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Nintendo Can Transfer Your Nintendo Network Account To Another Wii U Console

Although you cannot sign into your Nintendo Network account on someone else’s Wii U, Nintendo, of course, has the ability to transfer your account and Nintendo Network ID to another console. A North American consumer had to send in a bricked Wii U system to Nintendo, and Nintendo then sent back a brand-new console that allowed the owner to sign into his or her previously made Nintendo Network account.

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  1. Well this is the least I’d expect. Good to know its possible in case my Wii U ever does crap out on me.

    1. A friend can’t sign into your Wii U and vice versa in case he wanted to do something on your Wii U with his own account, but if it gets screwed you can transfer your account so you dont loose anything

    1. No you do not need to be American. The reason this is article is about an American is because Wii U is only out in the U.S. right now. I’m sure NoE and NoJ will offer the same service once the console launches in those regions.

    1. No they shouldn’t, it stops people from logging in onto a friends account and download/pay games that they haven’t purchased themselves. Nintendo’s main source of profit comes from gaming, if something like this were allowed then that’s at a inimum half of their profits gone. (yes nothing can stop 2nd hand games or friends swapping the actual game disc but digital purchased titles aren’t lost).

      And if a console breaks? I don’t know about you guys but every Nintendo console that I own (from snes onwards) are still in perfectly working order. But accounts can be transferred.

      1. I know that. That’s why there’s passwords to secure your account. They already made sure ppl can’t get into your account but locking down your account to one system is the problem. Like say a limited edition WiiU came out and you wanted it. Well you’ll have to make a new user and network account unless you want to send in your old WiiU and wait over 2 weeks. And then what about if it was lost or stolen?

      2. I’m pretty sure there will be a way to transfer data from one Wii U console to another, similar to how there is for 3DS.

      3. I hope so cuz I got one at the moment for me and my lil bro and I plan to get another one

      4. Like the 3ds to 3ds XL transfer they will probably have a similar method to transfer to a different console if a ltd edition one comes or something. I don’t know anyone who has lost a console but if it gets stolen I’m sure Nintendo can still transfer info over. I don’t know about internal memory but you can still make a copy of your data on the 3ds for a back up or if you want to do a memory upgrade, but still locked to your device.

      5. So, you go to a friends house, login, download a game… You’re resll not going to give your friend your password or set your account to auto login? You’re going to let him have a game on his system he can’t play?
        Most people would just give their friend access to their account, and, their games.
        It’s unfortunate, but Nintendo has to cover their ass.

    2. Like what if my Wii U gets stolen or I buy a new one and my account is on a different WiiU. You lose all your data and have to start over cuz you can’t sign into it on a different system or transfer. I’m a huge fan and all but that’s essential and ps360 has that ability sooo yea. Hopefully they realize soon and make an update

      1. They’ll obviously have something in place. You can transfer from 3DS to 3DS XL so I can’t see them not doing it with Wii U. And if stolen then likely will be in the same vein as broken.

      2. Wrong.
        You transfer your WiiU account.
        Really? That’s your concern?
        This is not as big a deal as people make it out to be. Fuck, if’s like noone’s ever transferred an account before.

      3. I bought a limited edition 3DS XL to replace my current DS. The limited edition came with preinstalled game. When I did the transfer it deletes the preinstalled game and there is no way around it.

  2. Of course Nintendo can do this. They did this with the Wii, no improvement here. Still living in yesteryear. But I want to be able to independently buy a new system and sign in with my account , re-downloading my digital stuff without being babysat by Nintendo, who needs my console and the new one to do this. This is not enough to persuade me to buy this new system. I thought they would finally move on to a real account based system, but no, even though you have an account it is tied to your system. So what good does this account do you? It’s the same shit all over again like with the Wii, except you can now choose a network ID name instead of having been assigned a number. I feel like Nintendo is so frickin paranoid of thieves that the paying customers get screwed. I love Nintendo over all the other competitors, but I hate how their business model hurts the loyal fans. Get on with it already, make your fans proud Nintendo.

