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A scene from Final Fantasy Chronicles: My Life as a King
Wii gets downloadable original games; Final Fantasy among the first

Nintendo today launched in North America its own infrastructure for downloadable original games, called WiiWare.

Wii owners with Internet-enabled consoles will be able to download new games priced between 500 to 1500 Wii Points ($5 to $15). Nintendo advertises that WiiWare provides a platform for game developers that is relatively inexpensive, allowing for “original ideas in the most democratic environment in industry history.”

“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 and 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.”

Six WiiWare titles are presently available for download, including Final Fantasy Chronicles: My Life as a King, which challenges player to rebuild a kingdom as a young king. Other WiiWare launch titles, all of which are 1000 points or under, include LostWinds, Defend Your Castle, Pop, V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack and TV Show King.

Players may buy WiiWare games by browsing to the appropriate section in the Wii Shop Channel and spending Wii Points to download a specific title. Wii Points may be purchased directly from the Wii Shop through the use of a credit card, or they can be bought in the form of coded cards from retailers.



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RE: PS3 and XBox 360 are tons better
By feelingshorter on 5/13/2008 2:25:46 AM , Rating: 2
I believe the purpose of the SD card is to be in reserve until the memory on the wii itself is full. The wii has built in 512 megs of flash memory. If and when your internal memory does run out, i'd expect nintendo to use the SD expansion slot. Its probably more user friendly that way since it wont force anyone to buy a SD card when their internal memory still has space.


RE: PS3 and XBox 360 are tons better
By bysmitty on 5/13/2008 7:51:41 AM , Rating: 2
^ It does not overflow to the SD. I filled up my internal 512mb and the system just told me I was out of memory and to delete stuff. I'm with the original poster here. I'm not downloading another thing to my Wii until I get more storage. VC games and I'm assuming WiiWare games too are tied to the console itself anyway (god help Nintendo support if my Wii dies and I lose $100+ of VC games) so it's not like allowing us to launch programs from the SD card or other storage source should have any affect on piracy / game sharing. This is just silly.

...bysmitty


RE: PS3 and XBox 360 are tons better
By Locutus465 on 5/13/2008 9:55:44 AM , Rating: 2
You won't lose your data, I've been through this already... Basically Nintendo's staff will tie the replacement console to your account at which point you redownload...

The main issue is that you're seriously limited by the number of VC/Wii ware games you can download before you start affecting your ability to do anything else including just play a freaking game. God help you if you have a bunch of VC games and want to throw in mario kart for instance.


RE: PS3 and XBox 360 are tons better
By bysmitty on 5/13/2008 10:34:31 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the correction. It is good to know that they will re-tie my downloads should my Wii break. Hopefully they will do that should I choose to upgrade to a later hardware revision too. I still wish I didn't need to worry about it at all though.

...bysmitty


By Locutus465 on 5/13/2008 10:47:49 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know that they'll tie a new hardware purchase or not, it might be worth discussing with Nintendo America. It would be best if they just let you use the SD card slot.


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