Nintendo to finally begin offering WiiWare demos

Nintendo has finally announced that it plans to again release demo versions of WiiWare games in North America... but the usual Nintendo caveats apply. Only a few WiiWare games will offer demos, and even when Nintendo does put up a free demo, it'll only be available "for a limited time."

Above: Bit Trip Fate, a game you have to play to understand. Now, even if you're iffy about spending the money, you can still try it

PS3 and Xbox 360 users have grown accustomed to seeing huge sections devoted to free game demos on their respective digital download stores. But when it comes to WiiWare games there may be literally no coverage or outside details available at all. This leads to frequent blind buying of WiiWare content, or in the worse case scenario for Nintendo, a lost sale.

The demo section will become available on November 22 in North America. Bit Trip Fate, And Yet It Moves, ThruSpace, and Jett Rocket demos are the flagship titles which will initially get demos. The Wii Shop will be continuously updated with new demos as part of the digital store's regular Monday updates.

It's always nice to see Nintendo kinda, sorta, almost match the services available on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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  • shnazzyone - November 20, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    well at least there will be something worth downloading from wiiware, shame it's not any new games. It's been a wasteland for the last 3 weeks or so.
  • Gorillaman23 - November 20, 2010 4 a.m.

    Stop picking on Nintendo. I'm sure that they can only get so many demos due to the developers. Plus, they've had downloadable demos for Nintendo DS games on the Nintendo channel for quite a while now. On the other hand, I'm glad that I'll be able to try out And Yet It Moves. That game has always looked pretty cool, but I wasn't sure whether it warranted a purchase. I was thinking of saving my money for Super Meat Boy and Sonic 4, but a good demo might change my mind.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - November 19, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    it's about damn time, Nintendo... even still, why are you only letting them stay up for a limited amount of time? That's BS.
  • batmanboy11 - November 19, 2010 8:26 p.m.

  • vigeoman - November 19, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    i dont understand what goes through the mind of nintendo people if your going to have demos you should keep them and not just have them for a limited time
  • Fuzunga - November 19, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    I thought this was a limited time thing like they did last year.
  • flabslapper - November 19, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    a little while ago they offered a demo for Bit.Trip.Beat. which I was always interested in but didn't want to spend the money for something that would most likely be shit, but since they offered a demo I found out it was FRIGGING AWESOME and have since bought Bit.Trip.Runner. and Bit.Trip.Fate. all because of the simple idea of letting me FRIGGING TRY A GAME
  • sveini22 - November 19, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    About time, i only got the world of goo demo.

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