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.