Looks like you might have to rely on SD cards or External Harddrives if you want to add more gigabytes.
Thats okay. I have 2 terrabyte lying around.
2 tb sd cards or USB flash drives? I hope to the gaming gods that Nintendo got some kind of online storage in the works. This move seems like it will hold developers back when it comes to DLC. I can see Capcom now using storage as scapegoat to push their on-disc dlc agenda when it comes to the WiiU. @Sidar I wasn't thinking when the article said USB's totally forgot about portable harddrives.
"This move seems like it will hold developers back when it comes to DLC. " I dont see how. External harddrives are cheap and everyone probably already has one. also it's a HDD
Nintendo are officially on whack and are doing everything in their power to ensure their next console flops. In todays day and age not including a HD in the Machine is suicidal.
@T900 What planet do you live on? Xbox 360 slim was released with 4GBs of internal storage. The original x360 was released with no harddrive at all. And yet, youre acting as if Nintendo will die just because they are incluinding 8GBs in their next console. External harddrives are really cheap nowadays. Also, we don't even know if there will be more WiiU versions (with different sizes of internal storage). -Edit- I love this site but people here are so biased, this site is full of fanboys. I wonder why we can't live together and play some games, have fun like in the past. It's really sad.
@Hisiru that was well put. I find it funny that people now have the mine is better than yours attitude. I buy what I like and what fits into my life not what everyone tells me I should own. I see Nintendo doing a 8Gb and a 250GB version of the WiiU as they will market one for core and none core.
@hisiru Are you retarded? times have changed, this is next gen we are talking about. The trend has gone toward DLCs, Patches, Media on HDD etc. Nintendo needs to keep up. Even when MS released a 4Gig Xbox in the market there were other varients on market with high capacity HDs. Even then its surprising you are comparing a budget based MS product against full blown 8th gen Nintendo console, How would MS or Sony fair launching a new console with no HDD. It would be a masacre. I think its clumsy to have External HDs hanging around all the time. I certainly hope Nintendo do announce versions with Internal HDDs, until they do i would think Nintendo are axeing their own feet.
@T900 Yup, times have changed but you people, dont. This article is RUMOR and we don't even have confirmation if Nintendo is going to launch a separete 320GBs version or something like that. How can you say bad things about any company basing your opinion on rumors/incomplete info and lack of knowledge (we still don't know what Nintendo really plans for the WiiU launch)? Am I really the retarded one here? I would like to ask you something: Do you have any inside information about the WiiU launch? Because youre acting as if it's impossible for them to launch a 250/320GBs version. Seriously. I can't even understand your logic. We still need to wait for official confirmation. @mcstorm Yeah my friend, unfortunately it's all about fanboyism now. People forgot what gaming is for.
@ Hisiru You do realise that the original 360 came out in 2005, right? times have changed. Games and customers need large HDDs. The Wii U should come with a good sized HDD, theres no denying that.
@Hisiru Just wow! Commenting on a rumour is now considered fanboyism is it. So, those people who genuinely think that Nintendo may be making some strange decisions have to keep quiet now? Have you thought that some of them might be Nintendo fans that are starting to feel let down? I'd like to think that Nintendo can't be that backward and not release a version with a HDD. External drives are all handy but not everyone will want to lay out another £50 for storage, especially since the prices are higher than they used to be.
hisiru, i hope you remember back in 2005 there was very little DLC, demos, extras, downloadables for consoles back in 2005, if nintendo is hoping to service the next 5-10 yrs, they are going to need the support of 3rd party, and to make a console with 2gb will only drive developers to sony,microsoft. why do you think nintendo stock keeps plummeting ever since there conference, even there shareholders dont have much faith in the wiiu
@Sidar I don't. And I don't want one hanging off my console either. Why can't they just stick a cheep 60GB hdd in at least? I doubt it would be much more expensive than an 8GB flash ssd? *might even be cheaper considering flash is always more expensive
@Flatbattery Commenting on rumor is a normal thing, but attacking a company basing your arguments on rumors and incomplete information (as I said before we still don't have official announcement if they will just use 8GBs version or if they will launch another version) is fanboyism. You guys obviously want to downplay the WiiU before it's even out, which is sad. I can't believe you guys are real gamers. I can't wish bad things for any company or attack them before I have official information, there is no logic. @M83_ "Why can't they just stick a cheep 60GB hdd in at least?" But there is no official information saying they won't do that... You guys are making assumptions basing on this article (which is rumor) alone. But yes, if it's officialy confirmed to be the only WiiU version available on the market, then I will complain.
