According to popular gaming blog site Kotaku, the Wii’s Internet Channel is now available free of charge, and for those of you who did pay for it, like yesterday when it was $5, the Japanese game maker is throwing you a bone in the form of a gratuitous Virtual Console title.

The channel debuted in early 2007 and until July of that year, the Opera-powered browser cost not a pretty penny. After that date however, Nintendo pegged the channel’s worth at $5.

That’s all being reversed today as the channel has gone free, at least until the end of October, and Nintendo is reimbursing your 5 lost dollars with a NES, SNES, or N64 VC title. As this is currently a developing story we’ll keep you informed when something more official finds its way to our ears.

UPDATE: Nintendo has confirmed to Blast that anyone who spent $5 for the channel will be able to download, at no cost, one NES game of their choice valued at 500 Wii Points from the Virtual Console.

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