My Nintendo Wii U Console, is no less than 20 days old. It ran, played and kept me entertained; that is until the game pad died on juice. But all was well in my universe. I fought the hungry crowds of Nintendo fan boys, and ended up being one of the lucky ones. One of the ones who happened to grab a console a few days after it hit shelves.
In the middle of loading Assassins Creed 3, the screen on my TV turned
white, and the game and console no longer responded. I could not power
it off, I could not return to the main menu.
I did what anyone would do with no other options left, I had to unplug
the console from its power source. Little did I know that by doing so, I
would be thrown into the statistic of those who now have broken
Nintendo Wii U game consoles. A dreaded title known as, 'Nintendo Wii U,
Red Light of Death'.
Have no fear!
The game is less than 20 days old, and my Best Buy receipt is still
within the exchange policy. Thank God! I did not want to send it back to
Nintendo to have them toy with it, and try to fix it while I waited for
them to send me back, my now refurbished, Nintendo Wii U console.
So here is the problem. My freaking Assassins Creed 3 game is stuck in
the broken system, and no matter how hard they tried, Best Buy Geek
Squad could not get it out.
Nintendo will reimburse you. We cannot, you did not buy the game with us.
I head back home and embark on the journey of getting Nintendo to
solve the issue. After all, it was their console that broke and ate my
game. Best Buy is not at fault, although I wish they offered a solution
to getting me my game back once the system was sent to the manufacturer.
Nintendo refuses to reimburse me, what they do however suggest is the
most ridiculous slap in the consumers face I have ever received.
Nintendo will not reimburse me, however their solution is this. They
want me to drive back to Best Buy, retrieve my broken system. Mail it
back to them, wait 2 weeks for a repair, and then and only then will I
get my game back.
Absurd. It was my right as a consumer to exchange the system within 30
days, but little did I know that an imaginary disclaimer would read, 'If your game is stuck, you are out of luck.'
I am left with no choice but to take it up with the BBB and possibly the state attorney general.
Hold On Did You Say BBB?...
Only then does Nintendo cut me an offer, I smile at the fact that a
slap with BBB seemed to have an ill effect. Then I realize I'm not being
cut a deal, I'm being offered the choice to purchase one of Nintendo's
brand of games.
But no, not for free. For a discount. A discount that they will not disclose until you agree on a title.
So would you prefer some pathetic party game or Ninja Gaiden 3?
I took neither. I'm at a loss. My last and final attempt with Nintendo
will occur when they decide to call me back. My guess is never. I am in
shock at how poorly this issue was solved. My brand new system still
resides in the box. At this point, I cannot even look at it. I am truly
considering throwing it up on ebay for auction, and wiping my hands
clean of Nintendo.
So my warning to other Wii U gamers who end up with a bricked system,
do whatever you can to get the damn game out, without voiding your
Or, send it off to Nintendo. DO NOT, and I repeat, do not, return it to the store where you purchased it. You can kiss your $60 title goodbye!