Downloaded software can only be played on the Wii U it was originally bought from. Meaning if you download a game to an external HDD and try to use that HDD on another Wii U, it won't work. Correction: downloaded software is saved to the internal memory or what's in the USB slot. Downloaded software can't be saved to the SD card.
360 or PS3 owners have long been able to download software tied to their accounts and run it on friends systems, Sony takes this one step further and allows the software to be installed on 2 systems without the paying user being logged in, meaning you can share software with a friend if you so desire. Nintendo however are opting to only allow software to be installed on the system it is purchased on, not really a suprise but its still the most restrictive scenario of the current home consoles.
On top of this it seems that getting a nice large SD card with your system will be pointless as software purchased can only be stored on USB devices or the systems local storage solution. Best not to rely on those SDHC cards just yet.
Information originally discovered by NeoGAF user Hobby.
Now, what hell...software cannot be stored on SD cards?!?!?! What the fuck is the point of buying one then. I mean, sure at the beginning the Wii was this way, but at least Nintendo gave us an update where games could be downloaded to the sd card and then just loaded into the Wii's memory when we wanted to play the game. Sure it took a few seconds or longer to load the game into the Wii's memory based on the size of the game.
But why has Nintendo been stating that people can buy sd cards up to 32gb(probably bigger, but Nintendo has not said anything about bigger cards). if I cannot download and store games on a sd card, thats fucked up. The Wii has it, the 3DS definitely has that capability(except for DSi downloaded software).Something isn't making any sense. What the hell is the purpose of the sd slot?!
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Now, I've been thinking about looking into an external hdd for my Wii U, but have not done any shopping around. So, how much do these external hdd cost? And where would be the best place to buy a hdd for a reasonable cost and what brand would be best or they all pretty much the same? I'm thinking about getting one with around 100-200 gb, cause I know for what I will use the hdd for, I will not need any more space than that. Of course if hdd is fairly cheap, I may get a bigger size one, esp. if the games I download from the eshop are fairly large files. I don't plan on downloading games I can buy at retail. I will always buy the physical copy.
I didn't think they'd make an account system for the Wii U, I figured it'd be like 3DS and it looks like I'm right. The SD card thing is a bit odd, though it's no big deal as USB hard drives are common and relatively cheap, and this certainly beats the Xbox 360's overpriced drives.
Digital rights management is a huge issue in gaming for me. This is absolutely not the way to do it. Limiting the software to a single system is a good way to ensure I will not be buying your games digitally. Dumb move Nintendo.
That's kind of a shame. Hopefully they can at least let you tie your Club Nintendo account to everything this time, so if there's a problem, you can at least redownload games you've already bought. To me, that's a big advantage of digital distribution in the first place. If I lose a DVD, it's gone, but if my hard drive dies, then at least there's a record somewhere that I bought the game so I can get it back.
Edit: Also, couldn't we just use a USB stick that has an SD card attached to it?
That's bad news. That's REALLY bad news. Digital gaming is only going to get bigger as time passes by, and the games themselves will take up more space. This is just going to end up being a huge fucking headache for no legitimate reason. Other companies already have solutions to these issues, why is Nintendo so dead-set against adopting some ideas from others??
What is the big deal about this? So what if you can't go and share it on other consoles, just contact Nintendo and get your game back. Or they do what PogueSquadron said and let you tie it to your Club Nintendo account for easier access on other consoles.
@Zero You can, which is good, but not allowing it on SD cards is just dumb. Further, having to jump through hoops to get your game on another system (What if your Wii U breaks? What if for some reason you need to sell it for a while and buy a new one later?) is silly. All this stuff should be tied to a master account by default.
It's not the end of the world, but hoop-jumping for me is just ridiculous. I get annoyed enough already making a new EA account for every third game they release. I haaaaaate roundabout ways of doing things.