The Wii Family Edition is Coming to Europe

Posted by at 9:44 am on August 17, 2011

Nintendo is planning a sendoff for the Wii in at least Europe with a new model. The Wii Family Edition has a new, slightly streamlined design meant to sit on its side rather than the vertical layout the Wii has been known for. The design will lower the price to an unknown level and primarily shed support for legacy Gamecube accessories and games, although it will still have both Wii Sports​ and Wii Party in the box.

The need for the older peripherals has dropped both through time as well as because of Nintendo’s own contributions, such as the Classic Controller and ports of earlier games.

Its arrival is a rarity for Nintendo. The gaming pioneer seldom redesigns its systems mid-cycle and had runaway success with the Wii until last year, when a new Xbox 360 and a possibly saturated market hurt Nintendo’s chances. Nintendo is virtually certain to be offering the price-cut system as a way of tiding over gamers until the Wii U arrives next year.

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