If you get a new Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, you can easily transfer your account via the Internet to the console. No fuss and it’s easy right? So you’d think Nintendo could manage the same feature rather easily with their new Nintendo Network service. Well you’d be wrong. The Network ID you create for a Wii U, at least for the present moment is tied to your console. In other words, don’t lose or break your console because if that occurs you will have to create a new ID. Furthermore if you buy a second-hand console, and want to import your ID, you can’t. If you’re at a friend’s house and want to sign on using your account, you can’t.
Here’s the official statement from Nintendo’s support page:
It’s unclear whether they mean the next console after the Wii U, or simply Wii U machines in the future, when this feature is patched in. We’ll contact Nintendo and update if we hear back.
Hopefully this is something that can be patched in, because I mean sheesh, if people lose their accounts and their consoles at the same time, Nintendo will some unhappy customers.