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Introducing WiiWare World

Posted by Darren Calvert

The smell of change is in the air. On Monday 12th May the WiiWare service is launching in the USA. Will the world ever be the same again?

To coincide with this momentous occasion it is with great pleasure that we can announce we will be launching a new site specifically dedicated to WiiWare (or Wii Software to Euro gamers!).

Behold the future, behold WiiWare World!

Whilst the site isn’t ready for the world to see quite yet, our talented code monkey Ant is working on it as we speak. Worry not, it will all turn out alright on the night!

Thanks for all the people who emailed in to apply to be a reviewer on the new site. Frankly the response has been overwhelming so no more entries please. We'll be contacting everyone individually soon.

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User Comments (97)

Shortay

#2

Shortay said:

I'll definitely consider applying, nice idea :)

EDIT: Can our sample review be on any game or...?

Viral

#3

Viral said:

It's a possibility. Does it pay well? ;) Hehe. I'm working a dead end job.

AbbyVampire

#4

AbbyVampire said:

I know I should'nt go off topic but WiiWare's launch games have been revealled!

mod edit: please keep discussion to the dedicated news story here

slangman

#5

slangman said:

Such a shame my Wii is only online once in a bluemoon. I would love to be your "unwitting victim" :(

Stuffgamer1

#6

Stuffgamer1 said:

Does this mean all the WiiWare news will stop cluttering up the VC site? Not that I don't want the news; I just meant a second site is definitely the best way to go. Thanks, guys, and keep up the great work!

DazzaAdmin

#7

Dazza said:

Yes the idea is that VC-Reviews will only do Virtual Console and our new WiiWare World site will be dedicated purely to WiiWare.

All existing news stories relating to WiiWare will be carried across from VC:R to the new site along with your comments. Your user accounts will work across both sites so you won't need to create a new profile.

Shiryu

#8

Shiryu said:

I would definetly give it a shot, but I'e been already signed up for a local videogames portal and I have a full time employment... id be overwheleed with work... Ill have to pass, sadly. :)

Ark

#9

Ark said:

I've been reviewing games for quite some time, so I'll try to join. =D Only one thing though...Would we get the games given to us or would we have to use our own money? I might be able to afford a game a week, but it would sort of cut some bucks...
EDIT: Yay, I submitted. =)

DazzaAdmin

#10

Dazza said:

It is unlikely that we are going to be able to pay for reviews at this stage. However we might be able to do 'gifts' from time to time. No promises! :p

Tides_of_Chaos

#11

Tides_of_Chaos said:

I would definitely do this if I wasn't such a cheapo. I don't want to download crappy games that I have no interest in and review them. Besides, I already waste enough time on the internet as it is! (not that reviewing game is a waste of time....oh, you know what I mean!)

Villain

#12

Villain said:

Aww, hot damn! I forgot to talk about that WiiWare game! Is it alright if I send you another app?

edit: Sent. Hope you don't mind 2 apps from the same user^^

edit2: Crap twice: the return of the crap! Forgot to type what region I'm from...s-should I send in a 3rd application?

chiefeagle02

#13

chiefeagle02 said:

I'd love to, but I don't buy Wii Points that often anymore. I'll think about it though, because I legitimately am interested. :)

Viral

#14

Viral said:

...I haven't bought Wii Points since Adventures of Lolo unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, I like VC titles, but I don't buy in bulk, I buy one, complete it, buy another, complete it, it's a vicious cycle.

Bensei

#15

Bensei said:

Damn, now I have to check two sites every Friday!
Well, I'll survive it... maybe

I'd really like to take a foot step into the gaming journou, but I don't think I'd buy much Wiiware Games, and since Wiiware games always show something new I can't review from experiences with the Original game (like I could have with VC games like Megaman or Super Mario Bros.).

Plus, I don't think I'd have much time to write some

AlexSays

#16

AlexSays said:

can't wait.
now i get to check two websites,
so if one brings disappointing news, maybe the other site will equal things out.

Rawk_Hawk

#17

Rawk_Hawk said:

Wow thats a cool oppurtuniy , I would consider except I busy working on my Masters degree at this time. Maybe in the future

Anyway it will be neat to have 2 sites. I am looking forward to see what you guys think of Dr. Mario and Star Soldier R

Clayfrd

#18

Clayfrd said:

@Dazza-
"We’re not asking that you are expert reviewers or masters of the English language." Was that a directed sentence? I actually have a grammar correction that I have decided to withhold for this article. I would love to review for you, and I have written several very long reviews for GameSpot. My Pikmin review was almost two pages in ten font and single spaced. I tend to ramble... Unfortunately, like Slangman, my Wii is also only online once in a blue moon. I look forward to the WiiWare reviews, and I hope you get some top notch journalists.

