Club Nintendo Accounts Can't Be Linked To The Wii Shop On Wii U

"Certain system constraints" punishing gamers

As you may already be aware the Wii U eShop can be linked up to your Club Nintendo account. This means that when you purchase a game it is automatically registered and you may become eligible for surveys, which allow you to earn some coins.

However it appears that games bought from the Wii Shop — via the Wii Mode — on Wii U are not eligible for surveys and coins, even though the very same games bought from a Wii console are.

The reasons for this are unclear at the moment, with Nintendo stating the following in its Club Nintendo FAQ section:

Due to certain system constraints, Club Nintendo accounts cannot be linked to the Wii Shop on the Wii U. Games downloaded through the Wii Shop on the Wii U (in Wii mode) do not qualify for surveys or Coins.

Nintendo is working towards bringing the Virtual Console to the Wii U eShop itself, with a view to allowing all games to be played on the GamePad alone. It's strange, however, that gamers are currently being punished in this way for transferring their Wii gaming to Wii U.

What are your thoughts on this? Has this affected you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip


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