Nintendo just announced its new WiiWare system, which will provide downloadable games from independent publishers through the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says:
“Independent developers armed with small budgets and big ideas will be able to get their original games into the marketplace to see if we can find the next smash hit. WiiWare brings new levels of creativity and value to the ever-growing population of Wii owners.”
This should be a good deal all around. Developers get a chance to offer games with no inventory risk and gamers get exposed to new, inexpensive games. Plus, it’ll round out the somewhat scant offerings currently found on the Wii Shop Channel.
New content will be available beginning January, 2008.