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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The system comes with USB ports to allow for HDD application. They are trying to make the system affordable, so the lack of a Blu-ray drive and hard drive are sacrifices. You can get huge HDDs that are relatively cheap. Besides, you will be avoiding the multiple SKUs for different HDD sizes like MS and Sony. Let's wait for the reveal to see what exactly the case is though.
Knowing Nintendo, it's best to just stick with physical releases since there won't be much of any storage space in the Wii U. Maybe they stick a 2GB SD card in the thing like they did for the 3DS, but that's still far too little when Microsoft and Sony have been able to give us a quarter of a terabyte or more.
finally. I love Nintendo and most of their franchises (as you can probably tell by my username) but I have known this to be a problem for a very long time. Maybe we'll even get to see Steam Support on this bad boy once it's released.
change the name!
When was it confirmed there wouldn't be a hard drive.
I always prefer the physical copy. What happens if something happens to your system? At least if you buy physical, you can get warranty.
No hard drive? Hmmmmm
Disappointing, I was hoping for more memory. Hopefully, it will have more than the Wii and an SD card!
the no hardrive thing is just rumor and dont belive every rumor u here lets all wiat till e3 and see wat happens
Wow hope it catches up...
No hard drive is a deal breaker for me
Fantastic, more ways to bleed consumers of their money on impulse purchases. Now give me a reason to want to buy your hardware Nintendo.
None of it can issue if they carry on to not have a high quality video game library. When was the previous time anyone turned on there Wii?
I personally am extremely skeptical on the Wii U
The whole downloading the games and third party games is cool but the no hard drive thing not so much. Hope its just a rumor.
the system will have a hard drive just like the wii, what size this hard drive is not given. What they need to work on is their online play which has always been extremely laggy
Mmmm... You have interested in the up-and-coming WiiUs. I am wondering where Nintendo will go with the memory issue.