To sell or not to sell 3DS console with games downloaded to NNID

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Harsky, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Harsky

    Harsky Madmin

    Aug 2, 2004
    I bought a 3DS with a busted screen and fixed it up with a new screen and to my surprise, the previous owner never deleted or formatted it and there's a few downloaded games on it but it also has the owner's NNID left on it as well.

    My intention was to fix it and sell it as a quick flip but I have no idea if I should leave the games on it as a way to boost the value or if I should format it to avoid any complaints if the new owner decides to wipe it clean even after I explain why they shouldn't.
  2. Xenon Hacks

    Xenon Hacks GBAtemp Guru

    Nov 13, 2014
    United States
    Format it it's most likely "stolen goods" if your gonna get another one which will in all likelihood is exploitable you can get any game you want anyways.
  3. driverdis

    driverdis I am Justice

    Sep 21, 2011
    United States
    I doubt is is stolen goods. A lot of people sell broken Nintendo products with their stuff on them as either they could not remove it as it is was broken or they are under the assumption that they can redownload their games by logging into a new console.
  4. HaloEliteLegend

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    It seems like some kind of grey area. Remember how the Wii and DSi had no account system and everything was registered to each specific system? People sold systems with their games on it for years. Nintendo isn't quite as sophisticated as any of the other digital game stores, so I dunno what they would do, or even what kind of complaint the original owner could file.

    I think as long as you don't screw with their NNID settings (esp. any billing info), you're good. They can likely redownload all their games to a new system.
    As for selling it, I don't think you want someone else screwing with the original owner's NNID settings, so I would likely wipe that NNID from the system. Dunno if that removes the games already on there or not.
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