Ummm...Microsoft and sony charge like an extra hundred bucks for larger storage. For $100 i could get a 2tb external and never have to worry about memory. I would much rather buy my own hard drive. It leaves more options open to fit what people need.
Provided it allows external HDDs.
It does, i just checked the spec sheet on the nintendo press website.
Well it better than 4gb of internal storage.
thats why i hate blind fanboyism. even though am an extreme Nintendo fanboy but when they make the wrong decisions i will call them out. not including an HDD is a terrible idea! ok so they want to reduce cost, but why then dont offer a cheap SKU without HDD and a little bit more expensive SKU with an HDD. yes, i can buy any HDD i want, and i applause them for doing this, but at least offer the option of having the HDD already with the console. that, and i lot of clueless consumers will wonder why their shitty cheap HDD is so slow and blame it on the console.
For the benefit of the doubt... Some fans here say HDD are cheap now so why won't Nintendo include a decent HDD specially for down loadable HD games from Nintendo Network? Are they following M$ model again? Or are SD cards or HDD are mandatory additional purchase for Wii U? I have nothing against external memory in fact I like it.
This is absolute stupidity from Nintendo. They would make much more from digital sales if people had more space. They would make no money from people buying SD cards unless they came out with peripheral hard drives and such.
i'm confused as well .. First they go toward online ( and that means patches, dlc AND MEDIA content since they even have a deal with amazon video for their services.. Either nintendo is stupid or this rumour is fake . 8gb is clearly not enough regardless of online or not
Nintendo should have went the hard drive route
This is a rumor first of all, cause it might be zero..lol. SD cards are extremely inexpensive and at least you can choose anyone you want. Apple can charge $499 for 16GB and no usb in 2012 but Nintendo can allow you to use any SD card or USB you want but get flak for it?? Sometimes hard drives can get so messed up your system bricks (trust me it happened to me). Nintendo avoided this.
"Nintendo’s Wii U? A fractional 8GB of flash storage. Isn’t that a problem? It would be, if the Wii U didn’t support storage upgrades, much as Microsoft did with its original no-hard-drive Xbox 360 or currently does with its entry-level 4GB model. Word is Nintendo will allow you to grow the Wii U’s storage via flash memory sticks or external hard drives via USB (the system has four USB ports). As a functional sticking point, therefore, it isn’t one." I hope this isn't true. It would be a bad move. Limits online downloads.
Oh come on...really It's a next gen console how could they just ignore adding a hard drive. You can get PS3s out there with 320 GB or 360s with 250 GBs... It's little things like this which make me think they aren't taking the "next gen" thing seriously. Your supposed to improve on what the previous gen has done, not just your own console but others aswell. The more I read about it the more I think of it being the console that should of been released this gen instead
Again, external storage is really cheap. I don't know why you guys are using it as an excuse to downplay the WiiU (yet again). Xbox 360 slim was released with 4GBs of internal storage. The original x360 was released with no harddrive at all. And yet, youre acting as if Nintendo will die just because they are incluinding 8GBs in their next console. Also, we don't even know if there will be more WiiU versions (with different sizes of internal storage).
External storage is NOT CHEAP .. how the hell can you say that when we don't know the wii U price or the accesories prices ..we don't even know if the console support External harddrives ( remember that the wii nativly didn't even when it had 2 usb ports ) Do you even know the wii U specs ? do you know if it supports anything besides nintendo products ? Should i brace myself for an overprices nintendo drive just like microsoft does ? Can't i complain when i think that 8gb on internal storage is DUMB ???
@Redempteur Actually we do know it supports any type of SD card and external hard drive. Which are very very cheap
congrats ..if anything teh wii proved that dlc with sd card is not that great ( look at rock band 3 dlcs .. )
You know, I'd rather have no hard drive in the Wii U, or any console. Seriously, it's brilliant. No moving parts, no possible HDD failure, less heat, more reliability--meaning longer console lifespan. "You can get PS3s out there with 320 GB or 360s with 250 GBs... " Sorry, I'd rather use a 3TB external HDD. If the external drive ever kicks the dust, everything will be just fine as I have a backup drive. Also, 250 GB, 320 GB, or anything under a TB just isn't enough for my gaming needs. What if I need more space? That's the wonderful thing about allowing consumers to add additional space via external hard drives. It's a very flexible solution.
WiiU is compatible with USB2.0 external hard drives so I don't get why this is such a big deal. They are just making it so you don't have to buy a proprietary which is a good thing. Here, I'll even help: http://www.newegg.com/Produ... Twice the capacity as the 250Gb Xbox HDD but 20% less cost. There's probably a better deal than that on the internet but that's what I could find in 2 minutes...
