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You Can't Download Software To Wii U SD Card

By Kevin on Nov 11 2012 12:21 AM
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In a recent online Question & Answer document on Nintendo of Japan's official Wii U website, shocking news has been revealed for future Wii U owners. In the document, it clearly states that downloaded software cannot be saved to the SD card. If you're planning on downloading software or video media from the Wii U eShop, you'll have to save it to the Wii U system memory or an external USB hard drive.

As a reminder, the Wii U Deluxe set comes with 32GB of internal storage, while the Wii U Basic set comes with 8GB. It's also important to keep in mind that downloaded system updates are automatically saved to the Wii U's internal storage. For consumers who are planning on having their game library in digital form, they'll be forced to purchase an external USB hard drive. Unfortunately, those who planned on downloading software to an SD card are out of luck.

Additionally, downloaded software is limited to a single system and a single USB storage device, meaning that you cannot copy software from one external storage device, to another one.

Sources:
Wii U | Question & Answer (Nintendo of Japan) (Translated)
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Comments: 14

Someone please tell me this is a joke.

View Postdswag, on 11 November 2012 - 01:26 AM, said:

Someone please tell me this is a joke.

I really wish I could be the one to tell you that this was some sort of joke, but, as you can see, it's coming straight from the horse's mouth.

Does anyone else find it odd that all these important details are surfacing days before the Wii U's launch?

By the way, even know SD cards are now out of the picture now, that doesn't mean we can't use USB flash drives.

Look at these for example:
USB Flash Drives, USB Thumb Drives - Newegg.com

In addition to the above, one could also use an SD to USB converter:
SD Card to USB Adapter, Portable SD Card Adapter
8GB for the Basic set, Kevin, not two. This is really unfortunate, though D:

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 11 November 2012 - 02:36 AM, said:

8GB for the Basic set, Kevin, not two. This is really unfortunate, though D:

Thank you very much for catching that typo, Luffy. Also, I've edited my post above. This might not be as bas as we think.
I really don't mind this that much since I really don't like using SD cards.
Though it sounds like Nintendo is saying get an external hard drive or suffer.
Given that 1) Externals can hold way more space and; 2) You won't lose one as easily as an SD card, I'd say that it's a viable strategy.

Then again, externals are much more expensive, but still. They still have a major advantage.
That makes sense, here's why: You can move a downloadable game to an SD card on the Wii, but the console needs to copy that data to its internal storage every time that you want to play that game, and that process for a small 40 MB (or less) file is very slow. Imagine how slow it would be for the Wii U to copy a 1,000 MB file.
Wonky deal.  Not the best move to pull.
O_O now i'm starting to think the Wii U wont be that great after all...
Wow this is ridiculous. I have a feeling after much complaint they may have a system update that allows for this to be done. We just have to keep voicing our opinions where they can be heard.
First bad news I've heard about these things so far.
This really isn't as bad as everyone thinks. Did you guys read the posts above? This is the post I am specifically referring to:
You Can't Download Software To Wii U SD Card (post #3)

If you guys have read that, and you're still bummed out, then why? What makes it so important that you use an SD card, over an external hard rive or flash drive?

View PostKevin, on 12 November 2012 - 06:02 PM, said:

This really isn't as bad as everyone thinks. Did you guys read the posts above? This is the post I am specifically referring to:
You Can't Download Software To Wii U SD Card (post #3)

If you guys have read that, and you're still bummed out, then why? What makes it so important that you use an SD card, over an external hard rive or flash drive?

I guess your right, maybe it just sounded like bad news but really isn't that bad lol.

View PostCandy, on 15 November 2012 - 02:22 AM, said:

I guess your right, maybe it just sounded like bad news but really isn't that bad lol.

At first, I too felt the same way because I wanted everything to fit on my SD card. After reading and researching everything, it just makes sense how Nintendo decided to do things.