quote GameGrepWiiWare, Nintendo's new development platform, is now available. Much akin to the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store, WiiWare allows developers and teams with smaller budgets to bring their unique ideas for the Wii to fruition. WiiWare has already launched in Japan.
There are six titles available at launch for WiiWare:
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, Square Enix, 1 Player, 1500 Points LostWinds, Frontier Development, 1-2 Players, 1000 Points Defend Your Castle, XGen Studios, 1-4 Players, 500 Points Pop, Nnooo, 1-4 Players, 700 Points V.I.P. Casino Blackjack, High Voltage Software, 1-4 Players, 700 Points TV Show King, Gameloft, 1-4 Players, 1000 Points
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King is a city-building simulation, where the player control a young king as he tries to rebuild a kingdom that had been lost to the miasma of the original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles game. The king must keep up the daily upkeep of the city, by keeping his subjects happy, and also build up his kingdom, by sending adventurers to conquer dungeons and retrieve the resource elementite, which is used to create buildings. The game features downloadable content in the for of extra races, buildings, dungeons and outfits.
LostWinds is an action-platformer where the player controls the wind to aid the protagonist Toku as he quests to defeat an evil elemental. Players control the wind by using the Wiimote in conjunction with Toku's movements to allow him to jump higher, stun enemies and solve puzzles.
Defend Your Castle is a new version of the classic Flash game of the same name, this time using the Wiimote instead of a mouse. Additions for the Wii version include a new four-player cooperative mode, so you and up to three friends can defend your castle together by picking up and throwing enemies or utilizing various spells and arrows.
Pop features great, aesethic visuals and cool music as you continuously pop bubbles to better your score against a time limit. There also is a four-player competitive mode, where you and up to three other players can go head-to-head for a better score. Available are the use of various powerups that can be used to hinder your opponents.
VIP Casino Blackjack is a blackjack game, where players can try to increase their bankroll by playing some casino blackjack, in a Las Vegas-styled casino, and against a realistic Las Vegas dealer. Multiple players also have the option to go head-to-head in a mini-blackjack tournament.
TV Show King is a trivia game where up to four players can participate in a quiz show, where the fastest answer will get you the most points. The game sports upwards of 3000 questions in six categories spanning from geography to pop culture, and more. Players are represented by their Miis.
New WiiWare releases with occur on Mondays, alongside Virtual Console updates. Please note that this week, there is no Virtual Console update for today; the day is solely dedicated to WiiWare.
quote Nintendo Press ReleaseWiiWare is the new development platform for the Wii, similar to the Xbox Live Arcade. Promoting original and unique games, WiiWare hopes to provide those teams with smaller budgets to bring their ideas to fruition.NINTENDO LAUNCHES WIIWARE: AN OPEN PLAYGROUND FOR CREATIVITY
Downloadable Game Service Delivers Developers' New Ideas Directly to Consumers
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.
quote Yoshi FreakYeah, when is that going to be released? I was pretty disappointed to learn it wasn't going to be a launch title. Its one of the WW titles I've been most looking forward to.It's actually been available since 3AM.
I have "Defend your Castle" And FF:CC. I'm saving the rest (2700 points) for Everybody's Pokemon Ranch.
quote- - -LostWinds is an enchanting adventure bursting with new gameplay ideas that embrace the innovative controller of the Wii - it puts "the power of the wind in the palm of your hand".
You wield the awesome powers of Enril the wind spirit - from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze – to guide and protect Toku, a young boy who is the only one who can help you release the curse placed upon the world of Mistralis by evil Balasar. Mistralis is a stunningly presented, magical land full of wonder and intrigue that bursts to life with your every action and exploration.
The game's novel, playful control mechanism lets you use Enril's elemental powers to help Toku in your quest to overcome Balasar – powering his jumps and glides through Mistralis' different regions, buffeting and smashing enemies, and solving puzzles.