GDC – Wii Menu 4.0 + Storage Solution LIVE

Nintendo Wii owners have long awaited the official announcement of Nintendo’s “Storage Solution,” for the Wii.  Previously limited to playing games stored on the console’s internal memory, Wii owners were often forced to “clean out the ‘fridge” to download new WiiWare and Virtual Console games.  The process of transferring games back and forth from system memory to SD card was time consuming, cumbersome, and aggravating – but that problem ends today.

At today’s 2009 Nintendo Keynote at GDC San Francisco, Nintendo announced the WIi System Menu 4.0, available for download today!  The new menu adds an “SD” menu where WiiWare and Virtual Console games can be viewed, booted, and played directly from the SD card.  The update also adds SDHC support, which means your Wii is now capable of supporting high capacity SD cards – giving you up to 32 gigabytes of additional storage for your Wii!  What does this REALLY mean? It means that with a 32GB SD card and Wii System Menu 4.0, your Wii can hold an additional 240 Wiiware and Virtual Console titles.

This update is long overdue, and although we’re happy to have it – it should have been introduced in the same quarter as WiiWare.

What are you going to do with your newfound space?  Does this solution work for you? Tell us what you think in the comments!