Nintendo Updates Take Wii U Hostage Until You "Agree" to New Legal Terms

When you buy a device, you expect to own it. You expect to be able to open it up, mess with it, and improve it. At the very least, you expect it to continue to work for its intended purpose.

What you don't expect is that the manufacturer will remotely cause the device to stop functioning unless you agree to be bound by new legal terms governing your relationship with them.

Yet this is how Nintendo's update to its end-user license agreement (EULA) for the Wii U works.

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Metallox1883d ago

Sucks hard for everyone who would want to do stuff with the console. Nintendo wants the console to be used like it was meant to, which is understandable, but they must understand the consumer is over absolutely everything, especially if you have a closer relationship with them via products like Wii U.

Shnazzyone1882d ago (Edited 1882d ago )

watched the video in the article he flips out about not being able to agree. 100% totally ignoring that between the two lines that are very important. It prevents you from altering or modifying the system or software... "UNLESS OTHERWISE PERMITTED BY LAW". IE, if the government states that modifying or altering your device is legal it anulls that threat.

The following part states that the system may update functionality and system automatically. Not that they intend to shutdown the system. Just that updates will come without agreement or notice and they may be updates required to play certain games.

He's a drama queen. Also in that agreement is an indemnity clause for online interaction. Possibly indicating better interaction in the future. I'll agree. Microsoft and sony have very similar agreements stating that you cannot modify the system. Get over it. The agreement is not terribly legally binding anyway and I bet nintendo wouldn't risk the legal ramifications of a lawsuit shutting down modified systems.

oh, here's the video.

ChickeyCantor1882d ago (Edited 1882d ago )

Holy shit, the guy explaining the whole thing in the video is so annoying. The licence stuff is pretty much standard stuff. He can just agree and disconnect from the internet and he still bitches about it "I WOULD AGREE BUT I DON'T AGREE, I AM BREAKING THE LAW". Christ dude, you probably didn't read this deep into to other agreements. Just accept and disconnect from the net.

R00bot1882d ago

Sounds like they're avoiding a future homebrew incident, as the makers of mods on the wii u have said themselves that their mods don't work on the new OS releases.

ChickeyCantor1882d ago

If the WiiU gets softmodded the modders will find a bypass to the check anyway.

Clown_Syndr0me1882d ago

I don't blame them. The wii was so easy to mod, could set full homebrew up in minutes.
Isn't this just standard stuff? If you're going to use a product illegally what right do you have to use it?

MRMagoo1231882d ago

Well technically they arent using it illegally till they accept right lol (I am pretty sure laws were past that said the person can do what ever they want with hardware they just wont have a warranty anymore) but I do get the point I would do the same thing if I was nintendo.

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