DazzaAdmin

#19

Dazza said:

OK Clayfrd maybe you can proof read what us mere mortals come up with instead? :p

Villain

#22

Villain said:

@Dazza:

Like I asked in my last post, should I send in yet another app? I forgot to mention what region I'm in.

Stratos

#23

Stratos said:

I kind of liked the idea of one single site for both...
But I'll role with it. Impressed with all the work you guys do.

Dokenzz

#24

Dokenzz said:

@Dazza

Are there any age requirements? Please tell me not!!!

I sent in an app, I'd love to be able to put this on my resume, lawlz.. maybe if I worked for Nintendo Power:)

Can I be an editor too, I'm so good with grammar, like not using 2 negatives in a single sentence, plus you made a mistake, "If you are interesting in helping out- ", you mean interested in helping out... PLEASE LET ME JOIN :').. I'm hyped

Shortay

#25

Shortay said:

How much reviewing would you have to do if you were picked? As many or as little as you would like (with some boundaries, obviously)?

DazzaAdmin

#26

Dazza said:

@Villian - No problem, thats fine. We will get back to you soon. We've been a bit overwhelmed by the response. We're not ignoring anyone!

@Dokenzz - There aren't any age requirements as such, but the ability to write good English is an important factor in reviewing so "generally" we will prefer older reviewers. Sad but true!

@Shortay - As little or as much as you like. No pressure! :p

Phantom5800

#27

Phantom5800 said:

Basically the same questions as everyone else. I'll send in an ap anyway, but I would like to know of any requirements for number of reviews, etc. I don't get a ton of money to buy WiiPoints with, but am still interested in doing what I can.

edit: lol, thanks Dazza for answering right before I posted :P

Objection

#29

Objection said:

I just sent mine in. I want to be work for a Game Magazine someday so this would be great. (I'm going to study Journalism in college) And Dazza mentioned a great point. I can pay for the games I WANT TO review because I'm going to get them anyway, but for games we hopeful reviewers don't plan to get, it would be nice to receive "gifts." Are Gifts US only? I ask because I know Japan doesn't have them.

DazzaAdmin

#32

Dazza said:

@Shortay - No deadline, but some of the more popular games are already being taken :p

@Objection - Gamers in Europe can give gifts too but it only works country to country. So France cannot give a gift to England which is a bit dumb!

Terra

#34

Terra said:

this is gamegod3008 under a new name. I'm interested in applying. Looking at your last post Dazza, does that mean that you can't do a review for games that have already had a review by someone else that's applying?

DazzaAdmin

#35

Dazza said:

@Terranigma - Reviewers will register their interest to review future titles, then when the game is actually available to download we'll decide who is free at that time to do the review.

We won't be having multiple reviews of the same game. One review with a score from 1 to 10.

Shortay

#37

Shortay said:

When will we be hearing from you guys about whether we've been accepted or not?

Akantor

#38

Akantor said:

Just a quick question Dazza, Any preference on what game Wii game I should review? I am personally thinking of reviewing Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles since it's one of my favorite Wii games. Would that be okay?

DazzaAdmin

#40

Dazza said:

@Shortay - We hope to get back to everyone within a day or so.

The demand has been quite high so we're only going to be able to take a small percentage of reviewers on board at this stage. Don't let that stop anyone from applying though. We're considering everyone on their merits.

@Akantor - Any game will do - Umbrella Chronicles sounds fine.

Clayfrd

#41

Clayfrd said:

@Dazza-
Now that you mention it, I would have no problem proofreading! I think you were being sarcastic, but I honestly wouldn't mind.

Dokenzz

#43

Dokenzz said:

@Dazza

Whens the site launch, and how are you going to notify people of they get to be part of the team?

PLEASE LET ME JOIN!! I'm an ace in spelling... sigh and grammar :)

Sariku

#44

Sariku said:

Oh, and I reviewed Pokemon Battle Revolution, since other people are showing what they reviewed. Unfortunately, I didn't know what coding it would use to italicize and bold words in the message, so I didn't bother trying. I gave you a link if you wanted to read it formatted, but I also posted an unformatted one in the message. Of course I can change the review style to be like the ones you use on the site, but this was a few days ago when I wrote this. I hope you enjoy.

Shortay

#45

Shortay said:

I was also worried about that Sariku, since when I originally wrote it on MS Word I italicized the title of the game I reviewed and emboldened the questions...

Sariku

#48

Sariku said:

Yeah. Except I originally wrote it on WiFi Wars, and then copied it to SmashBoards. I didn't know if the settings here would use HTML Bold/Italics <B>[I] or Forums form [B][I], so I just put them in quotation marks and such.

Terra

#49

Terra said:

I didn't use coding either as i wasn't sure how on the application

Pavetheway

#50

Pavetheway said:

I would except that I would probably never get around to doing it. sigh...

btw, I looked at the source and there is alot of work to be done!

Mendez

#51

Mendez said:

I'd love to do this but while I've gotten better with practice I still find it very difficult to write reviews...

Can't wait to see the new site!

Knux

#52

Knux said:

Just sent my review. I don't think I did my best review though.

Terra

#53

Terra said:

1: Can we resubmit our Reviews?
2: If so, can you send us our previous ones?
3: When will it be announced who has been selected?

J_K

#54

J_K said:

Curious...is there any requirement to be able to do the writing then really? Age and general region aren't a factor. How about money? You won't be supplying Wii Point cards will you or 'gift' games so they can be reviewed on schedule?

I'm just basically curious if this is just a help the site out thing where you buy what you want and then review it much like the reader write-ups at Gamefaqs and everywhere else.

I wrote reviews and some specials for AMN(now Kombo) for 2 years from 04-06 and miss doing reviews. I think that the Wii Ware service is a great way to try out indy wares for sure from people and I think I'd love to drop my name into the bucket perhaps. I'm good to review whatever for the most part as I did in the past, but if I'm buying I'd be very much more choosey on what I'd grab as I'm not a 'game gambler' when it comes to personal funds.

Tesche

#55

Tesche said:

Like others....when I read this topic I became quite excited....but have since lost a little bit of my enthusiasm after having read the entire article and all the comments. I just don't feel that I will buy enough Wii Ware games on my own to be a competent and trusted reviewer. Readers develop trust with reviewers because of their ability to discriminate and be (hopefully) objective. Both sporadic reviewing and reviewing things you have a personal bias towards (after all, you chose to buy it) are both counterproductive to reader trust. There is no body of work on which to judge a reviewer and there is no faith that someone isn't merely trying to justify their own purchase or destroy a game they wasted their money on.
Just my two cents, but I don't think I will be applying.

Pegasus

#56

Pegasus said:

I hope my submission isn't too late. I saw this news item before I went to work this morning, but I didn't have enough time to finish it until afterwards. =/

DEMON212

#57

DEMON212 said:

Thanks bud :)

Panda's gonna kill you though, we've only just redone the credits for to add the Pod Cast, lol.

Akantor

#58

Akantor said:

Just sent my review in. Good luck to everyone else who sent in reviews too.

DazzaAdmin

#59

Dazza said:

Thanks for all the people who emailed in to apply to be a reviewer on the new site. Frankly the response has been overwhelming so no more entries please. We'll be contacting everyone individually soon.

DazzaAdmin

#62

Dazza said:

We had about 40 people show interest in joining the reviewing team. If we did pass you up on this occasion we may get back to you in the future once the dust has settled. Most of the applications were of really good quality. Don't take it personally :p

Terra

#63

Terra said:

I'm not but i am going to redo that review and put it on IGN under the name "Nanostray". That would be my 4th one, alongside Star Fox Assault, Sin and Punishment and Gunstar Heroes

DazzaAdmin

#65

Dazza said:

We should hopefully reveal the new site late tonight, or on Monday. Needless to say its looking pretty special and very different from VC:R, in a good way!

Watch this space!

DEMON212

#66

DEMON212 said:

My only critacism is, you guys still haven't fully introduced everything you said the VCR would have, so what's happening with that?

Because I really want to be able to post a link to all my games and the ratings I've given them, as well as being able to rate games without them being classed as owned by me (Like ZAMN, which I don't own on the VC, but I'd still like to give it a 5).

Objection

#67

Objection said:

Well, I didn't make it, but the reply was very respectful and I hope that I'll be a "second chance" reviewer in the future. I completely understand that there shouldn't be too many reviewers and now I that I know there were 40 applicants...well, congrats to those who made it!

Pegasus

#68

Pegasus said:

I'm curious about the forum. Is it going to expand the VC-Reviews forum or are they going to be completely separate from one another? Frankly, I'd think the former would be a lot more beneficial.

