After a download is complete, the new software appears on the Wii Menu as a channel.
Software can be copied to SD cards or re-downloaded for free.
Wii Points are the currency used in transactions on the Wii Shop Channel.
Wii Points may be obtained by either redeeming Nintendo Points Cards purchased from retail outlets or directly through the Wii Shop Channel using a Master Card or Visa credit card.
Each such coin is an indicator that approximately 2% of the total download has completed.The Wii Channels section in the Wii Shop Channel was originally under the name of Wii Ware in North America and Wii Software in Europe, before moving to its own dedicated space when Wii Ware launched. During downloads, an 8-bit sprite of Mario or Luigi (based on Super Mario Bros.) will run or swim across the screen below three "coin blocks" (there are six different animations of Mario and Luigi in regular, Super, and Fire forms combined; some animations appearing more often than others).When the animation uses Fire Mario or Fire Luigi, tapping the A button will make them shoot fire balls.An update to the Photo Channel (Photo Channel 1.1) is also available.
A fourth Channel, the Internet Channel, a web browser based on Opera, is available worldwide for free as of September 1, 2009.
The recipient then receives a message that a gift has been sent to him or her.