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Revision as of 19:51, 18 August 2010

WiiWare is a service that allows Wii users to download games and applications specifically designed and developed for the Wii video game console made by Nintendo. These games and applications can only be purchased and downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel under the WiiWare section. Once the user has downloaded the game or application, it will appear in their Wii Menu or SD Card Menu as a new channel. WiiWare is a companion to the Virtual Console, which specializes in emulated games originally developed for other systems instead of original titles.

WiiWare is being promoted as an avenue for developers with small budgets to release innovative, original, and smaller-scale games without the cost and risk of creating a title to be sold at retail (akin to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store). The development kit costs around US$2000 and developers need to be licensed with and approved by Nintendo. According to Nintendo, the "remarkable motion controls will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers' minds". Nintendo will handle all pricing options for the downloadable games.

Like Virtual Console games, WiiWare is purchased using Nintendo Points. However, unlike Virtual Console games, instruction manuals are stored on the Wii Shop Channel itself.

On November 4, 2009, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed in Q&A session that they are planning to test downloadable demos for a select few WiiWare titles, starting in Japan later in the month. On November 16, five WiiWare demos were released for the American Wii Shop Channel, with three demos being released in Europe. The demos were available to download until January 31, 2010.

WiiWare Compatibility List

Compatibility Description
Stars5.png Perfect: No issues at all!
Stars4.png Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
Stars3.png Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
Stars2.png Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
Stars1.png Broken: Crashes when booting
Stars0.png Unknown: Has not been tested yet
Region indicator Region description
AU Australia
CA Canada (NTSC /w French translation)
EU Europe, PAL/SECAM territories
JP Japan and Asia (NTSC-J)
KO Korea
NA North America and NTSC territories
RU Russia

Help to complete the list! If a game is missing or information is incomplete, feel free to modify this page. Just click on edit at the top of the page.

A game is missing? Don't hesitate to edit this page and include a new entry for it! You have any problems with a game? Go to the wiki page for the game and write down the problem!

ATTENTION: Please put in alphabetical order!

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Title Year Genre Region Compatibility
Adventure Island: The Beginning 2010 2.5D Platformer JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Arcade Sports 2010 Arcade, Sports NA Template:RatingsWW
Bejeweled 2 2010 Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
Block Breaker Deluxe 2008 Arcade NA Template:RatingsWW
Carnival King 2009 Shooter JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Cave Story 2010 Action-adventure NA Template:RatingsWW
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth 2009 2D Platformer NA Template:RatingsWW
Chronos Twins DX 2010 Platformer, Puzzle NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Cocoto Fishing Master 2008 Fishing NA Template:RatingsWW
Cocoto Platform Jumper (Wii) 2009 Platform NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Contra Rebirth 2009 Action-adventure NA Template:RatingsWW
Critter Round-Up 2008 Action, Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
Defend your Castle 2008 Action, Arcade, Strategy NA Template:RatingsWW
Doc Louis's Punch-Out‼ 2009 Boxing JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Dr. Mario Online RX 2008 Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
Excitebike: World Rally 2010 2.5D Racing JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Family Table Tennis 2008 Sports NA Template:RatingsWW
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord 2009 Tower defense JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King 2008 City-building game JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders R1 2009 Tower defense JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders R2 2009 Tower defense JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Frogger Returns 2009 Arcade, Action JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Furry Legends 2010 Platformer, Action-adventure NA Template:RatingsWW
Gyrostarr 2008 Arcade, Shotter NA Template:RatingsWW
Jungle Speed 2009 Card game JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Lead the Meerkats 2010 Simulation, Adventure NA Template:RatingsWW
LIT 2009 Action, Adventure, Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
LostWinds 2008 Action, Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
Major League Eating: The Game 2008 Action NA Template:RatingsWW
Magnetica Twist 2008 Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
Mega Man 9 2008 Action 2D JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Mega Man 10 2010 Action 2D JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
My Pokémon Ranch 2008 Pokémon Interaction NA Template:RatingsWW
Pirates: The Key of Dreams 2008 Action NA Template:RatingsWW
Pop 2010 Action, Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
Protothea 2008 Shotter NA Template:RatingsWW
Reel Fishing Challenge 2 2008 Puzzles, Shotter NA Template:RatingsWW
Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: Rush 2008 Puzzle NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
SPOGS Racing 2008 Racing NA Template:RatingsWW
Stop Stress: A Day Of Fury 2009 Action NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Super Mario Bros. 3 2009 Action 2D NA Template:RatingsWW
Star Soldiers R 2008 Shotter NA Template:RatingsWW
The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflits 2010 Action, Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages 2010 Action, Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
Tetris Party 2008 Puzzle JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Toki Tori 2008 Platformer, Puzzles NA Template:RatingsWW
TV Show Game 2008 Trivia NA Template:RatingsWW
V.I.P Casino: Blackjack 2008 Casino, Card Games NA Template:RatingsWW
Warioware D.I.Y. Showcase 2010 Other JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
World of Goo 2008 Puzzle JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville 2010 Other NA Template:RatingsWW
You, Me & the Cubes 2009 Puzzle JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Zombie Panic In Wonderland 2010 Shooter JP/NA/PAL Template:RatingsWW
Zoo Disc 2010 Action-adventure NA Template:RatingsWW

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See also