Student-created DS games are nothing new in Japan, thanks to Nintendo's game seminars
. When the students finish their games, Nintendo usually makes them available
at DS Download Stations so that other people throughout Japan can play and enjoy them.
The company has just one-upped itself, though, by allowing DS owners to download these games from their Wiis. From now until April 22nd, Wakeari no Heya Tsuzuki
(a horror game that is played book style) will be available for download on the Minna no Nintendo Channel (Everybody's Nintendo Channel), with more student-made games likely to follow.
While anyone outside of Japan (unless you've imported a Japanese Wii) can't do anything but look on jealously, we have to admit that this is a great move by Nintendo. Nintendo of Japan
, that is. From what we hear, the students' games are actually pretty good, and offering them to millions of people benefits both the students who've created them and DS owners who want to play them. Even though the game seminar titles were made available to the public before via DS Download Stations, using DS/Wii connectivity to host them will only make them more accessible than ever.
Still, seeing all the potential of the Everybody's Nintendo Channel
with the DS and not actually having it
is pure torture.