Get Snapping!

Later in the day on Monday, Nintendo will make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier. If some people on your gift list have visions of classic video games dancing in their heads, you're in luck. Starting this week, Wii Shop Channel patrons can use a new Gifting feature to send games to other Wii owners with whom they've traded Friend Codes. It's an easy and inexpensive way to give your fellow Nintendo buffs the gift of a classic game—no wrapping paper required. And don't worry about duplication. If your friend already has the game you're trying to give, you'll get a simple message and be bumped back into the catalog to continue shopping.

Nice work Nintendo, so who wants to send me some games? This wasn't the only new feature into the Wii Virtual Console this week, you'll now be able to trade Pokemon piccies with the classic N64 Pokemon title, Pokemon Snap.

This week marks the debut of the first Pokémon® game for the Virtual Console: Pokémon Snap™, which originally was a hit on Nintendo® 64. This Pokémon photographic adventure comes with a special Wii bonus: It now includes a special feature that allows players to post pictures they take in the game to their Wii Message Board and send them to friends with whom they've traded Friends Codes.

To recap, the full list of new US Virtual Console games this week are:

  • Pokémon Snap (Nintendo 64, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points)
  • Ghosts'n Goblins (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Animated Violence, 500 Wii Points)
  • Baseball Stars 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points)