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.