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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 03 Oct 2008 21:47
Tags: hardware news storage wii

Wii Storage "Solution"

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In an effort to make core gamers shut up and leave them alone already alleviate the burden of Nintendo's best Customers that tiny minority of Wii owners who find the internal storage lacking, Nintendo announced they'll be opening up SD storage for active use. Meaning you will be able to launch WiiWare and VC games and what not from the SD card, instead of having to juggle everything endlessly or "clean out the fridge".

Q&A
Q: So we're limited to 2GB, right?
A: 2GB per card. But there are some 4GB cards that aren't SDHC, like this one. They're very popular with Wii owners and Palm PDA/Smartphone users, so when looking for them, be careful and try to find confirmation from user reviews that they really aren't SDHC and really do work in non-SDHC capable devices. Don't simply accept the lack of a label as proof that a card is non-SDHC.

Q: Can Nintendo add SDHC support to already sold Wii's?
A: Yes. It's a software issue, not a hardware issue.

Q: Will they?
A: Probably not, for the same reason they've resisted real external storage solutions to this point. They think it discourages piracy. Case in point, hit the kotaku link below and read as someone asks "but how will we run SSBB off an SD card if it's only 2gigs". Yeah *rolls eyes*. The 2GB (ish) limitation makes some form of piracy a little more difficult than they currently are. At least for half-wits.

Q: Is this the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything?
A: Clearly not. But it beats nothing. And don't forget, even 12 months ago, Nintendo was confidently proclaiming "redownloading" as the only storage solution you would ever need. This is actually pretty significant progress for ninty.

Q: Can't we already run Quake Wii off an SD card?
A: Yes, but no thanks to Ninty.

Via kotaku | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Oct 2008 05:19
Tags: ds hardware news

Behold the DSi

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"i" as in "eye", I assume. Clever (deadpan).

2 cameras. No GBA slot, and thus, thinner. SD slot. On board memory for a DSWare game download service. Bigger screens. Launches 11/11 11/01/08 (Japan) for 180$. US Launch will come at a yet to be decided date well into 2009.

DSWare sounds cool, so I'm a fan of storage. Screen size can't hurt. No GBA slot seems tragic. Cameras seem like a precursor to a thousand "face-trainer" games, not my thing.

How about you? What do you think?

Via DS Fanboy | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Oct 2008 19:06
Tags: hardware rumor wii

WiiHD Cometh?

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No, not the blog, the next generation of Wii. What They Play is reporting that multiple reluctant sources have confirmed that Ninty is presenting the new console to game developers under the moniker "Wii HD". Nice name. What They Play Also points to R&D costs as consistent with a new a console being just around the corner.

Supposedly this is more than just a refresh (Wii 1.1 or what not), but the sources weren't very specific on features other than HD visuals, an assumption of serious drive space, and backwards compatibility.

Due date? 2011. Hopefully we can get some on-the-record confirmation before that.

Nintendo WIi Fanboy Via WiiUnite User Lakkus | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Oct 2008 18:35
Tags: ds hardware rumor

New DS Rumors Reach Crescendo

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MCV reports:

According to our impeccable source in Japan, Satoru Iwata will make the announcement at 5am UK time – as first predicted by MCV last month.

Little is known about the machine's exact extra functions, but we do know the product will be the ‘multimedia’ model mentioned by Nikkei this week – with an MP3 player and camera function.

It's still a rumor, but at least this one won't take long to validate.

MCVuk Via Endgadet | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 17 Jun 2008 21:12
Tags: hardware hd news storage

Nintendo Working on Storage (still)

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Mr "geeks and otaku" is talking again, despite urgings from his friends and family. Laurent Fischer, Nintendo Europe's marketing man, said Nintendo is working on a solution, they just aren't planning to issue hardware.

That could be really great news, in that it could mean they're just planning on opening up a usb port for any flash drive or usb hard drive with a driver. Of course, this is Nintendo, so that's not going to happen. Another option is greater freedom with the SD card. Other than some access speed concerns, that's not the worst thing that could happen. SDHC is a software concern, not a hardware concern, so if Nintendo wanted to, the SD slot could hold more games than you could shake a stick at. The funniest, and ergo, the most likely scenario comes from a GoNintendo commenter DonWii, that Nintendo will allow you to delete the News, Weather and Photo Channel, freeing up 53 blocks that will obviously solve the storage problem forever (The "forever" part is mine, DonWii overestimated Nintendo's understanding of the situation with his time frame).

Alternatively, we could be looking at more compression. Goody.

Via Destructoid | Permalink


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