Nintendo's Wiiware Players Have "Moved on"

Nintendo's Wiiware platform is no longer worth developing for according to indie publisher Nicalis, the company making it quite clear by cancelling its planned release of the Nigoro developed La-Mulana in the US and EU. Originally released on the PC in 2008, the console port was in development for several years, eventually showing up in Japan. However, the DLC accompanied Wiiware US/EU debut will now never happen.

"The WiiWare market has a fraction of the players from 2008," Nicalis founder Tyrone Rodriguez said in an interview with GoNintendo. "The window for release and success of software on the platform ended in 2009 and took a very steep decline. Players have moved onto other digital download platforms."

While the Wii was initially the home of more casual and family-friendly titles, the growth of the Xbox Live Arcade platform in recent years has given Nintendo much more competition. Sony too has piled on the pressure, with great indie-like titles such as Little Big Planet. The growth of mobile and tablet gaming hasn't helped much easier, gathering up a big chunk of the casual crowd.

Rodriguez also discussed in his interview how future releases have also impacted the Wiiware. With the Wii U set for release at the end of 2012, not only are less developers pushing content on to the console, but gamers aren't as interested either.