I was most definitely a late adopter. Usually I’m not. Generally I try to be there, if not day 1, at least pretty soon after something new comes out. So it may come as a surprise to you that I didn’t immediately jump on the WiiWare bandwagon as soon as it was available. I appreciated that Nintendo was giving developers another platform to show games on a Nintendo system, but none of the early games really stuck out to me as worth my digital dollars. So it would be months before I tried out a WiiWare game.
In fact, my first experience with the service wasn’t that great either. I downloaded My Pokémon Ranch mainly because I wanted to get the extra stuff on my handheld games that Ranch offered. It may have been a good place to store extra Pokémon, but it was not a good showcase of WiiWare’s capabilities. It would be awhile before I took the plunge and actually got something worthwhile on my console from WiiWare. It was LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, suggested by Evan Cambell during a podcast, that truly let me see the possibilities of Nintendo’s downloadable service. I never looked back and have bought dozens of WiiWare titles since. When I got a DSi XL for my birthday last year, the first game I downloaded was also suggested by Evan, Pictobits.
Now we’re on the verge of Nintendo rolling out a new eShop for 3DS. Maybe it will fix any and all problems that are inherent in the current system. Being able to transfer older purchased content is definitely a godsend that is way overdue in coming. But at the same time, it’s completely unknown if it will be as good a service as the competitors have put out there. This week we want to take some time to talk about the services that Nintendo seems apt to ignore. So join us as we take a look at the “Lord of the Wares.” We hope you’ll be entertained and informed by the end of this week.
Issue 46: Lord of the Wares
Round Table: Our Favorite Ware Mechanics by Nintendojo Staff
These downloadable titles have some pretty interesting gameplay concepts. The staff breaks down which the best and freshest ones are.
0% OFF! FULL PRICE by Adam Sorice
Why Nintendo’s eShop system is a platform for profit, even even compared to downloadble content sites.
Nester64x: Where’s The Meat!? by Nester64x
An epic lament for the loss of what could have been one of Wii’s coolest games to those Hozers at Microsoft: Super Meat Boy.
Full Focus: Gamestop and the Digital Future by Abhinay Sawant
A look at the retailer’s recent actions and how it’s preparing for a future of digital distribution.
Hot Air: Where’d? by Aaron Roberts
Why don’t we have more of these kinds of games?
The Last Great Crystal Chronicles by James Stank
While the series may have died on DS and Wii, it is very much alive on WiiWare.
Additional features in this issue…
- Nightly News Roundup by Matthew Tidman
- Poll: The Best Download Shop by Matthew Tidman
- Nightly News Roundup by James Stank
- Dojo-Show-Go! Episode 139 by M. Noah Ward
- Nightly News Roundup by Kevin Knezevic
- Nightly News Roundup by Andy Hoover
- Nightly News Roundup by M. Noah Ward
Coming Up Next Week…
Issue 47: Arts & Crafts
Digging that arts-and-crafts vibe, we take a look at the best games to feature the aesthetic.