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40 mb limit and other Wii Ware morsels

November 14, 2007

In IGN most recent Wii-k in Review podcast, Matt Cassamassina and Mark Bozon shed some juice on Nintendo’s true-blue downloadable games service, Wii Ware.

  • Most Wii Ware games are being budgeted at $100k or lower
  • Developers with game pitches can go through the regular publisher channels
  • “Lots of ‘really weird deals’ are currently underway as a result, with smaller companies trying very different models for the greatest profit and smallest risk.”
  • The ratio of Nintendo-published games to third party titles is 35 : 65. Nintendo’s trying to make them feel better for not being able to sell worth a damn at retail.
  • 40 mb size cap on all games. The Live Arcade cap was 50 mb, but is now 250 mb.
  • Nintendo is paying devs quicker if they make their file sizes as small as possible
  • Devs set the prices for their own games, but if you remember, Nintendo has said that they will ensure that all WW titles be in the same price ballpark. I expect an MSRP.
  • Nintendo is also limiting the number of releases that a dev can drop onto WW to one a month, to supposedly keep them from shoveling out garbage as they do at retail. Intendo says it’s another memory issue.

Wii Ware is still scheduled for a February 08-ish kickoff.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. drewmg permalink
    November 14, 2007 1:30 pm

    let me play games off the sd card, or i won’t download your wiiware games, nintendo.


  2. November 14, 2007 2:25 pm

    Well, technically, it isn’t you who “drew the line”… it was Nintendo, with their on-board half-Gigabyte memory, and lack of SD memory card support for games!

    That’s one of the problems you get when you market to “casual gamers”: they don’t play games that much!

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