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Wii U software cannot be stored on SD Card, tied to Wii U System and not user accounts.
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November 11, 2012, 01:22:16
 
Unfortunately it seems that Nintendo gamers will once again have to make do with a few restrictions with the purchase of Nintendo's Wii U system.

This is a translation from Nintendo's Japanese site.

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.

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Posted: 11/11/12, 01:22:16  - Edited by 
 on: 11/11/12, 01:42:18    
 
Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
 
@NinSage Because people on Steam have been laughing at physical media for years now?

Digital is only bad if the company doing it is bad at implementing it. Since console manufacturers are all grubby whores, I guess it's to be expected, though. Still, you'd expect standards to be met, at the very least.

Other than that, though, physical media is space consuming garbage. Having a disc I need to worry about? A box to keep it in? Somewhere to store all these stupid fucking boxes? I could store every game I ever owned on a couple of hard drives instead of an entire fucking basement. (Not that I do that, that would drive me mad. The basement thing, that is.)

Streaming data from a disc? Ridiculous antiquated garbage.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 07:15:14
NinSage said:
Physical > Digital

I don't know why people keep thinking (expecting?) digital utopia is right around the corner.


It's because some of us have been using Steam for years and it absolutely blows the shit out of anything else on the market.


edit:

Lol, Xbob beat me to it.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 07:26:00  - Edited by 
 on: 11/11/12, 07:26:31
This is why I plan on buying most (if not all) of my retail games on disc. I don't want to spend $60 on a game, and then be unable to play it 20 years down the road because my Wii U broke.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 07:26:26
I don't see a problem, most games will be sitting on an external HDD. If speed is the concern, put the games you're currently playing on the onboard memory. I don't see the benefits of an SD card. It's not a portable.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 07:46:58
1. maybe it won't be the case after the day 1 system upgrade??
2. Nintendo lets you have separate user accounts but everyone gets to plays downloaded games and DLC unlike 360 and ps3....when I had Bionic Commendo Rearmed only wellsy529 was able to play the games I downloaded.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 08:04:01
Well, hopefully it'll work out fine and we can all laugh at overreactions later.

This thread did give me a great thread idea, though!


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 08:10:18
Why would anyone ever need to use this feature? Explain please.

Only problem I see is if the console dies, but isn't the info also saved to an account as well?

I don't give a shit about this friend's system thing, but I do care about a new system I buy. This seems to ignore that fact.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 08:30:05  - Edited by 
 on: 11/11/12, 08:31:35
Xbob42 said:
@NinSage Because people on Steam have been laughing at physical media for years now?

Digital is only bad if the company doing it is bad at implementing it. Since console manufacturers are all grubby whores, I guess it's to be expected, though. Still, you'd expect standards to be met, at the very least.

Other than that, though, physical media is space consuming garbage. Having a disc I need to worry about? A box to keep it in? Somewhere to store all these stupid fucking boxes? I could store every game I ever owned on a couple of hard drives instead of an entire fucking basement. (Not that I do that, that would drive me mad. The basement thing, that is.)

Streaming data from a disc? Ridiculous antiquated garbage.
I have steam. I prefer Physical over digital however. Don't just judge that we all like digital as soon as we use steam. I prefer physical because nothing beats holding a game in your hand and opening it for the first time. Digital may be more convenient, but it's no where near the same as physical when it comes to the memories.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 08:38:01
Pokefreak911 said:

I have steam. I prefer Physical over digital however. Don't just judge that we all like digital as soon as we use steam. I prefer physical because nothing beats holding a game in your hand and opening it for the first time. Digital may be more convenient, but it's no where near the same as physical when it comes to the memories.

That's stupid, subjective sentimental bullshit created by your advanced psychosis.

You're welcome to cherish the memories of opening a game, though. It was great when I was a kid getting driven home with a box containing Super Mario RPG, the weight of the box alone was great.

But that ain't how it is no more. I love games for games, not for the extraneous bullshit around them!


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 09:10:56
@Xbob42
No reason to act so aggressive! Just because I have an opinion doesn't mean you can call it stupid.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 10:30:53
@Xbob42 I thought you were going to work on not being an asshat to people?

Now, the reason I currently prefer disk to digital is that with disk there are about 30 retailers out there fighting for my dollar, so stuff tends to go on sale DAY ONE. It's true that it never quite gets down to the $1 Steam sales, but generally it gets down to $10 or so soon enough. But day one, yeah... sales on disks day one is pretty nice.

There is also the fact that my Internet is uber slow so large downloads take forever, don't have to worry about that with disks.

I'll probably prefer digital at some point, but I don't see it happening anytime soon.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 11:37:02  - Edited by 
 on: 11/11/12, 11:40:41
Pokefreak911 said:
@Xbob42
No reason to act so aggressive! Just because I have an opinion doesn't mean you can call it stupid.

It's stupid.

(P.S. Wasn't it clear I was joking? I'm pretty sure liking boxes doesn't mean you have psychosis. I think it IS silly, though.)


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 12:04:51  - Edited by 
 on: 11/11/12, 12:05:47
@Xbob42
I got the joke part.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 12:07:14
NinSage said:
Physical > Digital

I don't know why people keep thinking (expecting?) digital utopia is right around the corner.
Definitely digital > physical to me. I dont like having game cases around. Also Steam


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 13:03:03
@Wellsy529
This is not correct. An unlimited number of users are able to access and play digital games on the console of purchase for both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

EDIT: if you had an issue with a 360 game, I'm guessing you're not gaming on the 360 where you originally created your account. If your console died for instance, you need to transfer the account to the new system (online or on the phone). Once done, that console becomes your primary console for your account and you can reactivate your games on it to allow all users on that system to access and play the game freely.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 14:18:49  - Edited by 
 on: 11/11/12, 14:29:16
@carlosrox
I own 2 PS3's. If I purchase a digital game I should be able to play it in either room. Further, I should be able to take my digital purchase over to a friend's house to play. This used to be the case with PS3 until they gimped their system. It is the case with the 360, though it requires that I be signed into my account online to play it on a system other than the system of purchase.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 14:22:52
@Zero
PS3 has had several sales on day one digital games lately. iOS App store often has launch week sales on new releases as well.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 14:25:11
It's is not a big deal to me, As long as there is an email tied to you account, Nintendo can easily allow you to activate your system as being able to hold digital games.

This is a non issue and I predict Sony and Microsoft will do the same next gen, Sony particularly lost a lot of money due to download sharing.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 15:06:21
Scrawnton said:
Sony particularly lost a lot of money due to download sharing.

And I suppose you have facts to back up this completely unprovable-under-any-circumstances statement?


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 15:09:57
@Xbob42
While he may have said it too matter of factly and without proof, you don't see how handing away free games to everyone couldn't cause Sony to lose money? Any downloaded game (I think it applies to movies and such too) on PSN can be enjoyed by 2 different customers, or 2 different households, rather. That means god knows how many people and how much money comes into play if both customers invite a bunch of friends over for example. That may be an extreme example but quite possible. Especially if movies and shows come into play.

My brothers did this with Doom 3 BFG. Only one bought the game. If I wasn't so deadset on 360 version that'd be 2 lost sales. Multiply that by however many games, customers, and households that could be taking advantage of this. You don't think money is being lost?


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/12, 16:08:18  - Edited by 
 on: 11/11/12, 16:10:56
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