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Reggie Says Storage Issue Isn't Only For Geeks And Otaku!

Posted by Darren Calvert

Good old Reggie Fils-Aime, he’s the man. The president of Nintendo of America is launching a one man war on the terror that is the lack of internal storage on the Wii. Europe's Laurent Fischer might think that only "geeks and otaku" are bothered about having no space left to store all the lovely WiiWare games and other downloadable content you have bought, but worry not because Reggie is on your side!

Speaking to MTV, Reggie revealed they consider the storage issue to be of wide importance now. It’s not just the hardcore demographic who are getting fed up of this, it has also been identified as an issue for the beloved “causal” market. Let’s face it, how are you going to sell new tracks for Wii Music with nowhere to store them? Here’s what Reggie had to say:

"From an Americas-centric perspective", Fils-Aime diplomatically stated, "here is the reality we see. We have a consumer base who loves virtual console. We have a userbase who really is enjoying WiiWare content. So for us really our challenge really is how do we satisfy all these consumers who are loving all of the product we make available on a download basis?"

Of course, it's not just download content that's putting a strain on the Wii's limited flash storage: "As we continue to have things [...] like Mario Kart that has its own channel when you're playing from an Internet perspective, we're just making this challenge tougher and tougher. So in our view this is becoming much more of a mainstream problem, which is why we have a sense of urgency to solve it."

In other words it sounds like we’ll have our official storage solution sooner rather than later. Who knows if it will be a simple firmware update to allow for direct play from SD cards or something more radical?

Source: MTV

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thewiirocks

#1

thewiirocks said:

You forgot the last part of his speech: "And that's why they call me The Regginator!" :P

Charco

#2

Charco said:

I think it's a silly idea. Nobody wants extra storage space. 512 megs is perfect!!!!

deadly_by_design

#3

deadly_by_design said:

I personally hope it's a solution that allows us to play from SD, but I'm open to other solutions. (as long as they're relatively inexpensive)

It's not like those USB ports on the back of my Wii are doing anything else. The only use I've had for them so far is powering a higher-end set of headphones. The connector has a funky interface, and requires USB power when connected via dongle.

Raptor78

#4

Raptor78 said:

@ Charco

:D lol
Thats hillarious, I really hope your joking because anybody who hasnt filled up their flash memmory probably isnt getting the best from their system i.e. The Virtual Console and Wiiware.

@ Nintendo, just give us an SD card or USB memmory stick firmware update. Simple as that. Then I dont have to keep re-downloading games that I already own. :(

In regards to the USB ports at the back. I do use mine quite a bit, firstly I use one for my wireless USB keyboard. Sometimes I use them both for Karaoke games (sing it uses both for duets) and finally and most important I use them to charge up my wiimotes while my system is on standbye... however I would gladly sacrifice one for extra storage within the blink of an eye.

Kreegs07

#8

Kreegs07 said:

I am really hoping for a solution soon. One of my USB's is being used by the interet adapter (darn University internet policy) but the other one is just begging for a storage unit to be plugged into to. SD cards would be nice too. Anything that won't require me to shell out mucho $$$$$$$

Ian_Daemon

#9

Ian_Daemon said:

@ Raptor78
I use one of mine for a USB keyboard as well. (A keyboard is immensely useful!)

@ hansolo350
I really, really hope we see something soon... I'd be happy with a simple SD-card-play update.

@ Raptor78
My personal hope is an update that allows us to use USB HDDs. USB 'splitters' are easy to find if anyone needs additional ports...

MrPoo6321

#10

MrPoo6321 said:

I don't care what anybody says, I want an external hard drive dammit! Give me more empty Wii Channels so I can have all my games all out on the menu at once in all their glory.

Chipmunk777

#11

Chipmunk777 said:

Awesome news! Hopefully they will just release a firmware update, and not make us buy some wii-exclusive hard drive or something. I'd love to use either my SD card or a flash drive or something.

Drizzt

#12

Drizzt said:

Epic! Gimme mah extra storage space, plox! :P
Good old Reggie. Always watching our backs :D.

