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All 50 WiiWare Demos Reappear at Once

by Alex Culafi - January 12, 2012, 2:02 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&..., (GoNintendo)

Wii owners can now grab any once-expired demo on the service.

Every WiiWare demo on the Wii Shop Channel is available again for download.

The service grew quiet in September, with the last available demo being offered for Microforum's 3D Pixel Racing. Unannounced, Nintendo has made every single trial accessible to Wii owners who may have missed out. It is not clear how long they will remain available.

The service was originally announced by Satoru Iwata during a Q&A session in 2009, where he explained that the intention was to offer the demos with limited availability, and for new ones to be put up as older ones expired.


NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterJanuary 12, 2012

This is... odd. So if Nintendo could always host all the demos, why did they make a big fuss over their limited appearances?

BlackNMild2k1January 12, 2012

All the bit.trips had a demo?

As soon as I get back to my Wii I'm downloading them all.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 12, 2012

As I noted in my thread on the Console forum, this even includes the very first batch of demos that, before, if they were deleted from your system/memory card, you couldn't even re-download them (where as the later demos you still could).  These demos are the ones you'll notice will give you the Gift option when you open them.

I ran this through the ones I had already downloaded and it appears to be everything, unless there's a title that's not available *and* I missed it the first time around.  The only things "missing" are the Dr. Mario preview (which has to be gifted to you by someone who has the full version) and the Metriod Prime 3 Preview Channel (which isn't really a demo, though I have it grouped with my demos on my SD card...)

ponarzaJanuary 12, 2012

I think Nintendo decided to do this to make the Wii seem "relevant" at the moment. First, the 3DS is breaking records in sales and software in Japan, Europe, Australia, and the U.S.. Second, people are anticipating the arrival of the WiiU. Third, Nintendo wants to keep the Wii alive along side the WiiU. So, to provide 50 demos to the Wii "consumer", a word Nintendo has used, makes the Wii "relevant" from all the publicity the other consoles are receiving. This is Nintendo's way to address the Wii "consumer". Considering, I am a currently a Wii "consumer" I would like them to provide an improvement and expansion their Virtual Console and the WiiWare service.

Manthony ChopkinsJanuary 12, 2012

Shame that my Shop Channel is busted. There are plenty of demos that I would love to try out. :'(

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)January 13, 2012

I was kinda hoping they were going to make them more accessible, i.e putting a 'demo' button on the game info screen or something. The way to access them (as shown in the video) is a bit cumbersome.

Wonder if the success of the 3DS demos had anything to do with this, or maybe it's just in run up to the Wii U which might do all of this a lot better from the get-go. (fingers crossed)

But hey, they're back and that's all that matters.

LittleIrvesJanuary 13, 2012

Huh. Quite odd. A welcome addition, but strange nonetheless.
I was initially excited by the prospect of demos, but I must say, once I dl'ed a few of them, almost without exception I'd get that first taste of the game, say "it's alright," and then put it away. I don't think I ever was convinced to buy the full product. Whereas I'm sure, if I'd just dl'ed the game itself, I would have felt obliged to sink more time into it, since I paid for it, thereby unlocking and experiencing more of the game and probably enjoying it a great deal.
I think TYP said something like this on a recent RFN...  and I agree. Demos tend to sap my anticipation for a game. But that's just me.

So do you have to scroll through the shop list alphabetically to find the various demos?

Mop it upJanuary 13, 2012

Quote from: Shaymin

So do you have to scroll through the shop list alphabetically to find the various demos?

WiiWare > Sort by Genre > Demo

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