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Used Wii U systems retain downloadable games

If you bought a pre-owned Wii U (yes, some Impatient Irvings are already selling theirs back) you may want to browse through the eShop real fast. If the previous owner picked up any games on the console, chances are they'll be ready to re-download free of charge.

Multiple NeoGAF users noticed surprise downloadable windfalls on their systems. Despite the customary data wipe for most resellers, the purchase information is still tethered to the console through Nintendo Network; Suddenly pre-owned consoles could be of significantly greater value than their new counterparts--depending on how download-happy their previous owners were.

It makes sense, given that Nintendo Network IDs are tethered to the system they're created on, and any user can enjoy a given console's eShop purchases (we'd hate to be the Indecisive Irene who buys another Wii U after selling their first one). Still, we hardly imagine this was an intentional incentive from Nintendo, who say they are looking into the matter.

We'll update this story with any further comment from Nintendo.

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20 comments

  • jackthemenace - January 7, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    What on earth convinced Nintendo that tying accounts to consoles would be a good idea? Their last gen had friend codes, and now this? I love Nintendo's home franchises, I really do, and they're a good company, but it's almost as if they don't WANT to sell their consoles.
  • TanookiMan - January 7, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    How are people already selling Wii U's back? I still haven't tried all the features on mine, let alone know if I should sell it back!
  • FoxdenRacing - January 7, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Probably every unruly, undisciplined, and ungrateful little snot that wanted a new game system for Christmas and grandma told the parents she'd take care of it.
  • DREAMCASTSATURN - January 6, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Sorry if I was 'offensive' in my crappy attempt at comedy. I enjoyed New Super Mario Bros on the DS and still do. The point is, if Nintendo really wants to wow us, they could maybe give us something more like what Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64 were when they came out. Either way, a new Nintendo system, a new Mario game. People are happy, and that's what matters
  • shawksta - January 6, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    I understand however, you realize New Super Mario bros U is the FIRST Nintendo system to have a Mario game at launch since Super Mario 64. and hey, more development time to keep getting better to the 3D Platforming Mario that will be the real star
  • DREAMCASTSATURN - January 5, 2013 5:45 a.m.

    Finally, a reason to actually buy one (sorry guys, but a Mario game that is a port of one that was on the DS 6 years ago doesn't count). Man Nintendo, what an oversight....
  • jackthekingsmit - January 5, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    New Super Mario Bros. U is not a port of the DS New Super Mario Bros., it just uses the same game play mechanics. I suggest in the future you do a modicum of research before making such claims.
  • Tjwoods18 - January 5, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Point is, that you come to expect the same old thing with Mario.
  • jackthekingsmit - January 6, 2013 6:11 a.m.

    The same old thing = A fun game. God knows how tired I am getting of fun games, Nintendo just need to start looking at what other developers are doing so they can make their on brand of boring BS.
  • Tjwoods18 - January 6, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Excuse me if I find always running towards the right side of a screen to be rather dull, repetitive, and highly overused in Nintendo's mission to find sustainability. The original game mechanics for Mario were fun as a kid, but todays gamer is not what he/she used to be.
  • jackthekingsmit - January 6, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    Yeah cause as we all know Nintendo has never made that Jump from 2D Mario to 3D Mario, nope, we have never seen a 3D Mario Game and I am also tired of those side scrolling Zelda games Nintendo keep releasing. All sarcasm aside I am Hard pressed to think of present day Nintendo franchises that are strictly 2D side scrollers apart from the New Super Mario Bros. (that are designed to be a throw back to Mario game maechanics) series and Kirby games (There may be more, but those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head) and you say gamers are not what they used to be and there is no denying that's true, but there sure is a hell a lot of people that still enjoy this formula and just cause you and some others don't, doesn't mean that it isn't a market worth making games for and Nintendo have enough games that are not side scrollers, even within the Mario franchise, that would be satisfying to other types of gamer.
  • jackthekingsmit - January 6, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    Old Mario game Mechanics*. Sorry for the stupid mistakes in those brackets.
  • PanicJester - January 6, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Obviously not, Look at New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii it sold close to 30M copies, That's over double what any one xbox 360 or PS3 game has sold and you think most of today's gamers aren't in to it? -.-''
  • shawksta - January 6, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    I see what you mean with that comment, but you think thats all? As far as Mario goes in his 2D Games, its the actual platforming, the boss battles, the power ups and the level design that makes it, whether you like it or not, thats your opinion im not forcing anything, its what makes them the games they are.
  • Scammeleon - January 7, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    *Looks at profile picture of Pikachu "dull, repetitive, and highly overused in Nintendo's mission to find sustainability" *Looks back at picture of Pikachu Huh... Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing pokemon, but that franchise is just as guilty of repetition as Mario. We're just lucky it's damn good repetition.
  • Scammeleon - January 6, 2013 3:48 a.m.

    Personally I think a genuinely enjoyable 2D Mario game is much more of a system seller than the off chance that a used console might contain a handful of downloadable games. Especially if they're virtual console games, as you've made it quite clear you don't care for ports.
  • talleyXIV - January 6, 2013 7:30 a.m.

    Where in the hell did you hear that it was a port? No game company in the world would be stupid enough to re-release a 6 year old game on a new console.
  • SomeOddGuy - January 7, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    *looks at Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus on the Vita(despite that game was technically 5 years old at time of release)*
  • gopikmin - January 6, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    I'd figure Nintendoland would be an actual reason since the attractions are fun and very hard in the later parts. ZombiU seems pretty interesting too.

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