Wii Points explained

Friday 15 September 2006
Games for Wii's Virtual Console will cost between %26pound;3.50 and %26pound;7, and will be purchased using Nintendo's Wii Points system, similar to that of Xbox 360's Microsoft Points set-up for Xbox Live Arcade.

2,000 Wii Points will cost you %26pound;14 and you'll be able to purchase pre-paid cards from shops, as well as purchase new points online.

The pricing depends on which Virtual Console games you buy: NES games, like Super Mario Bros, will cost 500 points (or roughly %26pound;3.50); SNES games, like Mario Kart or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, will cost 800 points (or just over %26pound;5); and N64 games, like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or Super Mario 64, will be priced at 1,000 points (or around %26pound;7).

Nearly 30 games are planned for Virtual Console at launch, with around 60 to be on tap by the end of the year. We'll be bringing you further updates next week as Nintendo's Wii info continues to leak out.

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.