Terra

#13

Terra said:

Good for you Reggie, supporting the not little but the slightly bigger people :)

thewiirocks

#14

thewiirocks said:

Not to put a dampener on things, but I hope everyone realizes that Reggie et al. are not doing anything to solve the problem. The development of the Wii's software is happening in Japan, controlled by the Japanese arm of Nintendo. Reggie has no real power to change that development process other than to ask nicely.

What Reggie CAN do is that he can report the efforts to the American public already reported by Iwata-san, but in a light that is seen as more positive by Americans.

raxous

#15

raxous said:

*** Copy from a previous thread (In case Nintendo are watching! :-0);
Erm, "fix" the firmware so that;
a) The SD card access / data transfer rate is optimised.
b) "Bridge" the SD card internally (via firmware) so it can be accessed directly by the engine. (i.e. so it can be used in exactly the same way as the exisiting onboard memory).
c) Perform the same process for external USB sticks / storage.
d) Advise users that higher quality SD & USB storage devices will provide better data throughput. (Also via firmware).
There problem fixed, easily and cheaply for all us loyal users. We love you Nintendo (and have done for many years) so now love us back please!
*** End Copy

It also occurs to me that the long term saving in "re-downloading" bandwidth at Nintendo's server farm(s) would itself pay for any firmware re-write as above.

Let alone saving us Nintendophiles the (considerable) wait of downloading our favourite N64 / NeoGeo game. (This will become far more of an issue with the "bigger" NeoGeo Roms of the best games we are all going to want to buy (King of Fighters 2002 & Garou: Mark of the Wolves are both 80MB+, even Pulstar & Blazing Star (& Vasara) are all in the 15-25MB bracket!).

It would also allow them to remove the ridiculous WiiWare cap of 43MB or whatever it is and let developers create some games with larger scope / more complexity etc.

Please Nintendo... give us our storage bridging firmware! SD / USB or both if possible!

Rawk_Hawk

#16

Rawk_Hawk said:

It's about time. I'll put the Mario Kart Channel back and maybe get a Neo Geo title if the storage issue gets fixed. I hate to say it, but gamers should not have to worry about the memory size of a game when making their purchase. I am glad Nintendo is getting the message

CorbsAdmin

#17

Corbs said:

I think Nintendo had the right idea. Put out a really stripped down console and then make the consumers buy the add-ons one piece at a time instead of doing what Sony did and put it all out there at once. By the time this is over, the Wii might just end up costing more overall than the Playstation 3 system. :P

THATG0MEZ

#18

THATG0MEZ said:

Let's hope something does actually happen, then. Good to see the man himself Reggie acknowledge the problem.

Bensei

#19

Bensei said:

@Corbie: But it's optional, so both, customers and Nintendo, only "lose" money if people buy those add-ons (production costs).

Expansion Pak for Wii ftw!

TokiToku

#20

TokiToku said:

i need something to use those USB ports in the back!

Btw, you can charge you ipod or psp (or any rechargeable USB device) with the ports.

PHANTOM93

#21

PHANTOM93 said:

Good to see Nintendo address the problem. Also I (amazingly) still have 1000 blocks free in my Wii menu and that's with all of the peripheral channels installed (minus photo 1.1 but that thing's only 3 blocks).

Virus

#22

Virus said:

I hope this thing gets addressed soon! That'd be awesome. I also hope Nintendo adds another "sheet" of empty channels to the Wii Menu or that's gonna be the problem immediately afterwards. Things will go from one storage issue to another. Oh well, let's just get this one fixed.

Rapadash6

#23

Rapadash6 said:

First mention of Nintendo working on a storage solution came from Iwata, then Miyamoto at E3, and now Reggie in this interview. I think it's safe to say, without hesitation, that they'll be presenting a solution soon. Could even be some kind of a harddrive, but I'm expecting a firmware solution to be more likely. Either way it'll make a lot of people happy and solve the systems biggest problem.

CanisWolfred

#24

CanisWolfred said:

@thewiirocks

We can dream. What matters really is that there's hope - Nintendo had been downright ignoring the subject for so long, I had given up on the prospect of a solution, but now at least it looks like Ninty actually cares.

