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Wii U and 3DS Pre-Paid eShop Cards Spotted

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

DSiWare and WiiWare left out of the party

The arrival of the 3DS eShop saw Nintendo move away from Nintendo Points, the custom currency that, in the opinion of some, was far from ideal. The 3DS eShop has continued to evolve and now allows top-ups of a download's value, for example, so the days of buying a block of 1000 points when you only need 100 are, thankfully, long gone.

The most recent batch of pre-paid download cards have accommodated 3DS, Wii and DSi, with the cash value either being applied as funds to an account or converted to an equivalent number of points. The arrival of Wii U starts a new generation for Nintendo's digital stores, it seems, as new eShop cards have emerged on that specify use on only 3DS and the upcoming system, with no mention of compatibility on the older stores.

It's only natural, of course, for Nintendo to move on and progress from its previous systems, but this could mean a dwindling stock of applicable top-up cards for those that want to buy points on Wii or DSi without using a credit card. This could also be confirmation, of sorts, that Wii U's online store will be branded as the eShop, an assumption that many have been making for a long time.

If the cards are to be believed, in that they won't work on the Wii or DSi shop, what do you think? Should Nintendo make its new cards applicable on the older services so that it's easy to top-up on points, or should it move on with the eShop on 3DS and Wii U? Let us know in the comments below.


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User Comments (55)



Hokori said:

Sweet, can't wait to start buying those and not the wii points card



Nardar said:

On e-shop of the 3DS you can buy DSi games with it so I would expect Nintendo do the same with the Wii U.



MAB said:

Cool can you use the NFC on the gamepad to swipe the card or is it gonna be the old input the number trick again?



CrazyOtto said:

Just because 3DS/Wii U cards aren't compatible with the Wii and DSi doesn't mean the Wii and DSi cards are being discontinued yet.



KneehighPark said:

What I want to see is some sort of cross-compatibility. That is, if I redeem $20 on the Wii U eShop, I should be able to use that on the 3DS eShop as well (and vice-versa). Obviously there is the obstacle of Nintendo not using some sort of centralized account for users, but maybe this could be overcome by linking a 3DS with a Wii U?



BenAV said:

I don't really care.
It's been years since I've bought a point card, because as soon as the 3DS eShop came around I decided to get a debit card... best decision ever.
And if I didn't have a debit card and was going to buy DSiWare/WiiWare, I'd be doing it on my 3DS/Wii U anyway.



LavaTwilight said:

If we're able to transfer downloads from Wii to Wii U, that can lead one to assume that the digital downloads from the Wii's Virtual Console and WiiWare will also be transferred to the Wii's E-Shop. How they do that, who knows? Perhaps giving the choice of Wii points or pre-paid cards for those older titles, but not for the new ones to be released.



Flowerlark said:

I think it makes sense for fund cards to be usable in ALL nintendo download stores. For instance, I got a 2000 point DSi shop card as a gift from someone who wasn't sure which I needed. So I ended up with 2000 DSi points that I didn't particularly want and no funds for the e-shop in which there were things I did want (but the thought was still very much appreciated, I'll use those points eventually).



MrWalkieTalkie said:

Seriously, who's idea was it to use "points" instead of real money? It's much better and easier to use money! And it saves paper to use 1 card that can be used on 3DS or Wii U, all you gotta do is decide which you'd rather use it on.



Squashie said:

I think that these cards should be available, and then a card for use on the DSi and Wii. Nintendo really don't want to loose business there!



NintendoMaster said:

@Retro_on_theGo That's not true with the points system you have to pay the tax up front and with the cash cards you don't. The tax is applied when you download a game based on where you live. This is why a ton of people who download games on their 3DS's "live" in New Hampshire.



SilveRFanTasy said:

Are there any details on transferring Wii Points to Wii U?
Or do I need to buy games on Wii VC to transfer them to Wii U?
I have 9400 Wii Points and was planning to wait for "new" games on Wii U eShop, but if it won't work, I would be forced to buy games on VC... which would be unfortunate...



Retro_on_theGo said:

@NintendoMaster I was never taxed when buying the actual points card or a game from the shop. Either way paying taxes upfront for the card is better than for each individual game.



Marks said:

Those cards look really sexy. The colours all match... If only that hole-thing was orange, it would be the epitome of beauty.



Barbiegurl777 said:

I plan on getting the Wii U but I hope they continue to at least sell the wii points card's lol at least for the time being I plan on getting two points cards this wednesday to download a few titles on the wii. Looking forward to playing toki tori on the big screen btw love playing the GBC version on my 3ds.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



rayword45 said:

They should kill that annoying-ass tax.

