Can it be true? Do my eyes deceive me? Is Nintendo actually releasing a program, titled "WiiWare," that is going to let ANYONE make Wiimote-using video games for the Wii???
In the words of Captain Marvel, HOLY MOLEY!
Read the Associated Press story:
"SEATTLE — Nintendo Co. has opened its blockbuster Wii game system to independent video-game developers for the first time, the company announced Wednesday.
Nintendo said it will let individuals and outside game studios create and sell downloadable Wii games with a tool called WiiWare. Gamers will be able to purchase the games through the console’s Wii Shop channel starting in early 2008.
Perrin Kaplan, a Nintendo spokeswoman, said the game-creation kit is designed for people with at least some knowledge of computer programming. Developers can start designing games using a PC but must complete them on the Wii console, Kaplan said.
“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 Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, in a statement.
Nintendo may be taking a page from Microsoft Corp.’s play book. The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker’s XNA Game Studio tools let developers design video games for its Xbox 360 console. "
Not only is this going to be like crack to amateur programmers across the globe, but this will keep Nintendo's WiiShop in business, making tons on money off of absolutely free content. Think about it -- Nintendo is going to have an Army of people making games that they can sell for 5 bucks a pop, and none of them will be good enough to bring the Wii games sales down.
What a friggin' genius scam!