As we reported late last night, the Wii Internet Channel is now free to download. Nintendo Australia has just confirmed it's free here, too. But there's a couple of things different.
So yes, what was previously a 500-point download is now totally free.
But what if you paid already? In the US, you are able to download a 500-point Virtual Console game from the NES, SNES or N64 library. In Australia, you're limited to a 500-point Virtual Console game from the NES library. (Indeed, I don't think there are any 500-point SNES or N64 games.)
Also, in the US you have until the end of October to get your VC title. In Australia, the offer doesn't start until late October and then runs to the end of December. Which is kinda weird, but hey at least we get the deal at all.