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WiiWare Set to Launch in Japan March 25 with Nine Titles

by Rainier on March 12, 2008 @ 12:50 a.m. PDT

Nintendo's WiiWare game-creation service will allow developers large and small to create new downloadable game content for sale through its Wii's Shop Channel, paving the way for smaller, more creative games to make their way to the public at lower prices.

The possibilities for WiiWare are limited only by the imaginations of developers. WiiWare provides game creators a simple method by which they can get their games to the public. This approach, combined with the remarkable motion controls of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers' minds. The reduced barriers to development provide developers the freedom to create and an inexpensive, clearly defined path to reach consumers who will ultimately determine which game will become the Next Big Thing.

Nintendo's upcoming WiiWare changes the way both developers create and consumers access video games. Through WiiWare, Nintendo hopes to offer developers a virtual laboratory that serves as a breeding ground for new games, which encourages great ideas that creators always wanted to develop. The combination of low development barriers and unique game experiences found only on Wii should enable developers to try new ideas with lower risk in a quicker, more creative and affordable way.

Japanese Wiiware launch titles :

  • Dr. Mario & Saikin Bokumetsu (1,000 Wii points)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (1,500 Wii points)
  • Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan Wii (1,000 Wii points)
  • Lonpos (1,000 Wii points)
  • Minna no Pokemon Bokujou (1,000 Wii points)
  • Okiraku Ping Pong Wii (500 Wii points)
  • Saku Saku Animal Panic (1,000 Wii points)
  • Star Solider R (800 Wii points)
  • Tenshi no Solitaire / Angel's Solitaire (500 Wii points)

Meanwhile Wii owners can download a multitude of cool new games from different genres, including some that are unprecedented, which can be purchased from home at a dynamic price range. WiiWare also empowers consumers to determine with their Wii Points which games have the right stuff to become the next big thing.

WiiWare will be a repository for all types of experiences -- literally, something for everyone. Early WiiWare games will come from celebrated developers like Square Enix, which is creating Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, a simulation game for all ages. Also watch for games from up-and-coming developers like Frontier with its fresh, enchanting platform adventure LostWinds and a new episodic game series from Telltale.

Wiiware will launch in Japan March 25, while the first U.S. WiiWare games will be available on May 12.

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