New Nintendo Wii out 4 November

Updated version of ageing console dated for the UK

New-look version of the Wii rocks sleeker design and ditches some of the old school features. But will it be enough to revive sales ahead of the launch of next year’s Wii U super console?

Nintendo has confirmed that its redesigned Wii, unveiled back at E3 in June, will be hitting UK shelves in 4 November. The new edition of the best-selling console rocks a new, pared down design and sits flat rather than standing on its side.

However, users hoping to break out old GameCube goodies will be disappointed. Ninty has ditched support for its old hub, meaning accessories and games won’t work with this imminent update.

There are set to be two bundles up for grabs. One packing Wii Sports, Wii Party and one controller will land on 4 November, while a package including a black Wii, Wii Fits Plus and a Wii Balance Board will follow on 2 December.

The question is, will anyone really want a Wii with the far more tempting Wii U due to hit the UK at the start of 2012? Nintendo clearly hopes so, but with sliding sales in recent months, it’s got a tough task on its hands.