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WiiWare is a service that allows Wii users to download games and applications specifically designed and developed for the Wii video game console made by Nintendo. These games and applications can only be purchased and downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel under the WiiWare section. Once the user has downloaded the game or application, it will appear in their Wii Menu or SD Card Menu as a new channel. WiiWare is a companion to the Virtual Console, which specializes in emulated games originally developed for other systems instead of original titles.

WiiWare is being promoted as an avenue for developers with small budgets to release innovative, original, and smaller-scale games without the cost and risk of creating a title to be sold at retail (akin to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store). The development kit costs around US$2000 and developers need to be licensed with and approved by Nintendo.[1] According to Nintendo, the "remarkable motion controls will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers' minds". Nintendo will handle all pricing options for the downloadable games.[2]

Like Virtual Console games, WiiWare is purchased using Nintendo Points. However, unlike Virtual Console games, instruction manuals are stored on the Wii Shop Channel itself.

On November 4, 2009, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed in Q&A session that they are planning to test downloadable demos for a select few WiiWare titles, starting in Japan later in the month. On November 16, five WiiWare demos were released for the American Wii Shop Channel,[3] with three demos being released in Europe.[4] The demos were available to download until January 31, 2010.



The WiiWare service was officially launched on March 25, 2008 in Japan,[5] on May 12, 2008 in North America,[6] and on May 20, 2008 in the PAL/UK regions.[7]

On October 10, 2007, Nintendo held a press conference in Japan revealing the first batch of major Japanese WiiWare games including My Pokémon Ranch, Dr. Mario Online Rx, and Square Enix's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King.[8] The conference also disclosed information on Family Table Tennis,[9] Mojipittan, Maruboushikaku, and Magnetica Twist. Game developer Hudson also announced 3 WiiWare titles: Bomberman Blast, Star Soldier R, and Joysound, the latter a karaoke game.[10] Hudson later revealed that it had at least 10 WiiWare titles in development for the first year of release.[11] Capcom, Namco, Sega, Taito and Konami also subsequently announced and later released games for the service.

Among Western developers, Telltale Games was one of the first to cite interest in the service, announcing the episodic Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People series of adventure games.[12] GarageGames has released a version of their game engine to support WiiWare software development. Other Western developers releasing WiiWare games include Gameloft, Neko Entertainment, WayForward Technologies, Zoonami and High Voltage Software. Konami and Capcom has also expressed desire to release Western-exclusive WiiWare games.[13]

Currently available WiiWare games in Japan and North America are priced between 500 and 1500 Nintendo Points. Additional downloadable content has also been announced for several games, with My Life as a King seeing extra content priced between 100 to 800 Points [14], Final Fantasy IV: The After Years receiving content ranging from 300 to 800 Points [15], and Mega Man 9 seeing content priced between 100 to 500 Points.

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Manufacturer Nintendo
Active 2008—present
Total Games 134 (21 present)
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Popular guides
  1. Cave Story
  2. LostWinds
  3. Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner

WiiWare is a digital download service for the Wii, similar to the Virtual Console service but offering newly programmed games rather than emulated classics. The purpose of WiiWare is to allow publishers to release games without the added overhead of retail production, similar to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network.

Pages in category "WiiWare"

The following 21 pages are in this category, out of 21 total.




  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years


  • LostWinds
  • LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias




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  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free


  • TV Show King
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal


Simple English

WiiWare is a Wii service where users can download new games using Wii Points. WiiWare allows small developers to release shorter sized and creative games. WiiWare was first available in Japan on March 25, 2008, then in North America on May 12, 2008, and in Europe and Australia on May 19, 2008.


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