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Rumour: Used Wii U Consoles Let You Download Previous Owner's Games, For Free

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Jonathan Lester
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Pre-owned, Report, Wii U

Rumour: Used Wii U Consoles Let You Download Previous Owner's Games, For Free

According to reports from gamers who purchased a pre-owned Wii U console, game licenses are registered to a specific console rather than a user account. Meaning, of course, that they can download the previous owner's games without paying a penny.

Several NeoGAF posters claim to have re-downloaded games like Trine 2: Director's Cut and Nano Assault NEO for nothing, presumably because the original owner bought the games from the Wii U marketplace before selling it on.

Currently, Nintendo Network ID accounts are also tethered to a specific console, and Nintendo have to directly step in to transfer them over to a new one (something that's currently only confirmed Stateside). This major oversight could potentially lead to some incredibly inconvenient situations should a console break or a user decides to buy a new Wii U after trading in an old one.

On the other hand, buying a used Wii U has suddenly become a lot more tempting, no?

If you can confirm this, we'd love to hear from you.

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mattdenton  Jan. 4, 2013 at 13:50

That's not a rumour, that's fact. Games/DLC are indeed tied to the console, not the owners account. At CEX where I work, we were explicitly told not to format any WiiU's during testing so that the downloaded content may be sold on with the console

RiKx  Jan. 4, 2013 at 17:58

wow! Nintendo still don't tie games to accounts. Way to massive fail Nintendo. This alone persuades me to never buy a WiiU. The same was true on the Wii surely - I lost all my wi-fi saves / console shop purchases when I bought a new Wii..

Late  Jan. 4, 2013 at 18:00

You bought a second Wii?!

RiKx  Jan. 4, 2013 at 18:14

You bought a second Wii?!


Yeah it developed that thing where it started to pixelate randomly apparently it was due to the gfx chips cooking where it was on all the time due do wii connect thing..I dunno. I liked the Wii for Nintendo exclusives like zelda and metroid and SMG. and the virual console. I lost interest completely however after i found out Nintendo shafted me for my DL purchases.

RiKx  Jan. 4, 2013 at 18:14

You bought a second Wii?!


Yeah it developed that thing where it started to pixelate randomly apparently it was due to the gfx chips cooking where it was on all the time due do wii connect thing..I dunno. I liked the Wii for Nintendo exclusives like zelda and metroid and SMG. and the virual console. I lost interest completely however after i found out Nintendo shafted me for my DL purchases.

imdurc  Jan. 4, 2013 at 21:58

1st, this is nothing new (ala Wii downloads).
2nd, they (Nintendo) are looking to revise this in the near future.

So, while games are stuck on the machine you bought and downloaded them to, they are looking to change this at some point. Nintendo have heard users' requests for these kind of purchases to travel with their Nintendo I.D.. So, here's hoping it's coming fairly soon.

RiKx  Jan. 6, 2013 at 18:55

1st, this is nothing new (ala Wii downloads).
2nd, they (Nintendo) are looking to revise this in the near future. it's coming fairly soon.


You should totally hold your breath for that...

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