Even though, if they hadn't come to our rescue, somebody else would've.

Stuffgamer1

#25

Stuffgamer1 said:

Virus makes an important point, and that may in fact be part of what's slowing down the fix. After all, what good would data storage do without menu space to go with it?
But I have a better idea, and it's something they should have done in the first place. Instead of giving each downloadable game its own channel on the main menu, there should be system channels (NES, SNES, etc. through WiiWare) that go to alphabetized game menus. It would greatly cut down on menu clutter and make things much easier to find and use.
Also, @Corbie: Were you being sarcastic or not? It's so hard to tell with text sometimes. If you're serious, it makes sense. People actually buy the Wii as it is, but very few people buy the PS3 because of its cost. If you break it down and make each part optional, more people overall can enjoy their gaming. An example is offline gamers. They don't need more Wii memory anyway, because all they have to save is game save files! Save for notable exceptions (Brawl and Mario Kart, but mostly Brawl), those files are all tiny! But with downloads comes a need for memory. As long as the memory solution is effective and easy to find (no first-party hard drive that's as hard to find as Wii Fit, please!), it'll be the best option for everybody.

AlexSays

#26

AlexSays said:

Corbie makes a good point.
In fact, the Wii is not the cheapest console.
To get the most out of your Wii, you have to buy numerous accessories, add ons, etc.
Among these... the Balance Board, Wii Motion Plus, Wii Wheels, and all that other crap.
Not to mention a full controller (remote + nunchuk) is more expensive than the controllers of the other consoles.

If people buy a Wii because of the price, they're buying it for the wrong reasons.

Foamyfan231

#27

Foamyfan231 said:

I really hope they do make a usb storage or something! I want to play my games and download more but the damn space problem =(

Objection

#28

Objection said:

@xsupermariox Price wise, if you chose to buy every accessory for PS3, then its the same thing, except you HAVE to shell out "599 U S dollars" from the start.
As for the Storage article, I wish he would have said one, if not both of the following: what method was being looked into (firmware, please) and whne we can expect to see it.

Tides_of_Chaos

#30

Tides_of_Chaos said:

Yes, this is great news! I haven't run out of room yet, but I know I'm going to by the end of the year if I plan on downloading any more big Wiiware or N64 games.

AlexSays

#32

AlexSays said:

@ Objection_Blaster-

What United States do you live in?
In mine, a PS3 is $399.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8588584&st=playstation+3&type=product&id=1190677842792
Nice exaggeration though.
But $399 is basically $599, right....? Oh wait, not really.

And let's use your own argument.
The Wii has almost twice as many accessories as the PS3.
So if you buy every accessory for both consoles, you'll spend a lot more on the Wii.

Once again, the Wii is not the cheapest console.
If you think so, you're just kidding yourself.

@ AtTheDriveIn92-

Yes, you can use the Wii to charge your Ipod.

Kawaiipikachu

#33

Kawaiipikachu said:

Hopefully i can use my SD card to run games off of it as it has over 10000 blocks still left on it & i backed up everything on to it & let i had to delete some stuff on my Wii about 5 or 6 games & i only got 40 blocks left (approx) .
Meaning the SD card of mine is more than enouth for me & i imagine for most people .

Cxplorer

#34

Cxplorer said:

Aren't 16 Gig SD card out in the market right now.The Wii doesn't need an HDD.

dark_moogle

#35

dark_moogle said:

Still prefer the picture with the HDD taped onto the Wii over the 'please fix me' picture. Anyways, lets not hold our breath like Duke Nukem Forever fans here since we have no idea when (or honestly 'if') this will be addressed by the end of the year.

Virus

#36

Virus said:

@x.SuperMario.x
You forget many of these accessories aren't needed or they come with a game. I do get your point that the Wii is expensive but to get the bare bones (4 entire controllers), it's almost 500 bucks. PS3 with all its controllers is about 560 bucks.

