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The biggest Nintendo Wii U downfall – no local install for games

If you own an Xbox 360 or PS3 you will be aware of how much time can be shaved off a loading screens if you install a game locally, recently we saw the Xbox 360 version of Deus Ex Human Revolution load much faster when it was installed to the console’s hard drive, which reminded us of a concern which one of our readers raised when the Nintendo Wii U was first revealed.

Let’s start by saying that on average loading times on Deus Ex Human Revolution (Xbox 360) take 10 seconds less when running the game from the HDD, not only this but it results in lower noise from your console as the optical drive does not need to spin – the benefits are so great it really has got us wondering why Nintendo has told us that the Nintendo Wii U will feature no local drive, instead it will use flash storage – that’s not cool and here is why.

We are led to beleive that in terms of internal storage the Wii U will feature a maximum of 16GB of flash storage, this will apparently be expandable via USB hard disk drives and SD memory cards, but in terms of internal storage 16GB is your limit. Lately we have seen many games such as RAGE, L.A. Noire and Deus Ex Human Revolution either demand that you install them locally or tell you that for best performance you should install this to your local drive – 16GB of storage will not be enough. Now if you thought that a USB 3.0 hard disk could be the answer think again, apparently the Wii U will feature 4 x USB 2.0 ports – this means that it will not boast the fast data transfer rate of USB 3.0, you could add a 32GB SDHC but this is another expense and won’t go far once you start downloading additional content.

Nintendo has stated that the Wii U will feature a slot-loading optical disc drive which will use propriety high-density discs with up to 25GB of capacity, this means that you will not be able to fit a game’s worth of data on the console’s internal storage – surely this needs to be addressed!? If Nintendo keep the Wii U this way it means that game load times will be limited by the optical drive’s read speed, this is more than noticeable when compared to a standard hard disk drive, but imagine how much better things would be if the Wii U featured a local SSD.

The fact of the matter is that the Nintendo Wii U is meant to be next-gen and we are sure that consumers see this as a major limitation, perhaps Nintendo is still considering its options, all we know is that when it comes to the next PlayStation and Xbox most of our readers want at least 500GB of storage (see here) – so we are sure that people want a similar storage capacity from the next-gen Wii.

Does this matter concern you or are load times from a disc unimportant? We promote your feedback!

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Cd5696
Cd5696

What would be even better is an e-sata port.

Kevin Douglas Femmel

Consumers won’t see this as a limitation because most consumers have no idea what you’re talking about. The 4GB 360’s sell very well, and nearly 80 million people bought the Wii with 512MB, and 80 million more people chose the DS over the PSP and its ability to download demo’s. Infact, wouldn’t running everything off flash storage make everything in the OS run much faster than if it ran off a HDD? Nintendo doesn’t really want us being exploited with first day DLC, retailer exclusive downloads, and this should make gamers happy. If they limit the memory, it will likely… Read more »

Nintendoro
Nintendoro

agree. No idea why Ninty cant add HDD to maschine. It doest cost much these days and if they are awere of price, they can always make two models – Core and Pro. One with internal storage for casual gamers, other with HDD for Hardcore bad boys

James2t3
James2t3

The reason those consoles need intalls is because the disk drive speeds ate so slow. PS3 uses a 1x bluray drive, drives are much faster and cheaper now and nintendos disk fprmate will most likly be based on bluray.

Keaton
Keaton

Nintendo have always had the fastest load times and always will. Stop worrying and don’t write another article about it.

Keaton
Keaton

Nintendo have always had the fastest load times and always will. Stop worrying and don’t write another article about it.

Kevin S
Kevin S

it’s funny how nintendo keeps on f*cking up no matter what they do 😛

Amin Khajehnassiri

Again this is a premature article. The Wii and GameCube has about 24 MB of ram for preloading sections of games which reduces the need to use the optical disk drive. You should also note that local install on the 360 (at least in my case) only uses about 1 GB. The Wii U flash based solution will be better in that it will be faster then a hard drive (despite giving less storage space). However, I do agree that an SSD will be a better option. Also, people talking about the external hard drive problem. I was able to get a… Read more »

Andre Andrade
Andre Andrade

No HD is less cost to manufature!

This is the nintendo Wii strategy!
And probably will work!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think you are exaggerating the wait and noise factors. As an owner of all three machines, I don’t get frustrated waiting for Wii loads. Sure it is noticeable, but hardly a deal-breaker. As for the noise, can’t say it  is something that has attracted my attention. Beside this, we still have very few details of the Wii U, so as is so often the case with complaints about this new console, your fears are based largely on assumptions.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think you are exaggerating the wait and noise factors. As an owner of all three machines, I don’t get frustrated waiting for Wii loads. Sure it is noticeable, but hardly a deal-breaker. As for the noise, can’t say it  is something that has attracted my attention. Beside this, we still have very few details of the Wii U, so as is so often the case with complaints about this new console, your fears are based largely on assumptions.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is definitely a bad idea, or, at least a bad idea from the consumer side.  No local install, as you said, will increase the usage of the optical drive.  Optical drives wear out over time, and need replacing.  This could end up costing consumers money, and given high-capacity drives require more speed for read access, that could be a huge concern. However, if Nintendo adds more RAM to their system than the current crop of consoles, this could be somewhat alleviated, by allowing more of the game to be cached at any given time.  Still, no local install could… Read more »

Travis Thompson

Most likely the people that buy the Wii U will be former Nintendo customers. They don’t expect these sort of features from it. The loading times are not that bad and certainly don’t frustrate me in anyway. I use my Wii constantly and have never heard any noise from the optical drive and also have never used an SD card over 4GB. The storage on these is for my downloaded games and game save data.

Alexaudeh
Alexaudeh

i dont really mind

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