Nintendo, I love you, but you’re killing me, Smalls.
Maybe they just don’t understand the intertubes, or maybe they’re glorious money-grubbing bastards, or maybe they’re a little of column A and a little of column B- but Nintendo’s latest move with its recently re-purposed Nintendo Points cards is a little befuddling.
Basically, if you buy a Nintendo Points card and then use it on your Wii, it then becomes tied to that console. And you only get that one. So your new Nintendo Points are now useless for your DSi. Why did you change the name from Wii Points in the first place, Nintendo?
The gist of it is this: if you purchase a Nintendo point card, your Nintendo points are only Nintendo points until you actually use the damn thing. Then they’re Wii or DS points. Oops.
I really don’t understand how this even makes sense if you’re Nintendo. I mean, if you’re going to go through all of these rebranding and renaming efforts to call them Nintendo Points, then why would you further distinguish them by not letting them work across both of your platforms?
I know it’s not that big of a deal, since I’ll probably never buy the darn points for either thing, but it is still just a head scratcher. To me, Nintendo has a long string of decisions that prove that they are not a very technically minded company (no HD, anyone?), and this is just another checkmark on that path.
What do you guys think? If you spend the money, shouldn’t your points be applicable across both consoles? I mean, if I bought Sony points, I’d expect them to work on both my PSP and my PS3.