A “Streamlined” Wii Sku was announced at GamesCom. This new model will lose support for all Gamecube games and accessories, but will come bundled with Wii Party, Wii Sports, a Wii Remote Plus controller and a Nunchuck.

It sucks about the loss of backwards compatibility.  I can understand losing that when going from a cartridge to disc format.  Or even for the GBA to DS switch due to the change in game pack sizes.  But to remove one disc format for another seems stupid. So if you haven’t gotten a Wii yet now would be a good time to pick it up.

UPDATE:  Since this was a European convention I asked Nintendo of America if this was going to happen to the American SKU.

“Nintendo of America does not currently have any plans to release the Wii bundle that was announced by Nintendo of Europe on Aug. 17. Consumers in the United States can currently purchase a Wii console bundled with the Mario Kart Wii game and Wii Wheel accessory for a suggested retail price of $149.99. The Wii Party game is available separately for a suggested retail price of $39.99.”

So we’re safe for now.

New Nintendo Wii release schedule

  • WiiWare – Flight Control (Firemint): 18 Aug
  • Xenoblade Chronicles (Nintendo): 19 Aug
  • Driver: San Francisco (Ubisoft): 1 Sep
  • Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident (Nintendo): 9 Sep
  • Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (Disney Interactive Studios): 15 Sep
  • Nintendo Selects The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo): 16 Sep
  • Nintendo Selects Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo): 16 Sep
  • WiiWare – escapeVektor: Chapter 1 (Nnooo): TBC Sep
  • X-Men Destiny (Activision): Late Sep
  • Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft): 11 Oct
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (Activision): 14 Oct
  • The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Ubisoft): 20 Oct
  • Disney Universe (Disney Interactive Studios): 27 Oct
  • Spider-Man: Edge of Time (Activision): TBC Oct
  • Need for Speed: The Run (Electronic Arts): 15 Nov
  • Family Trainer: Magical Carnival (Namco Bandai): 18 Nov
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo): 20 Nov
  • PES 2012 (Konami): TBC Nov
  • Rayman Origins (Ubisoft): TBC Nov
  • Power Rangers Samurai (Namco Bandai): TBCNov
  • Happy Feet 2 (Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment): TBC Nov
  • Kirby’s Adventure Wii (Nintendo): TBC Dec
  • Go Vacation (Namco Bandai/Nintendo): TBC Autumn
  • White Wii with Wii Party & Wii Sports (Nintendo): TBC Q4
  • Ben 10 Galactic Racing (Namco Bandai):TBC Q4
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision): TBC Q4
  • WiiWare – MotoHeroz (Redlynx): TBC Q4
  • WiiWare – La-Mulana (Nicalis): TBCQ4
  • The Last Story (Nintendo): Coming to Europe in 2012
  • Pandora’s Tower (Nintendo): Coming to Europe in 2012

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