Well, that’s a huge bit of information that I haven’t heard. Unless I missed this while roaming the floor of E3, I’d say this is great, new info! Thanks to Felipe Mac Knight for the heads up!
If my game console is stolen, I must provide Nintendo with a POLICE REPORT? What the hell!?
Let us pretend I have a Wii U.
Above: A Wii U
And now I have a delicious milk shake.
Above: Delicious Chocolate Milkshake
And here I have a cute little kitten.
Above: Cute Kitten
I place the delicious milk shake on top of the game console (*). During a vigorous session of Super Mario Brothers 6, the cute little kitten gets curious about the delicious milk shake on the Wii U and knocks it over. Alas. My Wii U is ruined by the delicious milk shake and the devious cute little kitten.
Ideally, I should be able to go to the store, buy another Wii U, take it home, place another delicious milk shake on top of it, and re-download all the games from my account. I am getting the impression that this will not be possible. I am referring to the digital downloads and not the sitting of the delicious milk shake.
I don’t care if the game console needs to be connected to the Internet to authenticate that only one console is trying to access my account when I start up the game. By it being digital distributed, Internet access is an expectation. But I should never have to interact with customer service to play my account games on hardware I bought. It is also much cheaper for Nintendo to automate the service by eliminating the Human customer service personnel.
(*) (This is where a gamer places his drinks. I do it for every game console [Atari, NES, Wii etc.]. Nintendo re-designed their consoles to be curved so Malstrom can’t place his delicious milk shakes on the console until they wised up with the Wii.)