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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 MrBlastman on 5/13/2008 9:20:23 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you should revise your statement to say "it would be a crime to ignore how Xbox live has shaped online CONSOLE gaming."

Live offers nothing new nor superior to what we have had in PC online gaming for years. Heck, I've been gaming online since 1996 in DOS via a dos ppp connection (1990 if you count door games on BBS's such as The Pit or Tradewars). Nothing new here at all - except for consoles. Admittedly, it is a very nice scheme for consoles and I am very glad to see them coming online. It is a necessary evolution.

But, with PC gaming online, you don't have to pay for a majority of services. It is all free and has been for years.

I am not sure how things will turn out for consoles, but it is refreshing to see all 3 of the current gen systems offering some sort of platform to get people connected. I only own a Wii and a PC and continue to feel the biggest drawback to the Wii is the lack of storage space. Sure, you can add in an SD card but still it is not quite a bit. It definately is not enough space to mod games and release new types of challenges in them.

I believe the only platform yet that is very receptive to modding is the PS 3 from what I hear. Modding is what has made PC online gaming so excellent for so long. Back in 96 in Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries, believe it or not, we had mods. This is just before the modding boom that was started by Quake. If consoles are truely to evolve into their full potential, I think the console platform owners need to be very receptive to this process.


RE: PS3 and XBox 360 are tons better
By encryptkeeper on 5/13/2008 9:29:46 AM , Rating: 2
(1990 if you count door games on BBS's such as The Pit or Tradewars).

Remember Legend of the Red Dragon? Usurper?


By MrBlastman on 5/13/2008 9:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
Haha yes, actually I do.

The good old days of old, the ANSI art glory, Telemates shell prompt. The beautiful symphony of ATA bliss as you were called back to verify your identity before you could embark on new ATDT adventures to the latest realm yet unconquered by yourself.

Those.. were the good old days.


By zombiexl on 5/13/2008 12:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
LORD was the best... I upgraded my TW license a few years back to run a TW server, but it got too time consuming..


RE: PS3 and XBox 360 are tons better
By stonemetal on 5/13/2008 12:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
"Live offers nothing new nor superior to what we have had in PC online gaming for years. Heck, I've been gaming online since 1996 in DOS via a dos ppp connection"

If you believe live offers nothing over ppp on dos then you have issues. Live has centralized online gaming in a way that the fragmented pc way of doing things will never match. Which is what I believe the original poster was commenting on.


RE: PS3 and XBox 360 are tons better
By MrBlastman on 5/13/2008 12:48:59 PM , Rating: 3
You should try Steam. It is pretty darned slick and solves many of these issues you are worried about.

I've never really had an issue with de-centralization on the PC, with ICQ/AIM/Trillian etc., IRC, Forums, Gamespy/All Seeing Eye/Kali(Kali was GREAT and still is if only people would use it), Ventrillo, Teamspeak (I could go on and on), it hasn't ever been lacking nor a problem.

Lets not forget Mods either as I mentioned above.


By stirfry213 on 5/13/2008 1:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
Kali and Descent... oh how I love thee...


By chsh1ca on 5/14/2008 7:45:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm confused as to what you think is the "fragmented pc way of doing things."

If I want to play CoD4 on my PC online, I pop it in, start up, select a server, and go. How is the XBox version any different? It's the same steps, you just pick your game preferences instead of a server.

A centralized online framework like Live works well with consoles because you have control over everything and are reasonably limited in what you can do. Why would PC game developers give up their one major advantage over consoles (customization)?


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