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Basic Wii U Will Only Have 3.2 GB Of Usable Storage

Jonathan Lester
Flash memory, Hard Drive, Nintendo, Wii U

Basic Wii U Will Only Have 3.2 GB Of Usable Storage

Space is set to be the final frontier for the Wii U, as Nintendo reveal that the 8GB basic console will need to dedicate nearly 5GB of storage to system software and user account info.

The latest Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation explains this unexpected (and somewhat worrying) state of affairs [via Kotaku]. Though the basic Wii U has 7.2 GB of flash memory to start with, initial setup fills up the vast majority of it with account data and essential system information, leaving you with 3.2 GB to play with. This means that you won't be able to download and install full-size Wii U games to the system - there simply isn't enough room.

The 32GB Premium version will have 25GB of usable space - but even then, Wii U discs can hold a maximum of 25GB themselves (though most launch games will only use a fraction of that amount.

As previously reported, the Wii U will support external hard drives of up to 2TB (so long as they have their own power supply), as well as USB memory. By the looks of things, we won't have much choice...

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Quietus  Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:45

Or, why not just make one console, and stop all of the fannying around? Oh, and make it possible to transfer game saves via standard USB sticks. Oh, and...

Actually, I'll just give up here.:|

RiKx  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:57

Actually, I'll just give up here.:|

They should just give up, Nintendo have lost the plot... (sadly)

Late  Nov. 15, 2012 at 15:49

It was apparent from day one that neither model had enough internal storage - so tbh the fact that 5gb is inaccessible is largely irrelevant. You were going to need an external drive either way.

Nintendo are perfectly happy with that because they believe that all consumers are idiots.
We're all to blame for that impression, though, for buying the first wii even though we knew it'd be good fun for a month, then gather dust for the next half decade...

Edit - additional thought:
It's entirely possible you could fill your U's internal storage just by downloading the DLC for one game. If memory serves the COD map packs are usually around 800mb on the 360 (and more on the ps3), and there's usually between 2 and 4 map packs, so there's your 3.2gb easily filled.

Last edited by Late, Nov. 15, 2012 at 16:04

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