One of the benefits of services like Xbox Live Arcade is that every game available must have a playable demo. Nintendo has been slow to get into the demo market. Only a few games are available for WiiWare and as of yet there are no playable demos for eShop games. There are a few 3DS retail game demos available for download and very soon the first eShop demo should be hitting.
Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham confirmed that Nintendo is currently looking at a demo for Mutant Mudds. The demo will include four regular levels (Levels 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1) and one secret level (1-1). There are five of the water sprites in all to collect and the demo should be out, according to Mr. Watsham, in a couple of weeks.
I really hope that beginning very soon all downloadable eShop games will be given playable demos. That was one of the reasons that many people cited for why they didn’t try out more WiiWare games and could have helped sales of a number of those titles. We do know that a number of developers reported jumps in sales after demos were released for the WiiWare titles. I’m sure the eShop could benefit from them as well.