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WiiWare Joins XBLA Games On Amazon

On the next episode of "Amazon.com Sells You Everything You Will Ever Need In Life..."

Get it while it's hot.
It seems like only a couple of weeks ago (because it was) that Amazon.com started selling piecemeal voucher codes for Xbox Live Arcade titles. Buying a single game with real, honest American dollars feels a lot nicer than having to convert your money into newfangled weirdo Microsoft Points, especially because you always end up with surplus points left over and nothing to spend them on. Even better, Amazon has been discounting some games that remain full price on XBLA itself. Everybody wins!

This morning I noticed on Amazon's handy video game deals Twitter feed (@amazongames) that the site's first WiiWare title is now available for sale in the same fashion. It's World of Goo, and it's $14.99. That's one penny less than buying it on WiiWare! Mad savings, kid!

What a great trend. Anything that lets us circumvent the needlessly byzantine console-points-as-currency system is A-OK in my book.
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Posted by Brad
Get it while it's hot.
It seems like only a couple of weeks ago (because it was) that Amazon.com started selling piecemeal voucher codes for Xbox Live Arcade titles. Buying a single game with real, honest American dollars feels a lot nicer than having to convert your money into newfangled weirdo Microsoft Points, especially because you always end up with surplus points left over and nothing to spend them on. Even better, Amazon has been discounting some games that remain full price on XBLA itself. Everybody wins!

This morning I noticed on Amazon's handy video game deals Twitter feed (@amazongames) that the site's first WiiWare title is now available for sale in the same fashion. It's World of Goo, and it's $14.99. That's one penny less than buying it on WiiWare! Mad savings, kid!

What a great trend. Anything that lets us circumvent the needlessly byzantine console-points-as-currency system is A-OK in my book.
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Posted by LordAndrew

Now when are they going to take the next step and make it available in other regions?

Posted by Benjamimmy

thank god, i always have 200 spare microsoft points which have yet to be spent since august two years ago, even when buying expansion packs for game i still got those pesky 200 points

Posted by Linkyshinks

Handy, I suppose. I use them often so I guess it would be convenient.

They have yet to bring the service to the UK store, but I reckon they are bound to follow suit here if it proves successful on your shores.

Posted by AgentJ

It doesnt seem as needed for the Wii, where users already had the option to gift games to other users. 

Posted by Linkyshinks
AgentJ said:
"It doesnt seem as needed for the Wii, where users already had the option to gift games to other users. "

Only in the same region :(

I would happily pay a little more to send a Wii Ware gift to a friend in the US.



Posted by NukeGoBoom

So...What are the chances of PSN joining this?

Posted by LordAndrew
AgentJ said:
"It doesnt seem as needed for the Wii, where users already had the option to gift games to other users. "
Of course. That's probably how Amazon is able to sell WiiWare games in the first place.
Edited by Weltal

Thanks, Amazon. You're bringing us back from the stupidity of point based purchases.

Posted by Gunrock

@NukeGoBoom

Well, the PSN uses dollars already so i guess in the points regard its not necesary.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Well, this is a good idea and it is almost coming full circle. PSN doesn't really need it, but why not add it for the sake of it?

Posted by LiquidPrince

Damn! A whole penny?

Posted by Halberdierv2

i suppose its handy, but would it let me be able to access the Wii shop? ive been always cut off.

Posted by WilliamRLBaker
KillaWolf13 said:
"thank god, i always have 200 spare microsoft points which have yet to be spent since august two years ago, even when buying expansion packs for game i still got those pesky 200 points"

then download the zune software and you can interlink it with your gamertag *which is what I did* and you able to purchase better chunks of ms points on zune that way you can get 800 even.
Posted by IncredibleBulk92

Oh wow now I can buy all those awesome WiiWare games on amazon like... um... erm... oh! World of Goo is on there?  There's one!

Posted by mracoon

I was trying to buy an Xbox Live game but unfortunately you can only buy the download codes if you're a US resident. Hopefully they'll introduce it the UK store so I can actually buy the games with real money.

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Posted by Media_Master

$15 for World of Goo, hmmm, maybe..

Posted by MB

I paid $5 for World of Goo during a Steam sale. $15? Seems a bit high.

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Posted by Aaron_G

Amazon will probably soon sell food. 

Posted by LordAndrew
MB said:
"I paid $5 for World of Goo during a Steam sale. $15? Seems a bit high."
Now imagine paying $20 for the PC version. It's a good game, but not $20 good.
Posted by theMcNasty

Yay!  $.01 savings!