The WiiWare service for Nintendo Wii features original, Wii-exclusive content for download to the platform. Today it was announced by Nintendo that said service is celebrating its one year anniversary. Has it already been a year? Holy-cow I’m getting old!
Regardless of the length of my tooth, WiiWare had a solid first year pumping out such quality games as World of Goo and Lost Winds.
Looking forward, plans have already been revealed for Icarian Kindred Spirits (a platform adventure reminiscent of Kid Icarus) and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (an episodic sequel to the classic original).
Below you’ll find the presser in its entirety with bullets describing the best and brightest games of WiiWare’s past and future.
May 12, 2009 – REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 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:
Looking ahead, consumers can anticipate yet another year of interesting WiiWare games, including:
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 .