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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Even though this is a good idea, children can, and probably will, lie about their age.
50 cents is nothing. Just two quarters.
I just don't understand the .50 cent charge. It doesn't sound like much but it's still rediculous over all as you can verify authenticity without a charge. It's appreciative that Nintendo wanted an extra layer of security to prevent minors from abusing the system, but honestly if parents don't know how to secure and password protect the system from being used by their kids, that's their own issue.
Oh I know some minors are smart enough to circumvent anything a standard parent may use as a password, but then here's a thought, don't keep your password simple.
This is great.
Not $0.50! That's like 25p! This is an outrage to all gamers, Nintendo, you are a money-grabbing strumpet!
That's gay. Why would they need to do that. Isn't just an email verification ?
I actually like this idea. As a parent I much rather have a company go through me than give my kid the option to lie.
That is just ridiculous. I can understand the whole parent ID needed to verify minor, but charging for that? No way
Can't they just lie about their age on registration?
Well that's strange, but I guess it makes sense.
I recently had to do this with my xbox for my 11yr old cousin. He can play on any of his xboxes just fine but it wouldn't ever let him on mine, until I gave them the .50cents for whatever BS reason they gave me.
I wouldn't have been so miffed but he can play on his xbox no worries but not mine??? Even when he brought his profile on a flash drive???
very nice Nintendo. Then again this might cause a minority of kids to start stealing their parent's credit cards, and then candy bars from stores, and then well you get the point... Thanks a lot Nintendo!
lies for free truth for $0.50
I don't have to worry about this.