You're absolutely right that people shouldn't think the Wii is always the cheapest, but initially, the Wii is. You don't have to buy all the accessories to get the full Wii experience and many gamers don't. We can't forget you can get a free game with a Wiimote too.

Objection

#37

Objection said:

@xsupermariox
Looks like you got me- OH WAIT! That's $399 for the 40GB version. The real version (the original 60GB) =$599!! There's some other considerable differences between the two. It's kinda like buying a 360 core. You remember that? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_3_launch What United States do YOU live in?
@The article
I am about 2 weeks away from buying a SD card or less, so I'd love a firmware update that lets us play from our cards (with little to no difference compared to playing from the Wii "Hard-drive".

everydayJOE

#38

everydayJOE said:

well this was definitly good news. I don't care what the solution is, i just want it to happen. I'm willing to pay up to $100 for a solution, i mean com'on the VC is why i bought my wii.

AlexSays

#39

AlexSays said:

@ Objection_Blaster-

So the 40GB doesn't really count as a PS3?
Ohh, I get it now.
Thanks for clearing that up.

And somehow, you're still wrong.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=999991100050000&st=playstation+3&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=pcmprd91200050000
80 GB with MSG4, and it's only $499.

Face it, you exaggerated the numbers to make you think you're right.
And why are you bringing up numbers from the PS3 launch?
I'm saying right now, the Wii is not the cheapest console.
Did I say anything about a year ago?

Basically, Nintendo is composed of the most intelligent business men in the world.
They release a cheap console, then charge for a continuous stream of accessories.
What's even better, is that they convince delusional fanboys, that the Wii is in fact cheaper in the long run.
I compliment Nintendo for their intelligence.
And once again, if you bought a Wii purely because you thought it was the cheapest, you bought it for the wrong reasons.

Oh, and I'll laugh when Nintendo's storage solution requires more money from your pocket.
But it's okay, TEH WII IS TEH CHEEPESTZZ, right?

Objection

#40

Objection said:

@xsupermario Do I smell a price drop? These are the original prices from launch where PS3 was $499 for the 20GB and $599 for the 60GB. NOW a PS3 is $499, which still doesn't compare to the Wii's constant $199. What's that smell? Smells like FAIL-CAKE! (In a related note, fail-cake should not be consumed under any circumstances.) Looks like you need to FACE some indigestion. (?!?!)
EDIT: See my admittance of some number mistakes as listed by others below ;)
@Article Is it possible to do do a vote and pie graph of what the community wants in regards to the Storage problem? That'd be cool.

AlexSays

#41

AlexSays said:

$199?
What the hell are you talking about?

Once again, take off the glasses of ignorance.
I'm saying right now, the Wii is not the cheapest console.

I really don't know how to make it any simpler...

CanisWolfred

#42

CanisWolfred said:

Whoa there ladies, lets not get cat fight here, besides, I don't think right's interested in any of you.

Anywho, personally, I'm vying for a firmware solution that lets my flash drive act as an extention of the internal memory, if that's possible. It's going to need an expanded menu so everything can be displayed at once. I heard somebody suggest organizing the downloadable games into catagories, that seems like a good idea.

Mostly though, I'd be interested to see what Ninty will pull out of the Blue, since I like suprises.

AlexSays

#43

AlexSays said:

Here's the math, and this is from my own personal experience.
Wii- $250.
3 remotes- $120.
3 nunchuks- $60.
3 wheels for Mario Kart- $45
Wii Zapper- $20
Classic Controller- $20.
SD card- $40.
Balance Board- $80
Total: $635

My PS3? Well here we go.
40 GB Bundle- $450
3 DualShock 3 controllers- $150
Blu-Ray remote- $20.
Total: $620.

And with Wii Motion Plus coming soon, I'll have to buy 4 of those for each controller.
But with my PS3, I'll never have to buy anything more. I have everything I'll ever need. The same can't be said for my Wii, and it's already cost me more.
But please, continue thinking Nintendo loves you because of your Wii's cheap $250 price tag.

