Wii Mini priced 79.99 at Amazon.co.uk

UPDATED: Amazon lowers price from initial 103.

UPDATE: Amazon has dropped its Wii Mini price down to 79.99 - undercutting ShopTo's offer.

It suggests a trade price of around the 80 mark, although Nintendo does not publicly disclose this figure.

ORIGINAL STORY: UK retailers have begun naming prices for Wii Mini, the neutered version of Nintendo's ageing console that will arrive in Europe on 22nd March.

Amazon.co.uk has struck first with an eye-opening price of 103.56.

Next was ShopTo, which plumped for a more sensible 84.85 - apparently a reduction from 99.99.

There is no RRP for the Wii Mini because Nintendo doesn't set hardware prices in Europe. Individual retailers decide for themselves what to charge.

These first Wii Mini prices compare badly to what you can pick up a Wii - a better piece of hardware - for. Amazon charges 49 for a used Wii and 83.99 for a new one. High street used-goods chain CEX will sell you one for as little as 40.

And with an older Wii you can go online, download WiiWare/Virtual Console games and use the GameCube back-compatibility. With Wii Mini you can't.

Wii Mini was first made available in Canada last year. Still considering a purchase? Best read Digital Foundry's Wii Mini import review first.

We'll update this article with more prices as they appear. Let us know in the comments below if you spot one not listed here.

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