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Nintendo Launches WiiWare: An Open Playground for Creativity

Downloadable Game Service Delivers Developers’ New Ideas Directly to

This is apparently more of a revolution than Xbox Live - Matt

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo’s Wii™ console has already
changed the way people play games. Now its new WiiWare™ service
decisively tears down limitations for how developers create games – and
the way people receive them.

Starting today, Wii owners with an Internet connection can download new,
creative games from a wide range of developers, from large publishers to
indie shops. By reducing the barriers that make console game development
prohibitively expensive, WiiWare showcases original ideas in the most
democratic environment in industry history, connecting the people who make
games more directly with the people who play them.

WiiWare frees developers from the traditional constraints of video game
development. WiiWare lets developers experiment with big ideas and small
budgets to the benefit of players everywhere. Newer, smaller teams now
have an outlet for their creative ideas. The constantly growing WiiWare
library will have a regular flow of unique video gaming experiences
consumers might not otherwise have access to.

“WiiWare is to the video game industry what independent films are to
Hollywood,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice
president of Sales & Marketing. “WiiWare lets developers experiment with
new ideas and experiences. Combined with our collection of classic Virtual
Console games, Wii provides one-stop shopping for the greatest games of
the past – and the future.”

WiiWare games are easy to download. Just go to the WiiWare section of
the Wii Shop Channel, find the game you want, redeem Wii Points™ and
start the download. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or
at retail outlets. New games, at various Wii Point values, will be added
to WiiWare on Mondays. The newly launched Nintendo Channel on Wii will let
people view videos of and read information about WiiWare games and other
Nintendo products. Users also can see player opinions to help them decide
what to play next.

Today, the inaugural lineup of WiiWare games is just a taste of things
to come:

(Square Enix, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild
Suggestive Themes, 1,500 Wii Points): FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My
Life as a King takes a legendary franchise and launches it into the realm
of simulation gaming. Players are challenged to rebuild a kingdom, leading
its young king on a path of discovery through an adventure bristling with
mystery and intrigue.

LostWinds™ (Frontier Development, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone
– Mild Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): A fresh, enchanting platform
adventure that puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand –
from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze. You’ll wield your Wii Remote™
controller to power Toku’s jumps and glides, suspend and smash
enemies, meet friends and solve puzzles using LostWinds’ novel, intuitive
and playful control system.

Defend your Castle™ (XGen Studios, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone
– Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): Defend your Castle takes place
on a grassy plain surrounded by invaders. You are the commander of your
castle, and it is your duty to fling the invading enemies sky-high,
watching them plummet to their demise. As you progress, add powerful
spells and upgrades to your arsenal for repelling the attacks. How long
can you hold them off?

Pop™ (Nnooo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 700 Wii Points): Pop
bubbles to score points and stop the timer from running out. Pop can be
enjoyed by anyone – casual gamers can simply play to pop bubbles and
keep the game moving, whereas advanced players will need to pick their
shots rapidly and accurately and generate combos to maximize their score.

V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack™ (High Voltage Software®, Inc., 1-4
players, Rated T for Teen – Simulated Gambling, 700 Wii Points): V.I.P.
Casino: Blackjack re-creates the casino experience, with fully animated
players and a realistic Las Vegas dealer. Single players can increase
their bankrolls, while multiple players can engage in a head-to-head
mini-blackjack tournament.

TV Show King (Gameloft, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii
Points): TV Show King transforms your living room into a real TV quiz show
studio where you’ll face the challenge of answering more than 3,000
questions across six different categories. Compete against family and
friends and use your Wii Remote controller in original ways to make it to
the finals to see who can win the greatest amount of cash in one final,
deciding duel.

For more information about WiiWare, visit WiiWare.com. Remember that Wii
features parental controls that let adults manage the content their
children can access. For more information about this and other Wii
features, visit Wii.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide innovator in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™,
Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. Since 1983,
Nintendo has sold more than 2.7 billion video games and more than 460
million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario™, Donkey Kong®, Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly
owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash.,
serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western
Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web
site at www.nintendo.com.

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