Help Wii Owners Get Online, Get Access To A Library Of Virtual Console Games

By Spencer . September 1, 2009 . 10:00am

image Nintendo wants you to teach other Wii owners how to log on to the Wii Shopping channel. Help out twenty people and you will be handsomely rewarded with hundreds of Virtual Console games. (Thanks for the tip Pesmerga00!!)


Online savvy Wii owners can earn helper credits beginning on October 21. Assist ten people logging online and you receive the title of Help Master 10, which also grants access to every first party Famicom game. That’s right, you’ll be able to download everything from Balloon Fight to Wario Woods for free.


Help twenty people and Nintendo hands you the keys to their virtual console library. Every single first party Famicom, Super Famicom, and Nintendo 64 game will be yours. So, you’ll get Earthbound, Fire Emblem, Sin & Punishment, Super Metroid… the list goes on and on.


Now for the bad news, this promotion is only for Japan or better put Japanese Wii owners. Anyone have a Japanese Wii that needs to be signed up? I can help!

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  • MadMirko

    Fantastic incentive. I was surprised to hear that it’s actually uncommon for Japanese families to have a PC or console with internet access, with many relying on phones for their internet needs. I guess it makes sense when you think about the bandwith and functionality their phones provide.

    On a related note, the updated Wii browser is very nice, especially now that I have a wireless keyboard. Dosbox + Wizardry I + 40″ TV + comfy couch / bed = WIN!

    • CleruTesh

      Just out of curiosity, could you clarify how one runs Dosbox on a Wii?

      • MadMirko

        If you have the Homebrew Channel already installed it’s just a matter of starting the homebrew browser and selecting Dosbox. It will be downloaded and installed to your SD card.

        If you don’t have the Homebrew Channel, you install that first. There are numerous how-tos available. F.ex. this one

        Works on all Wiis, is free, safe, and gives you numerous benefits aside from Dosbox, like backing up your system or playing imports and much more.

        • CleruTesh

          Thanks for the tip, mate. I personally found this process difficult and scary. After several hours, I finally got the Homebrew channel installed, but it failed trying to load “Mplayer TT”, the first and only app I tried it with. I don’t care much about old DOS games, but the lack of DVD Video functionality in the Wii has always bothered me. Well, error messages scare me, so I uninstalled all 3 components. Sure hope you were right about it being “safe” and there are no lingering side-effects. I just don’t have the nerve for this sorta thing I guess.

  • Volcynika

    Why’d ou have to put the ‘only for Japan’ at the end! YOU KILLED MY HOPES, SPENCER! :/


  • Pesmerga00

    I guess it is legitimate after all.

    This really is a spectacular promotion. Seriously, all virtual console games? Wow! That last line though. Yeah……very, very doubtful we’ll see this outside of Japan.

  • I wonder if it might be worth it to get a Japanese Wii just for this promotion…?
    Assuming you know 20 other people with a Japanese Wii.

    Maybe there’s a Wii-ring out there?!

    • Aoshi00

      The black Wii was available for 20% off on Play-asia, and even w/ $50 shipping it’s still the best deal (got mine from NCSX for $319 + 10 shipping). But I see someone has grabbed it and it’s not in stock anymore.

  • I’ve been having trouble getting my Wii connected to the shopping so this would of been nice…

  • Aoshi00

    Saw it on the Jpn channel a while back, I thought the deal was for every person you helped you get 500 pts, is this the new deal?

    I just got a black Wii, but yeah, I don’t know 20 other people who own a Jpn Wii..

    • Aoshi00

      Oh, I just caught the 12-min Iwata video (he’s like a robot reading the script :).
      The Jpn Internet Channel finally became free again (as it should be), and those who bought it before would be reimbursed a 500pt Famicom game.

      For Help Master 20, are you sure free VC is only limited to first party Nintendo games only? I think it says the entire Famicom/Super Famicom/N64 library on VC if I read it correctly, in contrast to first party Famicom games only for help master 10, that’s a huge difference.

      Interestingly he said so far (till 8/25) 46 people achieved help master 10 and 5 people master 20. And for games they have spent points on, they are allowed to give it to one friend as a present.. this thing is pretty well thought thru…

  • Kris

    Hell, my wii hasn’t worked with my WiFi for about 6 months…

  • pressstart

    So how do they track who helped who? Do you have to enter someone’s Wii Online ID # or something? Can’t one screw the other, by:

    1) Person A helps Person B, B denies A helped him, so no cred for A
    2) Person A helps Person B, but only if B gives credit to A first beforehand. A gets credit, doesn’t help B

    Of course, that’s all conjecture, since I don’t know how the system will work.

    • Aoshi00

      I think how it works is A and B have to be friends in real life, say Timmy and his computer illiterate grandma. After getting his grandma’s Wii online, Timmy goes home and enters the serial number of his grandma’s Wii as the “sap who got helped”, and grandma enters Timmy’s Wii serial number as the “helper”. Then both would be rewarded 500 Wii points, at least that’s what the initial program was. I assume Nintendo can recognize which one is the console that gets online for the first time, so grandma can’t cheat, lol..

      Now instead of 500 pts, each act would be tallied against your number achieving the master 10/20 status..

  • t_woods1990

    Someone who needs help to connect to the wii-shop channel?
    If you have use my wii number: 6080 1299 3244 6668 and we can help each other to get 500 wii points.

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