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March launch for Wii Software service?

That's WiiWare to the US and Japan.

WiiWare, Nintendo's download service for original content, will launch in March according to Engine Software, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

The company is preparing Project Bang, a casual game aiming to take advantage of the Wii remote, for one and two players.

"Nintendo's WiiWare service is a new downloadable game content service that is scheduled to be launched in March 2008," stated Engine Software.

Engine is currently working on DS projects Dragon Quest for PlayLogic and GoPets: Vacation Island for Konami.

"We are very excited about our first game for the WiiWare service," commented Ruud van de Moosdyk, VP of development at Engine.

"When we acquired our official Wii licence 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."

Although the company hopes to have the game completed "early on in the service's operational status", it has not yet confirmed an exact release date.

WiiWare (Wii Software in Europe) was unveiled by Nintendo in June last year, and intends to offer developers a chance to produce small budget titles for digital download, much like Sony's PSN service and Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade.

GamesIndustry.biz has contacted Nintendo for clarification of the WiiWare launch period.

GamesIndustry.biz writes lots of news, you know. It's difficult to keep up with stealing it.

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