GDC 2009: Early DSi adopters get $10 in points, Wii Arcade detailed

Nintendo to reward purchasers of new handheld with downloadable game currency; Wii store welcomes coin-op classics Gaplus, Mappy, Star Force, and Tower of Druaga.

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SAN FRANCISCO--Nintendo continued to flesh out its line of downloadable-game offerings with a handful of initiatives revealed today during company president Satoru Iwata's keynote address.

Mappy's a loose cannon, but he gets results.

To mark the April 5 launch of the Nintendo DSi and its DSiWare downloadable-game library, Iwata announced a promotion to give early adopters a free taste. Consumers who visit the DSi Shop online storefront for the first time will automatically receive 1,000 Nintendo points (formerly known as Wii points) to spend on downloadable games for the handheld.

Nintendo also announced today the four main price points for DSiWare games: Free, 200 points ($2), 500 points ($5), and 800-plus ($8 and up) points. As with Wii points, Nintendo points can be purchased through the system with a credit card, or from "select" retailers in the form of Nintendo points cards.

Downloadable gaming on the DSi's console counterpart is also getting a little love from Nintendo. Iwata mentioned in his keynote that the Wii Virtual Console retro-game store is now offering third-party arcade games. Eschewing the tradition of Monday updates, Nintendo today added a quartet of arcade games to the Virtual Console. Tecmo's vertically scrolling shooter Star Force as well as Namco's Mappy and Tower of Druaga are selling for 500 Nintendo points each ($5), whereas the Galaga follow-up Gaplus commands a 600-point price ($6) tag.

For more from the show, check out GameSpot's complete coverage of the 2009 Game Developers Conference.

Discussion

19 comments
regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I don't think the DSi can make an SNES game work with the DSi's technology but I think it could run an NES game no problem. You couldn't make a TG16 game work on the DSi if that's what you're thinking. The technology just isn't there. I don't even think you could make FFIV work on a DSi (the SNES version)... but then again if they could make the remake work... try downloading FFVI onto an SD (when it's available of course) and try running it on the DSi and see if it works. If it does, then we'll know we have a cool new portable VC option! ^_^

Hintonian
Hintonian

ok maybe i just havent really did a whole lot of research on this but am i correct to assume you can DL games on the wii's virtual console and save them to an SD card and play them through the DSi?

IvanDraco
IvanDraco

I'll make no mistake this time, I'll get the dsi and some 10 years in the last hardware revision of nintendo's then-actual handheld I'll get that one

Noob_Krusher
Noob_Krusher

This is great news. Now I can get a free clock with mario in the background!

Killer2401
Killer2401

LOLWUT NO WITE Seriously....where is the white version? Or any other color?

Dalad01
Dalad01

Im getting the DSi but i wish they kept the GBA Slot, so we could play older games(obviously) but i guess that they are giving us free points to make up for it in a way.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Good to hear that Nintendo released more vc games, unfortunately it will probably just be a one-time thing. But who knows, maybe DSi owners will utilize the virtual console feature a lot, and make the big N reconsider releasing new titles more frequently?

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I'll be getting a DSi GBA slot or not. It's why I'm gonna keep my black and blue lite for the GBA games and Guitar Hero.

rjp15
rjp15

If only they had not taken away the GBA slot.

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

sounds really cool, I want a DSi :P

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I suggest they recharacterize their "Ware" software libraries to a simple "NWare." DSiWare doesn't roll off of the tongue easily like WiiWare does. Plus, people could download games to their Wii and then transfer them wirelessly to their DSi all from the same NWare store that they get their WiiWare titles from. I think I'm going to sit out on the DSi and wait for the next Nintendo handheld. I think it will be announced in 2010 along with the next PSP. Awesome for them to give away free points to early buyers. _

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

That's really cool of Nintendo to offer this, essentially giving a game or two away for free. I most likely won't ever get a DSi, I am just not much of a mobile gamer, but I do applaud them for giving out a perk for it. If the DSi could do a few more things that would replace my MP3 player, I'd give it some consideration.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Hmmm should I download Super Metroid (if avalable) or save for something unique. I hope a DSi version of LIT is released.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

I sorta want to get one....but geez, the fact that only 2 colors are offered for N. American release (that cyan blue I'm NOT feelin') and that bland matte look still don't quite have me sold. :( Why couldn't they at least offer the White one (like JPN)....that by far looks better. But it is cool to see that they have some cool downloadable games and that their offering up $10 worth of free downloads.

schizoholic
schizoholic

i just wish i could xfer my virtual console games to the dsi, would buy for sure then. at least the vc games pre- n64

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

ROFL kavadias, though I do like Nintendo and I do note Zelda, Metroid and Mario, I too am still kind of peeved at the hardcore offerings of Nintendo. While Nintendo did rise on the casual audience, they should not forget that casual gamers turn into hardcore ones.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

What a sack of crap. Gimme some new effing hardcore games Nintendo. You remember what they are dont you?