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    Quote Originally Posted by [DT]
    FWIW, the part of my discussion that's critical is the 'business model' part - I don't see Nintendo requiring an expensive peripheral for supporting $15 games.
    Ahhh... "required", sure - absolutely not. Which is why I believe it is going to happen they will include it as an option along with the SD Card as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by [DT]
    Will it be done? I'm sure it's on deck - especially with the expansion of the machine to more of an "internet appliance".
    Exactly, which is probably why there is a delay in including such, look how long it took them to add full keyboard support!

    The system was designed thinking that the 512MB would be more than enough for most, and the SD cards would expand that to unlimited storage for everyone else. Not only did they not expect there Wii to be as popular as it is now, they didn't expect the overwhelming success of the Wii or it's Shop Channel either. Now I believe it is just a matter of time before the outcry for a larger storage (or multiple optional storage) to be put into place and utilized, but to do that would require quite a lot of a design change to support it.

    Rumor has it that one of the version updates included temporary USB HDD support when the SD was not present in the slot, this could or could not be true since they did sneak in partial USB kb support in 3.00U, however most the reported tests of this returned false. Not a bad idea however, remove the SD card to drop to the USB HDD instead, however transfers to and from SD to HDD would be annoying. The best method I believe is to add another storage tab on the file manager as well as another source option on the Photo Channel.

    Even then what about other USB devices? What if more than one is plugged in? Nintendo probably only briefly considered it, and thought they'd deal with it *IF* they decided to invest more into it depending on it's success. I still don't think they considered such storage options, or thought all but a handful would want such a thing. Time will tell if we see it or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by [DT]
    Mom: "Terrific, how much is it?"

    Johnny: "$15 and it looks real keen!"

    Mom: "Well, yeah that's not too bad."

    Johnny: "It also requires a $100 external WiiDrive..."

    Mom: "Forget it. Go mow the lawn.
    lol... I agree, forcing a drive on us would not work. Sliding in the option however, isn't a bad idea. Thanks for clearing up what you meant.

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    I think that if Nintendo could have a firmware upgrade to allow direct play from SD cards and if it doesn't already have the ability to read SDHC cards add that in this would maybe solve the problem but SDHC cards although they will have 32gb ones out in January will still have a nice $100+ price but I also find it highly likely Nintendo will enable USB storage devices as they have earlier this year hired a company to develope software for a file system to work on a such a device I wish I could link you to this news bulletin im sure its somewhere in the forums i know it was posted before.

    EDIT: found this old news article http://www.nintendic.com/news/777

    Later on in the interview, Fils-Aime discusses the upcoming Wii Ware, which will allow independent developers the chance to develop for the Nintendo Wii. He noted that Nintendo had been overwhelmed with requests for the $2000 USD kits, that Nintendo will not vet the downloadable games and on the issue of extra memory - a hard drive, perhaps - for Wii to hold them all on, he added, “Could there be a market for a Wii hard drive? There certainly could be.”
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    Found what I was looking for heres the link

    http://www.cubed3.com/news/7212/1/Of...ge_USB_for_Wii
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    There is a 50-50 chance of having a wii hardrive or the ability to use the one we want because I could buy a 500gig external hardrive for what like 100-120 which is extremely cheap for something that can hold so much information.
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    Yeah, its still really hard to say if a 2GB SD card will be enough to accompany the existing space on the wii. I don't think it will considering people are already running out of space...and the n64 games take up 250 blocks I think. I could only imagine how much that Final Fantasy Wii-ware game will take up...and if people want more than one? wow...you're gonna need some space. I really hope Nintendo has some amazing plans for this soon

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