How to Redeem Nintendo Points

by Anthony Hare

Nintendo Points are redeemed from Nintendo Points Cards that can be purchased from retailers. They can be used to buy downloadable content from the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop. The content available includes a variety of WiiWare and DSiWare games that have been created specifically for downloading, and a large range of classic games are also available for the Wii's Virtual Console. To redeem Nintendo Points on your console, you must be connected to the Internet.

Redeem Points for the Wii

Step 1

Turn on your console and wait for the Wii's Channel menu to load.

Step 2

Click on the Wii Shop Channel icon. Agree to the user agreement message if this is the first time you have used the Wii Shop Channel, and select "OK" after you have read the channel's description.

Step 3

Press the "Start Shopping" button on the welcome screen and then click on "Add Wii Points." Select the "Redeem Nintendo Points Card" option.

Step 4

Scratch off the silver panel on the back of your Nintendo Points Card to reveal the activation number.

Step 5

Select the "Nintendo Points Number" text field and type the activation number into the field with the virtual keyboard. Press the "OK" button.

Step 6

Press the "Redeem" button to confirm that you want to redeem the Nintendo Points. A confirmation screen will appear to indicate the points have been redeemed.

Redeem Points for the Nintendo DSi

Step 1

Turn on your console and wait for the DSi's menu screen to load.

Step 2

Scroll to the Nintendo DSi Shop icon and tap it.

Step 3

Press the "Start Shopping" button and then tap "Add Nintendo DSi Points." Tap the "Redeem Nintendo Points Card" option.

Step 4

Scratch off the silver panel on your Nintendo Points Card to reveal the activation number.

Step 5

Tap on the "Redeem Nintendo Points Card" text field and then use the virtual keyboard to enter the activation number. Press the "OK" button.

Step 6

Select the "Redeem" option to redeem the Nintendo Points and add them to your DSi Shop account. Press the "OK" button to return to the DSi Shop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Nintendo Points cannot be transferred between consoles or to other users after they have been redeemed.

About the Author

Anthony Hare has been writing and publishing online since 2005. His work has been published in newspapers such as the “Bromsgrove Standard” and online for the video game website Critical Gamer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from the University of Gloucestershire.