Nintendo- '100 Wiiware games on the way'

By Shane Jury 31.05.2008 20

In a recent interview, Nintendo talk about Wiiware's limitations, the options available to game makers on the service, and again dodges discussing the storage issues of the Wii.

In an interview with NOA's senior director of project development, Tom Prata, IGN ask the following;

IGN: We know a lot of developers have completed WiiWare games which haven't yet been released. Will new WiiWare titles be released every Monday? What is the limit you're putting on how many WiiWare games can be released every week?

Tom Prata: Our plan is to make new WiiWare games available on Mondays, as we do with Virtual Console titles. We have not set a limit to the number of games that will launch on any given Monday. Rather, we are working with developers and their production schedules to bring the products to consumers in a timely manner.

IGN: What is the most popular WiiWare download so far?

Tom Prata: We don't have sales information to share at this time, however we are pleased to see consumers enjoying the games made available by WiiWare developers.

IGN: We recently had to delete half the games and Channels on our systems to make room for two WiiWare titles. Lack of storage space has become a huge problem. What're your thoughts on this issue? Will Nintendo address it soon?

Tom Prata: Consumers have the option of either deleting the game and downloading it again for no additional Wii Points, or transferring the game from Wii to external SD memory card.

IGN: Can WiiWare developers use all of Wii's abilities? For instance -- connection between Wii and DS, WFC, online, etc. -- if they want? What about Miis?

Tom Prata: Developers have the ability to utilize the same Wii features for WiiWare games as they do for disc-based games, including Wi-Fi Connection, WiiConnect24 and variety of controllers and peripherals. What is important is providing developers the freedom to use the features that are most valuable to express the characteristics of their game. Regarding the use of Miis, Mii characters are included in games like TV Show King and Dr. Mario Rx .

IGN: WiiWare games need to weigh in under 43 megabytes, we've been told. Is this true? Are there any plans to increase the file size limit?

Tom Prata: Similar to the breadth of Virtual Console content, WiiWare games will also come in a variety of sizes and at different Wii Points. We want to encourage creators to focus development resources on areas that matter most to consumers: gameplay. Nintendo is not planning on requiring developers to fill large amounts of data and believe there is sufficient space to create compelling, new gameplay experiences.

IGN: Currently, there is no way to demo WiiWare games before you buy. Might this change?

Tom Prata: We do not intend to have a 'try-before-you-buy' model that requires developers to create demos. There are a variety of places to learn more about WiiWare games such as the Nintendo Channel where consumers can find game information for WiiWare together with retail Wii products, Virtual Console and DS games.

IGN: How many WiiWare games do you have the queue?

Tom Prata: Currently, there are about 100 games in development for WiiWare at various stages of completion.

IGN: For launch in America, Nintendo itself did not release any first-party WiiWare games. Why not?

Tom Prata: As we looked at the launch line up, we wanted to provide games that are widely appealing to all consumers -- something for everyone to enjoy. Equally diverse are the creators of these games representing companies of different sizes and cultures. These companies demonstrate the range of WiiWare developers from a large publisher like Square Enix, to established independent developers such as High Voltage and Frontier to small indie developers like XGen.

Nintendo, like other publishers, is working on some experimental projects we plan to make available in the future.

Recently we launched Dr. Mario Rx.

Have your say on this news below.

Comment on this article

You can comment as a guest or join the Cubed3 community below: Sign Up for Free Account Login

Preview PostPreview Post Your Name:
Validate your comment
  Enter the letters in the image to validate your comment.
Submit Post

Comments

Tom Prata: Consumers have the option of either deleting the game and downloading it again for no additional Wii Points, or transferring the game from Wii to external SD memory card.

It's infuriating having to read such stale answers to this question. I really hope Nintendo face the flack in the coming months and do something about it, because this is getting beyond a joke now.

If nothing does happen at E3 regarding storage space, something has to be done. I'd say petition, but most forumers don't have any faith in them, even though the one to bring Sam and Max to the Wii worked. Smilie

Man, I have so many channels on my Wii... It's unfair to make me have to delete my games and channels to make room for new ones... And to get them back, I need to waste more time in redownloading the files back to my system? This whole "No need for a hard drive " is just plain horse-sh*t. Come on Nintendo, stop messing around! Make the damn hard drive already!

I believe Nintendo will reveal some sort of storage solution..That is what Iwata said in the first place, that they are taking care of that problem...maybe everyone at Nintendo was told to keep it a secret, just as everything else in NintendoSmilie

i barely have anything on my wii such as channels, and i only have 833 blocks left. Today im getiing FFCCMYLAAK and ninty channel. im barely gonna have any space left.
At the mo i have:
The usual ones
Opera internet
everybody votes
check mii out
Mk wii channel (that will be first to go)
Lost winds
ledgend of zelda OoT
Kirby adventure
Kid icarus
Super metroid
Street fighter 2 turbo

And thats basically taken yp all the memory.

IGN: We recently had to delete half the games and Channels on our systems to make room for two WiiWare titles. Lack of storage space has become a huge problem. What're your thoughts on this issue? Will Nintendo address it soon?

Tom Prata: Consumers have the option of either deleting the game and downloading it again for no additional Wii Points, or transferring the game from Wii to external SD memory card.

Zzz, Nintendo WAKE UP.

Fuck you Nintendo.

How is deleting and redownloading more accessible and gamer friendly than having everything in one place.

Idiots.

In other news, good to see continued WiiWare support on the way.

