Skip to content
August 17, 2011 / Ryan Robba

Nintendo reveals Wii redesign will be losing backwards compatibility with Gamecube

Nintendo has cut backwards compatibility from the just-announced Wii redesign.

The new-look Wii redesign will no longer support GameCube games or hardware, the company has confirmed.

This means gamers will be unable to use GameCube pads when playing Wii games such as Mario Kart Wii or Smash Bros. Brawl.

Has Nintendo slimmed the Wii simply by chopping off its GameCube controller and memory card slots, currently hidden away under the console’s top flap?

Gamers who want the new Wii and still wish to avoid motion controls must upgrade to the Wii’s equivalent pad, the Classic Controller.

Is this ‘redesign’ a Wii Slim, or just a way for Nintendo to cut costs?

UPDATE: The redesign might apparently only be coming to Europe (though it is still expected in the US/Japan). The redesign will launch alongside a new lower price, and will likely come packaged with Wii Party or Wii Play Motion.

UPDATE 2: The new Wii has been confirmed to be smaller in some way. It is being named the ‘Wii – Family Edition’ and comes with Wii Sports and Wii Party. Here is the image of it below:

UPDATE 3:┬áThis new Wii will be designed to stay sat horizontally rather than vertically, and will now come bundled with the Wii Remote Plus (rather than normal Wii remote) and a Nunchuck. The bundle has been confirmed ONLY for the UK at the moment. More ‘value bundles’ are said to be coming later this year.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: