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WiiWare Launches In Europe

Posted by Damien McFerran

This was the day PAL Wii owners had been feverishly waiting for. Finally, after months of anticipation and hype, Nintendo’s WiiWare service has launched in Europe, bringing with it the tantalizing potential of ‘videogame publishing without frontiers’ – not to mention new headaches about internal storage space.

After a week of claim, counter-claim, conjecture and idle speculation (all of which was fuelled by Nintendo’s unhelpfully vague press releases), we now know that six (count ‘em) titles are available to PAL gamers.

The list in full is as follows:

That’s one hell of a line-up if we do say so ourselves, and only the most stubborn Wii owner will fail to find something to their liking. The sublime LostWinds is our pick of the bunch – our fingers are firmly crossed that this wonderful game is an indication of the quality of things to come in the world of WiiWare. Final Fantasy: My Life As A King is yet another highly rated pick.

Our Toki Tori review will be ready in the next day or so, but from what we can tell this will be a safe bet for a day one download if you are a fan of cute platformers.

Who could resist Dr. Mario & Germ Buster? With it's online play and furious additive gameplay how can you go wrong here? If you are not convinced then just wait for our WiiWare World review coming soon.

For those who missed it, Corbie's Star Soldier R review just went live. If you are a shoot-em-up fan this might interest you.

So there you have it – another exciting chapter in the colourful life of the Wii is opened. But what are your thoughts on this launch? As always, be sure to let us know by leaving a comment or two below.

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User Comments (65)

Phantom5800

#2

Phantom5800 said:

#$%! Dr. Mario already? Lucky, have fun with it, it won't kill me to wait another week.

Cipher

#3

Cipher said:

As far as I know, the Dr. Mario Demo includes only online multiplayer, so you can play online against someone who has the full game. Plus, it's free!

west72

#12

west72 said:

Great line up, i've just been playing Lost winds and have to say that'sbetter than most of the full price games that are out there.

Shame the Dr Mario is online only, i don't have any friends who have the full version, so makes the demo a bit worthless. Why didn't they do a single player demo.

AlexSays

#13

AlexSays said:

are you kidding me?
the US launch sucked compared to this.
it might be weeks before we even get Toki Tori... or Dr. Mario.

Kawaiipikachu

#14

Kawaiipikachu said:

While today i got a real pinch of having to delete some file because at this very moment i'm downloading Final Fantasy: My Life As a King .

The download process seems to takes its time but still im happy .

usally i type messages via my Wii & with the USB keyboard but right now because my Wii is downloading at the moment im having to use my pda .

But i wont be downloading dr Mario & most probably never will .

edit
Another anoying thing i went to read the instructions (always do) only to find out i have to view it in the shop channel which is stupid extreamly stupid :(
edit
Coreected some spelling & grammer mistakes but still im happay about the game but upset that i have to load the shop channel up just to read them

thewiirocks

#15

thewiirocks said:

You guys got Toki Tori on launch day?!?! Blast you!

Now everyone go download the game and make it super-successful so they're release it in North America. ;)

Rapadash6

#18

Rapadash6 said:

Son of a bitch! You guys get Dr. Mario, Lost Winds AND Toki Tori on day 1? I truly hate you all. :p JK Seriously though, if you guys get a regular VC update this Friday, I'm going to scream. Come on NOA, we want ALL these games too, AND a decent VC update for a change. Get your thumbs out of your you know what and make it right!!

StarDust4Ever

#19

StarDust4Ever said:

And what kind of Bull-Honky is that??? Dr Mario was announced as a launch title for the US - Monday May 12th. Now it looks like I will be waiting until at least Memorial Day to get it. Europe gets it at launch, but why the bloody not for the US. Okay, my poor attempt at British slang sucks.

Japan has had this game out for a while, so it's not a matter of last minute tweaks to update it for release. I am not mad that Nintendo decided to release Dr Mario in Europe first. They did the same with Mario Kart; that was okay because I had Brawl to play with. What infuriates me is that they lied about the US release date for Dr Mario being May 12th. When I downloaded the Nintendo Channel on May 9th (nothing but a bloated adware app, delete it ASAP), there was official video footage as well as a text description, both stating a Dr Mario release date of May 12 (US Wiiware launch). Strait from the horses mouth, a bold-faced lie! I don't know if that false information has been corrected since, because I had to delete that bloated junk (the save file is even bigger that the actual channel itself) to make more room on my Wii for games. But, back to my original point:

NINTENDO OF AMERICA LIED TO ME!
NINTENDO OF AMERICA LIED TO ME!
NINTENDO OF AMERICA LIED TO ME!

Nintendo, please bring us Dr Mario by May 26th - Oh well, at least I got to play pOp...

Kenji510

#21

Kenji510 said:

I want Dr. Mario Online Rx sooooooooo badly and play it too including the cool online feature as well... well, hope you people out there in europe will really enjoy this game and have fun with it, i know i would right away too... another 5-6 days more to go!

kitroplious

#23

kitroplious said:

@x.SuperMario.x: All the games except Toki Tori & Dr. Mario are here as well. If we get at least one of these, I'll be happy. Hey though, our line up is not too bad, but it lacks wifi play. I wouldn't complain much though.

Kenji510

#24

Kenji510 said:

Heres are some WiiWare games that will be out next week on the 26th of Memorial Day and saw them at the IGN website as well... but then again, i could be wrong and dunno if these are true or not, but we'll find out on Memorial Day... i think Dr. Mario Online Rx and Toki Tori are confirmed for the 26th but dunno about the other games as well like gyrostarr and world of goo.

