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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Cross-Buy Demo

March 5, 2015 / 1:00 PM

By: Jesse Waldack

Nintendo’s first attempt at a Cross-Buy between Wii U and 3DS is interesting.  It isn’t as straight forward as Apple’s, PlayStation Network’s, or Xbox Live’s approach to it, but it also isn’t as confusing as Nintendo initially let on.

I bought Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars on Wii U and took some screen captures to show the process to get the code for the 3DS version of the game.  Start out by purchasing the game like normal…



When your purchase has been completed, the next screen that is displayed will contain the code for the 3DS version of the game:


Though if you missed it and closed that window before you wrote it down, there is a way to get the code back.  From the main eShop menu, select “My Menu” in the upper-left corner, the button with your Mii in it.  From that screen, scroll down a little until you get to the History section, which looks like this:


Select “Account Activity” and you will get a summary of your eShop transactions:


Find the game you are looking for and click on View Receipt.  Then scroll down to the bottom of that and you will get your code again:


Steps are similar if you purchase the game on the 3DS to get your Wii U code.

If you digitally purchased NES Remix Ultimate or Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, a similar process is used to give you a free theme related to those games.

On one hand, this is a weird process.  On the other hand, Nintendo has always  been a little behind, or a lot behind, on best practices for their digital storefront.  This is Nintendo’s first attempt at a cross-buy game using the eShops of 3DS and Wii U that were built separately then sort of hacked together to share a wallet.  Maybe the next generation of systems will allow for more streamlined integration of account-specific content over multiple devices like … well, everyone else.

About the author /

Having played Intellivision and Atari games since he was six, Jesse has not only grown up with video games, but has seen just about everything. A husband and father of three teenagers, he still tries to squeeze in a game or three when he is able.

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1 Comment

  1. mauricio

    Please I need help, I bought Mario vs Donkey Kong tipping star for 3DS, where I take the code for wii u game ???

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