The lights are on
Nintendo is moving fast to catch up to the competition, as it's planning to allow third-party publishers to offer their games digitally on Nintendo systems.
IGN has a statement from a company representative that reads, "We are currently preparing a program for third parties, but have nothing specific to announce at this time."
Last week, Nintendo declared that it was going to offer digital downloads of its first-party games alongside retail releases starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS in August.
Now that Nintendo is embracing digital downloads of full games, it's worth noting that the Wii U only uses SD cards/flash memory and doesn't have a hard drive. Although it's not hard to get cards as large as 64GB for around $50 (and with that comes room for expansion, etc.) it'll be interesting to see how much memory is included out of the box and whether most consumers will have to plan for more memory.
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It's still a very weird plan to kick out their console without something as established as a hard drive. It's not like they're very incredibly expensive anymore, you could even go with smaller sizes if price is too much of a problem.
Anyways, it's good that they'll be doing downloads for all publishers and developers. Hopefully, Nintendo closes down some good relations to keep touch with the competition.
Nintendo, y u no include a hard drive?
It should be worth noting that nothing has been announced regarding the Wii-U's onboard disk space. Yes it is expandable via USB and SD card but that says nothing in regards to what will be included in the system out of the box. That hasn't been confirmed by anyone.
If they go the Vita route with ridiculous memory card demands, then they're going to have a bad time.
A step in the right direction!
Really glad to see the new wii will have better online stuff
it really matters for the GB cause it can hold a lot of data depending on the holding number. for example the 3ds SD card is 2GB not 4GB and it really matters to pay attention to the data limit.
I'm intrigued! Can't wait to see what kinds of games they feature.
I'm glad, I really do hope Nintendo spends a lot of time on the online component of the Wii U (and possibly the connection between the Wii U and the 3DS, somewhat like the GBA had for the Gamecube, only more, hopefully).
As for the HDD thing, iirc, nothing so far has been confirmed (despite what it says in the article, I don't recall Nintendo officially confirming that) but I do hope it has one.
I just can't wait to see what Nintendo brings to E3 regarding the Wii U.