Nintendo has finally let it slip that original downloadable content - WiiWare - is in the works for next year. There's all kinds of speculation as to just what will be offered as WiiWare (so far we've only been privy to the Wii's web browser and a few add-on channels), but a lot of people are speculating on seeing the kinds of Flash games for which the Internet is so well known. Basically, it's all about the smaller games that are packed with creativity.
"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," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. "WiiWare brings new levels of creativity and value to the ever-growing population of Wii owners."
That's great and I'd like to see what new games come from this initiative. On the other hand, I'm a traditional gamer at heart. I may be in the minority here, but I want to see those rare and excised snippets of older games make an appearance. I want those e-reader levels from Super Mario Advance 4 to be available as WiiWare. I want the canceled Star Fox 2. I want an updated Stunt Race FX that can finally shine due to adequate console horsepower. I want Special Tee Golf from the old Sattelaview service.
Here's the thing: I can play Flash games for free all I want on the computer. When I play a Flash game I'm after a 5 minute break from whatever I was previously doing. When I sit down at the Wii I'm looking for something a little more immersive. That doesn't mean Zelda-levels of gameplay, mind you, but I do demand something a bit deeper than just another run at Bejeweled.