Buy stuff for your console with Wii Points

Posted on 27th August 2008 by admin in Wii Features

Nintendo’s Wii Virtual Console (similar to XBOX Live Arcade or Playstation Network Store) uses an online currency known as Wii Points. Wii points are available for purchase at the Wii Shop Channel with your credit card or at your local retail outlet. Users are able to spend these points to buy additional content for the Wii Virtual Console, such as the “classic” Nintendo games that we all grew up with.


Wii 2000 Points Card

Nintendo 2007, Video Game, $19.02

There is something to be said about being able to experience the humiliation of being defeated by an 8-bit game on a next generation system. Apparently, I no longer possess the skills that I did previously, not in the same quantity anyhow. Nintendo’s official website claims their “Virtual Console is making the greatest video game archive in history available for Wii.” Bold statement, but I can’t denounce it; I know of at least 100 games already, and more titles are being added often.

Some information you will find while browsing the titles available, when looking for something to add to your virtual console: the original platform, the release date of the game, the number of players that may play, the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) rating and why, the genre, and finally, the cost in Wii points. For example, a game may be rated E10 due to violent content and the use of tobacco as is the case in Operation Wolf, a single player game from the original 8-bit NES that may be purchased for 500 Wii points.

Each game ranges in point cost depending on which console it was originally released on (approximate cost in Wii points = 8-bit NES – 500, Turbo Grafx-16 – 600, Super NES – 800, NeoGeo – 900, Nintendo 64 – 1000, etc). 2000 Wii points cost about $20 MSRP (100 points for a dollar). You might require the Classic Controller to play certain games, which is sold separately (at your retailer, NOT on Wii Shop Channel).
There are a few necessary steps you should take before you download anything from the Wii Shop Channel. Perhaps it should go without saying, but you must have your Wii connected to the Internet (and plugged in and turned on). If you haven’t yet bought Wii Points from a retailer, you may do so from the Wii Shop Channel itself. You should also check if you need the Classic Controller before making a purchase.

Neither tangible merchandise nor hardware are currently available yet, though I suspect that if you really want Nintendo gear that you know where to find it. In addition to the virtual console games, Wii Ware (known as Wii Software in Australia and the UK) will soon offer software from 3rd party developers. You can get wallpapers and mp3s, for example. The Opera Wii Browser (500 points unless you got it before the end of June) allows you to surf the net with your Wii, though it has difficulty with some browsing activities and applications.

Although the Wii Shop Channel is used primarily for stepping back in time to enjoy the games you remember, you may also try out ones that (for whatever reason) you never had the chance to play. A perfect example is the original Super Mario 2 (The Lost Levels) which was only released in Japan (Super Mario 2 in the US was a totally different game).

In the UK, you can trade in “Stars” that you have earned from registering products that you have purchased in exchange for Wii points. Take into account that Wii Point cards are region-specific and therefore are not transferable to other countries. Regardless of your country of origin Wii Points make great gifts.

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  1. Funny (Wii) Videos says:

    I like the stars system, this way I can change my points I get with every game or console into Wii Points. Since the release of Wii Ware (Wii games you can buy via the channel) is this a way to get great games for free!

    Posted on August 27, 2008, 9:31 am

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