The Wii Mini can only play Wii optical discs, as it omits Game Cube compatibility and all networking capabilities; this model was not released in Japan, Australia, or New Zealand.
We thought about copying the DS's touch-panel interface and even came up with a prototype." The idea was eventually rejected because of the notion that the two gaming systems would be identical.
Miyamoto also stated, "[...] if the DS had flopped, we might have taken the Wii back to the drawing board." Nintendo's spelling of "Wii" (with two lower-case "i" characters) is intended to resemble two people standing side-by-side (representing players gathering together) and to represent the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
The thing we're thinking about most is not portable systems, consoles, and so forth, but that we want to get new people playing games." This is reflected in Nintendo's series of television advertisements in North America (directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan) and its Internet ads.
The advertising slogans were "Wii would like to play" and "Experience a new way to play"; the ads began November 15, 2006, and had a total budget of over US$200 million for the year.
So we decided not to reveal the controller and instead we displayed just the console." The Nintendo DS is said to have influenced the Wii's design.
Designer Ken'ichiro Ashida noted, "We had the DS on our minds as we worked on the Wii.
In late 2011, Nintendo released a reconfigured model, the "Wii Family Edition", which lacks Nintendo Game Cube compatibility; this model was not released in Japan.
The Wii Mini, Nintendo's first major console redesign since the compact SNES, succeeded the standard Wii model and was released first in Canada on December 7, 2012.
Once downloaded, Virtual Console games can be accessed from the Wii Menu (as individual channels) or from an SD card via the SD Card Menu.