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Written by Calum Bennett

The Virtual Console will become heaven for many small developers. It has been proven with Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade service that small developers prosper from digital distribution. Gone are the days of searching for a publisher - the games developers could just simply upload their game to the Virtual Console and make it readily available for download. Also, developers with great ideas, but low budgets can achieve their dreams of creating a game and releasing it. Perhaps the Virtual Console may see the return of ‘bedroom coders.' It’s hard to tell at present, but if it is the case, I can assure you that the Wii-UK staff will be learning programming as quickly as possible.

Yet another aspect is that when the Wii sees little in the way of new releases (this usually happens with most consoles during the summer months), we will simply be able to download games from the Virtual Consoles’ massive library of games.

The Virtual Console looks set to be the Wii’s ‘hidden revolution.' While everyone may still be talking about the controller and its numerous possibilities, the Virtual console deserves to be discussed. I am just as excited at the prospect of having over 20 years of gaming history available for download, but what has me more excited are the games coming from smaller developers. The possibility of games with whole new concepts for relatively small fees is the true reason for hyping the virtual console, and I’m sure that it will live up to the inevitable hype that it will build in the run-up to launch.

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