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Before you get too excited over these promising images of what appears to be a legit Wii hard drive, it should be noted that this is a pretty obvious fake.
A fellow known as only as Robert334 posted some images of the supposed device on his Flickr account with the following text: After several days, today I could shoot a prototype hard drive for the Wii. According to what we've been seeing these..
Way back in the days gamers would shell out $40 or more for a new NES game. Imagine the uproar if Capcom tried to ask for the same price nowadays with the upcoming Mega Man 9 game for WiiWare. There would be rioting on the streets outside Capcom’s offices across the world as otaku and geeks dressed like the blue bomber expressed their outrage!
Does SPOGS Racing offer the exciting racing experience that WiiWare is lacking so far?
It's no secret that the WiiWare service has been crying out for a racing title, so many fans of the genre have already put a lot of hope in SPOGS Racing after viewing the many inviting screenshots and videos that have been popping up around the internet over the past few weeks. Combining the look of an arcade..
Famitsu revealed the first screenshots of GameLoft's upcoming shooter, Wild West Guns yesterday. We first heard about this title last month from a ESRB rating, but up until now we didn’t know anything about the actual gameplay.
Here is an awful Google translation of Famitsu’s page: Set foot at the city's western fast gun Set in the American West by GANSHUTINGUGEMU to unfold, Wii software will..
A bit of a surprise this week as SPOGS Racing is up for grabs on WiiWare. This actually looks like it could be quite good fun if you like racing games. It doesn’t take itself too seriously from what we can tell. Comparisons to Mario Kart have even been made, so it has a lot to live up to! How will it fare we wonder?
Our review will be up within the next couple of days, so if you are on the fence..
If you’re getting all hot and bothered about Capcom’s forthcoming retro-fest Mega Man 9 then this short video (below) should send you into seventh heaven.
The visuals look great, it’s like 1987 all over again, the gameplay looks tight and the music is beyond awesome. It goes without saying that this is one of the titles we're looking forward too most here at WiiWare World. Mega Man 9 is due..
After coming under fire from groups like the Anti-Drug Coalitions of America last month it seems that Nintendo felt morally obliged to put the pressure on JV Games to change the title of their forthcoming game Frat Party Games - Beer Pong to the less offensive and alcohol free name of Frat Party Games - Pong Toss!
Here a bit of what the Las Vegas Sun reported on the matter: The first problem was..
If you Euro, Kiwi and Auzzie gamers were on the fence about buying Pop today on WiiWare, here is a press release direct from the creative chaps at Nnooo which might help you change your mind.
Of course if you were in any doubt you could just read our Pop review also! Friday, 4th July - Nnooo is thrilled to announce that Pop™ has launched on WiiWare™ in Europe, Australia and New Zealand..
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re getting quite excited about Capcom’s upcoming retro-themed update Mega Man 9. But when is it out, I hear you cry?
While we can’t answer that question as far as a Western release is concerned, thanks to information contained with the pages of Famitsu magazine (pictured below), we know that the game will be available in Japan this September. Naturally it..
Continuing the trend of alternating VC and WiiWare weeks, this week, there are two new WiiWare games available in Europe.
Undoubtedly, My Pokémon Ranch will get more attention than the other title today. However, we wonder if this is fair at all, because in our opinion Ranch is rather disappointing. If you're an avid Pokémon player you will probably get some enjoyment out of the "game"..
As the news of Mega Man 9 has now hit the streets, Capcom has seen fit to supply gaming sites with the same images they gave to the various magazines that reported on the game. While this means there aren't new screens, it does mean you can now view them at a larger size, and devoid of lighting problems due to whatever device people scanned the magazines with.
The screens have been added to the..
Have you been waiting patiently for Bplus’ intriguing Plättchen: Twist and Paint? Well that wait is almost over because the company has exclusively confirmed to us that the game should be released in the North American WiiWare store in the 3rd week of July. This may be subject to change however.
A weird and wonderful combination of puzzle and shooting, Plättchen has been in development for what..
It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.
We are checking the list for the American region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Here is the list..
We’ve all complained that NoE never tell us what’s coming to WiiWare ahead of time. Not so this week, they’ve confirmed that you’ll be able to download My Pokémon Ranch this Friday, 4th July.
