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My local Gamestop has a pre-owned WiiU that I've had my eyes on for several weeks now, so I've decided to save up enough to buy it. I've got almost half the asking price of $129.99 now, and hope to have the other half by March.
I really want to get into the WiiU Virtual Console before Ninty eventually pulls the plug on it.
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To my understanding, the Wii U no longer has online support including the virtual console. Any prepurchased content, even by a previous owner, is no longer downloadable. Nintendo turned off their servers for the DS/DSi/Wii/Wii U consoles at the end of last month. However, I'm not sure about the Wii U (I've thought about one, too) but there are some software modifications that can be done to a Wii to get it back online.
I got lucky with my used Wii as it mysteriously came with two digital games...Tetris Party and Super Mario World (SNES). I still have them and they still work, just no online support. I was using Netflix on my Wii on a SDTV but even Netflix said it would no longer work once Nintendo pulled the plug.
WiiU is still online as of now. In fact, they released a NEW game on the WiiU Eshop just last week. Shocking, I know.