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WiiWare Celebrates its First Anniversary

by Pedro Hernandez - May 13, 2009, 12:51 pm EDT
Total comments: 7

Nintendo celebrates the first birthday of WiiWare by showcasing its best titles.

Nintendo's downloadable service WiiWare went live in North America a year ago yesterday. As a counterpart to the Wii's Virtual Console, WiiWare features weekly releases of original games.

Nintendo is celebrating this landmark by showcasing some of the best and most popular titles available on the service. 2D Boy's World of Goo has proven to be the service's most successful game. It earned rave reviews and earned many Game of the Year awards. It remains one of the most downloaded titles on the service.

Lost Winds was one of the titles released at launch and it received a lot of praise for its unique concept and innovative uses of the Wii Remote.

Telltale Game's Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, based on the Flash cartoon Homestar Runner, has also seen success on WiiWare, becoming the first episodic game series to appear on a console through downloadable means.

Mega Man 9 was one of the most anticipated titles on WiiWare since it was the first true sequel to a Mega Man game in years. Not only did it look like a NES game, but it had downloadable content that added new challenges and a new playable character.

Other titles Nintendo is celebrating are WayForward's LIT, Square Enix's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as King, Tetris Online's Tetris Party, Nintendo's own Dr. Mario Online RX and Bonsai Barber.

Nintendo also made note of several upcoming releases, such as Nicali's Cave Story, Super Meat Boy from Team Meat, Icarian Kindred Spirits from Over the Top Games, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years from Square Enix, Adventure Island: The Beginning from Hudson Soft and BIT.TRIP CORE from Aksys Games.


WiiWare Continues to Deliver Great New Games to Consumers

REDMOND, Wash., May 12, 2009 – WiiWare™, the downloadable video game service for Nintendo's Wii™ home console, launched one year ago today. It arrived with a promise to provide a venue for game developers to showcase their ideas, while delivering to consumers the newest, most interesting games available at accessible prices, directly through the Wii Shop Channel in their Wii consoles. With 81 games in its library, WiiWare ensures that there's something for everyone. But beyond quantity, WiiWare offers quality games and experiences for all types of Wii owners.

WiiWare removes barriers that make console game development expensive, and helps developers connect directly with consumers. WiiWare games have been created by more than 40 different development studios, from large companies to small startups. In fact, more than half the games in the WiiWare library were created and self-published by small independent studios, many with five or fewer employees.

"The first anniversary of our WiiWare service is a milestone that marks how far the service has come and how much great content is currently available," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We encourage everyone to get their Wii consoles connected to the Internet so they have access to the full range of WiiWare games."

Nintendo's roster of quality WiiWare games stands as an example of what creative minds can accomplish. Titles range from completely original creations to names that are instantly familiar and beloved. Just look at a small sampling of what has been accomplished in just one year's time:

  • World of Goo
  • from 2D BOY won numerous industry awards after showing that a small development team with a big idea could make an incredible physics-based goo construction game.

  • Tetris Party
  • from Tetris Online, Inc., introduces a new version of the classic game, complete with multiplayer options, new game modes and support for the Wii Balance Board™ (sold separately with Wii Fit™).

  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People
  • from Telltale Games, the first episodic series on a console, is a hilarious five-part adventure game series featuring the popular Homestarrunner.com characters.

  • The critically acclaimed retro-styled BIT.TRIP BEAT
  • from Aksys Games and Gaijin Games reminds longtime video game fans of their gaming roots.

  • LIT
  • from WayForward Technologies is a stylish horror action puzzle that has players fending off creepy – and creeping – darkness.

  • The beautifully enchanting LostWinds
  • from FRONTIER lets players use the Wii Remote™ controller to control the power of the wind.

  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
  • from SQUARE ENIX brings a unique adventure from the hugely popular franchise to WiiWare.

  • Mega Man 9
  • from CAPCOM returns a classic franchise to its old-school, retro looks and lets players relive the glory days of gaming.

  • Dr. Mario
  • Online Rx from Nintendo brings online multiplayer game play to everyone's favorite virus-busting puzzle game.

  • Bonsai Barber
  • from Nintendo is the first-ever first-person grooming game that requires players to give haircuts to a colorful cast of oddball and demanding plant-based characters.

    Looking ahead, consumers can anticipate yet another year of interesting WiiWare games, including:

  • Cave Story
  • from Nicalis, arguably the best-known indie game of all time. Cave Story takes players into a world where a race of rabbit-like creatures runs free on a serene island.

  • Icarian Kindred Spirits
  • from Over the Top Games, where players control Nyx, an enigmatic winged girl, who must descend from heaven in search of her missing friend Icarus.

  • Super Meat Boy
  • from Team Meat, an indie game in which players take the role of a cube of raw meat who must save his princess from the clutches of evil.

  • from Aksys Games, the follow-up to the well-reviewed BIT.TRIP BEAT with a similar graphic style and rhythm component, but featuring a completely different retro game mechanic.

  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
  • from SQUARE ENIX, the long-awaited sequel to Final Fantasy IV that takes place over a series of nine episodes.

    Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit www.Nintendo.com.

    For more information about WiiWare, visit www.WiiWare.com.


    Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMay 13, 2009

    I'm still surprised how fast a year went by but WiiWare had a lot of great games in it's first year.

    I really love WiiWare, which should be evident from the fact that I've bought over 1/4 of the games on the service. Hopefully the DSiWare library will be this good at the 1-year mark.

    AVMay 13, 2009

    come on Nintendo ! Next  week

    WOW me, with WiiWare. It's been full of crap as of late.

    I do love Wiiware overall, but it seems that the gems are to few and far between.

    Mop it upMay 13, 2009

    Birthdays = presents. Where's the free WiiWare giveaway? At least put something on sale.


    Mega Man 9  Not only did it look like a NES game, but it had downloadable content that added new challenges and a new playable character.   

    Two reasons why that game is the lameness.

    vuduMay 14, 2009

    MM9 was awesome.  You shut your mouth.

    KDR_11kMay 14, 2009

    Well, Swords and Soldiers got announced for tomorrow, let's see if that's true...

    TJ SpykeMay 14, 2009

    Quote from: Mop_it_up

    Birthdays = presents. Where's the free WiiWare giveaway? At least put something on sale.

    I wish. You want to know what we got for the 1 year anniversary of the Virtual Console (and the Wii system itself)?

    Wrecking Crew
    Sonic 3D Blast
    Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise

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