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    Rumor: Pre-owned Wii U consoles retain previous owner’s game downloads


    It looks like Nintendo has left a glaring oversight in the rush to get the Wii U out before the holidays. The problem is one that wouldn’t surface until pre-owned Wii U consoles make their way into consumers hands and sitting at the near two-month mark, it’s about that time. According to a thread on NeoGAF, user DSN2K was able to re-download previous titles purchased by the previous owner of the console he purchased, despite the Wii U having been wiped clean.

    When visiting the Wii U eShop, DSN2K confirms that games that were purchased by the previous owner do not have a price. Instead, they’re marked with a “redownload” button which means he was able to claim Trine 2 and Nano Assault for free, since those titles were previously downloaded on the console by the first owner. This is an interesting misstep for Nintendo as it implies that the company was not expecting used re-sales so quickly and this begs the question as to whether the original purchaser of these games still has access to them.

    Sources- NeoGaf, WiiUDaily

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    Probably tied in to MAC addressing (much like how I had Netflix for free on the Wii someone gave me --- for months, lol). If so, no easy way around it other than requiring a l/pw associated with a given MAC address.

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    I am sorry for my first post to be an arguing comment, but this is sooo far from true (unless they just changed it)! When my Nintendo network ID was accidentally deleted, my 3 games (ZombieU and 3 others) were inaccessible. I searched and searched on how to restore my ID and ended with calling Nintendo themselves to just be left with "sorry, once it's gone it is gone".
    I let them know with that kind of practice that I will have to change the way I spend money on this particular console. This was about a month ago, so maybe they had a lot of these situations and changed the rules drastically, but I kind of doubt it. That policy alone is something to report on itself!

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    Ya this is true. As I purchaded a used wiiu 32gb version and netflix was already downloded and it had the previous owners login credentials saved. So ive been using his for now. Which by the way he had a very odd taste in shows from his "recently watched" section. I tried to delete his profile and it asks me for his nintendo id password which I dont havr and it wouldnt let me delete it without it. Unless there is another way to do it which im sure there is I just havent had n e interest in trying to find it. But yes it does save previous owners info on it.

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    I can take my console to a friends house, turn it on, and I will have access to all the same stuff I had access to at my house...amazing. Congrats on the free netflix.

    You can reset the console in the system settings if you want to make it your own. Are their any actuall purchases on the console? Heck maybe if you go on to the eshop his payment info is still there and you can download some free stuff on his dime.

    Whoever sold you the console is an idiot to not wipe it first....but seriously don't spend the guys money unless your cool with facing criminal penalties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd
    I can take my console to a friends house, turn it on, and I will have access to all the same stuff I had access to at my house...amazing. Congrats on the free netflix.

    You can reset the console in the system settings if you want to make it your own. Are their any actuall purchases on the console? Heck maybe if you go on to the eshop his payment info is still there and you can download some free stuff on his dime.

    Whoever sold you the console is an idiot to not wipe it first....but seriously don't spend the guys money unless your cool with facing criminal penalties.
    You're not understanding. Even after wiping the data the Wii U still retained the rights or "privileges" to download the software again because it was tied to the systems ID not to the account. I'm not sure if this still holds true but that's how it was at the time this was posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNES_Master View Post
    You're not understanding. Even after wiping the data the Wii U still retained the rights or "privileges" to download the software again because it was tied to the systems ID not to the account. I'm not sure if this still holds true but that's how it was at the time this was posted.
    I understand that but it sure sounds like Capone83 bought a used console that wasn't even wiped. If it hasn't been wiped saying the old stuff is still there seemed kind of silly to claim as evidence of this lame nintendo policy. If it had been wiped the old users password protected login wouldn't be there.

    I really hope they move away from tethering purchases to hardware soon. I did see a rumor they may implement some cross platform VC with WiiU and 3DS in the future so I am hopeful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd

    I understand that but it sure sounds like Capone83 bought a used console that wasn't even wiped. If it hasn't been wiped saying the old stuff is still there seemed kind of silly to claim as evidence of this lame nintendo policy. If it had been wiped the old users password protected login wouldn't be there.

    I really hope they move away from tethering purchases to hardware soon. I did see a rumor they may implement some cross platform VC with WiiU and 3DS in the future so I am hopeful.
    Other users have reported the same incident stating that even after formatting the systems memory they still were allowed to re-download (for free) any content previously purchased on the system. But I can see what you mean. As I said, Nintendo may have fixed this by now. I do know that GameStop now sends and 3/DSi/XL systems to Nintendo for formatting so I assume that this is when Nintendo removes the rights from the system.

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    Well that sounds even worse if they are deleting the rights from the hardware and the user. As long as purchases are tied to the hardware this is not really something that needs to be fixed by formatting and removing the download rights.

    It is just a messed up way to do things that I am sure has annoyed many customers and the poor customer service reps who have to deal with people who have problems resulting from this system. They do silly things like giving out store credit for lost purchases. It's completely ridiculous since they clearly have a method to give out free downloads (with codes) and they have a record of my purchases with club nintendo. We also know they can enable drm remotely since accessing eshop on wii will disable your purchases if you restore them after a transfer to wii u. So why not simply allow a user to register a console that they can download their purchases on?

    They need to move to an account system like 7 years ago.
    Last edited by blaisedinsd; 04-29-2013 at 01:21 PM.

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    So I finally got around to doing a Wii to Wii U transfer for my secondary Wii. I had bought this one used from gamestop when I was having some disc read problems and have since loaned it to a buddy.

    Anyway I was visiting him and had N64 smash bros Virtual Console game I got free from Nintendo stuck on that wii and I never found a way to get that game to work on my Wii so I did the transfer. Had some issues saying my Wii U didn't have enough memory (it did) but eventually I got it to work (Nintendo Customer Service was no help).

    Anyway I got a bunch of crap that the previous Wii owner downloaded....it didn't transfer but it was all added to my history and I can now download the games they bought whenever I want. (Strangely I gave the Wii serial number to Nintendo CSR and they told me they had no record of any purchases on the console, my N64 Smash Bros. or anything else....wonder if gamestop had anything to do with that)

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