Wii U charges 50 cents to register minors

In accordance with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, parent or guardian must pay one-time fee of $0.50 to verify consent to create Nintendo Network account for those under 13.

The Wii U's Nintendo Network is not entirely free. According to a Wii U support page, parents or guardians must pay a one-time fee of $0.50 to create a Nintendo Network account for children under the age of 13. This acts as proof of consent to create a Nintendo Network account, and is in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

According to Nintendo, credit card information will not be stored on the Wii U. Additionally, because this information is not stored, gamers must re-enter their information to make purchases through the eShop.

Parents and guardians with multiple children will not need to pay the fee again to create additional Nintendo Network accounts. Once the first child is set up, the Parental Control PIN is the only information needed to create additional accounts.

The Wii U launched today in the United States. For more, check out GameSpot's coverage of the Nintendo World launch event and reviews of Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U.

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Diablo-B
Diablo-B

Interesting, I dont have a Wii U so if someone does please educate me, but whats preventing an 11 year old from lying that they are over the age of 13 like most minors are able to do to get onto the p0rnz sites?

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

I'm 23. Look at all the @#$% I give.

madeux
madeux

I think a lot of people need to familiarize themselves with the details of COPPA.  If you're not old enough, or weren't a very early adopter of the interweb, you are probably not aware of the controversy involved with the original version of this law.  It literally made it against the law to use profanity anywhere online that a child might read it.  There was a huge campaign that involved a day of protest when supporters participated in a website blackout.  We even had several major corporations and a few Senators and Congressmen join as well.  These laws are serious, and they are tricky.

 

Nintendo found a very low maintenance way to keep themselves in compliance with this law.  The credit card transactions serve as a permanent record that a parent or guardian is allowing a child to participate in an online network.  When a small child is molested by someone they met online, and sadly this will happen, this kind of compliance is one of the first thing law enforcement officials will check, and you can be damn sure the lawyers the parents hire will do it as well.

 

Nintendo is not likely making any money on this.  The credit card transaction fees are probably near 30 cents, and the rest will be covered by the overhead in running and tracking this program.  If anything, they'll get a few cents.  This is clearly not about the money, and those claiming otherwise are either ignorant are simply trolling.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I think PSN get around this by requiring all minor's accounts to be sub-accounts of an adult's account. I don't entirely grasp the implications of the Nintendo Network method, but letting minors have their own independent account sounds empowering, so I guess I approve.

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

If you do not want them to ever raise the tax, do not ever pay the tax.

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

50 cents?!?! Whats next, Charge players a penny every time they turn on the fu&*ing system!!!

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

You figure with a $350 price tag (or whatever it is now) they could have included a few parental passes or something.

glhx2112
glhx2112

Change. We're going to get it from you.(If fee is mandated by the Government, where does that 50 Cents go?)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Why on Earth would a child under 13 need access to a Nintendo Network account? Any purchases that need to be made can be done so by their parents, and no child should have access to a social network designed for all ages.   

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Just another rubbish excuse for crappy parents to ignore growing need for understanding and explanation to the younger generations.

 

Instead of explaining and teaching these things to their kids they just flat out ignore it,  "I paid my 50 cents ergo my child is now safe". Sadly this is a joke. If they register the kid as under 13 and then they buy the latest 15 or 18 rated game will they have their console bricked?

Araknie
Araknie

"Wii U is for the hardcore fans!" Iwata said this a long time ago. So kids, it's not safe for you go home no family shit here.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

LOL Nintendo is not what they used to be, they've turned into a real joke,  LOL at all those fanboys that said this network would be better than PSN or XboxLive

Elann2008
Elann2008

Buy the system for $300 and oh wait... one more charge of 50 cents because Wii U aren't for minors. haha

AlexFili
AlexFili

How can the Nintendo tell if the user is under 13? I'm curious.

Kilikan5670
Kilikan5670

Can't deny that this might not work in nintendo's favor, but it'll put parents on notice. If they see their kid with an adult account and they know about the 50 cent deal they can act accordingly. Not a bad idea. Just not a good one.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Mark the accounts and give adults the option to not be matched to play with them.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

It's kinda the HBO strategy though. They're basically charging parents so the parent can't complain. Like with HBO, where if you sent them a nasty e-mail that their kid watched The Sopranos and it was violent, HBO would say "Well, you paid for it, so it's not our problem." It's just an extra level of protection so Nintendo has their bases covered. Since the seizure lawsuit, they're nervous about stuff like that, which is why all the Nintendo games put that "If your ass is seizure-prone, don't play this." disclaimer in the game cases.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Leave it to Nintendo to make a few million dollars off parents giving consent so their children can play Nintendos console.

terrascythe
terrascythe

I bet that Nintendo only makes about 5 to 3 cents on each transaction.  The interchange fee, or swipe fee, goes straight to the bank.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

I won't be buying a WiiU but I don't think it's a bad idea to be honest. If it keeps the kids safe then its fine by me. I have to pay £40 a year for the rip off that is xbox live so  $0.50 or probably 50p here in the UK is nothing.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

You know what will happen? Those children will lie their age creating wii online accounts, and will get paired with adults and will make their life hell.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

or you could just simply lie about your kids age and say the he/she is 13 and don't have to pay a dime

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Activision should do this with COD. Charge $10 for anyone who isn't 18.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Wow Wii and WiiU are aimed for kids. Why have a .50 charge. It's like Nintendo is just trying to make quick $1. If I bought a WiiU which I'm not I wouldn't pay a dime. I'm 31 years old and thank god Siny doesn't do this.

