The full quote about the feature from today's press release is as follows:
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.
P.S.: I'd really like Light Crusader or Wave Race 64!
Excellent. Just in time for Xmas!!
What happens if I gift a game to someone in the UK, and the game hasnt been released over there yet?
Then you'll most likely get an error or that friend is blocked off from the gift service because of regions.
As for me, I could careless about the gift service. Bring us that Everyone Nintendo Channel. -.-
Do you send a copy of the game or you buy it and give it to the person?
Both Light Crusader and Wave Race 64 are out in Europe!
I wonder if you can do it cross-region though, doubt it but i'd be worth a try.
No no, I mean I'd like them when the gift feature comes to Europe
Ah, I see what you mean now, I think it will be out here this month as well, according to Wiki anyway which cites Wall Street Journal but you need a subscription to view it:
So then... I can finally send Ninja Gaiden to my friend so he can see how awesome it is and stop making jokes about "GAIden" even though it is not (I think it isn't...) pronounced gay-den but guy-den. XD Sending him Solomon's Key wouldn't hurt either.
@Jonno - I am pretty sure it is 'guy-den'....
question: can you send your ALREADY OWNED games to your friends?
or can you only gift WHILE BUYING it to your friend?
Anybody want Legend of Kage?
eatboxman: There is a button on the same screen as the "Buy" button that lets you gift the game to friends. Even if you already own it you have to pay again.
i wanted it to be a dowloaded game that i had finished or didn't liked
they (Nintendo) misunderstood it -_-
What time will it be avaible?
Matt: It should already be up.
dang dude... Rip off
Is anyone else receving an error code will trying to update, or is it just me?
It is not just you.
So... european people can send games like... kof to America??
I want that game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you are not alone, and since over 1h to boot.
How long is the shop channel going under maintainence?
Donrichy, if you're registered, please send me a PM, I could send you KoF '94.
If you go to the newly-added Gifts section of the Wii Shop Channel Operations Guide (available by clicking the ? button), it says:
"You can give Wii friends who are registered to the same country as your Wii a gift of downloadable Wii software.
You can't give gifts to Wii friends with Wiis registered in other countries."
So looks like US Wii owners won't be getting an early version of Mega Man...
Yeah!!... i wanna get megaman from you EU peoples!.. one of my favorite games for the nes.
Too bad... we cant get KOF, megaman, bla bla bla
But do you want Megaman that won't play back on your TV and even if it did would have fat borders and play really slowly...
For some reason it seems Pokémon Snap got on Wii Shop too. Is this an error due to the shop update?
"You can't give gifts to Wii friends with Wiis registered in other countries."
This is quite understandable considering that VAT's are different in different countries.
I was hoping I could get a friend in England something for christmas via this, but alas, country locked. Bad move Nintendo, I would understand if it was to block people giving NTSC games to PAL or viceversa, but EU/AU has the exact same list of games except for the for AU having Axelay instead of that Contra game (I think)
I live in spain....and a friend of mine lives in ireland.....does that mean i cant send him a game or vice versa?
Country lock or region lock? It'd be pretty crazy if Canada and USA couldn't gift games to each other...
You guys forgot to mention that the Wii Shop Channel Logo before you choose start has changed. Now instead of different colored boxes with the word Wii floating around, it'll do the same thing but one of them will turn into a shopping bag. And any game that says "Redownload" Now says "Downloadable." But everything is still okey dokey so yeah.
I'd like to get "Urban Champion" personally.
It is country locked, probably as a lazy workaround 'cause NTSC and PAL machines can only select countries in their own region anyway.
HOWEVER, there's absolutely nothing preventing you from temporarily changing your country to match the one you want to send a gift to. I sent a gift to a UK Wii by setting my own country as UK, worked just fine. Rather silly that you should need to do this, but at least it works.
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