Re-launching an old console can be a good idea. But doing so one week after launching a brand new console is just plain weird.
Regardless, that's what Nintendo has done - at least in Canada. Introducing the Canadian-exclusive Wii Mini, a stripped down Wii Console in red and black.
The Wii Mini is cheap at just $99, but as a result lacks some capabilities that come with the original Wii. For example, the Mini does not have wifi. That means no Netflix and no downloading vintage game content. It's also not backward compatible with Gamecube games.
We're not really sure about Nintendo's awkward timing with this thing. It does serve a slightly different market than regular Wii purchasers, and it certainly won't cannibalize Wii U sales, but why now? And why only in Canada? We may never know.