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Corruption on the High Street!

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by Nicko, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. Nicko

    Nicko Lucozade Addict

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    As you all know, many Wii products contain a scratch card with a code that allows the user to enter it onto the Nintendo website and gain Nintendo stars. You may also know that Nintendo plan to allow people to convert these stars into Wii points (which would otherwise cost MONEY) with which you can purchase Wii software and VC games amongst other things.

    Anyway, about a week ago I was talking to a friend of mine, who said that a very major gaming store here in the UK (who I will not name until someone tells me whether I can or not) takes these scratch cards out of the boxes, and keeps them for themselves/employees. Approximately five minutes ago, another friend of mine came to my house to lend me 3 Wii games (all purchased from this same store). I then asked him if he has ever removed or seen the scratchcards that are supposed to come with these games to which he replied "No".

    So my question really is: "Is this store committing theft?

    I ask this as I believe by taking the scratch cards out of the products, they are causing the consumer to pay extra for any Wii points they wish to have. When a person hands over £30.00/£40.00 for a game (for example) they are paying for the scratch card, the case, the disc, the booklets and anything else that "Nintendo" provided with the game. If this store wishes to remove the scratch cards from the boxes, then shouldn't they by law have to either reduce the price of the product or provide a warning on the box that the scratch card is not there?

    Sorry if I'm being a bit OTT as I do have a ,slight grudge against this chain of stores. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
     
  2. Trulen

    Trulen Isn't here as much

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    Well, your friend might be in the US. Or another country.
    Because as far as I know, we don't get a scratchcard for Ninendo Stars.

    We never have for any game.

    Just throwing in two cents, just in case he's from the US.
     
  3. Nicko

    Nicko Lucozade Addict

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    No he's English. I've just talked to another friend (also English) on MSN and he's never received the cards from "the store" either.

    I'm taking these bastards down.
     
  4. Brownies

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    whats a scratch card and why doesnt canada get these things
     
  5. GaryT85

    GaryT85 Super Gario

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    the scratch cards are little inserts we get inside the game cases, you scratch off the silver coating to reveal a code..

    you then register that code on nintendo's website to build up points, which you could then get hold of nintendo stuff...(wallpapers, mp3s, and occasional plush toys, or games, but quite rare and very limited)

    now in the UK we are waiting as soon enough these points will be able to purchase VC points.
     
  6. 6ix

    6ix rebmeM tahCiiW

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    I don't think I got one with my Zelda here in the US. But then again technically you're right, you did pay for Wii points because

    US Games = $50
    UK Games = $60 (30 pounds you said). And if 2000 points are $20, you're theoretically buying a game and 1000 wii points, but who knows how they convert.
     
  7. Secumfex

    Secumfex Ninja? I'm a Pirate! Yarr

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    I think it depends on what games he has bought. These cards are only in Nintendo games. Third Party Games don't have these scratch cards inside, I think.
     
  8. tababywii

    tababywii girl+gamer=good combo

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    Here in the US we do get codes in Nintendo games, but they aren't scratch cards....and we don't really get anything cool for registering. We do get wallpapers, and after you register 3 games at nintendo.com you get 3 free issues of Nintendo Power...but that's about it.

    I think you should go after "the store" and find out if this is really happening! Take 'em down!
     
  9. GaryT85

    GaryT85 Super Gario

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    i guess you could look at it like that, but most wii games come out at 40 quid, not 30..

    amazon tend to get some games slightly cheaper than normal, but not usually at 30..
     
  10. mmichael09

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    I wish we got Wii Points like you apparently do... but yeah you should go kick ass and take names. Get your cards!
     
  11. captainff

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    I think he is talking about the VIP points that come in games. And 3 issues of a mag is far far far superior to anything we get in the UK...... I mean..... c'mon NoE, how many different wallpapers do I want for my PC?
     
  12. Kingston

    Kingston Mohh2 Name: TheHater

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    I'm in the US. do we get scratchcards? If not, wheres the product code
     
  13. tababywii

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    Sorry, Kingston, no scratchcards for us here in the states. The codes that we do get to unlock wallpapers and things like that are on a paper insert inside new games cases and I think they are only the Nintendo published games. The insert usually is an ad for Nintendo Power and on the back there are numbers and letters in a white box...that's the code you put in on nintendo.com. After you put three games in, you can get 3 free issues of Nintendo Power...pretty good, huh?

    You can also register your Wii console and your DS if you have one and all those games.
     
  14. Nin10Dude64

    Nin10Dude64 Nin10Do64

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    yup, no scratch cards here in the U.S its a shame...i really want a yoshi plush doll
     
  15. JamieDonut

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    Interesting discussion. For sure not all games come with the VIP points, you should be able to check on http://www.nintendo-europe.com/NOE/en/GB/games/index.jsp if the game is listed there then you should get 250 points per game (conversion to Wii points has not been agreed but most forums are expecting something useless like 5:1, which would mean that 250 VIP points will be worth 50 Wii points - hope we get better conversion than this but am preparing myself for the worst - which works out at about 35p - £7 for 1000 points).

    Technically if staff are taking the scratch cards from the boxes they are stealing, just as if they took the instruction manual or disc, and my first point would be to enquire politely where the scratch card is and then if necessary talk to the manager, but for the sake of 35p ask yourself, "is it worth the effort"
     
  16. Evolve82

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    I thought games came with a seal on them... the games I have bought do!
     
  17. Stalky

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    You will not find the VIP codes in any game that is not produced by Nintendo. Only first party products have these, third party developers like Ubisoft and LucasArts don't include them because they aren't really anything to do with Nintendo.

    I thought I'd mention in case this is causing some sort of confusion. For the Wii you'll find the scratchcards in the console, controllers, Wii Play, Mario Strikers Charged, Big Brain Academy, Excite Truck and whichever other games are produced by Nintendo.

    I severely doubt a high street chain is stealing VIP codes. I mean, seriously, there are better things to steal, we can't even convert stars to Wii Points yet. Besides, if you're purchasing games that have had the shrink wrap opened, then you need to pay more attention to what you're buying.
     
  18. fraz1776

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    yeah if your game doesn'y have the plastic shrink wrap stuff just refuse to accept it, If they have opened them all go to another shop.
     
  19. SensesFail

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    gamestop opens new games and puts the box's out and keeps the game behind the counter as a security measure. on occasion i get a game still wrapped from there, when they keep them in the glass case (very rare though)
     

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