Umm,wasn't this confirmed like last year and we were told we would be able to use external hard drives??
It supports external harddrives. Case closed.
BUt the haters dont know that and are stupid.
Doesn't it occur to you that many people may want everything they need in one bundle? That would be what your average casual would be looking for. An external hard drive would be no bother for those in the know. It's the others that could get confused and annoyed at more expense.
Needs HDD support. NINTENDO, helloo. R u listening?
Its not going to look like a smart move if the next gen Xbox and Playstation have internal hard drives at a similar console price point. Flash ram is relatively inexpensive but surely most Wii U owners will have to buy more storage space which will inflate the purchase price.
I would rather it have a Diskless-Frictionless-Ext.Hard drive. Disk harddrives create too much heat and go bad easier. Plus, you don't have to worry about which WiiU should I buy, or worry about when/if a new bigger Hard drive is being released. Ext. A $40-30 Ext. Flash Drive easily surpasses most of the PS3 and 360 Models. Another thing... would you rather pay for it when you buy the WiiU or after? Many people already own a SD cards and Ext. Hard Drives and see this as the easiest way. This way you can get exactly what you want.
But are people going to use an external hard drive purely for the Wii U, or, cart it around the house as required. Just because people have an external hard drive doesn't mean they will use it for the Wii U. Invariably, I think it is likely they will only use for Wii U which essentially adds to the purchase price. Just like the 4 GB Xbox 360 console you just can't say it is cheap when most people will add either a hard drive or use USB sticks which adds to the purchase price. However, looks like the Wii U will only play games off disks (no install option) which would reduce the required amount of storage which may make USB memory sticks a relatively low cost option.
Remember that time Nintendo released the wii with a big internal HDD? No? Oh right, it doesnt have a big HDD yet its sold almost 100 million consoles, ~30 million more than the other consoles that include big HDDs. When will you kiddos learn that it's not just "biggest specs wins"?
Exactly!! My dads bigger than your dad etc...some people need to grow up!! I have just looked on Amazon and the 160gb PS3 goes for £180, the 320gb goes for £240 so effectively £50 for and extra 160gb whereas you can buy a 500gb external for £50 and 1tb for £80/90 and 2tb for £90-£130 (brand dependant) so for all those saying people don't want to spend extra....then why offer alternative size machines?! People don't want to carry an external HDD around the house...is that really an arguement, why would you need to move the console around the house when you can play on the controller?! So many peoples arguements on here are conflicting and they might need to think before they type....remember people, you can sit there quiet and have people assume your dumb or start tapping those keys and confirm everyones assumptions!!
I don't know about all of you...but I am happy that it doesn't include a Hard drive...it keeps the cost of the system down......stops it from having multiple SKU's over the years, and let's me shop around for an external drive that I want, not some proprietary one that cost twice as much as an external drive. I like having an option on what I want my system to have and how much I want to spend. This is better for gaming and saying this is 2012 and one should be included is rediculous. You are basically saying "force us to use what size you think is ok Nintendo and charge us whatever you think is fair". No thanks, I rather be in charge of what size and what cost I'm willing to spend.
Guys, 8 Gigabytes of memory space is more than enough for DLC,game save,etc. And, of course, if the Wii U's optical drive read/write speed is faster than PS3/360 optical drive, than I don't see why Nintendo wouldn't use any part of the 8 Gigabytes for virtual memory. Though, having a much faster optical drive than the 360/ps3, can in fact give the Wii U's an edge on data transfer. Perhaps, this is the reason why Nintendo haven't release full specification of the Wii U's hardware . well, i guess, we all would have to wait and see what Nintendo is hiding. Time will only tell.
