A press release from Engine Software (attached at the break) sparked discussion that the Nintendo’s downloadable game service, WiiWare is on target for March ’08. I didn’t immediately view this as “news” because when Nintendo unveiled the first batch of WiiWare games at the 2007 Nintendo conference they announced the service would launch in March ’08. Square-Enix also confirms this window with the release window of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Young King and the Promised Land. It will be one of the first WiiWare games when it comes out this March. While the timeframe for North America may be up in the air, WiiWare is definitely coming to Japan in March.
Doetinchem, January 9th 2008 – Engine Software, developer based in the Netherlands, today announces that it has started its first development project for the Nintendo WiiWare service. The debut title, for now dubbed "Project Bang!", will be a casual game type with very addictive gameplay using the unique Wii Remote controller functionality, and will support a two-player battle mode.
Nintendo's WiiWare service is a new downloadable game content service that is scheduled to be launched in March 2008. Players will be able to purchase and download WiiWare games directly from the Wii Shop Channel in exchange for Wii Points. "WiiWare brings new levels of creativity and value to the ever-growing population of Wii owners.", as stated by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
Ruud van de Moosdyk, VP of Development at Engine Software: "We are very excited about our first game for the WiiWare service. When we acquired our official Wii license last year we already had several concepts written up that would be ideal for WiiWare, and Project Bang! is the first to actually go into production. We wanted to get rolling on this exciting new platform early on, and I am quite happy we are now on schedule to do just that. "
In the near future Engine Software will be releasing more information (including the final name), and screenshots of Project Bang!, as well as more news regarding future plans for the platform. Project Bang! is scheduled to be completed early on in the service's operational status, but no exact date can be given at this time.