Megawizard
Megawizard

 @Diablo-B Because the only way to fudge this is to steal someone's credit card.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

 @Diablo-B That's an excellent question. Unfortunately, I have no idea.

Well, I have some ideas, but they're not plausible.

madeux
madeux

 @emptycow Funny how you choose to ignore all of the major studios who have said just the opposite and are giving the system their full support...  Everyone else is forgetting that it took YEARS before studios were putting out games that fully utilized the capabilities of the XBOX360 and the PS3.  There's quite a big learning curve when it comes to platform specific programming.  What does this mean for the end user?  That as time goes on, developers will better learn how to program and take advantage of each system and its individual strengths.

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

 @AlexFili a user under 13 will often have their account set up by their parents, even if they set it up themselves they'll probably register as being under 13

TTDog
TTDog

 @AlexFili Well... they're playing on a Nintendo console so that more or less confirms pre-teen status.

madeux
madeux

 @Suikogaiden Do you even consider the fact that doing so would be a violation of COPPA?  What a great thing to teach children, to go ahead and ignore federal law whenever it is inconvenient for them. 

jack00
jack00

 @Suikogaiden

 Yeah, if i had a kid and I wanted to register him I would tell him to put a bullshit year like 1920, like i do for every dumbass site who uses an age filter.

madeux
madeux

 @terrascythe Funny how the haters weren't smart enough to realize this on their own, eh?

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @mickyfinn84 actually it does nothing since they can simply lie about their age all this really is is just a scam from Nintendo to try to make more money from idiots

ratchet200
ratchet200

 @BryanParksSuper

Unfortunetly if they can afford to buy CoD then they can most likely afford an extra $10. I know where your coming from but if they can't afford it themselves idiot parents will just buy it for them :(

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

 @GreenReuben No Im 31. It doesn't effect me at all but I do feel bad for the hard working tax paying parents who have to pay for this ridiculous rule. Do you honestly think Nintendo gives a flying fu%$ how old a player is. It's an easy way to make money even thou its only 50 cents. It adds up. It called greed and that a shame. 

TTDog
TTDog

 @jack00  Some sites have me registered as the oldest living person in the world.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

 @shadowhunter0

Well I was thinking I'd set the account up myself as the parent and if I wanted the parental settings turned on 50p isn't going to hurt.

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

 @madeux I told you what I disagree on. Your answer. When I say it's not pressured on people. I mean this law is not really pressured on people. Nintendo is pressuring people to do this.  You don't see the other companies do this because they really don't care about this law because this law isn't really forced on people. (Neither is COPPA) If it was you would damn sure know xbox and ps3 would be doing the same thing or something similar because most of there games are rated M. I'll say it again. It's the parent choice weather or not they want them to play the rated M games. I highly doubt the Government is going to check every single household to see if a minor is playing there mario games and not there cod games. The Government is more worried about the economic downfall then what little johnny is playing tonight and that's why Microsoft and Sony doesn't enforce this law. but why should I waste my breath. Obviously I'm wrong and you are right. You'll just make another three paragraph speech on this subject. So if you want to have the last word in be my guess. Btw I'm not trolling this subject nor am I Ignorant. If I'm a troll what does that make you?? A fanboy?? Hmm......

madeux
madeux

 @DbzJohno What exactly do you disagree with?  Sony and Microsoft can find their own ways to be in compliance, and that's up to them.  Saying "it's not pressured on people" is not the issue.  It's a law, and with that comes a liability.  Nintendo is a more family friendly platform, we all know that.  They are taking steps to ensure that it remains that way as much as possible.  If this were about greed, it would certainly be more than 50 cents, wouldn't it?  And wouldn't they charge for EACH child? Now, since it's clearly not about greed, there must be some other motive behind this... Hmmm...

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

 @madeux  I disagree. There is no reason for Nintendo to charge these parents 50 cents, 30cents, or whatever it may be. If this is the case then explain to me why Microsoft or Sony never bothered to do this. yeah its the law but it's not pressured on people. Maybe Microsoft and Sony thought hey it's the parents responsibility to watch over there kids to see what type of games there playing not the company's. This sH&% isn't new and if I remember correctly you can use a credit card on your Xbox 360 and PS3.

madeux
madeux

 @DbzJohno  @GreenReuben Seriously people... to process the credit card is probably costing Nintendo about 30 cents... this is clearly not about making money.  This is about a recorded credit card transaction that acts as PROOF that a parent or guardian has consented to let their child be on the network in order to comply with US Law. 

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @MysteryJ0ker  @mickyfinn84 lol did you even read the article it will only charge if the kid is under 13 and I don't think kids 13 and over have a credit card and I highly doubt that they would force you to enter your card info they would lose allot of costumers that way and I'm pretty sure that it would be like what it is on psn or xbl and that all that you have to do is enter your DOB