thats shocking in 2012 think max payne was 35gb games are getting bigger and bigger
They better make that $h1t up with something like 12gigs of ram, & a geoforce netdivider, world take-overer mk2 80000000000000 series cpu & some same super fandangled gpu.... Me don't think so, Wii in the name tells the whole story my friends, Wii-U will be maybe equal to 360 in power (maybe, and a very big JUST MAYBE, slightly more powerful than 360), but will rely on that dopey controller as the selling point, by makiing it look a million times better than what it is with fast, punchy editing of tv promos that show some stupid little gimmicky controller based gameplay feature, then keep cutting to a bunch of poncy dressed friends and/or family all laughing, having fun with there controllers (which WILL cost a fortune, as far as a controller is concerned, to buy seperate)......then they will just keep up the fast cutting to an over-use of Mario based games, & some other 3rd party shovelware, & making it look so much better & more interesting than it really will be. It's so scarily obvious what there doing, & I say scary, because it may work, & if we get a repeat of the Wii's sales dominance..........then our beloved industry, or more importantly worded for simple gamers, we are going to be getting machines that are that far behind in specs, thus power.....then our console games will be behind the best, high end pc games from day 1 that by gens end, pc gamers will be p1$$ing there pantihose in laughter at the un-bridgeable graphics, AI, etc ,etc gap, that it will be a widely reported problem of pc gamers being electrocuted at there pc's accross the globe (which may not be a bad thing as it's only pc gamers). In seriousness though, Nintendo really dropped the ball with Wii. It was a console of there's that deserved no more than any of there consoles throughout history, to ONLY be sold in toyshops, & toy departments of department stores. Now, it looks as though Wii-U will deserve that accolade even moreso. Nintendo are putting EVERYTHING into the whole controller, Mario, controller, Zelda, controller, Metroid, controller, Mario Kart, controller, Mario Tennis, controller.........You get the point. If this turns out to be factual (which I doubt) is absolutely laughable.....8gig.....wow...i t should be 8gig of ram more like it.....But, Nintendo will offer a reboxed 360 Arcade (with 4 extra gig,,,whoopee), & bamboozle, sucker punch, rope a dope, or more appropriately, just be complete sligh [email protected], with this under-specced machine, for a low looking price (to casuals & soccer mums), which will actually be a complete rip off for what you get.....& these poor, mislead casuals & soccer mums, will be up for another $80 for a half decent hdd, $200 for 1 extra controller, & finally another $300-$500 for a PS4, or 720, so as to allow real next gen games to be played.
"Wii-U will be maybe equal to 360 in power" Yeah... totally, lol. A Power7-based system capable of rendering to three screens simultaneously, that is able to run games at a native minimum of 720p, while maintaining a FPS of 30, is totally going to be equal to the power of the 360... /sarcasm. Seriously, let's be realistic here. "If this turns out to be factual (which I doubt) is absolutely laughable.....8gig.....wow...i t should be 8gig of ram more like it....." You know, it is confirmed the system supports flash and external USB HDDs. Seriously, I can get a 3TB external hard drive from newegg dirt cheap and the capacity is far beyond what you'd see in a standard console HDD. Also, to be quite frank, it's a brilliant decision to only include flash memory within the Wii U. It makes the system more reliable and durable as it reduces the amount of moving parts and heat within the machine. I've had a console tank because of hard drive failure, and it's not pretty. At least with an external hard drive, I have power and precision over what I want and what I don't want to back up to an additional hard drive. And if the external hard drive fails? No problem, I have already have it backed up and the game console still works fine. "these poor, mislead casuals & soccer mums, will be up for another $80 for a half decent hdd" Most casual games that do have some form of DLC, doesn't have much and the size of the DLC itself is minimal. Also, 8GB is more than enough for this form of DLC. "$200 for 1 extra controller" Oh, I see. So you must know the internal facts regarding the price of the controller? You must work for Nintendo, right?
How the hell do you have four bubbles? You should be down to one or two by now with all the bullcrap you're spewing.
So what? You can get a 500 Gig external hard drive from western digital for £40 these days. I'm ok with that compared to the £80 you have to pay for 250 gig for the xbox 360. 8 gig is more than enough to pay wiiware games in my opinion.
No problem. I have a 250GB external drive lying around :3
Plenty of room, i have a 2TB HDD ready for my wiiU, less heat in the system is a good thing if u ask me
I dont know what some of you are moaning about external HDD is a bonus, if could store all my PSN games on one of these and play straight from it that would have been excellent.
8GBs of memory? Oh dear, I'll never be able to add all games and demos and what not onto it... Oh wait, I have a terabyte harddrive. I'm cool with it.
I'm almost betting that just as the 3ds came with a 2gb SD card, the WiiU might come with another 8 or 16gb card packed in! These things are dirt cheap and would cost Nintendo less than nothing to get at wholesale cost...
lets see should I hope Nintendo adds 120 gig harddrive and makes the wii-u cost 100 dollar more.or only come with 8gigs which wouldn't be terrible and buy a 500gig harddrive brand new for 40 dollars that would also work with a PC wow what a hard choice! see how stupid that just seemed that's how yinz look when you say dumb shit!
3DS uses any SD card for storage, while a Vita uses unique cards of equal storage that cost much more. How is this any different from hard drives? This saves a lot of money!
the wii u doesnt even have an ethernet port. lol nintendo is retarded . I cant wait for the release so Reggi and his "what fans are telling us , is that they want Mario." will have fun releasing Mario at launch and have lackluster sells
Nintendo aren't even trying with this. Flat out retards. Appealing to casuals yet again and not giving a single f*ck about actual gamers.
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