Posted on November 19, 2012, Ross Lincoln Wii U Network IDs Work With Only One Unit
This is the kind of thing that makes it nearly impossible to justify the continuing existence of consoles over PC – and I say this as someone who really enjoys having console as well as a PC to game on. It turns out that if you’re the sort of early adopter who thinks shelling out $350 for the latest Mario and Pikmin console on launch weekend is a good idea, you’re probably not going to notice, immediately, that it comes with a poison pill that appears aimed at dulling used console resales. That poison pill? Your Wii U network profile only works once.
“A Nintendo Network Account can only be used on the console where it was created,” Nintendo makes clear on the official site. So yeah, this means you can’t retrive it on a friend’s device or more annoyingly, on a replacement device (should your current one break or more likely, should Nintendo later release a better version with features it should have had at launch.) Oh, sure, “In the future, you will be able to use your Nintendo Network Account with future Nintendo consoles and other devices, such as PC’s,” they add, but they notably don’t say “and additional copies of Wii U”. Which means they are absolutely locking people to a single device.
I have nothing more to add except that this makes my decision not to get a Wii U, at least until the price comes down, a hell of a lot easier.