The lights are on
The small fee technically makes the Wii U's online services not entirely free, but it's a way to confirm that a guardian is truly approving registration instead of a lying 12 year old.
The fee is there so that Nintendo is compliant with COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Parent's only have to pay the fee once if they are registering multiple children under the age of 13, and the credit card information is not stored on the console or online.
You can head to the Wii U's support page to find out more the fee.
[via GameSpot, image via Reddit]
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50 cents are a mere pittance but I hope that doesn't replace the standard parental control scheme under password protection. Online experiences do vary from game to game.
This is idiotic.
Well Nintendo is really living in another world.
I wonder if they disables p*rn/violent content sites access in the internet browser too.
I think this is just a clever way to charge ppl for having children (since most of the Wii U will end up in families).
This is brilliant. Who the hell is complaining about 50 cents over child safety?
Or just make a password right? This is 50 cents of idiocracy.
Well damn, there goes my whole darn paycheck.
Well, I'm over 13, so I'm good.
As long as it's not $15/month for online multiplayer I'm cool with it.
lol, this is actually pretty good.
Remember kids, it pays to lie. Only YOU can prevent age extortion.