Nintendo's Virtual Console has been a popular service for Wii owners, providing older gamers a chance to relive some of the classics (and younger gamers a chance to experience them a first time) on platforms like NES, SNES, Genesis, etc. As great as this portfolio of catalog titles is, however, Nintendo is sitting on a real opportunity to use the Wii to offer other new and original digital download titles, much like Microsoft has been doing with Xbox Live Arcade and Sony with its PlayStation Network Store.
Well, according to comments made by System 3 CEO Mark Cale, Nintendo is indeed readying a new digital download service for the Wii. Speaking to Palgn, Cale indicated that System 3's upcoming Impossible Mission would be one of the first Wii titles not only available at retail, but also for digital download. "...we're going to be exploring what Nintendo can actually do in terms of downloadable content, and see if it can match Xbox Live," he said.