Skip to main content

Wii U Deluxe Digital Promotion offers rebates on eShop purchases

Wii U Gamepad eShop
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Wii u everything you need to know pricing launch release date
Image used with permission by copyright holder

It’s pretty convenient that we live in an age where our gaming machines can download new titles whenever the mood strikes us. Of course, it would be more convenient if buying these new games via our Internet-enabled gaming machines could somehow earn us a monetary equivalent that might be redeemed for even more games, but that’s some kind of crazy pipe dream. Or at least it was until Nintendo announced the Wii U’s “Deluxe Digital Promotion.”

As you may have gathered from its name, the Deluxe Digital Promotion is an offer available only to those who pick up the $350 Wii U Deluxe Set, a special all-black version of the Wii U that also includes a gratis copy of Nintendo Land as well as several other items you won’t find in the Basic iteration of the Wii U. Assuming you own the Deluxe Wii U, this scheme offers you roughly 10 percent credit back on any eShop purchases you might make.

Nintendo breaks down the math and covers all the additional caveats of this promotional stunt:

All Wii U Deluxe Set owners who purchase digital content for Wii U, including downloadable games in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and download codes sold at select retail stores, will earn points with a value equivalent to approximately 10 percent of the Nintendo eShop list price of each purchase. For example, a game priced at $59.99, such as New Super Mario Bros. U, would earn 599 points. For every 500 points they earn, participants will receive a code worth $5 in credit to be used in the Nintendo eShop for either Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. Points will be earned on all digital purchases made on a Wii U Deluxe Set from Nov. 18, 2012, until Dec. 31, 2014. When the Deluxe Digital Promotion website launches in December, participants can see the points they’ve earned and receive codes for Nintendo eShop credit by signing in with their Nintendo Network ID and password. Codes must be received at the website by March 31, 2015. Received codes must be exchanged for Nintendo eShop credit on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS by June 30, 2015. Nintendo eShop credit on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS does not expire.

As for the corporate motivation behind this scheme, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt claims that this initiative is designed to introduce new and long-time Nintendo fans to the arguably copious number of excellent titles available on Nintendo’s various eShop iterations. “The Deluxe Digital Promotion is our way of encouraging Wii U Deluxe Set owners to explore the Nintendo eShop and discover how Wii U offers an incredible combination of fun, innovation, convenience and value,” Moffitt said.

While Nintendo’s attempts to court the same kind of online functionality seen in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are normally myopic, we support this plan wholeheartedly. There really is a ton of great stuff available on the eShop (even if Nintendo has been a bit stingy with eShop releases of late) and pushing players towards older or lesser known titles that they may have never heard of previously is a worthwhile endeavor, especially since the company has revealed plans to delay some of its launch titles to pad out the console’s game selection throughout the 2013 fiscal year.

Editors' Recommendations

Earnest Cavalli
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Earnest Cavalli has been writing about games, tech and digital culture since 2005 for outlets including Wired, Joystiq…
How to use Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons on PC
Two players play Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers are both versatile and comfortable—so it's a good thing you're no longer limited to using them on the Switch! Joy-Cons are now able to function as PC controllers without issue. If you're playing a title that is better served with a controller or simply want to take a break from a mouse and keyboard, here's how you can use your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons on a PC.

Read more
What’s new in March 2024: 7 upcoming games that you should check out
Ninja peach in Princess Peach Showtime.

This March's new games are a lot more niche than those released so far in 2024, but they are shaping up to be some of the best in their respective genres. Princess Peach is getting her first starring role in a game in over 18 years, while franchises like Alone in the Dark and Dragon's Dogma are making a comeback after long dormancies. March 22, in particular, looks like it will be a busy day with three AAA games all launching alongside each other.

March certainly contains a diverse lineup of games you don't want to miss, so you'll want to keep an eye on everything coming out. Here's what you can expect to play this month, from major releases to smaller indies.
Unicorn Overlord (March 8)

Read more
All upcoming Switch games: 2024, and beyond
Princess Peach figure skates in Princess Peach: Showtime!

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles Nintendo has ever produced, with a wide variety of games to choose from and plenty of unique features. We’ve already gotten to play new entries across the Zelda, Super Mario, and Pokémon series on Nintendo Switch, but there are still plenty of great games on the way for the hybrid console. These include exclusive games developed internally by Nintendo, as well as third-party titles and ports of games that are also available on other platforms.

Here's our list of the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2024 and beyond. Of course, some titles without release windows could skip the Switch entirely and wind up on Nintendo Switch 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) And if you're looking at future releases on multiple consoles, don't forget to check out what's upcoming on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC this year.
Upcoming Switch games 2024
The games listed below either have 100% confirmed release dates or solid release windows that we expect them to hit this year. Anything that's up in the air due to more vague launch predictions or previous delays will be listed below confirmed launches.

Read more