WiiWare gets Japanese launch date

First batch of titles named and priced.

Nintendo has finally announced launch date and pricing details for the WiiWare game download service in Japan.

As reported by IGN, WiiWare will launch on March 25th with nine games.

Prices start at 500 Wii Points (GBP 3.50 / EUR 5) for Okiraku Ping Pong and Tenshi no Solitaire. Hudson's Star Soldier R will cost 800 Points (GBP 5.60 / EUR 8).

Most WiiWare titles come in at 1000 Points (GBP 7 / EUR 10). That includes Saku Saku Animal Panic, a puzzle game from Konami that sees you using the remote to build fences around animals. A selection of mini-games is promised along with competitive and co-operative play for up to four people.

Then there's Lonpos, billed as a "mind puzzle". It's also played with the remote and offers four-person multiplayer. Developer Genki is promising nine download packs, each containing 25 puzzles, but it's not clear what the pricing structure for these will be.

The other 1000-Point titles are Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan Wii, Dr Mario & Saikin Bokumetsu and Pokemon Ranch.

The most expensive title on offer is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, coming in at 1500 Points (GBP 10.50 / EUR 15).

Expect more on the Japanese launch as 25th March draws nearer, and if we get word of a European release date rest assured we won't keep it to ourselves.

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