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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In all likelihood if an under-age person is playing a game, that is out of their age range, their parents most likely bought it for them in the first place. Game sellers won't sell to anyone they deem under-age as they are liable to be prosecuted for doing so, meaning the kids didn't buy it themselves.
That's good I guess. I mean, it's only $0.50.
I suppose 2 quartes are worth it for those young'ins safety!
I think Nintendo underestimates kids, when I was a kid and registering for accounts I wasn't old enough for, I just lied about my age (even if I could say I had parental support, it was one less screen in my way). I fail to see how this will do anything other than cause parents who would have already been helping their kid set up their Wii U pay fifty cents, or lie for their kid.
They could make it more so that the parent actually cares or notices it. Say, $10 0r $5.
It's another step on the way to secure ratings, it's not perfect but it helps a little. Sure 12 year olds are smart enough to cheat the system, but it will probably be that way until everyone in the world is implanted with a chip to record their age, global position, and permanent record.
tis the season to use safety
Hmmm..didn't expect that one. A bit of a double-edge sword with this idea but if it is only once, then it isn't so bad for the parents.
$0.50? Well looks I'm not getting online.
well there goes my gumball money
Dangit! Now I can't buy that sucker I've been saving up for!
Wow, even though it sounds unfair, it is smart. Not bad, Nintendo
or ya know .. they can just forget about it n lie about there age ...which they probly will either way
Neat idea, only made more priceless if I could see my bank's expression on why the hell I used my debit card for a measly fifty cents :P.