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The new Wii sets its sights on America

Posted on October 11, 2011 AT 01:44pm

THE BUZZ: Nintendo today announced that a new Wii bundle will be hitting store shelves in the U.S. soon, marking the first time their Wii hardware revision will be available in the country.

Launching on October 23rd, the bundle will include a black Nintendo Wii, a black Wii Remote Plus, a black Nunchuk controller, a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and a “special” Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD. Released just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, this new pack will retail for $149.99.

EGM’s TAKE: So, in case you haven’t been keeping up, what’s different about this new Wii hardware revision? The minor—and not really exciting—difference is that the markings on the system are set so that the default position for the console is horizontal not vertical. (And, by nature of that, it no doubt no longer includes a docking stand.)

The major—and definitely not exciting, at least in a good way—difference is that this Wii revision no longer supports the playback of Game Cube games. Really, at this point, that’s probably not at all a big deal to anybody buying a Wii. Still, if you are looking to get a replacement console, or even your first-ever Wii, keep that detail in mind.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got started via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as can realistically be crammed in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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