WiiWare to launch tomorrow in North America, What are you buying?

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  1. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    REDMOND, Wash., May 12, 2008 – Nintendo’s Wii™ console has already changed the way people play games. Now its new WiiWare™ service decisively tears down limitations for how developers create games – and the way people receive them.

    Starting today, Wii owners with an Internet connection can download new, creative games from a wide range of developers, from large publishers to indie shops. By reducing the barriers that make console game development prohibitively expensive, WiiWare showcases original ideas in the most democratic environment in industry history, connecting the people who make games more directly with the people who play them.

    WiiWare frees developers from the traditional constraints of video game development. WiiWare lets developers experiment with big ideas and small budgets to the benefit of players everywhere. Newer, smaller teams now have an outlet for their creative ideas. The constantly growing WiiWare library will have a regular flow of unique video gaming experiences consumers might not otherwise have access to.

    “WiiWare is to the video game industry what independent films are to Hollywood,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “WiiWare lets developers experiment with new ideas and experiences. Combined with our collection of classic Virtual Console games, Wii provides one-stop shopping for the greatest games of the past – and the future.”

    WiiWare games are easy to download. Just go to the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop Channel, find the game you want, redeem Wii Points™ and start the download. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. New games, at various Wii Point values, will be added to WiiWare on Mondays. The newly launched Nintendo Channel on Wii will let people view videos of and read information about WiiWare games and other Nintendo products. Users also can see player opinions to help them decide what to play next.
    Today, the inaugural lineup of WiiWare games is just a taste of things to come:

    FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King (Square Enix, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 1,500 Wii Points): FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King takes a legendary franchise and launches it into the realm of simulation gaming. Players are challenged to rebuild a kingdom, leading its young king on a path of discovery through an adventure bristling with mystery and intrigue.

    LostWinds (Frontier Development, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): A fresh, enchanting platform adventure that puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand – from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze. You’ll wield your Wii Remote™ controller to power Toku’s jumps and glides, suspend and smash enemies, meet friends and solve puzzles using LostWinds’ novel, intuitive and playful control system.

    Defend your Castle (XGen Studios, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone – Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): Defend your Castle takes place on a grassy plain surrounded by invaders. You are the commander of your castle, and it is your duty to fling the invading enemies sky-high, watching them plummet to their demise. As you progress, add powerful spells and upgrades to your arsenal for repelling the attacks. How long can you hold them off?

    Pop (Nnooo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 700 Wii Points): Pop bubbles to score points and stop the timer from running out. Pop can be enjoyed by anyone – casual gamers can simply play to pop bubbles and keep the game moving, whereas advanced players will need to pick their shots rapidly and accurately and generate combos to maximize their score.

    V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack (High Voltage Software®, Inc., 1-4 players, Rated T for Teen – Simulated Gambling, 700 Wii Points): V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack re-creates the casino experience, with fully animated players and a realistic Las Vegas dealer. Single players can increase their bankrolls, while multiple players can engage in a head-to-head mini-blackjack tournament.

    TV Show King (Gameloft, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): TV Show King transforms your living room into a real TV quiz show studio where you’ll face the challenge of answering more than 3,000 questions across six different categories. Compete against family and friends and use your Wii Remote controller in original ways to make it to the finals to see who can win the greatest amount of cash in one final, deciding duel.

    To celebrate today’s launch of the new WiiWare™ downloadable game service for Wii™, there will be no Virtual Console™ games added today. But don’t worry – next week the Wii-kly Update will be back to its regular Monday schedule, bringing Wii owners information about the best classic Virtual Console titles and coolest new WiiWare games.

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    I'll probably get LostWind, Defend Your Castle (Pixeljunk Monsters competitor) and TV Show King (Buzz! competitor). I'm disappointed that Dr. Mario RX won't launch until next week.
     
  2. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Not out here yet but I NEED Defend your Castle and that Goo game.
     
  3. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    I'll probably get (but not on release) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicals, Lost Winds, and then World of Goo which doesn't have a release date.
     
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    I believe it's up now ... somebody download every game and give us impressions.
     
