Starting Nov. 30, Walmart stores in Canada began selling the Nintendo Wii Mini, a $99 alternative to the normal Wii. Along with the price cut, the Wii Mini does not support online features and cannot play Game Cube games. It is only available in Canada at this point.
I can already hear the cries of children who will be getting this instead of the other recently released Nintendo console. However, despite that possible mishap, this honestly is a great alternative for parents who don’t want to worry about their kids messing around online. Why it is a Canada-exclusive system until after Christmas? Who knows, but I think it’s safe to say the Wii U will cover their non-Canadian bases.
On Nov. 16, legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto celebrated his 60th birthday. Miyamoto is responsible for various classic game franchises, including Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong.
For my seventh birthday, I recall my favorite gift being a copy of Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the Game Boy Color. I spent countless hours with the game, giving it more attention than anything else. This was long before I knew who Miyamoto was, let alone that I shared a birthday with the video game icon. Here’s to us, and our forty-year difference.
According to Game Informer, Playstation: The Official Magazine will be ending production with their Holiday 2012 issue. The magazine’s publisher, Future US, also announced the closing of Nintendo Power in August, with the last issue coming out this December.
As an avid fan of print journalism, it pains me to see so many video game publications biting the dust. There’s not much to say on the subject, but this post goes out to all the print journalists, gaming or otherwise.