Wii Mini to launch in the UK on March 22

The Wii Mini, a more compact version of the Nintendo Wii and previously a Canadian exclusive, will be available in the U.K. beginning March 22, Nintendo announced today.

The Wii Mini will be available in one color, a matte black with red trim, and comes packaged with a red Wii Remote Plus and red Nunchuk controller. The Mini does not share the same online functionality as the Wii, and does not include an SD card slot or GameCube backwards compatibility, though it is compatible with most Wii accessories.

Coinciding with the U.K. launch of the Mini, Nintendo will also add more titles to its current library of Nintendo Selects, a group of popular titles reduced to lower prices. New additions will include 2007's Mario Party 8, motion-controlled sports game Wii Sports Resort, Mario Power Tennis and 2D platformer Super Paper Mario.

The Wii Mini was originally launched in Canada on Dec. 7 of last year, though retailer Walmart began selling the console one week early, at a retail price of $99. A representative from Nintendo told Polygon that the console's features were pared down to keep it at the lowest price point possible.

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