No Limit on Wii U External Storage

While the Wii U only has 8GB or 32GB of internal storage, you can plug in a USB drive for additional storage. Unlike the Xbox 360, which arbitrarily limits your external storage to 16GB, the Wii U will not place any limits on external storage size.

Wii U Preview

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Nintendo started off their event today by getting the big questions out of the way. The Wii U will launch on Sunday, November 18th in two configurations, a basic set for $299 and a deluxe set for $349. The basic set comes in white with 8GB of storage, a GamePad, GamePad stylus, sensor bar and HDMI cable. The deluxe version, available in black, ups the storage to 32GB and also bundles NintendoLand and stands for the console and the GamePad. The deluxe version also includes a "Deluxe Digital Promotion" which allows you to earn points for each digital download, then redeem those points for future downloads. Like Apple, Nintendo focused on what you can do with the console, rather than raw specs and how many megajiggajoules the system can pump out.

  • Hardware

    Nothing new was shown today that we haven't already seen. The storage amount of 8GB for the basic system may seem small compared to other consoles, but the Wii U will allow you to expand storage very easily via SD cards or external USB drives.

  • Nintendo TVii

    Nintendo TVii (yes, that's how they spell it) brings together media from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, your Tivo DVR, and live TV in one place. You'll be able to search across all these services in one place to find something to watch. You'll also have "second screen" functionality such as checking sports scores, social network updates, screenshots and polls related to the show you're watching. I was expecting the normal Netflix, Hulu et al. to be available on the Wii U, but having a single place to find shows1 is a nice feature that I'll use a lot.

    All the functionality of Nintendo TVii will be included for U.S. and Canadian customers on launch day for no extra charge or monthly fee.

  • Games

    The big game announcement was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but everyone was expecting that. What I wasn't expecting was to see Bayonetta 2, and to find out it will be a Wii U exclusive. The first game was highly rated so this is a nice exclusive for Nintendo, it was also mentioned that the game would be published by Nintendo so the likelihood of this being a timed exclusive is small.

    A new "attraction" for NintendoLand was shown, Metroid Blast which looks like a lot of fun. You get to run around as your Mii character in a Samus outfit shooting, morph balling and swinging around after enemies. This is just one of 12 "attractions" in NintendoLand, and it looks like it will be a great included game. Unfortunately it likely won't be as popular as Wii Sports was since the basic system does not include it.

    The launch lineup looks really strong and has something for everybody.

I plan on getting the deluxe Wii U set, along with a handful of launch games: Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros U, Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 3, ZombiU and Assassins Creed 3. Sure the majority of those are games that are available on other consoles, but that also excites me. Nintendo needs third party support and to be on par with PS3 and Xbox for non-exclusive games, and this is a great start.


  1. I know other devices like Google TV can already do this. 

Farewell to the Wii

Stephen Totilo:

The Wii is, nevertheless, the console that ran some of my favorite games, including excellent versions of Mario, Zelda and Metroid. Its weird games were among the best oddball titles any gaming console has had. And it remains an innovator whose imitators have yet to improve upon it.

Apple Working on Pandora Rival

The move by Apple perplexed some analysts, who noted that the Internet radio business seemed too small — accounting for less than $1 billion a year in revenue, by some estimates — for Apple to bother with. Established players like Pandora also already distribute their services through apps on Apple’s devices.

I listen to music exclusively through radio services like Pandora, Spotify Radio and Songza.

Amazon Announces Kindle Paperwhite

Already preordered mine, I really like the single function e-ink readers, and a light is overdue for bedtime reading. Although the Kindle Fires are an improvement, I have no interest in them.

Nokia's Misleading Ads

On the left, Nokia shows the non-stabilized version, which, predictably, looks terrible, and on the right the ad shows the perfectly smooth capture, purportedly enabled by Nokia's optical image stabilization technology. The only problem is that the video is faked.

No release date, or price, and misleading video and photographs.

Amazon Phone Could Be Announced Tomorrow

Multiple sources have confirmed to The Verge that Amazon is working on a smartphone that runs a variant of the Kindle Fire's Android-based operating system, and we're now hearing that the device will be shown to the press tomorrow.