We have to admit to not being all that impressed with this game at WiiWare World, but of course there will be some amongst our readers who will want to investigate this for themselves. For the..
Capcom have stated that the newest installment of Mega Man 9 is to be exclusive to the Wii via WiiWare, well at least for the moment.
Mega Man 9 (no subtitle yet) is a back to roots platformer, going back to the good old days of the NES in a simplistic 2D style. Go get the first two games of the series on your VC now if you haven't already. The release date of the game is not yet known but we..
Some people were still a bit unsure about Mega Man 9's existence, despite having seen the Nintendo Power having screenshots. If you were one of those people who still had doubt, you can drop it all now - The latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu features a section about Mega Man 9 as well.
The game's Japanese title appears to be Rockman 9: Revival of the Wild Ambition (Every Mega Man game has a..
The ever outspoken friend of WiiWare World, Luc Bernard has revealed a game pitch from a game on his blog which he claims could have been the “Castlevania of WiiWare”. It seems that publishers were not overwhelmed by this concept for whatever reason and this idea got put on permanent hold.
We suspect Luc is referring to the Rose Princess (and her sidekick Mr. Cuddles), which was going to be his..
A strange new OFLC rating popped up today - Maboshi: The Three Shape Arcade was no title we had ever heard of before! However, doing some searching, we came to the conclusion that this had to be the WiiWare title Katachi no Game: Maru Bou Shikaku (Game of Shapes: Ball, Stick, Square), which was announced for Japan a few months ago but has not been released so far.
We're still not quite sure what..
You know the feeling. You sit waiting patiently for a quality piece of software on WiiWare that isn’t a rehashed budget PS2 title and then when one finally appears, the wind is taken out of your sails by the news that it’s also coming out on XBLA and Playstation Network.
That’s exactly what appeared to happen when Mega Man 9 was announced a few days ago. Initially confirmed for WiiWare..
Here’s some good news for those of you that are fond of pretending to be a monarch in a lush fantasy environment: lucky US Wii owners will be able to access additional content for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King this week.
Interested? Of course you are! The new content is as follows: • The Infinity Spire pack for 300 points, which contains two dungeons• Castle..
Just a few short days ago we posted a story that seemed to confirm that the highly anticipated WiiWare title Eternity’s Child was not planned for release in North America. This news came from the game’s creator Luc Bernard and was followed by the sound of wailing and the gnashing of teeth.
However, in a bizarre twist to this tale, we’ve since been contacted by the publishers of the WiiWare..
If you are a puzzle game fan then you are in for a treat this week as Magnetica Twist is up for grabs. Anyone who is familiar with PopCap's Zuma will know exactly what is on offer here. There should be no complaints about this being a cheap copy of Zuma however, it is the other way around if anything – Mitchell got there first in 1998 with their arcade game Puzz Loop, or Ballistic as it came to be known outside of Japan.
Europe got this a few weeks ago under the guise of Actionloop Twist so our review is all ready and waiting to help you decide if you should spend your precious Wii points on this or not..
Shigeru Miyamoto did an interesting Q&A session with Wired recently. As ever he is his usual charming self and discusses a variety of topics including Wii Fit, swimming and hamburgers!
Of course what we are most interested to hear about are his thoughts on the WiiWare service so far. It is interesting that Miyamoto acknowledged that the American games released so far on WiiWare have been much..
It seems that Hudson is in the early stages of creating a new Adventure Island game. Takahashi Meijin, who you might know as the real-life Master Higgins, said in a recent interview that the game would probably be for WiiWare, and will most likely not use forced motion control, as that would take away from the game's simple gameplay.
As it has been about 14 years since the last real console..
After yesterday’s shock news regarding the distribution of World of Goo, we’ve been informed by Luc Bernard that to the best of his knowledge, Eternity’s Child is currently only coming out in Europe on WiiWare.
The game is being published by UK company Alten8 and Bernard has confirmed that although he's been kept informed about the upcoming Euro release, he's not been told anything about..
It would seem that Nintendo of Europe have firmly decided on a pattern for WiiWare and VC releases now. Last week you got two WiiWare games, so this week you get none!
