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Nintendo aims for Wii online service

Nintendo announced more details about its upcoming “Wii Ware” service, including more ambitious support than previously expected.

At a press conference in Japan, Nintendo talked briefly about the upcoming service, which it hopes will rival the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Store.

Nintendo unveiled a couple new titles slated for the service in Japan, including a new Doctor Mario, Star Soldier R, and a Pokemon game whose name translates to “Pokemon Farm”.

While the initial announcement seemed more geared towards low-budget, independent developers, major publishers are interested as well. Square Enix will reportedly upload the entire Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles game to the service.

Currently on the Wii, Nintendo offers classic console games for download from the last two decades. However, the Xbox 360 and PS3 have allowed brand new games to be offered through their respective digital download platforms.

Wii titles will begin shipping in 2008 for the US.