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Nintendo Brings Free Demos to WiiWare

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In an age when we have come to expect most things for free (rightly or wrongly) this seems long overdue...

Nintendo is freeing up WiiWare for a limited time allowing users to sample some of the "best examples" of its download demo service. Highlights include Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord, Bit. Trip Beat. and NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits.

How do you do it? According to Nintendo it couldn't be simpler, namely:

  • At the start of this service, all demos are directly available from the main entry point of the Wii Shop Channel, the recommendation page.
  • Alternatively you simply need to visit the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop Channel and select 'Search by Genre'.
  • Next you choose the 'Demo' genre to get a list of all demos currently available. Every demo can be downloaded to your Wii console or to an SD Card free of charge, so feel free to try as many as you like!
  • Just pick the title of your choice, select 'Download' and you will be playing before you know it!
It's strange how everything from Nintendo sounds like it was spoken from the mouth of a smiley, giant eyed Manga character. Still if you want to give it a try - and I see no reason not to - the free trial will run until 31 January 2010.

From here it's fingers crossed that Nintendo will learn that permanent free demos are actually a good way of selling premium content...

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