It's not all doom and gloom however. There are 5 new Virtual Console games to choose from and none of them are stinkers: Super Fantasy Zone - Megadrive Pac-Attack - SNES King of the...
Time to rejoice! As you might remember, a while ago we mentioned that Mega Man 9 had received an OFLC rating. We did not know the platform at the time, but speculated it could very well be a WiiWare release due to Capcom's traditionally strong support of Nintendo. The upcoming issue of Nintendo Power confirms our suspicions - Mega Man 9 is indeed heading to WiiWare.
According to an interview in the..
Whilst browsing NoE’s summer 2008 release schedule we were intrigued to find “World of Goo (RTL Playtainment) - Q3 2008” on that list. After all isn’t World of Goo supposed to be a WiiWare game?
Questioning our own sanity, we contacted our old chum Ron Carmel at 2D Boy and found out what was going on. Here’s what he told us: Our European...
It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.
We are checking the North American list, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Here is the list for 25th..
This is an interesting titbit of news for the WiiWare service in Japan. Sunsoft have recently announced that later this summer they will be distributing comics digitally via WiiWare.
The work of legendary anime creator Leiji Matsumoto should be amongst the first comics on WiiWare. So before long our Wii owning Japanese friends might be reading Galaxy Express on their TV screen, so they can save..
Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People (SBCG4AP for short) is perhaps one of the most anticipated upcoming WiiWare releases. When it was first announced it came as a real surprise, as people were not expecting a point and click adventure game based on one of the most popular flash cartoon series at all!
We recently caught up with Mark Darin, a...
Will you master the warp gate or lose it all in this technoplasma fuelled shooter?
There has been no shortage of hype surrounding the release of High Voltage's new Tempest-style shooter Gyrostarr. The only problem with having that kind of hype is that the game ultimately has to attempt to live up to it. After complaints of Star Soldier R, the first...
As promised in the press release the other day, Gyrostarr is indeed out today in North America. For the bargain price of 700 Wii points this should be well worth a look we think.
For the more cautious, we’ll aim to get our review ready soon to let you know if this lives up to the expectations or not. Watch this space! More from Nintendo’s Wii-kly update: Nintendo adds new and classic games to..
Our good friend Luc Bernard has gotten in touch to confirm that his World War 2 epic Imagination Is The Only Escape which was previously flagged for release on the DS – may be coming to WiiWare in an episodic format.
Posting on his blog page, Bernard confirms that development of this innovative title - which focuses on the horrors of the Holocaust...
This is the news you have all been waiting for, after much ado you will finally be able to get your hands on Gyrostarr on Monday, well if you are in North America. For those not in the know this looks like a even more frantic version of Tempest, and it is one of the most eagerly anticipated games coming to WiiWare.
At 700 Wii points this is most...
Ok, so this is probably a bit of idle speculation on our part but looking at a recent interview with PopCap Games we get the impression that the talented developer – which has such hits as Peggle Extreme and Zuma under its belt – may be looking into producing WiiWare games.
CEO Dave Roberts and co-founder John Vechey stated that they were working on more console projects with another unnamed..
He's football mad!
Our finely feathered friend Toki Tori does like to get out and about it seems. Most recently he has been spotted at the Euro 2008 football championship! (Soccer to our American friends) Take a look for yourself at the freshly updated Toki Tori website. If you look under the media section you can find some nice wallpapers for your...
On Tuesday 24th June, Japanese WiiWare gamers will get their hands on an puzzle game called Saikyou Ginsei Igo which is the second in the series of six board game simulations which Silver Star are bringing to WiiWare. It is based on the Board game called “Go” from the looks of it. It will cost 500 Wii points.
If you would like to see more there are some screenshots and a video on Silverstar’s..
You’ll have to forgive us but there’s a tangible feeling of déjà vu in the air here at WiiWare World, because this week’s releases happen to be the exact same ones North America was graced only a few short days ago.
That’s right – European Wii owners can indulge in some fantasy-fishing with Cocoto Fishing Master or bust some blocks with Block Breaker Deluxe. Or both! Cocoto Fishing..
Microsoft's Chris Satchell must be an easily confused guy, because he’s recently gone on record to state that he’s downright stumped by Nintendo’s WiiWare service and the strategy the company is employing when it comes to nurturing developers.
