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Be a PAL - Become a Connection Ambassador

Posted by Brad Long

Promotion now available in PAL territories

On October 21st, Nintendo's Connection Ambassador Promotion launched in Europe and Australia. The idea behind it is to reward those loyal fans who can get their friends to connect their Wii to the Internet. The ambassador and the person they help will both receive 500 free Wii Points when someone connects their Wii to the Internet, a nice little incentive to try out some of the machine's features.

If a player can get 10 people connected, they will achieve gold status and can download every Nintendo published NES game for free on VC, as well as receiving a total of 5,000 Wii Points. If he/she can connect 20 or more people to the Internet, they'll hit platinum status, and receive a total of 10,000 Wii Points to spend on WiiWare games and can download ALL NES, Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 games on Virtual Console for FREE.

Here is the official guide to becoming an ambassador from Nintendo's own website.

To become an ambassador

  • Enter the Wii Shop Channel
  • There is an icon on the Wii Shop Channel entitled ‘Connection Ambassador Promotion’
  • Select this icon and you will be prompted by two icons: one showing that you are the Connection Ambassador (or the Helper) and the other icon showing that you are the ‘Person Who Was Helped’
  • Select the Connection Ambassador icon
  • You will be prompted to enter the Wii Number of the person you have helped.
  • You must do this within 30 days of when the person you have helped, has registered their connectivity using your Wii Number
  • Once both parties have registered, you will have received 500 Wii Points on your Wii Shop Channel Accounts to spend in the Wii Shop Channel

What do I do if a Connection Ambassador helps me connect to the Wii Shop Channel?

  • Enter the Wii Shop Channel
  • On the Wii Shop Channel welcome page there is an icon called ‘Connection Ambassador Promotion’
  • Select this icon and you will be prompted by two icons: one showing that you are the Connection Ambassador (or the Helper) and the other icon showing that you are the ‘Person Who Was Helped’
  • Select the ‘Person Who Was Helped’ icon
  • You will be prompted to enter the Wii Number of the person who has helped you connect
  • You must do this within 30 days of accessing the Wii Shop Channel
  • You will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire
  • Once both parties have registered, you will have received 500 Wii Points on your Wii Shop Channel Accounts to spend in the Wii Shop Channel.

So get cracking you European and Aussie lot! This is a fantastic promotion from Nintendo and will surely give everyone an incentive to connect their Wiis to the Internet, which isn't a bad thing at all.

[via nintendo.co.uk]

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User Comments (38)

Dazran303

#1

Dazran303 said:

Pity I cant have ALL the people I helped connect from Launch, I'd nearly be at 20 already! =(

Chunky_Droid

#2

Chunky_Droid said:

I'm interested to see if this works on anyone's Wii that has already been on the internet.

For instance, does everyone get a chance to press the button? :P Let me know, I have a U.S. Wii!

Falkor

#3

Falkor said:

Holy smacks!!! This is an amazing promotion! When is Nintendo going to be bringing this to the states?!?!

Unfortunately, I have no doubt that there's gonna be folks online somehow scamming the system...we'll see.

DamoAdmin

#4

Damo said:

There isn't really any way to scam the system. The 30 day limit means that you HAVE to get someone new to sign up. The trouble is, finding people who visit sites like Nintendo Life who haven't visited the Wii Shop Channel yet is going to be near-impossible - I'm guessing that once a Wii connects to the shop channel, there is no way of reversing it.

Nintendo has intentionally created this promotion in order to get people purchasing games online that wouldn't normally do so. So for them, it's a no-lose situation, really.

i8cookie

#6

i8cookie said:

i'm sure someone will figure a way out to take advantage of this system, it just sounds too easy.

For instance, if there was a way to get one friend to somehow change the mac address and wii number of their wii, then repeat 20 times, there you have your platinum status with only one friend... I don't know how it works though, maybe you can't change that stuff... then my idea wouldn't work.

Machu

#7

Machu said:

Yeah, I doubt you can change the Wii's ID, but nice try.

I too wish this had been up and running since launch, I'd have gold membership already. :(

SanderEvers

#10

SanderEvers said:

ganondwarf16: No, but removing your wii shop account will. You must do this in the FIRST 30 DAYS AFTER YOU OPENED THE SHOP!

If you owned 2 Wiis, you can easily trick Nintendo.. I guess.

Raptor78

#11

Raptor78 said:

In regards to removing shop channel and formatting etc... it doesnt work.
I had bought my son his own wii for his birthday and the internet channel was made free and we both had copies of Mario Kart wii, Smash Bros. etc so I connected it to the net days before they announced the ambasador program so I held off from spending any actual points on the system thinking that I would just be able to do a full format and both me and Callum could claim our free 500 points.
Unfortunately Nintendo know if the system has had the wii shop activated in the last 30 days and because he has had his activated for only a few more days than that (he has had his wii for just over a month) we were not able to take part in the program. I had to spend the rest of yesterday replacing his saves and getting new friend codes for his games because of this. :(

Chunky_Droid

#12

Chunky_Droid said:

Thanks for the info Raptor, that clears a lot up for me :)

I have a U.S. Wii but my bro-in-law who lives with us has an Aussie one which I hooked up 2.5 years ago, so nice to know I shouldn't bother :P

Spencer

#13

Spencer said:

Hey guys did you Know when your playing a VC Game that does not have a Save option (like super Mario Bros) you can press the home button and go back to the wii Main Menu and when you play that same VC game again you will start right where you left off?!!