Everyone seems to be rushing to tell the world about their not-an-iPhone ahead of Apple's announcement.

Bad Piggies

Set in the same universe as Angry Birds, the new game from Rovio will focus on the pigs and launches September 27th.

Wii U Zelda Coming in 2014

The Wii U Zelda game will redefine gaming with its features and innovation, and will offer things that only the Wii U can do. “It’ll have some revolutionizing gameplay. It has stuff that would never be possible on any other console, and it’s not just one cool feature, it’s one cool feature after another. Each dungeon will offer a different gameplay experience with the tablet controller. It’ll be the most innovative game ever, they got stuff that will be copied by others for years.”

A bit too much hyperbole, but nevertheless, this is why Nintendo continues to create both hardware and software.

Kindle Paperwhite

Speaking of Paperwhite, this seems to be a reference to the unit's improved display over the so-called Pearl E Ink that Amazon has been using since the third-generation Kindle.

I don't really like the name "Paperwhite", too easy to make a joke about it being a paperweight. I do like what Amazon is doing with the e-ink Kindles though.

Knitting With Power

Former Nintendo of America employee Howard Phillips has taken to Facebook to post an advertisement for one of the more unusual NES accessories we've ever seen: a knitting machine, with a slogan proclaiming that "Now You're Knitting With Power!"

Truly innovative stuff.

Thief Until Proven Innocent

An 18-year old student was accused of shoplifting after walking out of an Apple Store with a pair of Bose headphones.

Eighteen-year-old Eric Shine insists that he did try to pay, using the mobile Apple Store app’s EasyPay option on his phone, but that the purchase didn’t go through. A New York court will hear his case in October.

When the EasyPay system was introduced a lot of folks assumed that this would make it easier for thieves to pretend to purchase items and walk out. But does anyone really think that Apple isn't paying attention to what people are doing in their stores.

I've used the EasyPay system at an Apple Store and it was very straightforward, just make sure you have a receipt before leaving the store.

Apple TV Could Have Cloud-Based DVR

Apple aims to make it so viewers can watch any show at any time via a cloud-based DVR that would store TV shows online. The service would be designed so viewers could begin streaming a show minutes after it began airing live.

Sign me up.

Netflix Adds "Post-Play" Feature

When you finish watching an episode of a TV show, we’ll minimize the credits and tee-up the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode will start to play in 15 seconds. You can also stop it to get more information or select another episode.

Not sure if I was part of their A/B testing or what, but I've been enjoying this feature for weeks.

Handheld Neo Geo Releasing in December for $200

The console, manufactured by Blaze under license from SNK, will arrive with 20 games preloaded and an "expandable game card slot" (previously reported as taking standard SD cards) for additional titles.

As Marco points out, this was one of those consoles that nobody had and everybody wanted.

Best Buy Founder Wants to Turnaround the Company

WSJ:

Best Buy Co. founder Richard Schulze envisions a turnaround plan for the electronics retailer that involves cutting prices to better compete against Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers while ensuring that the in-store customer-service experience is as good as Apple Inc.'s, according to people familiar with the matter.

So normal people are starting to realize they don't need to overpay for cables?

FIFA 13 on Wii U Will Include Graphical Improvements

The Wii U version of EA's FIFA 13 will include mildly improved graphics, specifically the crowd and the pitch. Some features and functionality however, like Madden 13, will be missing on the Wii U version. In both cases this is because EA is trying to have these games available at launch.

Youtube Will Be Removed From iOS6

Apple:

Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.

Apple continues to separate themselves from Google.

Mass Effect 3 for Wii U

Joystiq takes a look at the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 that will launch alongside the console this fall.

Event Planned for New iPhone on September 21

iMore has learned that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21.

That date has been confirmed by multiple other outlets.

Apple Could Invest Millions in Twitter

Apple has considered an investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion, up from an $8.4 billion valuation last year, these people said. They declined to be named because the discussions were private.