So I finally broke down and got the Wii (black) - but not for me, for my 5-year old son. Got him Cars and the Inflatable Kart. Prior to this purchase, my last gaming system was the Super Ninentendo, which I left at college after graduating. But before I give him the cars game, I need for him (and myself) to get used to the system. Right now, we are practicing with the games that came with the system (Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort). I noticed that these games still show the instructions prior to starting the game, even if I played the game for a second/third time. Is there a way to turn off the instructions? Secondly, regarding the Wii points, is the only way I can buy them is by going to a store? And what is the conversion rate of points to dollars? Lastly, I bought the charging pad, but when I placed the remotes (after installing the rechargable battery pack) on the charging pad, the charging indicators do not light up. I know that the pad is plugged into an outlet with power. Am I missing something here? thanks!