Both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U offer free downloadable demos from the Nintendo eShop. For some reason, the demos have a limited number of uses. Once you download a demo, you can play it a certain amount of times. For example, the Project X Zone demo has only five uses, even though the full game launches in more than two weeks. This means you can’t try out the demo every day leading up to the game’s release.
According to a publisher who’s had multiple use-limited demos released, Nintendo is responsible for the requirement. Do limited use demos bother you? Do you think five uses for the Project X Zone demo are sufficient? Let us know in the comments below.
Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that it has plans to release E3 demos in select Best Buy stores across North America. Because fewer than 10 percent of Best Buy locations will be offering the demos during E3 week, not everyone will get a chance to play the unreleased games… so why won’t the demos come to the Nintendo eShop, for all Wii U owners to experience? Well, according to Nintendo World Report, the reason is because E3 demos don’t always function properly, and no one wants to show off a game that can break, which would probably leave a bad impression on players and viewers alike.
Nintendo of America has announced that there’s two Wii U demos coming to the Wii U eShop. The first playable demo is for Ubisoft’s fairly well-received survival horror title ZombiU. A demo for ZombiU is also available to download on the European Wii U eShop and takes roughly 30 minutes to download depending on your internet connection. The second playable demo is for NBA 2K13 which is executive produced by Jay Z. Both demos should be up on the eShop today.
There can be up to 12 user accounts on a single Wii U console. And whatever one user downloads from the Nintendo eShop is shared across all users on the system.
Demos are no exception. So far, all downloadable Wii U demos have a limited number of uses, which are shared among all users. This means that, for example, because the demo of FIFA 13 has only 10 uses, and if you have 12 user accounts on your Wii U, not all users will be able to experience that particular demo.
Nintendo has confirmed that the play limits imposed on Wii U demos are actually set by the publisher, rather than Nintendo themselves. Currently FIFA 13 is 10 uses, while Rayman Legends is 30 uses. Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing Transformed is 15. Although it’s down to the publishers how many goes you actually get on demos, it’s likely that Nintendo implemented the actual system. Xbox Live and PlayStation Network do not have play limits set on demos.
“Each publisher has the opportunity to decide how long demos will stay on the eShop, and how many times consumers can play them before they expire.”.
Nintendo of America has announced that it’s releasing a demo for Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed on the Wii U eShop. The company also revealed that there will be a demo for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King why’d you steal our garbage?!! on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Both demos are available today in North America, so go and download them.
Demos on the Wii U eShop will have a restricted number of plays, unlike those found on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The information was discovered when European users downloaded the demo of FIFA 13 from the Wii U eShop. Users who download FIFA 13 only have ten tries on the demo and then it becomes unplayable. This mimics the Nintendo 3DS eShop where demos have a play limit. Do you think it’s a good idea to enforce a play restriction on a demo?