Reggie: "You Can Plug In A Three Terabyte Hard Drive If You Want"
Though most of you either knew or suspected this already, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has reiterated that the Wii U will allow for USB storage. Which should make up for the 8-32GB onboard memory somewhat.
Reggie explained to Engadget [via CVG] that Nintendo didn't want to punish consumers by providing proprietary memory cards or hard drives, stating that "you can plug in a full-on three terabyte hard drive if you want. I'll love you as a digital consumer."
"The reason we did it that way is that the cost of that type of storage memory is plummeting. What we didn't want to do is tie a profit model to something that's gonna rapidly decline over time. We'll let the consumer buy as much as they want, as cheaply as they want."
The Wii U will support existing USB hard drives, flash drives and features an SD card slot (though we don't know the required file format yet). You can read more about the specs in Carl's tech roundup.
Considering that Nintendo wants to seriously improve their digital marketplace over the coming months - and needs to do so in order to remain relevant - we're going to need all the storage we can get.