What are Nintendo Points?
Nintendo Points are a currency that Nintendo uses for its Wii and Nintendo DSi systems through the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop respectively.
Nintendo Points were originally named Wii Points, though with the introduction of the Nintendo DSi and its own download service, they were renamed as Nintendo Points Cards.
Can Nintendo Points be used on both Wii and DSi?
Once purchased, Nintendo Points must be converted into either Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points before they can be used, locking the points for use on one platform only.
Nintendo Wii Points Cards can also be used as Nintendo Points cards, and therefore converted to DSi points.
Can you use Nintendo Points at Nintendo eShop?
The Nintendo Points currency system is not supported by the Nintendo eShop, currently available on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as well as future Nintendo consoles.
Wii U allows access to the original Wii Shop Channel.
Nintendo Points are redeemed through the Wii Shop Channel or Nintendo DSi Shop. With Nintendo Points Cards, there is a concealed panel on the back of the card which, when scratched, reveals a code. The code is then entered on to the Wii Shop Channel or Nintendo DSi Shop and the requisite number of Nintendo Points are added to the user’s account.
These points may then be redeemed on downloadable games and other content in the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, but are not interchangeable between the two systems. In other words, when one redeems their points on one of the two consoles, they are locked to that same console and cannot be transferred to or used on the other.
Nintendo Points are used to purchase a variety of software on the Wii Shop Channel which is divided into two sections:
Virtual Console for older games, and
WiiWare for new games designed specifically for Wii.
They can also be used to purchase games and applications from the Nintendo DSiWare section of the Nintendo DSi Shop.