Nintendo's Wii shop sound like it has a couple of cool concepts. But some of the cool concepts on Wii disks I tried sounded cool too, but execturion was poor, or controllers were broke. But I didn't feel that bad with a disc game because I used Gamefly.
But with Downloads (for any service) you're asked to buy something you can't sell back. If I've been having a poor batting average with every Wii game except for Nintnedo made ones, I wouldn't want to pay or downloads, knowing most would probablyh be whiffs.
Xbox did one ting smart with its Arcade and Indie Games. The don't want you to waste your money on bad games. That's why they offer a standard "free sample" of all Arcade and Indie games. It's part of the OS.
I want to try before I buy. Do the easy levels convey the concept well? Does the one or two hard level they package in the demo adequately challenge me? Is it worth my money to go beyond the freebie, or is the freebie enough?
I consider myself a game gourmet. Just like a food gourmet tries new things and appreciates new experiences for what they are, I do that with games. I wonder what the DOWNLOAD GAME sales sales are on the 360 compared to the PS3 and Wii. And I'm talking either paid sales or free consumption for games that are given fully for free.
Sony and Wii don't offer free demos as a standard. A few companies volunteer free samples, but 90% of the games are bought on blind faith. I predict most of the games that top PS3 and Wii Download lists aretitlesyou know what you're getting based on a description and reputation (Mega Man 9 and 10) or are games that the game company offered free samples for. I bet you Dollars to MS Points that there are bigger sales for arcade games with less rep, and even soem indie games than therearefor most Wii games with no rep nor freebie.
Keeping with the ice cream analogy, Xbox as more flavors and believe i giving you a taste spoon to see if you'd like a scoop. Wii has a decent quantity of flavors, but most are sugar free ice cream WITHOUT artificial sweeteners Xbox's Diet games (80 MSP games) have a taste spoon to see if you like it before you buy it. The low price is the Splenda, it may be a little of compared to a full budget game, but when you find the one you want, it's almost as sweet and helps your budget. Just wondering what big surprise game you would have probably overlooked if you couldn't try before you buy. The most original game in that category is "Hidden in Plain Sight", a game that has to be played 2 players local. No CPU, no networking. Add one friend and you have a unique experience.