can be sure Wii, Playstation, and XBOX will have a newer, fancier game console on the shelves.
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85 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
It's a good product. It is a Wii, with no gamecube support and no online access. I would like to point out that it is currently being sold elsewhere for $100. Anyone charging more than that at the time of this review is trying to ripping you off.
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110 of 138 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2013
I am not a person that ever writes reviews, but after purchasing this item from Walmart and returning it only a few days later there is definitely information the consumer needs to know before buying. We previously had a Wii that our kids loved, but got rid of it because they were "loved" the Kinect in the store. Fast forward a few years, we wanted to go back to the Wii because the Kinect just never was what they thought it would be. Normally I do allot of research before buying anything but having previously had a Wii, I did not do research as to exactly what the "Wii Mini" actually was because I thought I knew what the Nintendo product. Ultimately this is my responsibility, but Nintendo does not make it known exactly what they removed (and or a while even had their customer service denying that some of what was removed was actually removed). My trust in doing no research was enhanced by Nintendo stopping production of "normal" Wii's and only making the Mini version, so I wrongfully assumed it was just a smaller version of the previous Wii.

As a few others have mentioned this is an extremely stripped down version of the Wii. If you don't mind giving up what you are giving up, than this should be a fine purchase, but you should go into this purchase with your eyes wide open.

What it is
* a functional Wii that plays only Wii disk games

What it is not
* is not capable of any online/Wi-Fi functionality - this includes: playing online (for me this was not the biggest deal for a Wii, I would not consider it a flourishing online community), use of Netflix or amazon prime movies (although if this was possible you would likely not enjoy the experience because of one of the later items that the Wii Mini is not), or downloading any of the Nintendo legacy games (this was my biggest disappointment as my family loved playing Super Mario world originally from the Super NES and games like World of Goo that was great on the Wii. As disappointed as I was this was not what made me return this item)

* is not a quality looking product - a soon as my wife saw it she wanted it returned, but I talked her into keeping it even though I agreed it was not nice looking. While I respect the posts that say it is a throwback style, I cannot agree that it is a throwback style in a nice way. It looks like it is made of cheap plastic, and is mini only in that it is not as elongated as the original Wii. Without comparing side by side, I think this one actually looks thicker and fatter. That really isn't on topic, as we are not talking about how accurate the "mini" title is, but rather how quality it "looks" (I want to emphasize "looks" because this is not to imply it is a poorly built product. We did not keep it long enough to find out). The best way I can describe how it looks is to say it looks like a cheap "otter box" rip-off phone cover that vaguely looks like the original and makes your phone 4 times thicker. If you have a full "retro" area maybe this would fit in, otherwise I think it is an eyesore.

* it will NOT work for most modern TV's - this was what made us return this item. When I first hooked this up I knew it looked terrible on our HDTV because it was hooked up using AV cables. My kids couldn't even play the Boo's Castle track on Mario Cart because of how bad it looked on the screen (they couldn't see where to go, even after tweaking the color/tint/contrast/saturation). That was fine because I had ordered component cables for the Wii on their way, and this could tie them over until they arrived. I was just glad our TV still had AV jacks as most new TV's don't have them. So with all the above disappointment above, we planned on keeping this Wii until the component cables arrived. It was then that I found out this product is not compatible with anything higher than AV cables! We are not a "graphics" family, we are downgrading from an Xbox graphics to a Wii knowing full well the drop-off (remember we had a Wii previously), but the AV on our HD TV was flat out un-usable! When I tried to make the AV cables again work without luck, we finally returned this "mini"

In short if you want to play just the Wii games that are on disks, don't plan on needing online, are OK with the "cheaper looking" plastic (think cheap looking 80's product which may cause some nostalgia), and plan on hooking this up on a non-HD TV than this is a fine product. If any of those items would bother you, you should do what we did and turn to Craig's list to get a used Wii - which works and looks just like we remember. I just cannot imagine this working for many people with only an AV hookup. For the $100 price tag this is going for around the web, you can get a whole lot more buying used - IMO this is a route worth highly considering and I wish we had done this first.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
this is a basic console system with no internet, or card slots or any other "modern" attachments. This is just for playing games, perfect for beginners or kids who may drop it or forget it or lend it, making parent anxiety a thing of the past it also has a great color scheme and it features a top loading disc bay (like the gamecube), making stuck/scratched discs a thing of the past. Having said that most people complaining here seem to want everything for free, lets be honest the days of the console wars are over, the times of a gamer either owning a genesis or a snes are gone. Going into 2014, the odds of anyone in the us, owning just one console and being faithful to one brand exclusively are pretty slim. No Netflix? so what, use your computer, tablet, smartphone
(which by now seems redundant since most current phones are "smartphones"), your other consoles, your new tv, if it has streaming capability and you are set. The only way I see problems arising from the wii mini is if you or your kids want all those features and are going to throw a tantrum if you don't get them, but that is a parenting problem and not a wii mini problem
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
I am very happy to be able to buy a Wii for such a reasonable price. For me personally, having a Wii that isn't compatible with Game Cube games isn't a problem because I do not own any Game Cube games. I actually owned an original Wii and enjoyed it quite a bit, but due to unfortunate circumstances it stopped working. So not being able to afford either the new Xbox or Playstation this holiday season I am at least happy to replace my old Wii.

I don't understand why there is so many one star reviews. Thank you Nintendo for thinking about us poor people this holiday season.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2013
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i have no need for internet on my wii and happy to buy on amazon,etc. the games, dont need to download(have slower internet ,anyways). This is perfect. It synced quickly with a used balance board i bought. Easy to set up. I did watch a you- tube video of set-up first but was no problem. Dont know why others would comment about buying and upset no internet when it clearly states there is none on it. LOVE the red color, the red is actually what drew me to it first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2014
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Works great for our needs. It's compact and portable but still has good gaming options. Arrived new and just as described.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
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Price is good and plays all the games great doesn't have all the bells and whistlers you get with the full version but it plays the games fine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2014
Awesome, I love it very much. I don't care if it doesn't support online games or gamecube games, that to me is too much. I like playing disc games only and that's it, I also like the size of this console it saves a lot of space and it was so easy to hook up and I didn't ask for help. I was also very happy that its the cheapest console in my price-range I can afford. The Xbox one and the PS4, I just can't afford them. Man its even cheaper than the hand-held consoles to. I'm extremely happy that nintendo decided to make something under $100 that I can afford to buy. If Microsoft and Sony did the same thing, then maybe I would buy something from them as well.
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