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Nintendo adds gift giving with this week's Virtual Console update

Rounding up the new virtual console releases for the week of 12/10.

A new feature of the Wii Shop channel beginning this week is the ability to send a friend a Virtual Console title as a gift--just in time for the holidays. There is a catch, though; gift giving will require you to start learning and trading those 16-digit friend codes.

  • Pokémon Snap (1999, Nintendo 64, 1000 Wii points)--A game that helped launch Pokémon into mainstream American culture, Pokémon Snap had gamers capturing Pokémon "virtually" on film. New to the Virtual Console version of the game, players will now have the option of sharing their Pokémon photos online via friend codes.

  • Ghosts 'n Goblins (1986, NES, 500 Wii points)--What debuted as an arcade game, Ghosts 'n Goblins soon made its way to the Nintendo Entertainment System providing a thrilling platform experience unlike ever before.

  • Baseball Stars 2 (1992, NEOGEO, 900 Wii points)--Baseball Stars 2 is the sequel to highly addictive NES title. Who doesn't remember playing as the "American Dreams?" The sequel added even more arcade-style action along with more gameplay modes.