Rumour: Pre-Owned Wii Us Let You Download Games For Free

It wasn't until the Wii U launched that we found out accounts and information registered on that console would be staying on that console. Sounded bad at the time, but there might be a bright side to the whole mess.

There obviously haven't been too many people buying one of the machines pre-owned in its early days, but one person who claims to have done so is NeoGAF poster DSN2K. Who also says that, having bought the console, they were able to download, for free, games purchased by the machine's previous owner.

While the Wii U appeared to have been wiped clean, after visiting the Wii U eShop, DSN2K says that some games, once you clicked on their store entry, didn't have a price. They instead said "redownload". So far, they claim to have gotten Trine 2 and Nano Assault without paying a cent.

While it sounds crazy that something like this would slip through the cracks, remember, the internet is a bold new frontier for Nintendo. So there's always the chance this could go on the list marked "stuff we didn't think about but wish we had". We're checking with Nintendo PR for comment, and will update if we hear back.

So buying a used WiiU has its advantages [NeoGAF]


    Could you not test this yourself on your own Wii U? Just backup/delete your account/profile off of the machine and create a new one. Check your previous purchases and see if they are free.
    Not sure how this all is done as I do not own one but should work, right?

      Yep - BUT you will lose your nintendo network ID / game saves and if it is BS - all the games you have downloaded.

    If its the same as the wii and the 3ds its because it registers the games to the actual machine not the account.

    That title tripped me up - "Wii Us". lol.

    Last edited 05/01/13 9:30 am

    I can feel a firmware update coming on. Or maybe they can just fix it server side.

    This it outrageous, I thought there was a competition out there, it doesn't make any sense to me, Nintendo what are u doing?, theirs something called the "cloud", use It my friend, you dnt need aussiesmtomteach u such things

    This is why all things should be tied in with the account and not the system itself.

    Really? Games are tied to the system, not a Nintendo store account? Man, they still havnt learnt from the original Wii? And Nintendo fanboys wonder why gamers prefer the PC, Xbox and PS3.

    Last edited 05/01/13 11:42 pm

    SO... this is an article about somethign someone posted on a forum? have any attempts been made to actually verify this?

    Damn, should have waited and bought a pre-owned Wii U.

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