Wii Shop Channel: Using the Gift Feature

Applies to: Wii



In 2019, we will close the Wii Shop Channel used on Wii and Wii U, which has been available since December 2006.

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We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products. We would like to inform you that a portion of the online services offered through the Wii console were discontinued on 28th June 2013.


The Wii Shop Channel contains a Gift feature, allowing you to surprise Wii Friends with a downloadable WiiWare or Virtual Console game, or a Wii Channel.

You purchase the gift by redeeming Wii Points just like you would if you were browsing the Wii Shop Channel for yourself, but now you can select the Gift option and choose one of your Wii Friends as the intended recipient.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure if your friend perhaps already has the game or channel that you selected; you will be notified automatically if that is the case, and are then free to browse for a different gift before you redeem any Wii Points.

In order to surprise someone with a gift from the Wii Shop Channel, the country settings of your Wii console need to be the same as your friend’s. We’ve put together a comprehensive Q&A that provides you with answers to many questions you may have about this feature. You can also access this Q&A directly in the Wii Shop Channel by selecting the Shopping Guide from its main menu.

The Gift feature of the Wii Shop Channel is intended as a convenient way to surprise someone you care about – and who knows, maybe someone else will think of you as well and let you wake up to the blue light of surprise.