SDCC: Comics via Wii
The electronic future of comics moves apace with the announcement that some manga titles will be distributed on Nintendo’s Wii videogame system.
At first, it looks like this will only be available in Japan, but it may develop further.
The companies, Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha and Shogakukan, have formed a joint venture with a local software house that aims to be the first to bring digital comics to the hit console. The venture, called Librica, was formed in July and will deliver comics through the Wii Ware software channel to users. An Internet connection will be required to use the service.
Initially it will target the Wii but Librica said it is considering expanding the service goal to encompass the handheld DS gaming device. It will also offer other publishers the chance to join its platform when launched.
Launch timing and pricing for the service was not announced.