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WiiWare Service Launches in Australia

by Nick DiMola - May 20, 2008, 10:50 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Press Release

Launching with six games, Australia's WiiWare service brings a broad genre selection.

Nintendo has announced the launch of the WiiWare service today in Australia. The launch of the service brings six titles including some that have already seen release in America over the past two weeks and others that are still yet to be released.

As of today Lost Winds, Star Soldier R, Dr. Mario & Germ Buster, Toki Tori Take 2, TV Show King, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King are all available on the Australian WiiWare service.

Nintendo Announces WiiWare Launch for Australia

Nintendo's new game download service for consumers and developers

Melbourne Australia, 20 May, 2008 - Now the Wii Shop Channel offers

Wii™ owners more, with today's launch of WiiWare™.

WiiWare is a new game download service, accessible via the Wii Shop

Channel, where users can download a variety of new games in exchange

for Wii Points. The Wii Shop Channel is free to access and is where

WiiWare and Virtual Console games can be downloaded.

Whereas Virtual Console allows consumers to download classic games,

WiiWare offers brand new titles, and is also an opportunity for video

game developers to create new games for Wii. Developers, no matter how

big or small, will be able to create new downloadable games to be sold

through the Wii Shop Channel. Changing the way developers create Wii

games and how players access them, WiiWare will make it possible for

smaller, creative titles to take centre stage. The combination of low

development barriers and unique game experiences, through use of the

Wii remote, will enable developers to try new ideas with lower risk in

a quicker, more creative and affordable way.

WiiWare games will come from celebrated developers such as Square

Enix, creators of FINAL FANTASY(R) CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a

King™; as well as up and coming developers such as Frontier, creators

of the unique platform adventure Lost Winds™, and other independent

developers with great game ideas.

The first WiiWare games available include:

Lost Winds™

Star Soldier R

Dr. Mario & Germ Buster™

Toki Tori Take 2

TV Show King


WiiWare also empowers consumers to determine with their Wii Points

which games have the ability to become the next big thing. Consumers

will assist in the creative process as their choices will directly

determine the success of current projects and direct the plans for

future ones.

There will be something for everyone on WiiWare with a wide range of

games from varying genres, concepts and price levels.

A broadband internet connection is required to access WiiWare.


Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusMay 20, 2008

I'd say this is a damn solid launch for Australia. Better than the US launch hands down.

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I'd say this is a damn solid launch for Australia. Better than the US launch hands down.

Indeed, no Pop.

No Pop?  That's odd, Pop came from an Australian developer!

PlugabugzMay 20, 2008

It's also odd that it launched in Europe too and i see not a whisper of it here.


Technically Pop hasn't launched in Europe yet....

shammackMay 20, 2008

Why does everyone in the world get Dr. Mario except us?

DAaaMan64May 20, 2008

We don't have it yet, and we are going on third week.

PlugabugzMay 20, 2008

I was referrng to WiiWare in general.

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