DarkLloyd

#44

DarkLloyd said:

with a external harddrive or sd firmware update we probably see some games near as big as gamecube games lol or they could release legend of zelda collection disc via digtal and have rumble for orcano of time eh since the disc should memory would not be that big since its just 2 n64 games 2 nes 1 demo and 2 videos lol hell it could fit in the wii on its own. come on nintendo step it up

CanisWolfred

#45

CanisWolfred said:

Oh gee, $15, that'll make me go bankrupt compared to PS3. Well, at least you did the math, and it really doesn't matter right now. I can assume you already have a Wii, along with most members of this site. It could only apply to people choosing whether to get a PS3 or not. And look, "My PS3", apparently xSupermariox already has one. Another problem solved.

This is not the time, nor the place for such an arguement, we're here to talk about the Regginator, and a possible memory-shortage solution for the Wii, so could we please just stay on task? Thanks.

Virus

#47

Virus said:

@x.SuperMario.x
First, you're way better at your math than I am. I totally forgot a controller came with the console. Boy, I feel dumb. I'm going to go with your numbers just so I don't screw up anymore (though I might just find some way to do it).

Now to my point. Of the accessories you listed, the Mario Kart wheels and Wii Zapper are totally not needed; many even think they hinder gaming. Although the Balance Board is becoming increasingly used, it's not needed and even then, it is a game mind you. As for the SD card, that is pretty essential, but I found a 2GB for twenty bucks; I don't know what you're getting for 40.

So if I modify your numbers by taking out the Wii wheels, zapper, board, and more expensive SD card for the Wii and the Blu-Ray remote for the PS3, the Wii costs $470 and the PS3 costs $600. Even if I throw in the Balance Board, that's $550. That may change with Wii Motion Plus, but for now, I consider the Wii cheaper "and this is from my own personal experience." ;)

And to stay on topic for Mickeymac, I sure hope the Wii gets an update to play channels straight from the SD card considering I bought an SD card solely to store Wii Channels.

AlexSays

#48

AlexSays said:

@ Virus-
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5614544
And those numbers you have will change with Wii Motion Plus.
Expect another $60.
:P

But anyway, the point of my post wasn't to show the Wii costs a lot more than the PS3.
It just proved that the Wii isn't cheaper.

And stay on task? Isn't this on task?
Nintendo fails to include sufficient memory in their console.
So what will they do?
They'll charge people.
I hope nobody thinks they're getting a storage solution for free.

Think about it, Nintendo is the best when it comes to taking people's money.
How? Well they take it without you realizing how much they've taken.
With other consoles, you buy everything when you first buy the console.
With Nintendo, you slowly buy extras till the end of your consoles life.
If you think about it, it's extremely smart, on their part.
They'll make millions alone with Wii Motion Plus, which is something the Wii remote should have came with.

Oh, Wii Speak anyone? Yeahp, add another $20+.

Virus

#49

Virus said:

@x.SuperMario.x
Oh, it's the darn semi-first-party SD card. Yeah, that would do it. Regular SD cards are a bit cheaper, which leads me to another topic: I wonder if third-party Wiimotes will ever come out.

Ricardo91

#50

Ricardo91 said:

@Objection_Blaster. I'm not getting myself involved in this atgument of yours or taking sides, but if I recall, the Wii is and always has been $249 by itself, and when you were talking about the $599 version of the PS3, I think you meant to say it had 40GB, not 20.

edit: Whoops. It looks as though far too many people got ahead of me as I was taking my shower. looks like Supermario explained everything before I was able to post.

Damn wii browser.

Ricardo91

#51

Ricardo91 said:

Damn it! I was just just gonna explain to Supermario that he didn't need 3 wii wheels or a balance board or Zapper, but Virus beat me to that too. Guess I should've showered a little earlier...

As for the Hard Drive, I hope that we get it as a free update and don't have to buy it, otherwise I'd be kinda pissed. I'd also like a few more channel spaces if possible.

Ah, don't you just love a good flame war?

AlexSays

#52

AlexSays said:

You're absolutely right. I don't need some of that crap.
The only thing I wanted was the Wii Zapper for MOH:H2.
Yet, I bought Wii Fit for my girlfriend. (Which never gets used anymore...)
And we bought wheels for when we have family or friends over.

