So, WiiWare Demos Are Back...

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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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#2 Posted by SMGB25 (11 posts) -

Typo man!

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#3 Posted by NekuCTR (1712 posts) -

I was totally clamoring for this.

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#4 Posted by Thoseposers (925 posts) -

TYPO ALERT weewoo weewoo

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#5 Posted by notdavid (873 posts) -

So demos are the McRib of WiiWare?

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#6 Posted by RE_Player1 (8010 posts) -

This is what I've been waiting for. Time to take out my Wii and play some demos! Come to think of it I think I have like 200 Wii points on my system that I'll probably never use.

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#7 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -

OH FUCK YES DEMOS!

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#8 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (7965 posts) -

All my prayers have come true!

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#9 Posted by MetalBaofu (1623 posts) -

One of the main things I've always liked about XBL is that they have trials for ALL of the XBLA games. Seems like a small thing really, but it's probably the thing I appreciate the most about the service.

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#10 Posted by Grimluck343 (1371 posts) -

BRING BACK THE TRAIN!

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#11 Posted by JoeyRavn (5219 posts) -

That's Nintendo for you. Totally unexpected. That's how their magic works and shit.

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#12 Posted by Vexxan (4633 posts) -

Demos!

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#13 Posted by rjayb89 (7811 posts) -

Yay, Internet! Me know how use it!

Online
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#14 Posted by TheHumanDove (2520 posts) -

Demossssssss!

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#15 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@SMGB25 said:

Typo man!

I dont liket hat guy>

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#16 Posted by DrJota (726 posts) -

I'm just going to leave this here.....

Back on Track
Back on Track
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#17 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

@Grimluck343 said:

BRING BACK THE TRAIN!

@DrJota said:

I'm just going to leave this here.....

Back on Track
Back on Track

MAKE IT HAPPEN, JEFF!

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#18 Posted by beforet (3377 posts) -

Totally expected this to be written by Jeff.

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#19 Posted by Thor_Molecules (753 posts) -

Bring back the WiiWare/DSiWare section on the Bombcast, and we'll talk.

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#20 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -

Innovative!

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#21 Posted by Blubba (565 posts) -

From the people that brought you the Wii Speak!

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#22 Posted by MormonWarrior (2943 posts) -

There were not "plenty" of great games on WiiWare. There were like two or three, and even then they were better experienced elsewhere. Like World of Goo or Cave Story.

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#23 Posted by KaneRobot (2668 posts) -

@notdavid said:

So demos are the McRib of WiiWare?

Yeah. They have not quite reached Chili Cheese Burrito status yet, though.

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#24 Posted by evanbower (1247 posts) -

Hopefully this, like the credit card information save on 3DS, is a sign that Nintendo had a discussion about fixing the direction of their downloadable approach.

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#25 Posted by jred250 (116 posts) -

I wish the titles were listed here.

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#26 Posted by Zaxex (625 posts) -

I just bought a 3DS today and their "pay exact price" option is fucking awesome. Otherwise it'd have been £10 for one £5.40 game or £20 for two (£10.80) and from then on I'd always have a useless sum of points on the 3DS.

Nintendo still might not get the internet in ways other companies have, but they do make a few smart decisions.

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#27 Posted by JeanLuc (3882 posts) -

The Wiiware demos disappeared? Actually back one step. Wiiware has demos?!

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#28 Posted by joachimo (207 posts) -

I usually know if I'm buying a wiiware game, so I dont really NEED a demo. Also I cant understand what Nintendo does at all these days..

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#29 Posted by RobertOrri (1181 posts) -

Someone probably just flicked the switch by accident at Nintendo's HQ.

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#30 Posted by htiawe (28 posts) -

About time. My girlfriends little brothers got a Wii for christmas and i spent alot of time trying to find the demos i promised them would be there..

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#31 Posted by MeatSim (11140 posts) -

This just makes me miss the NDX.

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#32 Posted by Branthog (5777 posts) -

Are wiiware demos still not re-downloadable? That is, if your device is stolen or lost or broken, you are fucked with regard to all of your purchases? Or has that changed? (Not that I have any clue where in the house my Wii is... I think it's still in a box in the garage from when I bought my house and moved in two years ago).

That is pretty much what has kept me from ever buying anything on it. Especially since I've already gone through having every single one of my consoles stolen in a home invasion before.

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#33 Edited by Nintendude (319 posts) -

I've decided not to buy anything on Nintendo console or handheld after someone stole my 3DS. I still have all of my physical 3DS games but lost every digital game I had purchased by then >_< Thanks to Nintendo and their lacking online features...

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#34 Posted by KamikazeCaterpillar (1160 posts) -

Fucking Nintendo.

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#35 Posted by Ozone (135 posts) -

Choo Choo Motherfucker?

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#36 Posted by cstrang (2362 posts) -

Nintendo continuing to operate business behind the curve.

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#37 Posted by RatsoAlbion (3 posts) -

This situation makes absolutely no sense to me.

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