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Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition Does Not Require Online Pass

Posted by Andy Green

Good news for second-hand buyers

Pre-owned titles are, of course, cheaper than buying a new copy of a game, so it’s easy to see why consumers sometimes decide to choose them instead of paying full-whack price. Of course the publishers of these games aren’t exactly jumping for joy about this, as they receive diddly-squat from the transaction of a pre-owned game.

In an attempt to tackle this many titles now come packaged with codes to unlock certain features in a game, for example FIFA games come packaged with an online pass — something a pre-owned buyer will not have. Namco Bandai has used this method for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 by slipping an online pass into the box; should you buy the game pre-owned you’ll need to purchase the code separately to enjoy the full multiplayer experience. However, it has been revealed that the Wii U version of the game in North America is playable online without the redemption of any codes at all — music to the ears of those thinking of buying a pre-owned copy.

The Wii U version of the game also comes complete with all the previously released DLC as well as Nintendo-themed costumes and new modes like Mushroom Battle Mode. Has this news made you consider buying the game from the pre-owned section?


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Knux said:

That's actually pretty amazing. It makes me wonder if Nintendo doesn't allow online passes for third party developers. If I get this game, it will likely be this version.



akabenjy said:

I NEVER buy second hand games. However I have preordered this game and I'm looking forward to dressing up Nina in the Zero Suit Samus costume;)



FredyGarbagis said:

Is there Online Pass codes for any other third party games on Wii U? I'm guessing it does, or else this news is irrelevant.



SkywardLink98 said:

I kinda like the idea of an online pass. It makes sure the developer get's there money, and can afford to keep making games. I'd rather pay the extra $5 and support the developer, and get the box and instruction manual in good condition than save the $5.



SilentHunter382 said:

@SkywardLink98 Well I don't like them. For one reason, if a friend is interested in getting the game and borrows my copy. He wouldn't be able to play the full game (i.e multiplayer).



Kevin_H said:

All the extra stuff crammed into this, combined with the reasonable price, makes me want to buy this new.



SheldonRandoms said:

I was gonna get this for the Wii U anyways because my Xbox 360 decided to just turned red inside.



Trikeboy said:

@SilentHunter382 However, to experience online play, couldn't your friend just play it online on your console? So many people focus on online multiplayer because they don't have to be social but playing local multiplayer can be even more fun. Invite your friend round for a night of fighting and then they can decide if they want the game.



Bulbousaur said:

If Nintendo keeps this up and doesn't allow online passes, it will be a wonderful thing for gamers. Not so much for the actual developers and publishers though...

But I dislike online passes a lot, seeing that when I got my PS3 Mass Effect 2 new, the pass had expired, even though the game had been out for less than a year... Seriously EA? Nintendo can keep Cub Nintendo codes for like 5 years, and you can't make online passes for even that? I call bull plop...

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