Nintendo rolls out buffed-up Wii Ware with 6 new games

Gaming, Nintendo, Technology

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LOSTWINDS IMAGE COURTESY OF NINTENDO

Nintendo has launched its new version of Wii Ware, turning the download station for Wii features into an online outlet for smaller-scale game releases that could one day resemble Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Store.

New Wii Channels such as the Everybody Votes Channel and Check Mii Out Channel, which used to be available in the Wii Ware section, have been moved to their own area on the Wii Shop Channel.

If you have downloaded the new Nintendo Channel, you can check out video previews of each new Wii Ware game.

I can’t wait to play LostWinds, and old-school adventure game where your hero explores a magical land aided by gusts of wind controlled by your Wii Remote, and Pop, a puzzle game that’s all about bursting bubbles!

This looks like some great reasonably priced content, so soon after the recently released Mario Kart Wii and with Wii Fit due May 19.

Below is a list of the Wii Ware launch releases with prices and screenshots (click thumbnails for larger versions). One hundred Wii Points equal $1 U.S. To buy these games, just go to the Shop Channel and click the Wii Ware button.

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LostWinds (1000 Wii Points)
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“LostWinds is a fresh, enchanting adventure that lets you wield the awesome powers of Enril the wind Spirit – from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze – to guide and protect Toku, a young boy who is the only one who can help you release the curse placed upon the world of Mistralis and its people by evil Balasar.”


Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (1500 Wii Points)
finalfantasycrystalchronicles.jpg“You are a young king who must rebuild his kingdom, beginning with the castle town. When the king first reaches the borders of his realm, he finds that the crystal in the center of town has given him special powers to be a “master builder,” a unique ability he uses to construct houses, shops and the like to rebuild and revitalize his kingdom.”


V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack (700 Wii Points)
vipcasinoblackjack.jpg“The world’s most played casino card game makes its WiiWare debut with highly detailed characters, true-to-life animations, and advanced artificial intelligence – making V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack the most realistic blackjack game ever made. By breaking-the-mold of traditional card games and their static 2D interface, we integrated our animated 3D interface into the table; creating a visually impressive look and play style that feels just right. Use the Wii Remote to point-and-click, press the hot-keys to quickly place your bets, or even use the Wii Remote’s motion controls to hit, stand, and bet.”


Defend Your Castle (500 Wii Points)
defendyourcastle.jpg“Defend Your Castle takes place on a grassy plain surrounded by invaders. You are the commander of your castle, and at your disposal is only a hand for picking up the enemy and flinging them to their doom. Over time, add power-ups and other weapons to your arsenal to repel the attacks. How long can you hold them off?”


Pop (700 Wii Points)
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“Pop bubbles to score points and stop the timer from running out. Pop can be enjoyed on 2 levels – casual gamers can simply play to pop bubbles and keep the game moving. Advanced players will need to pick their shots rapidly and accurately and generate combos to maximize their score.”


TV Show King (1000 Wii Points)
“Confront friends and family in a TV quiz game show! Let your Mii try to answer fun and challenging trivia questions, from the classics to original stumpers, spanning across history, geography, literature, science, sports and entertainment! For an extra challenge, use your Wiimote in original ways. Make it to the finals and see who can win the greatest amount of cash in one last, ultimate duel. TV Show King will challenge your brain! Now, get ready… get set… and go play TV Show King!” (No picture available)


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