Posted on November 26, 2008, Jonathan Wii Speak Can Be Traded, According to Nintendo
When word recently got out that Nintendo’s new Wii Speak peripheral would contain a code for the Wii Speak Channel that could not be replaced if lost, there was one group of people who were quite upset by the decision: those hoping to one day sell off the used peripheral. Many potential consumers voiced their concern that Nintendo was trying to aggressively halt the secondhand market for the device. Luckily though, a Nintendo rep has now spoken up to declare that is not the case:
“Nintendo can confirm that when consumers purchase the Wii Speak accessory, they are provided with a Wii Download Ticket with a unique number. The ticket, which can be redeemed via the Wii Shop Channel, will enable the user to download the Wii Speak Channel free of charge to a single Wii console. Any consumer who may have misplaced their Wii Download Ticket number for the Wii Speak Channel or require a new number following a Wii exchange may contact their local Nintendo Customer Services department, where they can request a replacement Wii Download Ticket number.”
Well that should be a relief for people hoping to finally use voice chat on the Wii. With the way the video game industry tends to constantly release new models of their hardware, the idea of a peripheral that could not be traded in seems a little unfair.