WiiWare demos now online

Nintendo Store Update: Publisher rolls out free samplers for World of Goo, Bit.Trip.Beat, Pokemon Rumble, more; Robot Rescue, Art Style: Digidrive come to DSi.

Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have achieved some measure of parity when it comes to offering original games for download through their respective consoles' online services. However, up to this point, one noticeably absent feature from Nintendo's WiiWare service is that consumers haven't been able to try games before they buy them. That changed this week, as Nintendo rolled out demos for five games available through its online service.

Are you ready to RRRRRRRRRUMBLE?!.

Free samplers are now available for Aksys Games' Bit.Trip.Beat, Square Enix's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord, Over the Top Games' NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, and 2D Boy's World of Goo. Gamers can also pick up a demo for Pokemon Rumble, the sole new game added to WiiWare this week. At 1,500 Wii points ($15), the full version of the game sees up to four players collecting and training Nintendo's iconic monsters across a variety of arena stages.

Two blasts from the pasts arrive on the Wii's Virtual Console this week, courtesy of LucasArts and Capcom. Factor 5's side-scrolling action adventure Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures sees players reenacting Dr. Jones' most memorable exploits for 800 Wii points ($8). The TurboGrafx-16 version of Capcom's Street Fighter II: Champion Edition can be had for 700 Wii points ($7).

Nintendo's DSi has three new games on tap this week. The publisher's Art Style series sees a new installment with Digidrive, a 500 DSi-point puzzler in which gamers play traffic controller. Skyworks Interactive's Arcade Bowling offers a variety of themed ways to hit the lanes for 200 DSi points ($2). Lastly, Teyon's 200 DSi-point ($2) Robot Rescue is a logic-based puzzle game, in which gamers attempt to free multiple mechanical constructs that share linked controls.

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68 comments
riddyJ
riddyJ

Just don't buy games that don't have demos packaged with them that'll teach em a lesson hahaha

Evil_Robo
Evil_Robo

Eh? Nah, thats not true. Sales for games like Swords and soldiers alone are very good, many companies easily turn a profit, and then manage a sequel - Lost winds for example. The VC has actually been a great success.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

The Wii has sold very little on line games. Around a million to a million and a half. This was a good idea to increase sales, unfortunately, I did not like those games. The only one I kind of liked was Pokemon Rumble.

dandy269
dandy269

Good, now that the Wii's are selling less, maybe we can start to catch up with the others

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Finally, now we can actually try before we buy rather than just guess as to what the games are like. Good move.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Good that they've started... Skeptical that they will continue and increase in numbers... I've always enjoyed being able to play the demos of every XBLA game, and a large amount of PSN games. This has been a long time coming. Here's hoping for increased support from Nintendo... _

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Congratulations Nintendo. Microsoft has only been releasing demos, for every arcade game released on XBL, since 2005. Three years after the Wii launches you decide to release demos for five games? This is literally too little too late.

mr_teeney
mr_teeney

It's about time Nintendo releases demos. The only reason I bought World of Goo was that I played the demo on the PC; I don't think I would have bought it before playing it (great game BTW). Next Nintendo needs to do a subscription service to play any and all virtual console games for a monthly fee. Kinda like Gametap, but console based.

nmhwii9791
nmhwii9791

This is excellent, I was considering getting Bit.Trip. Beat! Good timing Nintendo!

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

Downloaded the Pokemon Rumble demo. Surprisingly awesome game. I will be buying the full version.

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

@Sepewrath. maybe you need to look at the sky in your world dude. its the same as mine an alot of others. if im not mistaken, is that not a Link picture you have, similar to mine? lets face it. most of us bought into the idea of the wii when it first came out. and except for a few notable games, they have yet to deliver on the motion sensing front, and even the WiiWare and Virtual Console. demos are a good thing, but they are still way behind when it comes to online, among other things.

solidsnakedude1
solidsnakedude1

wii ware is a hastle anyways because you have to pull out your credit card and address every time you buy something

FPS1337
FPS1337

Wonder if it's for disc games too?

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

So... you can try the crap online games, but not the ones on disc? Oh wait... they're also crap. there are only aabout 12 good wii games. my bad. :p

supadave841
supadave841

ummmm demos aren't a new idea. My psp is already lightyears ahead of the wii when it comes to online capabilities :P

SilentCard
SilentCard

Finally! Jeez, what took them so long?

jessmaster13
jessmaster13

Awesome, I will be checking out World of Goo and Bit.Trip.Beat

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@SlickVic1990 What color is the sky in your world? Is it better than this one? Anyway I will definitely check out World of Goo, I have wanted to try that game before buying but I don't know anyone who has it. I also want to try out Nyxquest. A great next step would be retail demo's.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

WOW! 100000 years l8r lol.. im glad.. but next time note to self Nintendo this is a must from the start *slap*

Flint247
Flint247

Now Nintendo needs to work on patching their games so that cheaters/hackers don't ruin them.

yhposolihP
yhposolihP

Heh. This is going to make it hard for them to hide all the gimmicky and non-fun games that they want us to buy anymore. Baby steps, Nintendo. Baby steps.

ruffluffs
ruffluffs

finally demos...Nintendo your so far behind in quality service

CassadyH
CassadyH

holy crap what year is it!? oh wait its Nintendo

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

I wish wiiware was never made. I liked the wii shop channel idea until they had to slow the release of virtual console games to 1 or 2 a week to make room for the wiiware games.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Hmm...no idea what Pokemon Rumble is, but heck, I'll try it.

sonictrainer
sonictrainer moderator

Sweet, now I can try games out before deciding to rent or buy them. :D

hydn631
hydn631

Nintendo used to be the reckoning force, why did they think wii was a good idea...

gnbfd
gnbfd

Nintendo: Always 2 steps behind the competition better late then never though now they still need retail game demos though

izdan
izdan

meh i might check this out depends on teh price though :D

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

tg16 version of streetfighter 2, seriously? just give us the arcade version already and move on. how about something we want for once? the import verison of dracula x for tg16cd? earthbound for christs sake? hey you know what would make people start downloading oldschool games like crack nintendo? how about mother fn achievments of some kind? i was onboard with wii from day one, but now i have a ps3 and the wii is just lame. if i play it, its just for VC releases......but im one of the gamers nintendo doesnt care about anymore.

BigNalive
BigNalive

Well, better late than never. (2)

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

Better late than never. Once I do something with online gaming, I'll have to check it out.

coolicolo
coolicolo

demos for the wii are a very nice addition, but its to bad that the demos are only here for a limited time p.s pokemon rumble is sweet, to bad I dont have 15 dollars for it, oh well the demo is still a great substitution for it in the mean time!!!

enix165
enix165

Holy crap! Never seen that done before.

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

it took them THIS long to include demos? how much longer until we get the great hardcore games we desire??? we WANT to love you Nintendo. stop pushing us away!!!!!!

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Cool now I can play some shovelware on my wii!

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

@Timbydude Word! I've heard of that thing on TV! Stephen Colbert said something or another about it, but I can't remember the name. But Nintendo has only about three years to figure this whole thing out with the Wii, and it's not like they ever tried to take another system online before. Unless you count the one or two online games with the GameCube, or the download service for the SNES in Japan...

Briggins14
Briggins14

another fail week for DSiware...

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Well, it's about time. How about demos for everything else now, Nintendo?

Timbydude
Timbydude

Nintendo is slowly discovering the existence of that newfangled thingy where you connect a bunch of computers over a network...what's that called again?

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Demos of Wiiware games huh? Alright.