Nintendo Announces Redesigned Wii
But 5 years is a long time, and Nintendo is not ready to release the Wii U. It does, however, hope to breathe new life with this streamlined version of an old favorite.
The redesigned Wii will be slimmer and horizontally-oriented, a change from the original that supports both horizontal and vertical positioning. It will also remove GameCube compatibility, so user will not be able to play games or accessories from the older platform.
Nintendo plans to release the redesigned Wii just in time for the holidays, and will be offered as a bundle pack. Included in the bundle pack will be the console, Wii Party, Wii Sports, a Wii Remote Plus and a nunchuck for $149.
Clearly, this move by Nintendo aims to keep the Wii relevant over the Christmas shopping season. It could also be an inexpensive option for those who do not already own a console looking to enter the market.
Of course, the ultimate goal is to promote the new Wii U that is scheduled to be released in April 2012. At that point, the Wii as we know it be taken off the shelves.