Nintendo: 'Wii U doesn't have any pre-owned game prevention'

Used games are "a reality in the marketplace"

Nintendo won't be including any measures to block used games with the Wii U, NoA's EVP of sales and marketing, Scott Moffitt has said.


Speaking in an interview with GameSpot, Moffitt was asked what Nintendo's strategy on used game sales was. He responded by saying he wasn't sure if the company had "a formal position on used game sales" but went on to outright rule out used game prevention methods.

"It is a reality in the marketplace," he said. "We haven't incorporated any features that will discourage used game sales at this point. We're not trying to circumvent that."

Talk of preventative measures were sparked by a report suggesting Sony's next-generation hardware, supposedly codenamed Orbis, won't offer backwards compatibility and will feature anti-used games measures.

Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, responded to the rumours by saying blocking used games 'would be anti-consumer', but mentioned Sony Japan might feel otherwise.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has admitted the Wii U was a hard sell at its E3 press conference.