  7. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    I'm downloading LostWinds. :D

    259 blocks, I only have 201 left now. :(

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  8. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Here's my 5 minute review of LostWinds after working on projects all night:
    :D:D:D

    So far it's everything I had hoped. I played up to the first save point. Visually it's beautiful. The wind interaction effects all environmental elements, like leafs, smoke, etc. The cursor control is excellent and this makes me LOVE my Wiimote even more. Anyways, I'm off to bed, but this game is SWEEEEEEET so far and was really easy to get into to. :)

    I'll give my real review after I've actually finished playing this episode -- I'm assuming it's an episodic adventure game. Right now I'm in WOW mode.

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  9. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    So when is europe getting a slice of wiiware ?

    Can WiiWare games be downloaded and played from SD Cards ?
     
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    lol, good one.

    I think it's a one off. I'm a little concerned about the length of it for $10.
     
  11. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    :eek::( Oh really, you can't. Does that mean people with a lot of saves or downloaded VC games are now going to be crippled because of the storage limitations.

    Dragging applications onto SD card and physically having to mess about moving data back and forth in order to play games / software you have legitimately payed for is tbh! a pain in the arse.
     
  12. takao macrumors 68040

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    30 June

    and yeah lost winds really looks good
     
  13. Sky Blue Guest

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    clean out that fridge!
     
  14. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Indeed. Just as Sky Blue says, time for a clean-up! Just like you should do with your Mac....delete (or move to an SD card) games and saves that you no longer need. If you don't play/need them anymore, it should be no issue to move them to a card.

    Anyway, at that recent briefing, didn't Nintendo say that they are aware of the storage problem and hinted that they are going to "have a solution in place" in the near future?

    As for WiiWare...I'll check it out tonight and post tomorrow about what I bought.
     
  15. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Lost winds look like the only title I'd be interested in...think I might finally start buying things on the machine.

    Its crazy how you can't download stuff like this to an SD card....



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  16. Antares macrumors 68000

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    You can. You just can't play the game directly off of the card (yet).
     
  17. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    If I only bought NES games, I would never run out of room, but I'll personally want more room, or true SD access, when Sam & Max episodes are made available.

    This is like the old DOS days, when I had to uninstall/move games to put new ones on. My first HD was a 20 meg MFM, split into two 10 meg partitions so that DOS 2 could read it, and I never filled it up, but I always ran out of room with my 83 meg drive, then later my 2x512 meg drive setup. :)

    Here's a solution that I know would work for storage, that Nintendo should allow. If a SD card is available, the developer could offer an option to install the launcher and a few other components of the game in the internal storage, then put the rest on the SD card. I recall many of my PALM apps worked like this.

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    I got LostWinds, Defend your Castle and Pop.


    LostWinds is fun, Pop is great mindless gaming, and Defend your Castle is decent(I've played it before, so its not new like the others are for me)
     
  19. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    I fell into a pit and I have no blue curly cues left. I'm STUCK, my wind is no longer lifting the little guy!!! :eek:

    I can't get out!!! :eek:

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  20. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    What's even compelling about pop? :confused: To me, it seems like one of those early Flash 4 games.

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    The European WiiWare launch line-up:

    * Dr. Mario & Germ Buster (Nintendo) - 1000 Wii Points (GBP 7 / EUR 10 approx)
    * Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (Square Enix) - 1500 Wii Points (GBP 10.50 / EUR 15)
    * LostWinds (Frontier) - 1000 Wii Points (GBP 7 / EUR 10 approx)
    * Pirates: The Key of Dreams (Oxygen)
    * Pop (Nnooo) - 700 Wii Points (GBP 5 / EUR 7 approx)
    * Star Soldier R (Hudson) - 800 Wii Points (GBP 7 / EUR 10 approx)
    * Toki Tori (Two Tribes)
    * TV Show King (Gameloft) - 1000 Wii Points (GBP 7 / EUR 10 approx)
     
  22. takao macrumors 68040

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    what kind of game is that pirates thing ? any infos on that ?
     
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    http://www.oxygengames.net/games/games_details.asp?gameid=44&gametitle=Pirates:+The+Key+of+Dreams

    video doesn't seem to play on the site
     
  24. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Their Flash works SUCKS. They should leave it to the pros... :eek:

    I like pirates. If this game is good -- hard to tell by their site, I would buy it.

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    I quite enjoyed LostWinds...it was very good but too short. I think I'll get FFCC or Defend your castle next.

    I'm hoping that a lot of indie titles get into this....I always liked the indie scene.



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