Nintendo Points Are Either Wii Points Or DS Points, Not Both

By Spencer . October 3, 2008 . 1:10pm


At Nintendo’s Japanese press conference Nintendo announced Wii Points would now be called Nintendo Points since you can use them on the DSi store. DSi games will cost 200, 500 or 800 for premium titles. The above slide shows what the new cards will look like in Japan when they start circulating in November. Before you shove that 5,000 Nintendo Points card on to a spanking new DSi, take note points are fixed to a console. I’m sure the savvy Siliconera audience already predicted this since Nintendo doesn’t have an overarching account system to control digital distribution. Just as a precautionary warning the slide below confirms point cards cannot be used on a Wii and DSi. One card, one console.




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  • Daizyujin

    UGH! This is something that MS has already figured out between Zune and XBLMP. Very disappointing but not surprising. Like I said, Nintendo is hardly a technical company.

  • jarrod

    Way disappointing. Though the pricepoints have me thinking…

    GB : 300 points
    GBC: 500 points
    GBA: 800 points

  • ShinRekka

    Well, that’s a huge let down from all the awesome news earlier. Wished they just use Nintendo Points as a whole for both of the systems.

    Seeing those cards though, I wished they released some of the higher points card over here.

  • Stephen R Gibson

    Makes sense, since your Shop data isn’t stored on the server, it’s stored on the console, and there’s no account system in place. Therefore, there’s no existing way that the DSi could share points with your Wii.

  • Daizyujin

    I don’t really care what kind of price points the cards are sold at as I rarely buy physical cards. Its good for people who don’t have credit cards but it does otherwise is create more garbage.What I want to see like Sony has done in regards to the allotments you have to buy in when you purchase online. You just buy what you need for a transaction as long as it is $5.00 or over. You can just deposit $6.72 if that is what is needed to buy a particular piece of software. The whole points system is rediculous anyways as it is geared to force people to spend money they shouldn’t have to.

  • Big fan of Nintendo

    you might have to buy cards and choose a console for it to be on, but wouldn’t it be possible to buy points online, save them on your Club Nintendo account, and take the number of points you want for the console you want? it would be more convenient and “green”….

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