Cubed3 Admin/Founder & Designer

Well, this PR dude was highly unlikely to be the one Nintendo picked to announce a Wii HD is he? You just know it's going to be Reggie in one of his posh suits showing of this nice tiny white WiiHD.

russraine said:
Well, this PR dude was highly unlikely to be the one Nintendo picked to announce a Wii HD is he? You just know it's going to be Reggie in one of his posh suits showing of this nice tiny white WiiHD.

It doesn't have to even be a HDD(but then what are the USB ports gonna be used for besides the microphone). All they have to do is make the channels and games accessable directly from the SD cards. Is that so hard?

Follow Me on twitter :: @Stulaw90 || My Youtube || Backloggery
NNID: Stulaw

A couple of things:

*This is an idiotic email interview with no chance to pin someone down on the details. I really wish *everybody* would stop conducting these as they are *not* interviews in any way, shape or form.

*Nintendo of America and Europe know nothing until NCL decides they should know it--this can be up the very last moment before something is announced and, in some cases, not until *after* it's announced by HQ in Japan (this is common practice for parent corps that have subdisiaries in different territories). So in the case of extended storage, this guy is either towing the PR line (definitely) and may not actually know with any actual certainty, that there is something coming (beyond what Iwata half-mentioned at the recent stockholders meeting in Japan).

*I do love the comment about "requiring" developers to create demos. If this were an actual interview, the interviewer could follow-up (this is IGN, so I wouldn't put my money on them actually doing this anyway) with "can they create one if they want to?" We all know the answer, but at least it would clarify the situation.

Nintendo are so ignorant it makes them sound like children. Why would they ignore their audience like this? I strongly believe we should petition, the whole of C3, if this isn't sorted soon. Nintendo have to know that it isn't a minority. The sidestepping is pathetic. I personally don't give a shit that there are 100 Wiiware games on the way if I have no way to put them.

Complete morons. Smilie It's patronising, it's ignorance, it's the worst kind of sidestepping. -.-;

Twitter | C3 Writer/Moderator | Backloggery

Ok.
And where's my HD?
Because I still don't see ANY use for those USB ports you put on the console then, nintendo. If you weren't gonna use it in first place, why the hell put it in the console then??? Could have saved space and made it even smaller if you didn't put USB ports there

Smilie

The USB is used for the LAN cable and Keyboards. If you're using the Internet Channel with a wired connection you'll need to use both slots XD

But that's besides the point. It does provide a little predicament though. I guess the HD can be removed.

Twitter | C3 Writer/Moderator | Backloggery

Or you could use one of those USB Hubs. Do they work with Wiis?Smilie

Wouldn't surprise me in the least if it didn't. Smilie

Twitter | C3 Writer/Moderator | Backloggery

I strongly believe we should petition, the whole of C3, if this isn't sorted soon.

After E3 I say but we all know it's only going to fall on deaf ears...

The only reason I think it'll work is because Nintendo actually came out and said "the people who see this problem are definitely a minority".

Showing them we are not a minority should do the trick, and if not it will show them as the biggest hypocrites in the history of gaming. I don't think they can take the bad media, and soon enough it will be on the way surely. And if not... well meh Smilie

Twitter | C3 Writer/Moderator | Backloggery

You are absolutely right about the storage problem. But I don't want to talk about that.

I want to talk about, that I am happy with Wiiware, since I already am more anxious about getting new Wiiware titles then boxed ones, because there are so many great ideas and some I wouldn't buy a big bugdet game about.
And then not releasing an HDD? shame.
Hey, I didn't want to talk about storage problems!


I am glad Nintendo did let 3rd parties assemble the launch lineup. They did such a great job, that Nintendo didn't have to support the launch with their own titles. Second it was a great gesture, since no launch title had to seriously compete against great Nintendo quality - except Dr. Mario, which didn't have any real competition, since you didn't consider Dr. Mario much, but FFCC and Frontier's gem Lost Winds.
But I have no space left already after deleting all VC games and Channels I had bought. So it's not possible to talk about Wiiware and leave storage problems behind. They are one!

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

I'll take the positive approach.

There will be a storage solution before the end of the year. Nintendo are not idiots. They know how to make money and they know now how to do it properly.

Look unto me in every thought. Doubt not. Fear not.

Some points from me:

1) You should not need to move your games between SD and memory. The Wii should just have 'storage' and move things between SD and memory as you need to access it. Obviously having the option to put things on the SD card if you want to back them up. This after all is supposed to be a console for every age group and ability. This should have been implemented as part of the Wii design, along with >2GB SD cards. I think this would have stopped a lot of people from whinging.

2) If I was Nintendo a statistic I would be looking at is the amount of people who buy VC/Wiiware, and have to redownload it at least once. This would imply they didn't have enough space. I bet this number is small. Maybe more people should be redownloading things which costs Nintendo in bandwidth, and they can see it.

3) If I was wanting to indicate a problem to Nintendo about storage I would not say I had to delete VC games or WiiWare games. I would say I had to delete all my installable Nintendo channels (Mario Kart, Check Mii Out, Wii Fit) and now no-body uses the games/features anymore.

4) I like Wiiware and am glad to hear that there's more games on the way. I'd like to see short and great games, not long and average. If a developer has a great idea, makes some amazing levels, I'd rather they left if short, than tried to stretch it out. A little multiplayer point blank clone for wiiware would be good.

Subscribe to this topic Subscribe to this topic

If you are a registered member and logged in, you can also subscribe to topics by email.
K-Pop Korner - The Best of Korean Music
Sign up today for blogs, games collections, reader reviews and much more
Site Feed
Who's Online?
Azuardo

There are 1 members online at the moment.