Wii download service to be launch today
Nintendo Co. announced today the launch of WiiWare, a game-creation tool that will allow individuals and outside game studios create and sell downloadable Wii games through console’s Wii Shop Channel.
“Independent developers armed with small budgets and big ideas will be able to get their original games into the marketplace to see if we can find the next smash hit. WiiWare brings new levels of creativity and value to the ever-growing population of Wii owners,” said the Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
The game-creation tool is engineered for people with at least some knowledge of computer programming. Game developers can start creating games using a personal computer but must complete them on the Wii console, according to Perrin Kaplan, a Nintendo spokeswoman.
WiiWare will be available through the Wii Shop Channel. Users will be able to download content at the cost of Wii points, the store's virtual currency. The downloadable content will be available starting with January 2008.
Microsoft and Sony already have this kind of service, but Wii hopes to exceed its rivals.With the newly announced WiiWare download service Nintendo too has expanded its online distribution model to be similar to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store.