Nintendo introduces Wii with refreshed design, lacks GameCube compatibility

Nintendo announced via its UK website today that it will be launching a slightly refreshed Wii game console in Europe, but not the U.S., before the end of this year. The modified console is part of a new Wii bundle and includes “the newly configured Wii console in white, a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk, and copies ofб═Wii Sportsб═andб═Wii Party.”

The updated console will be cheaper and slimmer, according to Nintendo, but no official price was announced. Nintendo says that the new console is designed to sit horizontally rather than the current vertical orientation of the Wii. Finally, this refreshed Nintendo Wii will lack support for older GameCube games, something that the Wii has included since it launched back in 2006.б═

Nintendo has reportedly stated to CNET that it has no plans to sell the console overseas in the United States, only in Europe. It’s unclear why this is at this time.б═

Back in June, Nintendo took the wraps off of its next-generation Wii console, dubbed the “Wii U,” featuring a controller that has a 6.2-inch touchscreen display on it and improved graphics and performance. The Wii U is expected to be released sometime in 2012.б═