There seems to be a push inside of Nintendo to really get their downloadble services working well. In our previous post, we mentioned they’ll be providing a download service for the Nintendo DSi. They are also looking at improving Virtual Console and the storage issue that currently plagues the Wii. During a press conference in Tokyo last week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata outlined how Nintendo will be addressing the Wii’s storage problem. The solution will be available in Spring ‘09. Here’s the rough translation from the press conference:
“When there’s not enough room on the Wii’s internal memory, you’ll be able to buy and download Virtual Console and WiiWare software from the Shopping Channel to an SD memory card. You’ll need to go through only one process in order to transfer Virtual Console or WiiWare software on an SD card to the Wii console and then be able to play it. We’ll deal with this issue using two methods. Since the updates required for these new structures will require significant revisions to the Wii system, and these changes need to be made by considering a variety of different angles, this process will become effective beginning next spring. For some of you, this may be considered late, but please know that we really appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We are working hard so we can begin the service as soon as possible.”
There’s a huge opportunity for Nintendo if they get this right. Downloading countless games with a few simple clicks on the Wiimote for immediate gratification… count us in!