So right away, if you're with someone, you can count on spending more on your Wii.
That's not the same with the PS3. I don't even know if my girlfriend still remembers I have one.

everydayJOE

#53

everydayJOE said:

I think the comments in this article are missplaced. Maybe i should check the other articles for these articles CORRECT comments.......

raxous

#54

raxous said:

1) Concerning STORAGE; If Ninty bring out a hard drive they are skimming us, all of us. An SD card firmware "bridge" would be more than adequate, way cheaper and far better for the environment, let alone; more portable, more reliable, more flexible (multiple swappable SDs), lower profile, much better for encouraging console to console user profile movement, etc. They can already take photos from a card and copy saves etc onto, so they already have Read & Write access to it!!! Don't be naughty Ninty.... we're not stupid!
2) Concerning PRICE; Remember that the biggest cost factor to total cost of ownership is actually the games!! Or do you all have fully equiped consoles but no games? Game cost argument... I don't think so! lol...

thewiirocks

#55

thewiirocks said:

I often wonder what's holding Nintendo back from using the SD slot. Especially since the SD cards were obviously supposed to be the memory cards for the Wii prior to the addition of the 512MB internal flash. (Anyone remember the pre-release box that showed the "Wii OS Disc" as part of the contents?)

My feeling is that there are two primary issues:

1. Performance. SD Cards have massive variations in their data performance rates. This can make transfers unpredictable, possibly affecting gameplay for some titles. I'm thinking this could be resolved with a smart caching system that keeps the running title on the Wii's internal memory.

2. Interface. For better or for worse, Nintendo released the console with limited SD Card support. This means that most Wii owners already have data spread across their SD Cards and internal memory. Nintendo's SD Card scheme would need to be intelligent about when to show channels (e.g. Would duplicate channels on the internal memory AND SD Card be shown twice?) and how to treat such a situation with a caching scheme like I mentioned above. Should Nintendo introduce APIs for developers to work with the cache (thus enabling games >512MB in size) or should they try to do as much automatically as possible? And what about downloading? Do consumers have to download to internal memory then move to SD Card, or should they be able to download straight to SD?

Further questions are posed by the current 2GB limitation on the Wii's SD Card support. Supporting larger cards would require supporting file systems other than FAT. Should they support FAT32? And would a remote upgrade of the reader's firmware to support SDHC addressing mode be safe? Or even possible?

@Mickeymac - I only mentioned because quite a few posters seem to see this as a major breakthrough. In fact, it is a breakthrough for public relations, just not for the storage problem at hand. Otherwise I'm as ecstatic as anyone else that Reggie is giving a more positive response than his colleague over in Europe. :)

Objection

#56

Objection said:

@xsupermariox I admit the $199 was an error on my part. Its $249. I'm done with this argument. I think we've both made points. Mine is that the Wii is cheaper unless you buy every accessory (Which you don't need many of them, I mean who the hell plays with the wii wheel?!) and yours is that with the insane amount of accessories, the Wii is actually more expensive if you felt inclined to buy every single one. If it sounded like I was taking this too serious or being ridiculous, I was doing so because you seemed to be and I felt like doing so yesterday. Today I don't, so I'll leave it at that. And that I'm getting my 2GB SD card soon so I can fit Sin and Punishment on my Wii :)

fortius54

#57

fortius54 said:

I know this is completely unrealistic from a financial stand point. It would leave way to much money on the table, but it would deal a huge blow to the other consoles. I think they should update the firmware to take any external hard drive. It keeps RnD costs low. It just blows the doors off of any other system storage wise. Not to mention, it allows Nintendo a huge PR coup with consumers.

fortius54

#58

fortius54 said:

I know this is completely unrealistic from a financial stand point. It would leave way to much money on the table, but it would deal a huge blow to the other consoles. I think they should update the firmware to take any external hard drive. It keeps RnD costs low. It just blows the doors off of any other system storage wise. Not to mention, it allows Nintendo a huge PR coup with consumers.

thewiirocks

#59

thewiirocks said:

@fortius54 - It would also be what we in the industry like to call "a support nightmare". Consoles have a reputation for "just working". You put the game in, and it starts. No hardware to muck around with, no configuration options to change, no drivers to update. (Though the firmware upgrades tend to get a bit tedious after a while.)

