Nintendo Network Accounts Tied to Only One Wii U

Though the Wii U's been a sellout in North America, its launch wasn't without problems. Many buyers found themselves with a bricked console after shutting it off during the enormous day-one five GB update for the Wii U's online content.

Now, there's another caveat that Wii U owners should be aware of. Nintendo Network accounts, required for Wii U online play, are tied to one console, meaning that should anything happen to that console, owners will also lose their account and anything tied to it. Currently, the Wii U supports up to 12 accounts that will be locked to the console after creation, meaning that buying up a used Wii U means losing account slots on the console.

Wii U owners will be disappointed to find that they won't be able to play at a friend's house unless they also cart over their console, since this lockdown means that accounts, once tied to a console, can't be logged in on other consoles.

However, this issue is only temporary, as Nintendo has declared on the Wii U support site that: "In the future, you will be able to use your Nintendo Network Account with future Nintendo consoles and other devices, such as PC's."

The company's statement didn't include a window as to when this would happen, so for now, it might be wise to keep your Wii U stashed well away from any potential damaging elements, lest you lose your precious Nintendo Network account.


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  • dormantreign
    I don't mind as long as they are going to update this later. There are a few annoyances that need patching, as is with any console. On that note, i love my wiiu.
  • abbadon_34
    Nintendo used to be consumer friendly when they started in the 80's. When and why have they become so tight assed? They aren't high tech, they are supposed to be easy enough for my girlfriend to use, that is their selling point.

    edit: I'm sure DRM figures in here somewhere, but seriously, anyone who know or cares enough to get around it doesn't use a WII in the first place.
  • DoofusOfDeath
    Maybe I'm just getting old, but I'm kind of fuzzy on why someone would buy a Wii U at this point.