Breaking WiiUews: Downloaded software can't be saved to the SD card

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Brittanialand
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Thanks to fellow gaffer Hobby for finding this in a translation of the Nintendo JP Wii U website:

Let me just re-translate that stuff so as to not cause confusion. This all comes from the JP Wii U site's Q&A section:

Q. Can download software saved to USB media be played on another Wii U?
A. No. Download software can only be used on 1 Wii U per 1 USB media.

Q. Where is software that I purchased a download for saved to?
A. Internal memory or USB media. Download software can't be saved to the SD card.

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wiiu/support/qa/software/index.html
Figured this needed a thread of its own as a lot of people were interested in just getting a large SD card to save their digital games on. You can still save downloaded software to external HDs and the internal storage (8GB for the regular Wii U, 32GB for the Wii U deluxe).
 
Nov 8, 2010
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Thanks to fellow gaffer Hobby for finding this in a translation of the Nintendo JP Wii U website:



Figured this needed a thread of its own as a lot of people were interested in just getting a large SD card to save their digital games on. You can still save downloaded software to external HDs and the internal storage (8GB for the regular Wii U, 32GB for the Wii U deluxe).
So what's the SD slot for then? You can't Download stuff from the Browser anyway. Is it just for Wii stuff?
 
Mar 29, 2012
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Pretty ridiculous

I was going to get a usb HDD eventually so this doesn't matter to me but it really sucks for those using SD. What a stupid limitation.

I guess using a usb sd reader is the only solution then
 

RionaaM

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Nintendo, what's the reason for this? Why don't you let us choose where we prefer to store our games? Why the restrictions? This is good for nobody.
 
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That's some great DRM Nintendo. You'd think they'd offer something at least as good as PSN/XBL, but no, still living in the stone age. Won't be buying anything from the eShop.
 
Jan 25, 2012
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downloaded software not tied to your nintendo account??? you can't login to your nintendo account on a new console to transfer your content there???

Oh ffs
He's saying that you can't take your HD over to your friends house a play a game off of it. This says nothing about downloading games onto another console.
 

SapientWolf

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Downloaded software can only be played on the Wii U it was originally bought from.
This sounds like the bigger story. I thought that your content would be portable if you could authenticate with your account. That's how XBLA and Steam work.
 
Nov 8, 2010
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This sounds like the bigger story. I thought that your content would be portable if you could authenticate with your account. That's how XBLA and Steam work.
Think again, I called this months ago. They'll introduce accounts and still tie the games to the hardware.

Classic Nintendo. They must work overtime to come up with shit like this.
 
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This sounds like the bigger story. I thought that your content would be portable if you could authenticate with your account. That's how XBLA and Steam work.
It doesn't say that it doesn't work like that. Only you can't take the USB HDD and plug it into another Wii U and play it there -- like a friends Wii U. It's too vague to know how the accounts and everything will work.
 
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It doesn't say that it doesn't work like that. Only you can't take the USB HDD and plug it into another Wii U and play it there -- like a friends Wii U. It's too vague to know how the accounts and everything will work.
You know, with Nintendo you simply never know. I'm still maintaining that downloads are bound to the original hardware. It's just that magical Nintendo flair.
 

Wario64

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Every sane person would use the internal or USB storage, or am I wrong?

Yeah, SDcard-GAF is probably offended, but I hate them anyway - they think they are gaming's Pop-GAF
You're not wrong but SD card is easier to carry your content around. But that's moot since downloaded content is only playable on the original console, lols


PS3 allows you to activate up to 2 consoles. X360 allows you to play your content on another X360 provided that you login to your XBL Gamertag.

Nintendo: carry your Wii U lulz
 
May 12, 2010
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SD card probably provides the best chance of compromising the system so Nintendo is not taking any chances. That said if you plan to download heavily digitally would be stupid to want to use SD cards. 500GB hard drive in the $50-$60 range
 

SapientWolf

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It doesn't say that it doesn't work like that. Only you can't take the USB HDD and plug it into another Wii U and play it there -- like a friends Wii U. It's too vague to know how the accounts and everything will work.
That's what I meant. You can do exactly that with Steam and XBLA. I can take my games around on a portable USB and play on any machine after I log in.
 
Aug 9, 2011
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That's still lame. Doesn't the 360 let you do this?
With the 360 I just copy a game to a thumb drive along with my profile and then I can play that game on any 360 I feel like.

If the games are tied to accounts you should be able to redownload them off the E-shop.
Then what? When I go home I'll need to download it again? What's the point of forcing portable storage if you cant actually use it effectively? Nintendo.
 
May 30, 2011
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Well, I don't think it's going to be only on one console. I think it's more like having a key file on the game install that is for one console. You would be able to download the game on another console, but the key file wouldn't be the same, so you can't transfer installs between systems.
 

Plinko

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This sounds like the bigger story. I thought that your content would be portable if you could authenticate with your account. That's how XBLA and Steam work.
Nintendo allowed you to transfer your stuff to a new Wii and currently allows you to move it to a new 3DS. I highly doubt they wouldn't let you transfer it to a new Wii U. To assume so when the 3DS is doing otherwise is asinine.

Edit: Why I replied to your post is beyond me. That was meant to reply to somebody who implied that you couldn't move it to a new Wii U.
 
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Well not being able to move your HDD around to plug and play with any WiiU is not an issue, the question is whether or not you can log into your account and download them to another WiiU to play.