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.