DazzaAdmin

#69

Dazza said:

@demon - all in good time. Ant has just been really snowed under lately.

@Pegasus - VC-Forums is really independant from us so we'll have to see how things develop. They do have a WiiWare section so no doubt that will be a good place to chat if the banter is too off topic for WiiWare World's reviews and news pages.

Phantom5800

#71

Phantom5800 said:

Thanks for the consideration guys, it's nice to know that there would still be another chance in the future. Look forward to the new site.

DEMON212

#72

DEMON212 said:

That's ok, I was just worried that WiiWareWorld meant no more VCR updates :)

I'd have applied for a job, but I want WiiWareWorld to be successful, lol. And unfortunately my written reviews, while they were well received, they were, long... My Castlevania DOS review was over 6 A4 pages long. Plus, I'd never be able to score Dr. M anything higher than a 0, lol.

Never liked the game, always felt inferior to Tetris to me.

On the subject of the forum, I fail to see why you guys would need to make a new one, because the one Divine runs is mint and could just as easily be expanded to add more WiiWare forums.

Maybe getting him to change the name though, so that people searching for Wii Ware forums could find the VCF too.

Shortay

#73

Shortay said:

I agree DEMON, I hope that the forum we know and love will stay as the sole forum. Some more sub-forums for WiiWare could be good though.

Villain

#75

Villain said:

The new site's gonna be interesting indeed. Will it sport a look different from THIS site?

Mendez

#78

Mendez said:

@52. Pocketim: Don't give up, just keep practicing like I am. You can only get better, right?
I saw one of your reviews quickly and it wasn't that bad.

DazzaAdmin

#80

Dazza said:

Guys, the new site will launch tomorrow. Yes it will look much different from VC Reviews. It will be much more "Wii" if you know what I mean :p

We might be looking for more reviewers in the future but we are covered for now. Watch this space!

ChocoDK

#82

ChocoDK said:

To bad I missed the chance to apply =( oh well. Cool to see though a new site will be dedicated to Wii Ware games.

Luigison

#83

Luigison said:

Please list the number of blocks required for new WiiWare and VC games. It'd be good to know how much I need to copy and delete before going to download new games. Thanks.

Chasmang

#85

Chasmang said:

Dang, I go away for one weekend and a sweet job is offered?

I'd love a chance like that. :(

DEMON212

#87

DEMON212 said:

All these guys are gutted about not getting a job, and all I had to do was ask about Mods, lol.

Totally different job, but it still makes you feel nice and warm inside :)

I'm looking forward to the new site, I want to see who the reviewers are, read the reviews, condense and Pod Cast them??? (Yeah, need to know what's happening with that actually, are they covering WW or are we?) And most importantly, find out my powers and how to use them :D

DazzaAdmin

#88

Dazza said:

Ant is getting the new site ready to launch later today. Then hopefully you guys will pimp it on all the other forums, etc which you visit! Pretty please :D

You'll get to know our new reviewing team soon enough. The three D's are taking a back seat for the moment to make way for some fresh new talent. Here is who is doing what:

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - Corbie
LostWinds - Corbie
Defend Your Castle - Alex K
Pop - Stephen W
TV Show King - Collin W
V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack - Paul S

Corbie of course you will know as he already helps out with VC-Reviews from time to time.

Unlike VC-Reviews you'll have to wait a bit longer for the reviews to be revealed. For the launch games we're trying to have them all up by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Valien

#89

Valien said:

Excellent work Dazza! Looking forward to the new site dedicated to WiiWare titles. You guys are still my favorite source for VC info and I'm looking forward to using WWW for my other info!

DEMON212

#90

DEMON212 said:

Sounds good D-man :)

Still though, I'll need to know for script writing purposes, so if you could find out for me, that'd be great :)

Oh, and I'll plug it in my next VC vids :D

DazzaAdmin

#92

Dazza said:

Hmmmm not sure! I think Ant has been run over by a bus or something :(

Watch this space, it's all practically ready believe me. I have seen it with my own eyes!!! :D

Phantom

#94

Phantom said:

The wiiware world site looks pretty cool! So will it have its own forum as well or will it share the vc reviews one?

DazzaAdmin

#95

Dazza said:

The plan is to have our own on-site forum for WiiWare World soon :p

Phantom

#96

Phantom said:

Ok, cool!
If you make it easy to switch between the VC & Wiiware sites I'll be really happy :)

timp29

#97

timp29 said:

Will the world ever be the same?? Your tongue must be through your cheek dazza

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