Nintendo announces WiiWare Australian launch

WiiWare launch confirmed for Australian Wii owners. Aussie-developed game missing from release lineup.

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Nintendo Australia today ended weeks of consumer speculation and rumour by flicking the switch on its WiiWare downloadable-game service for the Wii game console. The announcement coincides with the May 20 European release of the product, and unlike many recently delayed software titles for the Australian region, comes just a week after launching in North America on May 13.

Like the already established Wii Virtual Console service, WiiWare will allow users to exchange Wii Points for downloadable games, with titles costing between 500 and 1500 points (A$5.25--A$15.72). Up to this point the Virtual Console service has only featured classic games from major developers and publishers. Nintendo hopes to change this with WiiWare, providing opportunities for both new and independent games that previously may have been hamstrung by the high cost of traditional game distribution.

WiiWare is available now free via the Wii Shop Channel. In a press release, Nintendo Australia confirmed the service would be updated weekly in conjunction with the system's Virtual Console software library. At launch, six titles were made available for download and are as follows: Square Enix's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (1500 points), Lost Winds (1000 points), Star Soldier R (800 points), Dr. Mario & Germ Buster (1000 points), Toki Tori Take 2 (900 points), and TV Show King (1000 points).

Despite being a launch week title for the North American release of WiiWare, "Pop" from Australian developer Nnooo was strangely absent from the announcement list. Both Nintendo Australia and a representative from Nnooo were unavailable for comment by press time. Click here for GameSpot AU's interview with Nnooo creative developer Nic Watt.

Discussion

9 comments
wogboypaul
wogboypaul

im so buying ffcc my life as king.. im not bothreed paying money for points lol.. so yeah im buying it PAL from the shops when it comes out

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

That's one of the big ideas that should be found in the 'best of 2008'

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

what is the thing called with the ds downloadable demos, reviews etc on the wii that was released in NA a few days ago?

Kcube
Kcube

bishopAU I agree with you 100% Where is SUper Mario RPG or Earthbound or Illusion of Gia or Square enix games?we keep getting flooded with crap.VC started good but dammit start putting out games people will actually want to play!

DriftRS
DriftRS

with titles costing between 500 and 1500 points (A$5.25--A$15.72). ahh wrong, it costs us $15 for 1000 points, thats about 14USD, 1500 is about $20 for us, yes, we're being ripped off.

bishopAU
bishopAU

i'm really looking forward to WiiWare i've become so disenchanted with the plethora of craptastic legacy titles in VC recently that this could only be a good thing

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

We got different launch games than NA so we probably get Pop next week.

Kcube
Kcube

Pop is a great game,why would they pass on launch?