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Nintendo to trial WiiWare demos

A bid to boost sales of downloadable games begins

Nintendo will offer demos of WiiWare games beginning later this month in a bid to stimulate sales of downloadable titles.

The test programme was confirmed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata during a financial results briefing, reports IGN. Initially it will cover only a few select titles and it's currently unclear whether it will run outside of Japan.

Iwata said that downloadable sales on Nintendo platforms make up just a small part of the company's business and that he wasn't yet sure if offering demos was the best way to grow WiiWare.

Pitched as an environment that's financially safer for developers to experiment within and create "unusual ideas, quirky games and things that would never have a chance in retail stores", the WiiWare service was launched in March 2008 in Japan and in May 2008 in North America, Europe and Australia.

WiiWare recently saw its hundredth release in Europe and the latest issue of Edge, E208, features an examination of the current state of the service.

Article supplied by Edge-Online