Satchell, who is general manager of Microsoft’s game developer group, unsurprisingly believes that...
You may remember a few days ago we brought you news that a WiiWare game using the balance board was in development by Giles Goddard and new team at Vitei. Goddard has previously worked on such classics as Star Fox, 1080° Snowboarding and Super Mario 64 so this is great news for WiiWare.
There are a few more details on their WiiWare plans now as you can read in their interview with Cubed³. The..
Way back in February we did an interview with Medaverse Studios about their upcoming WiiWare game Gravitronix. Since then it’s all been a bit quiet from them on the news front, with little new news about the game.
That’s not to say the guys at Medaverse haven’t been busy. Recently they appeared on CNBC’s ‘The Business of Innovation’ TV show and told an unsuspecting business world about..
Frontier Development’s excellent LostWinds is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the first batch of WiiWare games, and thankfully the general public seems to have acknowledged this because Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer has revealed that the inventive platformer is sitting pretty at the top of the European WiiWare sales charts.
Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, Fischer had this to say:..
With the dust now settled from the launch of WiiWare, Nintendo has come under fire from some quarters about the way in which the company has promoted the service.
Many people claim that very little has been done to advertise the fact that the new DLC portal is up and running, with Nintendo initially stating that it hadn’t budgeted for such promotion. Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer..
It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”. We are checking the North American list, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always.
Here is the list for 18th June: 1 (3) - My Pokémon Ranch2 (1) - Dr Mario Online Rx3 (2...
Is this fish a keeper, or should it be thrown back in the water?
The Cocoto “franchise” is a strange one. After cluttering game aisles everywhere with rather generic sounding titles like Kart Racer, Platform Jumper and Tennis Master, the series has come to WiiWare with a bizarre take on virtual fishing. Developed by Paris-based Neko Entertainment, Cocoto Fishing Master is actually less a..
Can this Arkanoid clone match the block-breaking fun of its predecessors?
Arkanoid clones were two-a-penny many years ago, particularly on home computers; however gamers have not been treated to many games like this in recent times. It would seem the timing is perfect for Gameloft to bring the first game in their successful cell-phone based Block Breaker series to WiiWare to see if it could find a..
Luc Bernard has contacted us to announce that he’s giving fans the opportunity to put themselves in his upcoming WiiWare title Eternity’s Child.
All you need to do is submit an amusing photo or video of yourself, or make a witty comment on Bernard’s blog page. Given Bernard’s obsession with pugs, we recommend that you try to feature at least one of these dogs in your photo or video. The..
It’s the story that just won’t go away. When Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer made a seemingly derogatory comment about Wii fans moaning about lack of storage, the whole Internet appeared to rise up in rebellion against him.
He’s since apologised for his remark and in an recent interview with Gamesindustry.biz has explained his position...
Taito's Space Invaders is making a comeback on WiiWare! In Space Invaders: Get Even you will, in a reversal of roles, play as the space invaders themselves as you take on the Earth!
The game was revealed a few months ago as a retail Wii game, but it has now been switched to WiiWare instead (or "download only" as our Japanese source below reports). There are few details for now, but what..
You may remember a few days ago we revealed a mysterious video for a WiiWare game called Wii Move. An updated video has since been released by the ex-Rockstar employees at PheroseSoft showing more in-game footage. It has also been renamed to We Move: Pain vs Pleasure and has some kinky overtones that make interest the more sadomasochistic of our readers!
In the video you it is demonstrated that this game will allow you to create your own Mii-like characters, create your own moves, create your own items (such as whips and candles so you can get hot wax poured on you by a dominatrix!), you can even cruise your neighbourhood keeping trac...
Giles Goddard, famous for overseeing the development of the highly regarded N64 title 1080 Snowboarding, has recently confirmed that his Vitei team is working on a new WiiWare game that makes use of the new Balance Board peripheral.
Goddard, who started out at legendary UK developer Argonaut before being poached by Nintendo of Japan, has a wealth of industry experience under his belt after working..
Ever wanted to know the time gamers spent playing one of your favourite WiiWare titles, or how many times played? Well now you can in the Nintendo channel (and live in North America!)