This is the exact opposite of a computer where things often require tweaking, rejiggering, waving a rubber chicken, and other troubleshooting aspects. Getting the latest game to run can be an entire game in itself!

From that perspective, Nintendo would never support the idea of being able to plug in any ol' drive. It's almost a guarantee that users would try to plug in a cruddy $10 laptop drive adapter from China that wouldn't work, be difficult to make work, or possibly would even fry the Wii. And even if they do get it working, how do you explain to consumers the concept of formatting their hard drive for the Wii such that it ends up incompatible with their computer? How many people won't understand how it works and have all their data eliminated by the format?

Not only would Nintendo's support lines wind up over saturated with tech support calls, but their reputation would also take a dive. Their strong commitment to quality in both product and service would be reduced to a simple: "They're just like all the other console makers". That's the last thing that Nintendo wants to happen.

As such, I doubt we'll see an external hard drive solution at all. The most likely solution will be the SD Card slot. It's taking time because of Nintendo's commitment to quality and a solid release. They'd hate to pull a Sony and have to pull a firmware release because of insufficient testing. ;)

PHANTOM93

#60

PHANTOM93 said:

@ Everyone who wants more channels when the storage solution comes

A few more channels would be good but not a PERMANENT solution as people will still download more titles. instead here's what I thought up at 4 A.M. cuz I couldn't get to sleep: Make the Wii menu self extend itself when it is filled up, thisis actually a very easy thing to do because well THEY ALREADY DID IT WITH THE SAVE FILES SCREEN, think about it; the Wii menu is programmed pretty much the same way as the save files screen. Only the Wii menu's data array is a fixed length while the save file screen's is flexible. Think about it, in the save files screen you're given some space for icons for your save files, and when that space for images is used up a second page is created. All that nintendo has to do is change 10-30 lines in the Wii OS code and BAM you have a Wiimenu that can extend indefinitely (or at least until "insert method of storage solution here" runs out of space)

alxtlvra

#61

alxtlvra said:

Nintendo just tell their people, such as Reggie and Miyamoto, to keep saying "We are working on it" without further detail to keep us waiting for them to throw us the bone (which, as everybody knows here, isnt even being discussed because its not gonna happen), as strange as it sounds, to me its sad and funny at the same time to see in how many different ways and times they can actually repeat this.

Kawaiipikachu

#62

Kawaiipikachu said:

Concerning th SD card limits the Wii has .
Whe Wii is not compatible with SDHC meaning that the wii can't accept anything higher than 2GB as i heard one of you guys thinking you could use a 16GB card so in fact you can really able to have a limit of 2GB which is about 6 or 7 times more games & saves you can store there as compared to the Wii's partioned of section of its internal flash for the same perpose .

In fact me myself don't think i need any more than one 2GB card .

Mario_maniac

#63

Mario_maniac said:

It would be exceedingly awesome if Nintendo were to give us an SD card/USB storage solution. Hopefully they'd give us a few extra pages for the Wii Menu, as well. But I'm not desperate for more space at the moment...

Cooldued59

#66

Cooldued59 said:

@ x.SuperMario.x
Yea but the Vii (THat's right the vii) is $190 and it comes with 12 built in games! BEat thAT!

Objection

#67

Objection said:

To anyone complaining that they dont have space: buy an SD card. Seriously. I held out for over a year like you guys, then succumbed. And you know what? Sd isnt worth complaining about. It takes a lil bit to transfer (about 1 minute per 100 blocks) but only half that to copy back to the Wii. So by waiting a few minutes, you can download as many games as you want! Not a perfect solution, but the best one as of now! Plus, the 2,000 blocks of stuff I had that filled my Wii, fit snugly in the 15,500 blocks available on my 2 GB SD card. I got mine for $25 and you can get 'em for less. Try it guys. Let me know what you think.

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