Mario_maniac

#16

Mario_maniac said:

I'm one twentieth of the way to a whole crapload of free games... = / I can think of at least four more people who can help me out. And if I get really desperate, I'll start bugging potential Wii buyers at work about it. Good fun.

MarkyVigoroth

#18

MarkyVigoroth said:

Given that Nintendo (almost always) releases AT LEAST ONE VC game a week, the VC collection you can download will eventually reach this calibre! (Then again, provided that you did not download ANY Nintendo game when you reached Platinum status and that you reached said status today, you can download 126 European games or 125 Australian games!)

...time to wait 6 more months before the Americas get this...

longtimegamer

#19

longtimegamer said:

The problem with this is that you may have the very people you try to get online trying to do this offer too. So they may take the ones you take you "could" have got online giving you less opportunity to achieve your own goal.

fudgenuts

#20

fudgenuts said:

@Machu:
You actually can change your Wii's ID if you have the Gay Fish Disc (repair disc used by Nintendo technicians, got dumped to the Internet a little more then a year ago).

Starwolf_UK

#22

Starwolf_UK said:

@fudgenuts. Thing is people who know how to use such things would know how to pirate everything on the Wii Shop anyway making the promotion kind of pointless to them. I'm of the assumption that if they are the kind of people who are willing to commit fraud for 10,000 free points plus NES, SNES and N64 games that they'll be willing not to bother and just pirate the lot :( Though that said I can see the piracy scene taking it on since it essentially is free Wii points.

But just like in Japan I expect only a handful of people to actually reach the final goal but even 1 or 2 people is still alright (500 or 1000 points)

Stevie

#23

Stevie said:

An excellent promotion, but as is the case for many people finding somebody I know who is not connected to the shop channel but has the required hardware will mean I will never get anywhere near the quota for free stuff :(

SmaMan

#24

SmaMan said:

Well, I live in a college dorm... there should be at least 3 people with Wii's who sadly don't know about its online capabilities. (People who just bought it for Wii Fit/Sports)

I'm waiting, NOA...

Zak_Canard

#25

Zak_Canard said:

My cousin's been thinking about getting a Wii, and I might treat the kid brother and my sister in law to the limited edition black one for Chrimble. Some work colleagues might be getting one as well, and no doubt I can spin this ambassador programme to them as some sort of "friend referral" system since they'll get some points out of it. Result! I'm potentially 5 up with very little effort by the end of the year.

CrazyOtto

#27

CrazyOtto said:

Come on America! I could use some Wii points now, and I know a few people with non-connected Wiis

Betagam7

#29

Betagam7 said:

Like Stevie said, only 4 or 5 people have managed this in Japan. Over here I'll be impressed if we have 1 or 2. Nothing to get excited about really beyond the possibility of getting 500 points for helpeing the odd person.

magic_dan_2002

#30

magic_dan_2002 said:

I'm a Nintendo Ambassador, so I'm happy to help people get their Wii online so you get 500 free points (enough for one retro game e.g. Pacman, original Super Mario Bros and many more to choose from!) Even if you don't need the help, you can still get the points by following the above instructions then adding my Wii number which is 8204 5356 8089 6841 (add after clicking Connection Ambassador or Helper) Then email me YOUR Wii number to daniel.wood3@gmail.com, I'll enter it on my Wii then we'll both get the free points!

Harry

#32

Harry said:

So you sure that removing the shop channel account and reformating your wii does absolutly nothing. So what do you do if you if you've got a preowned wii.

magic_dan_2002

#35

magic_dan_2002 said:

I’m still happy to help people get their Wii online so you get 500 free points (enough for one retro game e.g. Pacman, original Super Mario Bros and many more to choose from!) Even if you don’t need the help, you can still get the points adding my Wii number which is:

8204 5356 8089 6841

(Add after clicking Wii Shop Channel, then Connection Ambassador, then ‘Person Who Was Helped’) Then email me YOUR Wii number to daniel.wood3@gmail.com, I’ll enter it on my Wii then we’ll both get the free points!

Please note, I have a UK Wii so you’ll need to be in the UK or change your country on the Wii to UK, and you have to have put your Wii online for the first time in the last 30 days - any later than that and it won’t work!

bboy1

#36

bboy1 said:

It's funny how people here are saying "I'm happy to help you get your Wii online". C'mon...no need to BS now...no one cares about helping...they just want the points for themselves..

That said, I am now officially the 312th person to have helped 20 people.

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