Nintendo celebrates WiiWare anniversary

Nintendo is celebrating today as WiiWare, the downloadable video game service for Nintendo’s Wii console, celebrates its one year anniversary. Nintendo is constantly adding new games to WiiWare, with the current total of games available coming in at a respectable 81.

The beauty of WiiWare games is that they have been created by more than 40 different development studios, from large companies to small startups. In fact, more than half the games in the WiiWare library were created and self-published by small independent studios, many with five or fewer employees.

WiiWare titles range from completely original creations to namebrand franchises such as Final Fantasy and Tetris. Looking ahead, consumers can expect many more games, including:

Cave Story from Nicalis, which takes players into a world where a race of rabbit-like creatures runs free on a serene island.

Icarian Kindred Spirits from Over the Top Games, where players control Nyx, an enigmatic winged girl, who must descend from heaven in search of her missing friend Icarus.

Super Meat Boy from Team Meat, an indie game in which players take the role of a cube of raw meat who must save his princess from the clutches of evil.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years from SQUARE ENIX, the sequel to Final Fantasy IV that takes place over a series of nine episodes.

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