Nintendo Charges You 50¢ For Your Kids’ Wii U Account
Kids always get the shit end of the stick when it comes to video game console accounts. They need their parents’ email and verification to do everything, they can’t access any of the good shit. It must really suck. I can’t remember that far back to know if it sucked, so I’m just guessing. Now Nintendo is putting some of that shit on the parents. Not very much shit, though. Just a little speck.
If parents want to make a Nintendo Network account for their under 13 year old kids on the Wii U for them to play online, they are required to pay a one-time 50¢ fee. Yep, 50¢. Hardly anything, but still just enough for you to be annoyed that you have to whip out your credit card to pay for it. Once parents enter in their credit card info and pay the fee they will get an email with a PIN code in it that will let them create multiple accounts for their kids without paying the fee again.
This fee is for parental consent. Nintendo set it up to comply with COPPA, the Child Online Privacy Protection Act.