WiiWare turns one

Nine-part Final Fantasy IV spin-off, Super Meat Boy, Cave Story headline upcoming lineup for downloadable-game service as Nintendo celebrates milestone.

It's been exactly one year since Nintendo first launched its WiiWare downloadable-game service for original titles. In that span, WiiWare has provided gamers with a handful of notable hits, including Bit.Trip.Beat, Mega Man 9, and GameSpot's Best Game No One Played for 2008, World of Goo.*

Viva la carne!

Nintendo patted itself on the back today for a year that saw 81 games from more than 40 developers released on the service, but it also turned an eye toward the next year of releases. Among the highlights that the publisher wants gamers to keep in mind are Square Enix's nine-part episodic spin-off Final Fantasy IV: The After Years; Bit.Trip.Core, Aksys Games' follow-up to its first hit WiiWare game; and Icarian Kindred Spirits, an Over the Top Games project following a winged girl in search of the fallen Icarus.

The coming WiiWare lineup also features two revamped platformers from the free-to-play independent PC game scene. Nintendo will welcome to the service a new version of the 2004 classic Cave Story, as well as Team Meat's Super Meat Boy, a follow-up to the original Meat Boy. The latter game has ties to another indie platformer that secured a console downloadable release, given that Team Meat's Edmund McMillen designed Tim, the protagonist of Jonathan Blow's critically acclaimed Xbox Live Arcade and PC game Braid. According to the developer's blog, Tim will also be an unlockable, playable character in Super Meat Boy.

* World of Goo was also released on the PC, and Mega Man 9 is also available on 360 and PS3.

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darkspineslayer
darkspineslayer

i love how because i said the service has a long way to go, everybody gave me a thumbs down. you have to admit that Wiiware only has a handful of notable titles compared to XBLA and PSN

wahyudil
wahyudil

one year .... I thought it was one million games ...

Weddum
Weddum

Its hard to get a good look at whats on WiiWare. Nintendo need to start releasing trials like Xbox Live does with the Arcade. The majority of games on WiiWare are 800 points, and its not an easy choice to drop money on a game which you potentially may end up not liking, and you can't get your money back. That being said, some titles are promising, but there is also way too much shovelware. But such is to be expected with Wii.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

@El_Conrado: Oh, that's my mistake. I was thinking "carne" was considered male, for some reason. It's been a while. Thank you, though.

Narroo
Narroo

I disliked the meatboy game...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Hey I'm just saying, why do VC NES games cost the same amount as PSN PS1 games? Do you seriously think that it's fair that we are getting ripped off like that?

thetravman
thetravman

Happy Birthday. I thought this idea was sort of lame at first, but I actually bought my fair share of great games from it. Good move Nintendo. I hope to god though the DSi ware will get the same success for a portable.

thps48
thps48

Wait, THE Icarus?... Well, yeah, I can see that. Pit's totally lame without 50 pounds of gold attached to his body and Kratos beat Icarus up in midair albeit because Kratos just plain kills everyone. If these guys don't make a harp bow that shoots a holy arrow for each string on the harp, then I will if I ever get into this field...

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

The only item I have bought is WoG... the second title might be FF IV: The after years. TBH I never realized it was going to be a NINE part episodic journey... That might have killed all the hype I had for it.

Joe_Crow
Joe_Crow

MrG31 - He's talking pounds. It's £3.50ish for 500 points : )

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

Happy birthday to WiiWare. While I still think the service has room to grow, I think it's safe to say that many people have seen the potential of this and similar services. Giving developers the chance to create original content that isn't affected by retail giants is always a plus in my book, so I hope that more developers and gamers continue to embrace this new wave in gaming. Especially with the way things are now, it helps to have a different outlet for new ideas to sprout. Best of luck to Nintendo and all of the developers that have been using or intends to use the service.

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

by the way World of Goo for Wii was BEST GAME OF 2008, period imo

MrG31
MrG31

@kavadias1981 "NES games at 500 points translates to about 3.50" I thought it was a 1:1 points to dollars ratio. Did I miss something?

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

would rather see FFIV part. 2 on the DSi-Ware shop since I'm playing FFIV now and it is epic. Wiiware/VC has been very weak lately

Flint247
Flint247

Only WiiWare game I have is Onslaught. No offense, but I would like to see more interesting WiiWare.

Pichu0102
Pichu0102

Nine parts for FFIV2? No thanks.

El_Conrado
El_Conrado

@ScionofEntropy "Live meat" translates to "carne viva", not "viva la carne". "Carne" is female in spanish, so you use "la", not "el". "El carne" is bad spanish, but it also a common translation joke to confuse "el" with "la" when speaking "spanglish".

fennec_fox
fennec_fox

Well, I have two WiiWare titles - The World of Goo and Lost Winds... Both are excellent games, IMHO - vastly better then most of the Wii shovelware we see in boxes on the shelves these days... Plan on getting Lost Winds 2 when it's out. However, I must be really rigid in my ways - I still have a strong preference to the tangible media (box, disk, manual, artwork) over collection of 1's and 0's existing only in my Wii memory module... Call me old-fasioned :)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I prefer the VC myself but I do wish it was cheaper. NES games at 500 points translates to about 3.50, that is what I pay for PS1 titles on the PSN. Come on Nintendo, sort it out. I haven't actually bought a Wiiware title as they are just too expensive. Independent games for the PSN are much cheaper.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

@Bekrixas: Actually, "Viva la carne!" would translate to, "Live meat!" "Viva el carne!" on the other hand, translates to, "Long live meat!" Really depends on what they were going for, but I assume it was the latter.

Bekrixas
Bekrixas

It shoul be Viva LA carne no Viva el carne

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

I'm really looking forward to this FFIV: After Years... but I hope because it's a port of a cell phone game That will keep the costs to the consumer down. I'm finding that these download titles are very pricey. I got braid on sale for 800 Points (From 1200 Points) on XBL and it worth every cent, however most of these games have very little replay for their money.