If you pick up a used Wii U, there’s a chance you might also pick up some free games.
Well, that’s according to a user on NeoGAF, who purchased a second-hand console to discover they could re-download any titles the previous owner had already purchased. And that was possible even though the previous owner had wiped the hard drive and removed their user account. The user in question was able to download Trine 2 and Nano Assault Neo.
So how can this be? It could be down to the fact that licenses for downloaded content are tied to specific consoles, not user accounts or Nintendo Network IDs. This feature allows multiple users on the same console to access all downloaded content, no matter which person originally purchased it. But it seems it also allows access to anyone who subsequently owns that console.