I'm letting my Wii U go. Since I'm not switching to another unit (at least right now), what do I need to do and backup with Nintendo's weird protection policies to ensure that I can use my game saves and the games I purchased in the future on another unit? Or is everything lost because I'm not doing a direct account transfer (with both old and new Wii Us in my possession at once)? Is there anything else I should do before parting with the console?


To reset all settings and content back to factory settings do the following;

  • Start up your Wii U
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Delete All Contents and Settings
  • Press A to select
  • Enter Parent Control PIN as required
  • Go to Next
  • Go to Delete Everything
  • What about the backup? – Wolf Nov 22 '15 at 18:59
  • @Sean: The software is tied to the hardware. You lose the hardware, you lose the software. It's stupid but that's just how it is. – Jeff Mercado Nov 22 '15 at 19:01
  • You should be able to initiate a transfer, but since you don't have a replacement system, there is nothing to transfer to. Try to contact Nintendo whether you can keep those software in "limbo" until a future date, like some sort of code to "release" the software back on to a system. – Nelson Nov 23 '15 at 1:12
  • @Sean Still having problems with your Wii U? Let's talk about it - click here. – user128965 Dec 8 '15 at 16:11

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