    1. I understand where your coming from. Like I got a WiiU and me and my brother already made accounts. Later I wanna get another one so me and my brother can have our own WiiUs. Unless they make a update to change this, one of us is basically shit out of luck

    2. I find this good however because it prevents hacking.. CwC will be happy as he gets his accounts hacked all the time ^^

    3. People would share games.
      We have to be “babysat” by Nintdndo because noone’s going to be honest.
      Nintendo is better off losing a few sales, than have game sharing spread like a virus.
      No wonder Sony’s losing so much fucking money. (If this is possible on PS3.)

  3. Okay, having confirmation of Nintendo Network Account to go to a new Wii U with help of Nintendo is good. But…

    Will downloaded games be able to be downloadable again when you get back your account? I’d dislike to waste all that money, just because of a screw up on your Wii U.

    Games better be tied to accounts…please.

  4. Too bad only Nintendo can do this… There must be a way to hack it. I am not that technologically minded, though. Besides, if you did, that would void the warranty. I guess (?) this is good news, not quite what I was looking for. At least if it bricks or some defect I can get it transferred. Although I personally try to buy everything on discs.

    1. You might want to read the faq on nintedo website, hard drive is special formated to the wiiU it was formated on, cant be read by another wiiU or a pc.

  5. But it still sucks ASS if you have to send the Wii U to Nintendo before this can happen. Because for the regular Wii, they charge $89.00 for a repair. So if you have to send the “bricked” Wii U to Nintendo in order to transfer accounts to another Wii U, it’s gonna cost you.

    1. What kind of bad luck do you have sir? Nintendo doesnt charge you to send them your stuff unless its across Seas or something. I sent them my Wii to get the disc reader fixed I didnt pay for shipping or anything. 2 weeks later I get it back boom done.

      1. @Rey Hardy
        My original Wii stopped working on any of the internet-related features. The system would just freeze. I lost all VC and WiiWare games in the process. I called Nintendo to schedule a repair, and after the weirdo at Nintendo Of America got through talking forever and acting like I was stupid or something (I swear I knew more than he did. He kept telling me to do everything AFTER I had already done it), he said that when Nintendo is ready to send the console back to me, I’ll have $89.00 charged to my credit card for the repair. So I assumed that you’d be charged for sending in a broken Wii U as well.

      2. 1.) What country do you live in? I wan’t away of international shipping charges, but maybe…

        22.) You must have got the one bad rep at Nintendo. I’ve always got great service, and free or inexpensive repairs (If out of warrenty.)

      3. @ Jaded_DryBones
        I live in the US. That guy at Nintendo Of America annoyed me SO bad (his name was Jason. Not that it matters). He talked so fast that I could hardly get a word in. He tried telling me that there was nothing wrong with my Wii, even though I was looking at the frozen screen. What a dufus he was. He acted as if I was some brainless little kid that didn’t know anything (even though I’m 34). He FINALLY agreed to send the necessary shipping labels for me to send my Wii in for repair. But I never did it because I HATE the idea of paying $89.00. I can almost get a Wii Mini for that price (although I won’t get back my lost VC and Wiiware games).

      4. Damn, well, sorry about you’re luck dude. I’ve never had an issue with Nintendo Customer service, but I believe you that you got a bad representative. Like any other company, I’m sure Nintendo had their “bad-apples.”

  6. Please someone answer this:
    If I have 3ds account, can I use it on Wii U at the moment ? Can I use all my cash $$ that I have on 3ds eShop to buy stuff on Wii U ? Or do I have to make completely a new account for Wii U ? :(

  7. The only annoying thing I can see from this is, if anyone owns 2 Wii U’s, why should they have to create 2 separate accounts (or an account for each console) and buy all their content twice or multiple times?

    1. This is true. I have 2 3DS’ and I can’t transfer a game from one to another, so yes, that is annoying. (IE. I can’t “Game-Share” with myself.)

  8. This would suck for people outside of the US. There’s no official Nintendo support for Latin America (only Mexico, but that almost counts as US I think), so any bricked WiiU consoles will have to be send outside of the country itself OR maybe that isn’t even an option considering the costs. So they’re either stuck with a bricked console or must get a new one, losing their Nintendo Network account in the process.

    They MUST allow to use your account on a brand new console or this is going to be a huge problem in the future…

  9. Excellent! This means that if a Wii U console breaks, the Nintendo Network accounts stored on it can be saved, while maintaining a hacker-free environment.

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