Dr. Mario Online Rx:
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Nintendo
Genre: Puzzle
Number of Players: 1-4
Release Date:
US: May 26, 2008
Japan: March 25, 2008
Europe: May 20, 2008

Gyrostarr:
Published by: High Voltage Software
Developed by: High Voltage Software
Genre: Shooter
Release Date:
US: May 26, 2008 *

*Toki Tori:
Developed by: Two Tribes
Genre: Puzzle Adventure
Release Date:
US: May 26, 2008
Europe: May 20, 2008

World of Goo:
Published by: *TBA
Developed by: 2D Boy
Genre: Puzzle
Release Date:
US: May 26, 2008

Kawaiipikachu

#25

Kawaiipikachu said:

While you guys got a lot of thins to complaing about but heres my list of comlaints .
1.Lack os storage space & the inablity to run games from SD card .

2.Fact that every time i want to check something in the instructions for a Wiiware game that i have to go to the shop channel to view them .
what if i can't get on-line for some reason .
It only take a couple blocks of storage .
what is wrong with including instructions with the game .

With me experience with comparering with the fact that some preowned games i got with no instructions which at times even took me weeks to even realise the features exesited that if i had the instructions there in the first place .

But still i have high hopes for Wiiware in the future :)

btw @ Kenji510
Where did you get that Avitar from as shes pretty cute .

RGVEDA

#26

RGVEDA said:

Final Fantasy and Lost Winds only in English? Why not in German like the other games? :( :( :( :(

RGVEDA

#29

RGVEDA said:

Really? It says only english Text in the manual Text for the game....

Shortay

#30

Shortay said:

Great launch, just downloaded LostWinds and either Dr. Mario or Toki Tori later :)

ChocoDK

#31

ChocoDK said:

Wow Europe got a nice launch the only dud in there per say is TV Show King. The rest in general opinions are excellent titles. I would like Toki Tori and I hope it does come to NA next week :). Maybe then I will also get Pokemon League for the N64 to get back to 0 Wii Points again.

Ghostwatch

#42

Ghostwatch said:

Did we get a good launch line up in Europe? There must be some way to make you all feel less jealous. Ah, yes - let's try this...

In the US, does a 1000 point game cost the equivalent of over twenty dollars? Cos it does for us.

Mendez

#45

Mendez said:

I'm kind of dissapointed we didn't get Pop, that was the main one I was looking at when I found out Defend Your Castle wasn't coming out yet.

Dr Mario makes up for it though, and I've deleted my N64 games to get Toki Tori or Lost Winds...

Edit: What was with that Dr Mario demo? It was up there for free last night but when I looked at 10am this morning it was gone =/

Starwolf_UK

#46

Starwolf_UK said:

The Dr.Mario demo only works as a freind code only but the person who starts the game has to have a full version. People with the full version can send this demo to friends on their Friend list.

So it being missing means you're not missing out on anything. It being visible was just a mistake (I was expecting one or two mistakes...)

Anyway, a bit sad Pop is missing from this lineup as that was one of the titles I was after. I went ahead and bought FFCC though. Two and half hours of playing later and I can say i'm happy.

DEMON212

#48

DEMON212 said:

Ah, thanks for linking me up guys :D

I've bought FFCCMLAAK so I'll be doing a review of that soon too, infact, might as well do it now :D

Ike-Mike

#49

Ike-Mike said:

Well RGVEDA, since you've found your way to the English-speaking WiiWare World I think you shouldn't have many problems playing FFCC in English.

KnucklesSonic8

#50

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Europe DID get a good launch. Many were disappointed DYC didn't appear, though. ;)

And Kenji, I noticed the date changes for IGN also. I think they just keep bumping them forward. It's a tad... well, it's not reliable. I could've sworn we'd be getting Gyrostarr, though.

In any case, we'll find out next week what we, in the NA region get. :)

RGVEDA

#51

RGVEDA said:

I don´t have problems with english...but i think it would be better if all games are translated.... It could be, that there are some kids that would like to play the game but don´t speak english :) And i think it is easier to play it in your mother tongue than in an other language :)

KnucklesSonic8

#52

KnucklesSonic8 said:

^ Agreed.
Most of the English is simple language... for the most part, but still, that would have been nice. :)

thewiirocks

#53

thewiirocks said:

@Ghostwatch sez... In the US, does a 1000 point game cost the equivalent of over twenty dollars? Cos it does for us.

Actually, that's a fallacy. If you're looking purely at the exchange rate, it would appear that you're correct. The problem is that the exchange rate is irrespective of the actual price of goods! Its only purpose is to encourage a particular direction of trade between countries. (e.g. Right now the US dollar is being held low to encourage more exports than imports. That brings more foreign wealth into the country rather than sending it to other countries.)

If you want to do a real-world comparison, you need to compare the local price of goods. A common method of doing this is the Big Mac Index. Using that index, a 2000 point card for £14.99 works out to $8.75 in USD. So Britain is actually getting its Wii Points cheaper than the US!

So it's not you that should be complaining. It's us! :)

DazzaAdmin

#55

Dazza said:

Haha you sound really guilty in that video Demon! I am sure your fans will forgive you :p

Rexy

#60

Rexy said:

What a launch, I didn't notice this until now :D
I'm stuck between Toki Tori and Lostwinds to aim for first, both of them sound really good to me as an adventure gamer. Seriously, I've got high hopes for Wii Software yet :D

KnucklesSonic8

#61

KnucklesSonic8 said:

^ WiiWare = Awesome!

My advice:
Toki Tori - 900
Simple platformer. 50 levels. Seems a bit much for a game of this stature.

Lostwinds - 1000
Unique platformer. Kinda short. Said to be a really good game despite its brevity.

If you don't care so much about Replay Value, get Lostwinds for sure. I hear it's a must-buy for self-respecting Wii-owners.

DazzaAdmin

#63

Dazza said:

You will know on Friday morning. We're pretty sure that Pirates: Key of Dreams will be one of the new games.

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