It won't be of much worth to the typical AVS user, but the Wii Mini is confirmed for the US this month and will be priced at $99.99 and include Mario Kart Wii. Hopefully it also means that the Nintendo Selects lineup will be restarted.
To recap the Wii saga in recent months, here's what has gone on.
-Partial shutdown of online services leaving only the critical functionality online like the Wii Shop, remaining online multiplayer titles, and video apps (i.e., the stuff the average Wii user actually used more than a few times).
-A budget redesign called the Wii Mini with virtually all non essential features stripped out to cut cost has been slowly rolling out worldwide.
-Virtual Console and WiiWare services appear to have seen their last new releases judging by several months of inactivity.
-Retail releases down to almost nothing with Pandora's Tower in April likely the last release of possible interest for most adult gamers.
-The backwards compatible model of the Wii that has been produced solely for Japan in recent years has been discontinued leaving Japan without a Wii offering at this time.
-The initial Wii revision without BC but otherwise with things like Wifi capabilities intact was recently discontinued for Europe leaving only the new Wii Mini. The older model is confirmed to remain available at this time for North America alongside the new Wii Mini for at least the 2013 Christmas season.