Nintendo has unveiled details of a more convenient mechanic for selling downloadable versions of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games at retail across the UK, Ireland and Germany, with further European countries following in the future.
The problem remains that the digital games gets tied to the hardware and not your account, so you cannot freely change it as you'd like and you can't put it on multiple devices at once either.
Not so much a "problem" as a "fundamental flaw in Nintendo's approach to digital distribution & rights management."
it not tied hardware. It tied to account. The account is tied to hardware which make it seem that way. That why they allow you to transfer and connect your Club Nintendo which used to keep track of yiur purchases and download.
^This. There's still a big misconception there. Although they do need to untie the accounts from the hardware so we can easily reclaim what we've bought if we ever get a new system.
That's a logical fallacy. If I tie you to a post, you're tied to a post--and if I use a piece of rope that's tied to another piece of rope because neither piece alone was sufficiently long, you're still tied to a post.
I thought that was kinda resolved with an update that was launched months ago.
Nintendo has never attempted to resolve the problem, nor have they ever indicated that they plan to resolve it. In fact, when a mistranslated interview a few years ago indicated very slightly that Nintendo was hoping to resolve it, they very quickly made it explicitly clear they have no plans to do so. Currently they laugh at the idea and if they say anything at all its along the lines of, "it might be nice to do something like, someday in the future, on a future platform." And they're never going to do it because, clearly, most of their consumers either don't know or don't care, and the new trend with everyone else is to force consumers to pay for the same product over and over again anyways.
Doesn't really matter what changes they make to their draconian, anti-consumer DRM (digital purchases are tied to hardware). Since they only put a pitiful 8 or 32gb storage in the Wii U; very few people will purchase much digitally due to the severe lack of storage. Larger titles will eat up that storage very quickly. And mist people won't bother with an external HDD, only the diehard fans will bother. Shame they didn't put more storage into the Wii U, but that is just one of many mistakes they made with it's design.
Many Wii U owners have external hardrive. I have 1TB for my Wii U. More space with less money.
I have 2 tb as well. Storage for wii u isn't an issue. Now Ps4 needs external storage support because laptop hdds are more expensive than external drives. Paid $90 for 2tb desktop external
..yes, they backed you into a corner with Vita's storage too Schiller. Then you blabber on about it not being a big deal to buy more space. Tsk,Tsk..
External Drives with more space is cheap to buy nowadays AND there is a good thing about Wii U's limited built in space. And that is that the games made for Wii U aren't forcing 50gig installs like they are on PS4/XB1. That 500 gig harddrive feels pretty small after buying and installing just 3 games on those systems.
I'd rather pick the size and price of my Wii U storage than have Nintendo slap an arbitrary £50 on the asking price of the console for 500Gb of extra storage. Other than it being a neater more cohesive solution, built-in storage offers no advantage over external and it's worse value for the consumer.
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