Not only can you find out info about WiiWare, you can view stats on all Nintendo games, including Virtual Console. For those who have opted into the service (most likely a large minority) you can now view all the data..
North America’s WiiWare catalogue has been swelled by two new releases today.
The first is Block Breaker Deluxe, which retails for 800 points and is an enhanced version of an old mobile phone game. But don’t let that put you off – by all accounts the title is jolly good fun. As always, our review will follow shortly after we’ve play tested it to destruction. The second game is a rather more..
With the anticipation level building for the upcoming WiiWare title Pirates: The Key of Dreams, we decided to check in with Phil Merricks, Project Manager at Oxygen Games to find out a little more information about the game. Phil was kind enough to answer a few of our questions and you can find out what he had to tell WiiWare World in this exclusive interview.
WiiWare World: How long has Pirates:..
A mysterious video entitled "Wii Move - Balance Board Innovation" appeared on YouTube recently. The video shows nothing more than a computerised woman running with a clock frantically ticking in the background. The visuals seem to be a rather similar style to the trainers in Wii Fit. Could this trailer just be trying to raise enthusiasm for another workout game, or is it something more?
If you’ve been keeping up with the development of Luc Bernard’s gorgeous platform adventure Eternity’s Child then you’re probably getting increasingly excited about it by now. When we had the chance to play test a level recently we came away encouraged and optimistic.
Well, Bernard has contacted us exclusively to reveal another aspect of the game that has us well and truly pumped – it’s..
We only reported a few hours ago that Nintendo of Europe’s Managing Director Laurent Fischer’s recent ‘Geeks and Otaku’ comment had caused God of War creator David Jaffe a certain amount of annoyance, and if the news we’ve just received is anything to go by, it would appear that Jaffe’s subsequent tirade has worked. Fischer has issued an apology, which runs as follows:
I have huge..
Did this news story annoy you? Of course it did. It also annoyed God of War creator David Jaffe, who went as far as to post a cutting reply on his blog page.
As well as using some pretty strong language, Jaffe also goes off on a tangent about a terrible movie and eventually comes to this conclusion: Now look: I like Nintendo. And I LOVE old Nintendo. And both old and new Nintendo have brought SO..
With the news that Super Mario RPG received an OFLC rating, we almost missed another interesting listing on the ratings site.
The OFLC also has a listing for Mega Man 9. As any Capcom fan should know, this is a new game, as the "classic" Mega Man series' last instalments were 8, and Mega Man & Bass. It is of course entirely possible...
As you’ve probably noticed by now, there are no WiiWare releases for Europe this week. It seems that Nintendo feels you’ll have more than enough to keep you busy with the 5 Virtual Console games that came out today.
Or perhaps the Japanese giant believes that the stunning news that Super Mario RPG is coming to the Virtual Console will be enough to keep the masses happy for this week at least?..
Xiotex - the small indie developer that was the focus of our rather shocking news story recently – has posted another entry on its/his blog page regarding this sorry state of affairs. It would appear that the tiny devco didn't expect the original blog post to cause such a kerfuffle.
When I started the ‘WiiWare is a lie’ blog post I had no idea it would go as far as it would. Instead of just..
When we first brought you the news last month that a game based on Beer Pong would be coming to WiiWare many of you had a good laugh at the stupidity of it all.
Lisa Lombardozzi of the Greater Herndon Community Coalition is not laughing however. In fact she is outraged! Her concern is that this game will encourage kids to play the college drinking game for real. It is easy to see her point, the..
Here's a fun press release we recently received from the guys developing Major League Eating: The Game which is coming soon to WiiWare:
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. –(June 11, 2008)–After consuming 15.1 slices of watermelon in just six minutes, “Crazy Legs” Conti was named the World Watermelon-Eating Champion on May 20. In a watermelon-eating contest held at the Nintendo World Store, Conti faced..
Join Strong Bad in his quest to find his Snake Boxer V videogame and save the world, or something like that!
Below you can find the third and most recent gameplay trailer released from Telltale Games today. For more information you can check out their dev blog and try out their “Payable demo” :p For those who like the look of this comical point and click adventure, the good news is it isn’t..
