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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 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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