Nintendo Makes It Easy for Wii Owners to Access the Internet
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo is offering an easy way for Wiiâ¢ 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 NintendoÂ® Channel is an interactive guide to whatâs new in the world of Nintendo that lets consumers watch trailers, mini-documentaries, product demonstrations and game-play videos, while the Check Mii Outâ¢ Channel allows users to show off their Miiâ¢ 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 Remoteâ¢ controller.
âWii has truly changed the way people play games, but it is more than just a game console,â said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of Americaâs executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. âWii 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.â
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 Pointsâ¢. Effective immediately, the Internet Channel is again available for zero Wii Points, and it has been updated to support an upgraded version of AdobeÂ® FlashÂ® 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 NESâ¢ game of their choice valued at 500 Wii Points from Virtual Consoleâ¢. 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.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wiiâ¢, Nintendo DSâ¢ and Nintendo DSiâ¢ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment Systemâ¢, Nintendo has sold more than 3.1 billion video games and more than 526 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boyâ¢, Game Boy Advance, Super NESâ¢, Nintendo 64â¢ and Nintendo GameCubeâ¢ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Marioâ¢, Donkey Kongâ¢, Metroidâ¢, Zeldaâ¢ and PokÃ©monâ¢. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendoâs operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the companyâs Web site at www.Nintendo.com.