Wii U downloadable games tied to console, cant be saved to SD card.


Restrictions on what the Wii U can do with downloadable games was revealed onNintendo‘s Japanese website Saturday.

While the Wii U only comes with 8 gigabytes or 32 gigabytes of internal storage depending on the version, Nintendo is allowing users to store downloaded games on external devices. However, those external devices are limited to USB flash drive and hard drives according to Nintendo’s Q&A section on the console. The SD card cannot be used to hold any downloaded software.

Additionally, downloaded games are tied to the console they are purchased on and cannot be played on another Wii U. That means that you will not be able to take the USB flash drive holding the Wii U games you purchased and put it in someone else’s Wii U and play your games. Nor will you be able to re-download games you purchased on someone else’s Wii U and play them with your account like you can with the PS3 and Xbox 360.

I wonder if your Nintendo Network ID can be moved around from console to console like the PS3 and Xbox 360 or if it is locked to a single Wii U.

Source: http://www.examiner.com

6 Responses to Wii U downloadable games tied to console, cant be saved to SD card.

  1. The Adza says:

    Very backwards Nintendo

  2. wakko1337 says:

    Backwards? They might be doing it because of the size of the games or other bits of data, knowing that some people don’t care to purchase high-file size SD cards.

  3. The Adza says:

    It’s just a bit rich in this day and age for games and purchases being tied to one console. As long as I log in with my Nintendo Network ID I should be able to take my purchases with me.

  4. Kaherka says:

    It’s probably just that the SD card slot is only used for playing WiiWare and VC games from the Wii.

    I’m sure that if you put an SD card into a usb SD card reader the Wii U would not be able to differentiate between that and an external harddrive.

  5. Mattiac says:

    That is so typical Nintendo! 🙁

  6. Chris says:

    The read/write speed of a SD card is not guaranteed and may not be fast enough to run a game off of. Makes sense.

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