Wii could offer 'premium content'
The Nintendo Wii console could, and probably will, offer downloadable premium content - small updates or additions to games - which gamers can grab on the fly via 'micro transactions'. As Microsoft already offer through their Marketplace, and Sony are planning for the PS3, the Wii online service will allow third-parties to sell new parts to games via the internet. Several publishers already use the service on the Xbox 360.
"If our licensee partners want to go in that direction, it's certainly possible in our system," Nintendo America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Game Informer.
"If you've gotten to a particular part in a game, we could push content out to you, so you get to battle a new boss. Maybe you get a new artifact; maybe you get a new weapon," the chief also added, re-highlighting the WiiConnect24 service which Nintendo hope will make connectivity integral to their next-generation experience. The service will render the console always connected, even when switched-off, functioning as a server to download updates and content, as well, or (for example) allowing other gamers to visit your Animal Crossing town. More soon on this.