Nintendo reveals Wii storage patch

Written by Joe Martin

October 2, 2008 | 12:02

Tags: #dsi #sd-card #virtual-console #wii #wiiware

Companies: #nintendo

As of Spring 2009, Nintendo has announced that Wii users will be able to download games straight to an SD card to help compensate for poor storage capacity on the Wii. The bad news though is that the update has only been discussed in Japan so far.

The plans were unveiled at the Nintendo Press Conference yesterday which also saw the unveiling of the Nintendo DSi, the successor to the phenomenally successful DS Lite.

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata admitted during the conference that the poor storage capacity of the Wii was a big issue for some gamers who were unable to use the Wii to the fullest thanks to an undersized disc drive which can quickly become littered with WiiWare, photos, savegames and Virtual Console releases.

Nintendo therefore will be updating the Wii firmware to allow users to download games straight to an SD card from the Virtual Console and Japanese gamers can expect to see the update appearing by Spring next year - though the rest of us will have a much longer wait.

Iwata also used the conference as a chance to remind everyone that Nintendo is trying to push more and more users to connect to the internet through their DS or Wii, even going so far as to create a series of special Nintendo-branded WiFi adapters.

So, it's a step in the right direction - but do we really want to be swapping around loads of fiddly SD cards instead? Wouldn't an official hard drive have been a better, more permanent idea?

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