The Wii Shop Channel is ending, but it isn’t closing up shop until Jan. 30, 2019. However, if you want to plumb its treasures for rare WiiWare and Virtual Console games, you probably have to act a lot sooner.
Unless you already have Wii Points waiting to be spent sitting in your Wii Shop Channel account, you will need to buy some by March 25 of this year — 2018.
The Shop opened in 2006 and will have been open for more than 13 years by the time it ends for good next year; these things take time to wind down properly, so the ability to add credits (Wii Points) is going away sooner.
Buying Wii Points means either firing up your Wii (or Wii U using the Wii Menu emulator) and using a credit card to add points: 1,000 for $10, 2,000 for $20, 3,000 for $30 and 5,000 for $50.
Don’t overspend — you won’t get a refund!
NES and Sega Master System games, along with Virtual Console Arcade titles, cost 500 points (600 points if they were originally only available for the Famicom, Japan’s NES).
TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine games cost 600 points.
TurboGrafx-CD/PC-Engine CD-ROM games and Sega Genesis games cost 800 points, as do Super NES/Super Famicom titles.
Neo Geo games cost 900 points, while N64 games cost a whopping 1,000. WiiWare — original and independent titles published first as Wii downloads — can cost between 500 and 1,500.
If you’re planning on using plastic to buy points, carve out some time and get comfortable — entering a credit card number on the Wii can be a cumbersome process, and it’s not unusual to time out or experience seemingly random errors that will force you to make multiple attempts.
Instead of using a credit card, you can redeem an old, no-longer-sold Wii Points card (sometimes called Nintendo Points or DSI Points cards) — if you can find one. (Don’t let yourself pay inflated prices for old vouchers on the secondary market when you pay face value with credit.) Just be careful: The newer Nintendo eShop cards you see in stores today won’t be accepted on the Wii Shop Channel.