Meanwhile, the Wii Mini can't even stream "Gangnam Style." Of course, not being able to connect to the internet doesn't just impact the Wii Mini's media capabilities, it also reduces its appeal as a game console.
Without the internet, you can't indulge in nostalgia by downloading classic games from the Virtual Console store and you can't play some of the system's most popular titles like with friends across the globe.
In the same way that the ability to play DVDs helped sell many on the Play Station 2, media streaming could have been a big selling point for a smaller Wii.
The price tag would have made it an ideal Netflix box and a serious competitor to the likes of Apple TV and Roku.
Described as a "personal programming guide," Nintendo TVii combines both live and on-demand content from a variety of sources, with a universal search function that lets you look for videos across services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video.
There's even social features through Nintendo's Miiverse network.
It would've lacked HD, of course, but for those who don't already have another way to stream video to their television, this might not be all that big of a concern.
And considering the Wii can't play DVDs, this means that the new version has no media features whatsoever.
When the Wii Mini was announced today, Nintendo said that it "puts the focus squarely on Wii games," which is true, but the company has also limited both the number of games you can play on the console and the functionality of many of those games.That's only 175,000 fewer units than the Wii sold in the US during its debut week — for whatever reason, people are still buying the thing.In an attempt to create some more interest in the seven-year-old console, Nintendo today announced the smaller, sleeker Wii Mini, with a suitably small .99 price tag.Instead of being a media streamer-killing Netflix box that can also play a huge library of games, the Wii Mini feels more like a missed opportunity.While online was never as important to the Wii as it was to the Play Station 3 and Xbox 360, the lack of any kind of connectivity still cripples the device in a number of ways, and cutting out media functionality is the biggest.Nintendo may have recently released a brand new console with the Wii U, but that doesn't mean that the original Wii is dead just yet.