Nintendo UK Talks WiiWare
Cubed³: What sort of games can we expect to see on WiiWare? And when will be get our first taste of what will be on offer?
Nintendo UK: Developers will only be limited by their imagination as to what types and styles of games could potentially appear using this system. Wii Software will be the easiest and most accessible way for developers, large and small, to create new games and reach consumers. Even small developers can create completely new games from scratch, armed only with big ideas, not big budgets. We may discover the next great game and game creator. One game can make a difference and consumers get to try fresh content at a low cost. Nintendo’s open approach, combined with the remarkable motion controls of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers’ minds.
C3: How much is the basic cost to developers if they want to make WiiWare title?
NUK: We are not disclosing this information publicly – Wii Software levels the playing field for both small independent developers and the bigger developers and publishers. Wii Software paves the way for smaller, more creative games to make their way to the public at lower prices, without any inventory risk to developers.
C3: Nibris has already stated its interest in WiiWare, but in general has Nintendo had a lot of interest from independent or even individual developers wishing to do WiiWare titles?
NUK: Developers were only told about Wii Software on June 26 at the Nintendo Developers Conference. We will be sharing more information about Wii Software content in the future.
C3: And has Nintendo been actively talking with large Third Parties such as Capcom and Sega to bring fresh content to WiiWare?
NUK: As I’ve said – Developers were only told about Wii Software on June 26 at the Nintendo Developers Conference. We will be sharing more information about Wii Software content in the future. Wii Software levels the playing field for both small independent developers and the bigger developers publishers. We expect to see content from a variety of developers.
C3: The focus definitely seems to be on ‘new’ content for WiiWare. But is it likely we will also see ‘upgraded’ versions of old games appear from Nintendo?
NUK: Virtual Console is a successful program of classic games from previous platforms. Wii Software is a new service for newly developed Wii games to be downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel.
C3: Nintendo has previously stated no hard disk drive will be released for Wii. But if the demand is there, will the company consider an expansion to the Wii’s internal memory or even official USB memory sticks?