I'm being taxed when I buy the damn card, I don't want to be taxed twice.



armoredghor said:

Oh goodie. now sales tax will be deducted from a prepaid card with an increment of exactly $20. I've never bought anything that costs $20 with sales tax



MrWalkieTalkie said:

@rayword45 There shouldnt be a tax on the card. Just last month I bought a $20 3DS card and i came up exactly $20 with no tax. Tax only takes place in the eShop when you buy a game.



Zombie_Barioth said:

I've never been taxed when buying pre-paid cards, they're marked 1 cent lower than the actual price for marketing though. $19.99 is supposed to look better than $20 to customers, I doubt most people are that stupid especially since it says $20 on the card. Tax is not big deal anyway unless your buying something expensive, over here we pay 9% which is just about $1 for every $11 spent.

I'm sure the old ones will be around for a while at least until enough people have a WiiU. I hope they tell us how game transferring works so I know if I should save my remaining points or spend them.



3DSNoobieNerd said:

Is it coming to Portugal? (Thats where I live and there wasnt 3ds eshop cards before )
Portugal is actually a part of Europe.



Radixxs said:

It irks me that Nintendo hasn't revealed anything beyond Miiverse as far as their online system. No one knows if there is an eShop or something different, no one knows any more than that you can talk to others in a forum and leave notes for others.

The console comes out in about a month, what are we hiding?



Joygame51 said:

my dsi XL still works as if it were NEW... why would I want them to stop making DSI cards ? answer NO to the ? should they stop making Dsiware games and cards.



sinalefa said:

I am with Knux, I will be getting a couple if they make it to Amazon.

Now, I am not too knowledgeable about the eShop, but I think you can buy DSiWare with $ instead of points. So I am hoping for the Wii U to do the same for the VC. Because points are easily translated anyway to bucks.



FonistofCruxis said:

I hope that they don't discontinue points cards that work with the Wii. I don't plan on getting a Wii U for a while and there are still loads of Wii VC and Wiiware games that I'd like to get. If not, I have got a debit card so I can at least use that.



cyphid said:

Glad to see the points currency fazing out. I've had 300 points on my wii for a couple years. I would love to apply it to my 3DS eShop.



RR529 said:

I live in Missouri & haven't had to pay taxes on the eShop cards, or the games



noxusprime06 said:

This Is why nintendo systems need to have one universal online account so there can always be just one prepaid card for every system



Henmii said:

I still have plans to download La mulana on the Wii, so I should buy a "old" e-shop card pretty soon!

Though if I am to late, I still may download it with a "new" card on the Wii u someday!



kyuubikid213 said:

I think the DSi and Wii will be fine until the next Nintendo Home Console and Fourth iteration of the DS family hit the market.



drumsandperc92 said:

so if there are no points any more, does the eShop just use real world currency prices? as in, if i'm browsing and decide to download a NES game, it would come up as costing $5, not X Nintendo points?



lanabanana said:

Nahh, so long Wii & DSi! It's all about the next-gen now . Though it would be cool if they'd let us cash our left over points into money ...



XFsWorld said:

I enjoyed the Wii and DSi during its time of me downloading titles, now i just only download titles for my 3DS and soon the Wii U



JayceJa said:

i dont see why they couldnt make the cards work on all 5 systems, but if there is an actual reason for it, i dont really mind



XCWarrior said:

I still have a couple of WiiWare points cards to use up. Backlog has stopped me from buying stuff, really need to just do that.



Sean_Aaron said:

I got an eShop card for my daughter for her birthday and it states an eshop cash value as well as points value in DSi and Wii shops. I cannot see why a new card would be different unless they're no longer generating compatible codes.

My question is: will current eShop cards be compatible with Wii U? I ask because she's yet to use her card!



RedYoshi999 said:

It's become near impossible to get eShop cards where I live now so I have since opted to use a reloadable credit card for any eShop games I want. So I don't really care about the eShop cards anymore.



sketchturner said:

If Wii points can't be used on WiiU, that is going to mean retailers are going to be stuck with a LOT of useless Wii points cards. With practically no new games coming to VC/WW, inventory isn't exactly flying off the shelves.



TheRavingTimes said:

Still holding on to that last strain of hope that there will be GameCube games on the Virtual Console.



GameGoddess32 said:

I think that's cool...I don't really buy and download games for my Wii anymore anyway.I was always annoyed at the fact that I would(as the article said) buy 1000 points when I'd only need like 200.I'm sure I'll buy a WiiU,but I'll wait awhile....maybe until a price drop



Grodus said:

@KneehighPark This, right here, is what everyone wants. Well, not EVERYONE, but, you get what I mean. Decide you don't want that game, because it got a bad review, get a 3ds eShop game that got a good one. It's foolproof!



Spagem said:

DSi is old stuff. They need to move on to 3DS and WiiU. I do want them to still maybe do Wii shop cards though. Cause Im probably not getting a WiiU until May 2013.



seanzilla2234 said:

this should be perfect for sonic & all-stars racing transformed downloadable content for the wii u bonus edition

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