It is always interesting to find out what the most downloaded games are on the WiiWare service. Reviews can only guide people so far, it seems that sometimes what people actually end up buying is a bit random, or a first party Nintendo game of course!
We did a report on this last week so this week we have data to show how games have moved in a 7 day period. This list only applies for the USA region..
Home decorating simulator Home Sweet Home is Big Blue Bubble's first title for Nintendo's WiiWare service. Keen to know a little more about this interesting title, we got in touch with the developer's CEO Damir Slogar, and asked him a few questions.
WiiWare World: Could you give us a brief history of your studio? What other notable projects have you been involved with? Damir Slogar: Big Blue Bubble..
Is this WiiWare release a Dude Ranch or a Dud Ranch?
My Pokémon Ranch follows the franchise’s long, tumultuous history of 3D games with questionable design choices and narrow appeal. Unfortunately, this WiiWare offering is one of the worst offenders due to its strictly passive “gameplay”, ineffectual features, and obtuse design. In fact, MPR...
If you asked the average Wii owner what they wanted most of all from life, a large percentage would probably say something like “heaps of cash” or “a naked mud fight with Angelina Jolie”, but there’s a chance many would also say “a Goddamn hard drive to store all my Virtual Console and WiiWare games on, please” before ranting and raving about how much Nintendo is screwing them over.
If you consider yourself to be one of those people then for the sake of your sanity (and possibly your crockery) please look away now, because Nintendo’s European Managing Director of Marketing Lau...
Eternity's Child has traveled a long and troubled road to get to where it currently resides as an upcoming Nintendo WiiWare release. Loosely based on a mobile phone game, it actually started development as an Xbox Live Arcade title, but after a was later moved over to Nintendo's DS and Wii systems. Not long after that the DS version was cancelled and the game was officially announced for release on Nintendo's new WiiWare service. The game is probably best known for its unique art style - no surprise considering it's the product of eccentric Anglo-French artist and independent game designer Luc Bernard.
Blue Oasis (Hudson's virtual aquarium) official site has opened. You can see the promotional trailer below.
Details from the site : Customize your tank from scratch, including the glass, the scenery, the lighting, and the type of fishes that will populate it. You can choose among 40 species of fishes, and create 6 different tanks No advanced technical knowledge required, as there is no..
Luc Bernard’s Eternity’s Child has been on the WiiWare radar for some time now thanks to its gorgeous visuals and unique setting, so many people were surprised when the talented Anglo-French developer was interviewed recently and publicly stated that he was disappointed with his work.
We got in touch with this enigmatic young gent and asked him about his titles, his views on other WiiWare games..
A large number of our readers have eagerly been anticipating the release of My Pokemon Ranch on WiiWare. Well your wait is finally over as it is out today in North America. I am more of a 'Pokemon Italian Dressing' kinda guy myself, but I digress!
Watch out for our review coming soon! More from Nintendo's press release: Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific..
Although it falls way short of being an official confirmation of the fact, a recent ad on Nintendo’s job page hints at a possible USB storage solution appearing fairly soon.
The job spec is as follows: CONTRACT - Software/Hardware Tester Description of Duties Creating and executing a test plan for Wii’s USB devices Executing test plans with...
There is no doubt that the upcoming World of Goo is one of the better looking games coming to the WiiWare service. Back in May when we interviewed David Braben on LostWinds you can see even he is bowled over by the looks of this game. Which makes sense because LostWinds also looks stunning and has great art direction.
So who is the genius behind the artwork in World of Goo? None other than 2D..
Does the intuitive Magnetica Twist have hidden depths that make it something to shout about?
It was always likely that WiiWare would provide the perfect platform for the criminally overlooked puzzle genre. These games have always been popular, but given their nature they are often unfairly ignored when sitting next to higher-profile releases such as Super Mario and Metroid. With WiiWare already..
Since we don't have a lot of information about Helix, the upcoming release from Texas based developer Ghostfire Games, we recently contacted their CEO, Ed Roman about setting up a possible interview. Ed was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to do a telephone interview with WiiWare World.
Find out what he had to tell WiiWare World in this exclusive interview: WiiWare World: On the..
Just one EU WiiWare release this week, and it’s the neat little puzzler Actionloop Twist (known in North America as Magnetica Twist).
