Digitally distributed Wii games arrive in PAL territories, with six (of a possible eight) titles making up the first batch.
WiiWare, a line of original games available to download from the Wii Shop Channel, has gone live across Europe today with six games on offer initially:
- Dr. Mario & Germ Buster™ from Nintendo
- FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King™ from Japanese developer SQUARE ENIX
- Lost Winds from UK developer Frontier
- Star Soldier R from Japanese developer HUDSON SOFT
- Toki Tori from Dutch developer Two Tribes B.V.
- TV Show King from French developer Gameloft
The list above includes some familiar faces from last week's North American WiiWare debut such as Lost Winds, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King. However, Dr. Mario & Germ Buster has previously been available only in Japan, and Toki Tori Take 2 (a remake of the 2001 Game Boy Color platform/puzzle game Toki Tori) is making its world debut as part of Europe's WiiWare launch.
Nintendo had previously indicated that two further games, Nnooo's Pop and Oxygen Interactive's Pirates: The Key of Dreams, could have been part of today's launch. It would appear that these games may have been held back to supplement future updates to the WiiWare service.
SUPER SIX KICK OFF WiiWare!
Today marks a momentous occasion on Wii as WiiWare storms onto the console. Get set to expect the unexpected as a raft of original, fresh and thrilling games from first and third party developers become available to download directly onto your Wii, through the Wii Shop Channel.
Kicking off WiiWare’s launch in style, six superb new titles from developers across Europe and the world are available to download now! Why not treat yourself to the following:
Dr. Mario & Germ Buster™ from Nintendo
The all-time puzzle classic returns for the Wii generation, featuring online gameplay and a new Germ Buster mode! Destroy all the viruses trapped in the bottle by dropping and slotting capsules to create lines of matching colours. The more viruses you clear, the faster the capsules drop.
In Dr. Mario, challenge the computer in 1 Player mode, go head-to-head with a friend in 2 Player mode, or prove your skills against the world via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. You can also send a demo version of the game to a friend (within your region) using WiiConnect24.
In Germ Buster (based on the relaxation game in More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima), up to four players can use their Wii Remotes to grab, spin and slot capsules as your Miis try to keep the nasty bugs at bay. Who thought that catching germs could be so much fun?
Dr Mario & Germ Buster™ is available now for 1000 Wii Points.
FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King™ from SQUARE ENIX
According to legend, a deserted town now serves as the lifeless reminder of a once powerful kingdom. The young son of an exiled king reaches this land after a long journey, finding only an abandoned castle – and a magic crystal. Though tarnished by years of neglect, the crystal has maintained its luminous glow and bestows upon the boy the power of architek, the ability to manifest memories into reality. With the help of loyal servants and audacious adventurers, the new king dutifully prepares to rebuild his people’s homeland in this new realm.
FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King can be downloaded now for 1500 Wii Points.
LostWinds™ from Frontier
LostWinds is a fresh, enchanting adventure that lets 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 and its people 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. LostWinds’ novel, playful controls let you use Enril’s elemental powers to jump and glide Toku through Mistralis’ different regions, buffet and smash enemies and solve puzzles on their journey to a dramatic showdown. Bursting with new gameplay ideas that embrace the Wii controller, LostWinds puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand.
LostWinds™ is available now for 1000 Wii Points.
Star Soldier R from HUDSON SOFT
A new kind of shooter where players aim for the best scores within a 2 or 5-minute time limit! Develop various scoring strategies and pump out those points within the breakneck timeframe! In-depth gameplay, tons of replayability!
Assembled in record time to counter the advance of a powerful enemy, the mysterious Brain Forces, the "Caesar" starfighter takes off to fight for the very future of mankind!
Shoot down countless enemies, upgrade your ship to the max with power-ups hidden throughout the levels, and carry out an all-out assault against the core of the enemy fortress! Combining the excitement of shoot'em-ups with in-depth scoring strategies, this state-of-the-art competitive shooter will keep you coming back for more!
Upload your best scores with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and pit your skills against the world's best fighter pilots from the comfort of your living room!
Hone your skills and show the world who's boss!
Download Star Soldier R now for 800 Wii Points.
Toki Tori from Two Tribes B.V.
Toki Tori is his name and collecting eggs is his game! In this puzzle / platform game, players get to use a variety of items such as the Telewarp, InstantRock™ and Slug Sucker. Clever use and combinations of these items is needed to solve all the game's levels, of which there are more than 70. These levels range from easy to brain-teasingly hard, resulting in dozens of hours of puzzle play-time.
Toki Tori makes the most out of what the Wii was to offer. It uses of the Wii Remote for a unique control scheme, which offers players a new and more relaxing play style. A second player can help you out, by drawing hints while you are playing. The game even uses the Wii Message Board in a unique way!
In short, Toki Tori:
- is a puzzle / platform game
- offers dozens of hours of gameplay
- uses the multiple Wii Remotes for a new play style
- uses Wii Message Board
Toki Tori is available to download now for 900 Wii Points.
TV Show King from Gameloft
Become King of a fun TV trivia show! Confront friends and family with your Mii and see who is the smartest! Confront friends and family in a TV quiz game show! Let your Mii try to answer fun and challenging trivia questions, from the classics to original stumpers, spanning across history, geography, literature, science, sports and entertainment! For an extra challenge, use your Wii Remote in original ways. Make it to the finals and see who can win the greatest amount of cash in one last, ultimate duel. TV Show King will challenge your brain! Now, get ready… get set… and go play TV Show King!
- Have fun and test your general knowledge with more than 3,000 questions on all kinds of subjects; for an alternately serious and hilarious game.
- Use your own customized Mii as your in game character for a truly immersive experience.
- Numerous entertaining themes including music, cinema, entertainment, history, geography, sports, common knowledge, fun and pop culture.
- Answer the questions following the different game rules: use your Wii Remote as a torch light, as a scratching tool or as a pointer.
- A true animated TV set: highly colourful characters (a host, a DJ and a cheering crowd)
- A turning wheel to spice up the game: double your gain, loose everything or swap your cash!
- Increasing tension with an increasing difficulty and stakes!
Download TV Show King for 1000 Wii Points.