Nintendo Makes Wii Internet Free Again and Updated Flash (Updated With NA Press Release)
Starting today Nintendo is offering the Wii Internet channel for free, again. Also for those who purchased the Internet channel for 500 Wii points, Nintendo is offering you points back, only in October, after that you can only redeem them for an NES game. Along with that Nintendo has updated the Wii internet channel to the most up-to-date flash player.
Also there is an awesome deal for Japanese Wii Owners.
Starting October 21, Nintendo will add a couple of additional bonuses to the offer. Those who help 10 people will be labeled “Helper Master 10” and will gain free access to the full catalogue of Nintendo-branded Virtual Console Famicom software. Those who reach the 20 helped mark will be labeled “Helper Master 20” and will gain access to Nintendo’s full first party catalogue of Virtual Console software for Famicom, Super Famicom, and Nintendo 64!
Press release after the jump.
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo is offering an easy way for Wii™ console owners to access the Internet without a computer. Effective immediately, people who want to browse the Internet using their Wii consoles will be able to do so at no added cost.
The Wii Menu houses a variety of informational and entertaining channels, such as the News Channel and Wii Shop Channel, that users can visit to enhance their Wii experience. Wii consoles that are linked to a broadband Internet connection have even greater access to additional content and channels. For example, the Nintendo® Channel is an interactive guide to what’s new in the world of Nintendo that lets consumers watch trailers, mini-documentaries, product demonstrations and game-play videos, while the Check Mii Out™ Channel allows users to show off their Mii™ creations and download Miis that others have created.
The Internet Channel, which can be downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel, allows Wii owners to browse the Internet on their televisions from the comfort of their couches. Users can check their e-mail, make purchases or travel plans, and surf their favorite Web pages by pointing and clicking with the Wii Remote™ controller.
“Wii has truly changed the way people play games, but it is more than just a game console,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Wii owners have access to a wealth of fun entertainment, information and practical tools like the Internet Channel, which is another great way for the whole family to enjoy their consoles with no additional costs involved.”
When Wii launched in November 2006, Nintendo initially offered the Internet Channel as a free download as a promotional incentive to get people online. Starting in July 2007, the Internet Channel could be downloaded in exchange for 500 Wii Points™. Effective immediately, the Internet Channel is again available for zero Wii Points, and it has been updated to support an upgraded version of Adobe® Flash® player.
Starting at the end of October, consumers who have previously exchanged 500 Wii Points to download the Internet Channel will be able to download, at no cost, one NES™ game of their choice valued at 500 Wii Points from Virtual Console™. Details of this download offer will be provided via the Wii Message Board and on Nintendo.com.
Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.
For more information about the Internet Channel, visit www.nintendo.com/wii/channels/internetchannel.