Amazon now selling WiiWare game

Earlier this month, online retailer Amazon opened up an Xbox Live Arcade section of its site, from which customers could purchase download codes for about half the games on Microsoft's Xbox 360 digital distribution service. This week the retailer added the Wii to its list of consoles for which it...

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Earlier this month, online retailer Amazon opened up an Xbox Live Arcade section of its site, from which customers could purchase download codes for about half the games on Microsoft's Xbox 360 digital distribution service. This week the retailer added the Wii to its list of consoles for which it sells downloadable game codes, but the selection is relatively sparse.

However, what Amazon's WiiWare selection lacks in quantity it arguably makes up for in average quality. A GameSpot scan of the site turned up just a single WiiWare game on Amazon's site, the critically acclaimed World of Goo. One of the game's two developers, Kyle Gabler, told GameSpot that while he was happy to see the game available on the site, he had nothing to do with it.

"This is all Nintendo's doing," Gabler said. "We're just happy to be along for the ride as the first game they put on Amazon."

In a post on the developer's official blog, Gabler pointed out the importance of the Amazon availability. Gabler said it provides potential customers who aren't already hooked up with Nintendo's online service a familiar introduction point, as well as clear instructions on how to obtain the game through the system.

As of press time, Nintendo had not returned a request for comment on when it might expand the selection of WiiWare games available on Amazon.

Discussion

21 comments
boobush
boobush

Amazon's a good place to buy games, because they usually got discounts on them.

spacer69
spacer69

Amazon sells games cheaper and some times WII points and Xbox live points cheaper then at retail stores. Maybe the download stuff will be cheaper also? Amazon is a really nice place to shop for games, I have saved a lot of money by purchasing games from their site. Never had a bad experience buying anything from Amazon.

BigNJunkii47
BigNJunkii47

you really dont have to buy wii points. i linked my account to my debit card

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

If Nintendo would put the rest of its online library on Amazon, that would be great. Anything so that I don't have to buy Wii Points. Honestly, I would have probably bought more Wiiware and VC games, but I just don't like giving Nintendo $20, spending (maybe) $16, and then having that $4 just sitting there - unusable until I give Nintendo more money.

atopp399
atopp399

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1357900
1357900

thought this was going to be something spectacular... guessed wrong. wasted time reading this, but great for you WoG fans. Enjoy!

tyzwain
tyzwain

Lol now parents can buy kids games online.

wiifan001
wiifan001

I'll still prefer the method of buying Wii Points, but it is good to have this option available as well.

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

I think I'll just use the Wii's Shopping Channel to keep buying games. I don't want to go through any hassles and such.

lukemularczyk
lukemularczyk

hum i don't see it, OH WAIT, of course even tho I am on uk.gamespot.com it doesn;t seem to say in the article anwhere that this seems to be US ONLY. Seriously US != All, its not difficult to add a line saying "This only applies to amazon.com"

mrklorox
mrklorox

lol @ single game release

fabz_95
fabz_95

That's pretty cool, hopefully it will boost sales for games like World of Goo.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

This is cool. This will help legitimize the game download market more for people who haven't checked out the Wii and Xbox stores yet. I am also glad to see World of Goo put up. I feel sorry for the developers since Goo was rated one of the most pirated games of last year. I hope it sells well for them.

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

This is good for two reasons: it brings awareness of WiiWare games to a greater audience of people. Many Wii owners still don't know that they can download new games to play online. And like TheNeo911 said, it allows you to purchase the game without extra points. A big hang-up for me is having unused Wii/Nintendo points sitting on my account not being used for months, and affects what games I download. I don't understand why the Wii Shop won't just let you buy exactly how many points you want.

TheNeo911
TheNeo911

@glade_gnarr it's so you do not have to buy separate wii points that you don't want or need

Pyro767
Pyro767

Interesting, but I believe you will be able to do the same thing at a McDonald's with a DSi.

roflmuffins8
roflmuffins8

Their next move will probably be towards PSN.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I don't get it. Who would use amazon instead of wiiware or xbl? I just don't see the point.

pjacobson21
pjacobson21

cool but it looks like it is more or less the same price so there really is no reason to use amazon if you are already set up with the wii shop channel.

Polybren
Polybren

Earlier this month, online retailer Amazon opened up an Xbox Live Arcade section of its site, from which customers could purchase download codes for about half the games on Microsoft's Xbox 360 digital distribution service. This week the retailer added the Wii to its list of consoles for which it sells downloadable game codes, but the selection is relatively sparse.

However, what Amazon's WiiWare selection lacks in quantity it arguably makes up for in average quality. A GameSpot scan of the site turned up just a single WiiWare game on Amazon's site, the critically acclaimed World of Goo. One of the game's two developers, Kyle Gabler, told GameSpot that while he was happy to see the game available on the site, he had nothing to do with it.

"This is all Nintendo's doing," Gabler said. "We're just happy to be along for the ride as the first game they put on Amazon."

In a post on the developer's official blog, Gabler pointed out the importance of the Amazon availability. Gabler said it provides potential customers who aren't already hooked up with Nintendo's online service a familiar introduction point, as well as clear instructions on how to obtain the game through the system.

As of press time, Nintendo had not returned a request for comment on when it might expand the selection of WiiWare games available on Amazon.