Originally developed in 1998 by Mitchell Corporation (the guys who did Pang), Actionloop also goes by the name Puzzloop in Japan and has been copied under the name Zuma. So, chances are, you've probably played this before in some shape or form! The gameplay is..
Here's an interesting snippet of gossip from the guys at Kotaku. It seems they are best buddies with the Chapman’s of Strong Bad fame. Over lunch today Matt Chapman let slip the following about Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner:
The game is actually now getting pushed back to July, but the game is going to just be much better for it. It's just development time. What a shame, I know many of..
Remember when Nintendo announced WiiWare? Do you recall the grand spiel? WiiWare is a platform for small developers to really get their products out there and truly shine, you don’t need to be a big studio, yadda, yadda, yadda. Of course you do. It’s for this reason that many people got excited about the service; after all, smaller devcos are more likely to create fresh and innovative ideas.
Looking at the latest North American WiiWare top 10 it’s plain to see that the all-important ‘Mario effect’ is just as potent as ever.
For those of you that follow the fortunes of the Virtual Console service, you’ll know that Mario games regularly top the sales charts. In fact ‘regularly’ is probably the wrong word; ‘always’ is a more accurate term. Nintendo’s most famous creation..
A Japanese games company called Yudo recently announced that they're planning on releasing a music rhythm game for WiiWare. Aero Guitar will be similar to games such as Guitar Hero and Dancing Stage/Dance Dance Revolution, making you try to hit beat markers at the correct times using the Wiimote as a virtual instrument.
For now, it's unknown if there will be multiplayer, but we think it would be a..
WiiWare may only be a few weeks old but one of its titles is already gaining recognition from within the industry. The game in question is Frontier Developments' sublime LostWinds, which has been nominated in the ‘Best New IP’ and ‘Visual Arts’ categories in the prestigious Develop Industry Excellence Awards. Frontier has also been nominated in the ‘Best Independent Developer’ category.
Here’s the press release: DEVELOP INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2008 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED The finalists for the Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2008 have today been revealed – with Rockstar and Ninja Theory leading the way with an impressive five nominations apiece..
Is this worthy enough to be remembered in the shoot-em-up hall of fame?
Protöthea originally started life as a PC game, developed by Digital Builders back in 2005. It pretty much went unnoticed at the time, so it seems like a strange choice for Ubisoft to use for its debut on the Wii as there's little here in the way of innovation other than the hasty inclusion of Nunchuk and Wiimote controls..
Since the very first screenshot in Nintendo Power many of our readers have been itching to find out more about SPOGS Racing.
This looks set to be a fun arcade racing game, where you can smash into your opponents and steal their parts. Rather than playing as a whole car, you just play as a wheel – you can tell this game doesn’t take itself too seriously. To give you the inside scoop on this..
Poor old Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
After reading our review of Pop from the North American launch on the 12th May, we know a lot of you guys are itching to play this. Sure, you got a storming launch line-up with the first look at Dr. Mario and Toki Tori, but many of you were left questioning why the sublime Pop wasn’t released at launch, or at least shortly afterwards. To clear all this..
Another week, another WiiWare update! Today North America gets Ubisoft’s Protöthea. We have to admit that this game intrigues us somewhat as we are big shoot-em-up fans. Graphically this game does look impressive, but it remains to be seen how good the game itself will be. Could the free scrolling gameplay be it's undoing? Watch out for our review which will be up in the next day or so to find out!
Also up for grabs is Toki Tori, a fun platform/puzzle game by Dutch developers Two Tribes. You will certainly get your value for money with this, the later levels can be quite fiendish so you'll have to practice to nab all the eggs to complete the le..
RiverMan Media are quietly working on a falling block style puzzle game called MadStone which is headed to WiiWare.
Have a look at the screenshots on our Madstone game page or watch the video below. Here is a bit of blurb about the game from the developers which explains what to expect in more detail: RiverMan Media is thrilled to announce the development of our first WiiWare project, MadStone..
IGN recently did an interview with Tom Prata, the senior director of project development at Nintendo of America. We find out that 100 new WiiWare games are in the pipelines, what options are available to developers, size limits – and yes again the sticky thorn of storage is raised and avoided with the skill of a politician.
