Wii to receive original downloadable games

Beginning early next year, WiiWare will allow developers to sell smaller-scale new games to consumers through Wii Shop Channel.

The latest generation of consoles is entirely on board the digital distribution trend, as Nintendo today announced WiiWare, a new service that will allow developers to create and sell original downloadable games for the Wii. Previously, Nintendo's digitally distributed games on the system were limited to the Virtual Console rereleases of older titles.

Like the Xbox Live Marketplace and online PlayStation Store before it, WiiWare is being touted as a way for developers with small budgets to try out original, innovative, and smaller-scale games without the investment and risk of creating a title to be sold at retail. The first WiiWare games will arrive early next year and will be available to customers through the Wii Shop Channel.

In discussing the new service with Newsweek's N'Gai Croal, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said developers would be able to use existing Nintendo software development kits to build WiiWare games. Fils-Aime also said that Nintendo would have final control of pricing for WiiWare content, though such decisions would be made with input from the publishers and developers.

Written By

Discussion

361 comments
fighterguard
fighterguard

No need for hard drive, as many of you say. Remember that the Wii has an SD card expansion slot. So, technically, the Wii will have and infinite ammount of memory, since SD cards have become very cheap and high-density lately. A 2GB SD card is around 20 bucks.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

i hope nintendo will just allow plugging-in any available cheap hdd to the wii's usb drive ... just like the ps3.

dbowlin17
dbowlin17

When this happens a hard drive is needed

Polishgamer411
Polishgamer411

Fullmetal1andy and jw7103, i dont think either of you are right. i thought they sell those wii micro sd mem cards for a reason, dont u think??? besides that, i think the wii ware is a great way for nintendo to cash in and for wii owners to get cheap fun games, since almost all wii games are like $50.

jw7103
jw7103

if you look on the back of the console there are 2 usb ports surely you can connect an external usb hdd to the console and use that to store information

Fullmetal1andy
Fullmetal1andy

maybe nintendo will make a heardrive for the wii to hold all the wiiware and downloads for wii

Captainintendo
Captainintendo

sweet. i just wish the Wii had more space to store all of these downloads

makryu
makryu

"Squirrel Yes we have all heard, but not all of us are thieves or digital pirates. Most of us want to support the gaming industry and rightfully pay the developers for what they have created. Plus this story is about new content made especially for download." They've already been paid for the classics a long time ago. The consoles where these games were developed are dead. I can't see where it's harming the industry (especially playing the games that aren't available for download). And there was someone complaining the classics weren't available yet, that's why I made the comment.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I remember them saying about this a while a go. It's good to see this going one step closer now.

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

"makryu Anybody ever heard of emulation? The classics are all out there already" Yes we have all heard, but not all of us are thieves or digital pirates. Most of us want to support the gaming industry and rightfully pay the developers for what they have created. Plus this story is about new content made especially for download.

rexdeaz
rexdeaz

when will we see the first cross-downloadable service game? will cloning clyde 2 be available on wiiware, the playstation network and xbox live arcade? Only time will tell..........................................................................

gorilaboy
gorilaboy

Hard Drive? Expanded Storage? Anyone else think these might be intro'd at E3 now, since we'll probably need more space for all these downloads?

kappareign
kappareign

classics and now new games too... sounds great :)

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Better late than never I guess. Now let's hope we can find some new classics.

Kcube
Kcube

Sounds good.The first game on it should be Bookworm Deluxe...that game owned and would be good for the remote.

ChrisDude1218
ChrisDude1218

Sweet. Just wish it came a little earlier, but hey. Better than nothing. Can't wait.

Merl57
Merl57

neato hope the price isn't insanely inflated as it is now for downloadable games.

DJ_Quack_Quack
DJ_Quack_Quack

If those original low budget games make good use of the nunchuk remote . I'll buy those games.

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Great news for Nintendo this week, huh?

ThickMcRunfast
ThickMcRunfast

It's about goddam time. Now, we need game demos.

makryu
makryu

Anybody ever heard of emulation? The classics are all out there already

rockinrobot1991
rockinrobot1991

Symphony of the night, Ultimate MK3, and Street Fighter II' Turbo HD Remix (minus the HD, of course) should all make it (and with Xbox live's low storage cap, should fit).

foola12
foola12

THIS SOUNDS AMAZING! Hopefully they will make pretty good games and will only cost like 100 points orsomething. Now i finally have a good reason to buy a wii points card! :D

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

oh let the games be cheap most of the downloadable arcade games are just rippin off...

Chromeo_basic
Chromeo_basic

Thanks Nintendo! Now...could I possibly get demos/trials of these, and regular Wii games? I'd REALLY enjoy the option of actually PLAYING the game before plunking down my hard earned simoleons on it! Gracias!

Talandar
Talandar

Actually, el_ken, Microsoft was the first to put up original games online. Perhaps you've heard of Geometry Wars?

Smoke0
Smoke0

How come every new game console has to include orginal downloadable games? The orginal Wii games aren´t going to give the games on X-Box 360 & PS3 a fight for the money

mitu123
mitu123

I thought Sony creates original games on their PS Network el_ken, like Calling All Cars!

el_ken
el_ken

Once again Ninty innovating the concept...Sony, are you ready to copy this new stuff???

Flawie
Flawie

Focus on getting the actually CLASSIC VC games out there first. THe list of games that SHOULD be on the VC is loooong. If I want original downloadable games I go to my Xbox 360. On the Wii I want the old school console classics not even more indie content that in 9/10 is not good anyway. Not so great news for me personally. I rather keep waiting for Terranigma on the current VC instead.

sphinx-shadow
sphinx-shadow

This is great and all but i still want a DVD Channel.

Narroo
Narroo

N+ anyone? I hope that comes to the Wii.

Stammalamma
Stammalamma

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

dmish82
dmish82

This could have some potential. I foresee a lot of puzzle games at first.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Sounds like a really cool concept that can help independent, imaginative developers get their game ideas out there.

mrmajora
mrmajora

Wait so when is this thing coming out? It was announced today but it said not until early next year. What's going on? Also I barely understand what they're talking about.

wiidominance
wiidominance

well ... this is really the first real move for the whole Channels concept from Nintendo ...

siberdib
siberdib

Great stuff, another step forward. only problem is where are all these games going to go??? Changing SD cards sure is annoying.

TQ_NintyNoE
TQ_NintyNoE

Awesome, can't wait to download some Original games. Heck, it'd be possible for new MegaDrive or NES games to be made even, exciting stuff!

kbaily
kbaily

The Wii is a great place for game designers to experiment with new and innovative ideas and it would be great to see something like "flow" or "Roboblitz" come to the Wii where they have a better chance to appeal to a casual crowd.

Np_Pro
Np_Pro

WiiWare would be good for the summer drought of new games.

boodarni
boodarni

بهترین کنسول جهان Wii Translate: Wii is the best consol in the World

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

Just thought I'd try and jog his memory of the reason people buy GAMES consoles for, Sony seem more obsessed with the Blu-Gay player and adding frilly accessories like Home to worry about the main reason people buy a GAMES console in the first place.