Not that it's a huge issue, but just letting you know that if you're buying a Wii U for your kids, or want your kids to have their own online account, it's going to cost you a whopping 50 cents.

From Nintendo Support:

A one-time fee of $0.50 is charged to verify that a parent or guardian has provided consent.

It's part of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and is proof of consent that you, as the parent or guardian, allow this to happen. Why they're charging anything, I'm not exactly sure, but it's still a $0.50 charge that makes you type in your credit card into into a game system. Although Nintendo says the credit card info won't be stored, even I'm a little cautious about typing in information like that.

This 50 cent charge is not per individual, it's a one time fee in order to create Nintendo Network accounts for your children.

Still, do you think this is acceptable and fair or do you find it ridiculous?