Have a read and share your thoughts with other WiiWare World readers:..
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When it comes to great inventions we all know that the Japanese create the wackiest things in the world. A good example of this would be the bubble wrap keychain. What kind of mind could have come up with something so bizarre? This little device not only simulates the stress relieving powers of popping bubble wrap but every...
Way back in 2001, speculation begin circulating through the gaming world that newcomer developer WayForward Technologies were developing a Game Boy Color game that would stretch the system's hardware capabilities to their limits.
The game, called Shantae, was said to feature some of the most advanced animation techniques ever seen on a portable game system. Anticipation for the title began..
WiiWare World can exclusively reveal that Toki Tori is due to be released this coming Monday (2nd June) in North America on WiiWare.
Lucky Europe got this excellent game on the 20th May as part of their WiiWare launch. Platform/Puzzle fans in North America jealously coveted a slice of the action but were to be disappointed when it didn’t come out the following week in their territory. All the..
When WiiWare was first announced Nintendo proclaimed that it would revolutionize the way we buy our videogames. This was more than mere hyperbole; digital distribution undoubtedly allows smaller developers and publishers to get their product to consumers with the minimum of expense. However, it would appear that the process of getting games onto people’s machines is running a lot less smoothly than Nintendo might have you believe.
We’ve spoken to one WiiWare developer (who understandably wishes to remain anonymous) and they have a slightly less positive tale to tell about the way Nintendo handles WiiWare titles. It seems that getting solid release da..
North American Wii owners have been ‘enjoying’ the pleasures of the Nintendo Channel for some time now, but European (and Aussie) gamers have had to endure a long a protracted wait in order to see what all the fuss is about. Thankfully, that is soon to change as Nintendo has triumphantly announced that new service, which allows you to view videos and preview new titles, will be hitting EU and Australian consoles from tomorrow.
To be honest, aside from the ability to download demos to your DS, there’s not a great deal to get excited about. Much has been reported about the dubious ‘information exchange’ that occurs through the channel (and is a pre..
WiiWare World snatched its first moment of fame as German TV Show Wiimotion treated its viewers to a glimpse of our beloved pages on Monday on their WiiWare special show.
WiiWare World’s older cousin VC Reviews is no stranger to such fame, Vio Tensil of Wiimotion has already featured it on the show last year, and it even got another mention again this time. As we are no experts in the German..
A week or so ago we noticed that Helix got a rating from the ESRB so we have been getting an eye on the game’s progress with interest. We don’t know much about Texas based Ghostfire Games who are developing this innovative music rhythm game for WiiWare, but we have to say it does look quite interesting.
You can now get your first look at the game in action finally as Ghostfire have been so kind..
We got a cheeky little press release from Hudson today which we thought might be of interest to shmup fans here on WiiWare World.
Do you have what it takes to compete and win Hudson's Top 5 Wii Games along with 16,000 Wii Points? Note: This appears to only be open to American and Canadian Wii owners! More on the tournament registration page. Star Soldier R Tournament and Sweepstakes Announced Sign..
2D Boy’s innovative puzzle title World of Goo has been on our radar for some time now thanks to its lovely visuals and addictive gameplay. As you might be aware the game is also being released for the PC and Mac, but 2D Boy has now confirmed that Wii owners will be getting exclusive online co-op, which makes that version the most appealing of the bunch.
This really is excellent news, not only..
Will table tennis fans rally behind this challenger to Wii Sports?
Family Table Tennis is the first WiiWare game to directly compete with Wii Sports and Wii Play -- two games that almost every Wii owner already has. So, is it a waste of your hard earned Wii Points, or a fun, new experience that can be enjoyed alongside Wii Sports Tennis? Read on to find out! Table tennis (better known to some under..
This week North American WiiWare gamers can finally get their hands on Dr. Mario Online Rx. It has tormented some of our readers that their cousins across the pond got to play this before them last week. Don’t worry guys, six days of extra practice won’t matter for too long in your online battles. This is well worth a look if you like falling block puzzlers. We gave it the respectable score of 7/10 in our review last week.
If you are a bit of a sports fan you might want to check out Family Table Tennis. This was released as Okiraku Ping-Pong in Japan. 500 points might not seem like much of..
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