So a friend of mine had their 8GB U go out them. After talking to Nintendo and finding out the cost to repair it he decided it was better just to buy a new one. He did this and wanted to transfer his eshop purchases and username to the new console. Guess what? Nintendo will NOT allow him to transfer his purchases to the new console and actually said to buy them again.
Now this bs of not being able to unify accounts has gone far enough. If Nintendo refuses to make this basic move this generation then they need to put a clear disclaimer on the home page of the eshop as well as the individual titles stating CLEARLY that digital purchases are tied to consoles. At this point, it makes absolutely no sense to buy a retail title on the eshop.
Instead of fixing this issue Nintendo starts pushing eshop and digital purchases more and that's just straight up dishonest. My friend had no idea his purchases were tied to the console and I suspect a lot of other people don't know that either. I think the only way Nintendo will listen is if people stop buying from the eshop. Digital purchases from Nintendo don't represent good value, in fact it's hard for the eshop games not to appear to be the rip offs that they are, and it's time that the fans let them know that.
This issue is one all of the gaming media should be on Nintendo about. This is a legitimate issue. Wii U Daily should tell readers in every "indie game" story that their purchases are tied to the consoles and in almost every case are not going to be transferred to a different console. I bet we would see a dramatic reduction in eshop sales and deservedly so. If the best NOA can do is releases crap like Volleyball then seriously what are we missing anyways?
So people should stop buying from the eShop until Nintendo changes this policy. They could do it in a day, but want to milk one more generation of gamers and I say we don't let them. There is just no defense of this policy anymore. Maybe if the indies don't even want to bother with the U because of the terrible digital policies Nintendo will finally get the message. Enough is enough. Nintendo needs to treat digital purchases with the same respect the rest of the industry does and expanding the eshop without fixing the accounts is a slap in the face to fans and BS!