Virtually send Wii games as holiday gifts

Nintendo will later today launch a new feature on the Wii that will make gift giving this holiday season a little more convenient. A new Gifting function will allow users with Wii to send Virtual Console games to those with whom they have traded Friend Codes.

Virtual Console games are purchased from the Wii Shop Channel at a starting price of 500 Wii Points ($5). Classic NES titles typically start at 500 points, SNES games at 800 and N64 at 1000. Virtual Console games from other classic systems such as the Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, MSX and Neo Geo are also available.

The new Gifting feature will also take out some of the guess work in virtual gifting. Should the recipient already own a particular game gift, the sender will be immediately notified to choose another title.

Launching alongside the Gifting feature is the first Pokémon game to hit the Virtual Console – Pokémon Snap – originally for N64. As an added bonus, pictures taken as part of the gameplay in Pokémon Snap can be posted to the Wii Message Board and shared with friends.

Other new additions to the Wii Shop are Ghosts'n Goblins from the NES and Baseball Stars 2 from the Neo Geo.

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