Reformatting Wii question...

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#1 Posted by Mike5589 (183 posts) -

I'm not reformatting my wii or anything, but I was wondering.

If you were to reformat your wii could you still have the same VC games you downloaded before without purchasing them again?

#2 Posted by Sabin55 (361 posts) -
The games and all the save files will be lost. Anything you have bought from the Wii Shop channel under your account you can re-download for free.
#3 Posted by Jaysonguy (37683 posts) -

No, everything is gone

That's the point. You lose ownership rights to everything on the console and cannot redownload anything.

Formatting is meant only when you abandon the console

#4 Posted by shark2k6 (1513 posts) -

No, everything is gone

That's the point. You lose ownership rights to everything on the console and cannot redownload anything.

Formatting is meant only when you abandon the console

Jaysonguy

While it's true that formatting is meant for when you are "abandoning" the console, I am pretty sure your second "line" is wrong. If you go to support.nintendo.com and get to the formatting, they tell you to delete your Wii Shop Channel account first, before formatting the Wii. That leaves me to believe that the Wii Shop Channel info won't be touched (which makes sense since it is probably not stored on the Wii) and therefore if you had to reformat for another reason (some main file got corrupted some how, something that Nintendo didn't expect) you should still be able to redownload all your games that you purchased of the Wii Shop. All that you would lose would be any save files.

-Shark2k