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So, WiiWare Demos Are Back...

All 50 of WiiWare's "temporary" demos have appeared back on the service.

There were plenty of great games on WiiWare, it just turned out that almost no one played them.
There were plenty of great games on WiiWare, it just turned out that almost no one played them.

People, the revolution is here: WiiWare demos are back.

Why? Hey, maybe a prominent WiiWare developers knows!

“In a bold yet puzzling move,” said Bit.Trip developers Gaijin Games on its website. “Nintendo brought back all the WiiWare demos in the Wii Shop Channel!”

There are all sorts of reasons to question Nintendo’s logic when it comes to online, but for whatever reason, the company’s approach to game demos bothered me than anything else.

When Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that demos were coming to WiiWare, it came with the puzzling caveat that the demos would not be available indefinitely. Eventually, the demos did actually disappear, so if you missed the demos when they were available, there was no way to try out the games without paying.

The suite of 50 demos that went through the service are now available, but it’s unclear if they’ll be there forever.

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