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Submitted by Chrono 857d ago | article

How Nintendo DRM trapped $400 of downloaded games on a failing Wii

And why the console maker wants $60 to free the purchases. (Nintendo, Wii, Wii U)

fatstarr  +   857d ago
Just not a fan of this for any platform
except my pc
I rather just bust out the cartridge or disk
or get the rom to a game I already own

you buy all these digital games and get comfortable when really you dont own them at all
and 1 wrong move wipes your collection and you have to rebuy them all.

technically you are supposed to legally have a copy of all games you own but fancy tos's probably wiped that away.
decrypt  +   857d ago
Well the idea of making a collection or library on console seems like a fairy tale at the moment.

Console makers want to be able to sell more games, they dont like it if people are stuck on the old games. Its not like PC where people can still play 20-25 year old games on the most modern machine they got.

People must have spent thousands of usd buying games this gen, when the next consoles arrive there is a high probability things wont work.

Anyone truly wanting to make a library of hundreds of games and not wanting to be at the mercy of some companies decisions should be looking at the PC as a platform of choice.
kingPoS  +   857d ago
Long live disc media. The king is hear to stay!
Wolfbiker  +   857d ago
I'll buy digitally when Nintendo guarantees that if my console dies I can redownload my purchases...I mean a $5 NES game is one thing but a $60 Wii U game is another lol.

I do have a TB on my Wii u I want to use so please get this right Nintendo!
hazelamy  +   857d ago
give me discs or give me death.
doogiebear  +   857d ago
nintendo sucks
jmc8888  +   857d ago
You should be able to re-download your game, but the question is, if your account is tied to your console, how would they authorize the OTHER console? If it's simply a HD crash, probably no worries, but a console brick might be another thing entirely. Though if that happens, wouldn't most of our games be on the separate HD and would it play then if connect to a new Wii U? Guess a lot of things need to be sorted out.

At least with steam you can transfer the stuff to different drives and re-download the stuff. They even just added a new feature where you can have Steam on multiple HD's at once. Which is a great thing. Also there's always been the rumor that Newell has the ability to remove the Steam DRM for your games if Steam was going to go belly up.

But I don't see that happening anytime soon, they've got a stranglehold on the PC digital distribution market, and I don't see anyone catching up anytime soon. Also unlike Origin, Steam has steamguard, which keeps your account locked down to your PC, which if you don't travel, removes hacking risk in terms of people transferring your account and changing the password/email that corresponds with it...cough...Origin...cough.
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