Like people needed more incentives to buy used....
Well, this is going to be the first of at least two posts talking about subject matter like this. I figured that I might as well roll out the funny and in a way kind of uplifting one first before I focus on what will no doubt be the more serious on tomorrow. Somehow it only seems right that in terms of lighthearted errors that Nintendo would be the source, although I don't believe they'd think of this as lighthearted in any regard.
What I'm talking about is the fact that it's recently come to light that due to Nintendo tying downloaded games to hardware rather than user accounts, that buying a used Wii U might snag you more than a couple "free" games, depending on what the previous owner downloaded onto their system.
Now, although it's probably not the most serious or even appropriate question to ask, the first thing that sprang to my mind was "how do people already have frigging used Wii U systems just sitting around in stores already?" I mean, it hasn't even been two months since the system first came out and we're already seeing used ones popping up on the market? I don't know why but that strikes me as a little strange, even though it's not really relevant to anything in this case at all.
That aside though, this has to be quite an embarrassing discovery for Nintendo, who probably took measures like linking downloads to the console itself so that people couldn't just download free copies onto their friends machines via user accounts. This methodology seems to have spectacularly backfired in this case, allowing people to get freebies just from buying a machine that they were already going to buy anyways. I suppose that looking on the bright side it's a boon to anyone who wants to buy a Wii U secondhand, although of course there's absolutely no guarantee that you'll actually get anything on it or not. Granted anything free you would get is a bonus after all.
Whether Nintendo will do something about this, or even go as far as to remove games from the systems of those who bought secondhand machines is yet to be seen. Of course doing the latter would likely result in both a logistical nightmare and pretty much 100% assured consumer backlash against the company. I highly doubt that Nintendo will just sit by and do nothing at all in this case, but I can't see them taking it further than closing the loophole to prevent future abuse. Right now it's more of a question of just how long it will take them to do so.
In an era of used games and digitial distribution, user accounts and EULAs there are bound to be stories like this. Unfortunately, tomorrow I cover something that is far more ominous than people maybe getting some free games.