Its now official, in addition to the current Virtual Console service Wii will also have new/original games (think XBox Live Arcade) available for download come 2008.

Quote Originally Posted by IGN
Nintendo has announced that original downloadable games are heading to Wii thanks to the WiiWare Channel with the aim being to let developers both large and small distribute their titles on the service. Unfortunately, the bad news is that it's not launching until early 2008.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie explained that WiiWare is a chance for smaller and more creative games to be made available to Wii owners, with little or no risk to the developer. According to Nintendo the "remarkable motion controls will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers' minds".

Reggie added: "Independent developers armed with small budgets and big ideas will be able to get their original games into the marketplace to see if we can find the next smash hit. WiiWare brings new levels of creativity and value to the ever-growing population of Wii owners."

WiiWare titles will be available in the Wii Shop Channel and, just like Virtual Console games, can be purchased using Wii Points. Likewise, a variety of pricing options are planned. Nintendo is set to announce more details on WiiWare, including pricing structure, at a later date.