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Beware! WiiWare Approaches

As the industry moves towards digital distribution, an
ever-increasing amount of new titles are starting life on corporate servers,
rather than on store shelves. Following the success of the Microsoft Xbox Live
Arcade, and Sony’s Playstation Store, Nintendo of America will be unveiling
their WiiWare service on May 12th, 2008.

Whereas the Virtual Console focuses exclusively on retro
titles, WiiWare products will be both new titles and a few selected ports modified for the Wii hardware. Reportedly, Nintendo wants publishers to keep
their titles small and separated; they have reportedly asked parties to keep
the file size under forty megabytes, while releasing no more than one title a
month during the launch window.

While Nintendo’s PR is heavily pushing WiiFit, the WiiWare
system is getting relatively neglected. With less than a week to launch, we
could not get a confirmation of the launch titles. Still, we expect to see the
following titles at/near launch:

Lost Winds: Using the Wiimote, players create gusts of wind to assist in the movement of main character, Toku, who is controlled with the Nunchuck. Creator Frontier Developments were cleared inspired by Okami, where enemies are dispatched with simple slash. Fans of DS title Yoshi’s Touch and Go may also enjoy this title.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King: Detailing the events after the original Crystal Chronicles, My Life as a King is more of city simulator than typical RPG. Players obtain resources, which they will spend strategically, to cause their kingdom to grow and flourish.

Pop: While stylistically simplistic, this game variety of variations could increase the longevity of this title. Bubbles ascend from the bottom of screen, gradually changing in color. Players build combos by popping bubbles of the same color. The player must maintain a balance of popping the smaller bubbles for points, with exploding the larger targets, which yield additional time.

Toki Tori: A combination of a platformer and puzzler, in this title the player is a chicken who uses different devices to save imprisoned eggs. Gameplay looks reminiscent of Cloning Clyde.

Magnetica Twist: This sequel to the DS game is a Zuma clone with Wiimote control. Besides Mii integration, one new addition to the series is co-op gameplay.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. Nice, I haven’t heard much about this at all. I can’t believe it’s being released next week.

  2. I heard that the internal memory in the Wii is too small to hold many games. Is Nintendo going to fix this?

  3. DesertEagleXIX

    If you were to buy all the VC titles, you’d run out of memory on the Wii. Nintendo says either to:

    1) Transfer them to a SD card, then transfer them back when you want to play them. Games can’t be run off the SD card.

    2) Redownload them.

    Both are poor excuses. I bought an SD card with my Wii thinking I’d actually be able to use it beyond a back-up device.

  4. Nice looking article. I thought Dr, Mario would be there. I don’t know how many people still want to play that game, however.

  5. I haven’t heard about this much on the other sites, thanks.

  6. Wiiware’s going to be a disappointment. It already is in Japan where it launched a month ago. Also, check the torrent site, they already have games there.

  7. Hmm, how much will these games cost?

  8. Can any of these games hold a person interest for more than a few hours?

  9. I heard about 7 to 10 dollar for Wiiware titles.

  10. Will we start having to download content for the latest Mario game? Perhaps different colored overalls??

  11. A new Wii channel is out right now. Is this wiiware?

  12. NathanielEight

    Looks cool. I have buch of wii points to spend. This might tip the boat.

    I do wish Nintendo offered demos.

  13. Does the world need another Zuma game? Enough of the Bejeweled and Zuma clones. Bring on a Peggle clone, if you must.

  14. “he player is a chicken who uses different devices to save imprisoned eggs.”

    Sounds egg-citing! Sorry couldn’t resist the yolk.

  15. Downloaded the Wii channel think that was Wii ware, it’s a 126 block data collection service whose only benefit is DS demo downloads 🙁

  16. Funny, everyone though there would be Dr. Mario at launch. You guys were right; it’s no there!