Rumor: Download Wii U games for free from a pre-owned console

Posted under Podcast Stories, Rumors, Wii U
January 4, 2013 by (@NE_Brian)

In terms of content purchased from the Wii U eShop, having a Nintendo Network ID is pointless. At least for now, games downloaded from the store aren’t tied in to your account. They’re instead locked to the system itself… so it would appear.

One NeoGAF user, “DSN2K”, claims to have received access to a number of free titles after receiving a previously used console. That’s in spite of the fact that a new account was apparently set up on the same Wii U, and DSN2K says the system was wiped before he received access to it. He was able to download digital games such as Trine 2: Director’s Cut and Nano Assault Neo without paying a cent.

There are likely two possibilities here – either the console wasn’t completely, 100% wiped, or all Wii U eShop content is indeed tied to the hardware itself.

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  • lee

    I call BS on this because I bought a used Wii U on amazon with New Super Mario U, Super Mario 3D World and Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD all pre-downloaded and after palying them each once and now it says that I cannotplay yhem because the ID used to buy yhem was deleted so now I have to buy them when they came with my Wii U for free