Wii Channel Wii Channel

Either this channel is present on your system by default, can be downloaded through the Wii Shop Channel, or was included in a Wii System Update.

The Wii Shop Channel is a channel used to purchase new games and channels (as well as updating existing channels) for the Nintendo Wii. When purchasing something on the Shop Channel, either a credit card or a Wii Points Card can be used to do so.

On September 29, 2017, Nintendo announced that the Wii Shop Channel will be closed down on January 31, 2019. Users don’t have the option to add more Wii Points anymore after March 26, 2018.

There are three main components to the Wii Shop Channel:

Virtual Console contains games from past systems, including the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, SNK Neo Geo, TurboGrafx-16, MSX, Commodore 64, and Virtual Console Arcade.

WiiWare contains new games built ground-up from the Wii. The service is designed to allow small developers to put out games with low costs.

Wii Channels contains channels that you can download and place on your Wii Menu. Most of them are free, however, you had to pay 500 Wii Points for the Internet Channel. As of October the Internet Channel is now a free download. Anyone who paid 500 points for it will be reimbursed for it by downloading a free non-imported NES game of their choice from the Wii Shop Channel.

Here is a table showing the consoles that you can get games for and the prices:


Starting Cost (Wii Points)

NES/Famicom 100
Sega Master System 500
Commodore 64 500
MSX (Japan only) 1,000
TurboGrafx-16/PC-Engine 600
Genesis/Mega Drive 7
SNES/Super Famicom 500
Neo-Geo 700
Nintendo 64 400


Connection Ambassador Program

In 2009 Nintendo of Europe announced the "Wii Connection Ambassador, NoE Connection Ambassador Guide.program, a scheme designed to reward users for helping other new users get connected online and to the Wii Shop Channel. The service has since been launched in New Zealand and Australia. Since the service launched in 2009 the scheme has proved hugely popular with many sites appearing online dedicated to helping connect users and share system codes such as, , Connection Ambassador link Exchange.