Nintendo Investigating Wii Hard Drive System

By Spencer . July 2, 2010 . 12:08pm

imageThe Wii, currently, does not have a hard drive. However, Nintendo appears to be considering one since they filed a patent for a process that transfers Wii games to a hard drive.


Nintendo’s plan is to make a separate hard drive partition for each DVD game. Once games are saved on a hard drive, the Wii reads a directory and shows all available games with box art. This is done by accessing a virtual DVD partition on the hard drive. The interface also displays ESRB ratings and the patent mentions possible parental controls.


Here’s a flowchart of the system.


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Seems like Nintendo has a plan in place for streaming Wii games from a hard drive. The question is will they release it for the public.

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  • Guest

    Well…they’ve been doing that forever at hospital and certain booths in stores. I doubt this will ever make it out on Wii but maybe for their next system who knows.

    • ECM

      Yeah, this looks like the Make-A-Wish foundation’s Wiis (which are awesome) and at the Nintendo store in Manhattan.

      • lostinblue

        exactly what i was thinking.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if such an addition would pave the way for even more homebrews.

  • Guest

    Finally….I’ve been getting tired of those discs. =P

  • NeoTechni

    “Nintendo’s plan is to make a separate hard drive partition for each DVD game.”

    BAAAAAAAAAAAD IDEA!!! Not all games have the same size. Does this mean they’ll just be making 4 GB rips without removing garbage data or blank space? Then Smash Bros. Melee wont work since it’s the only 8 GB game out there.

    Even if they use variable sizes, it makes deleting games difficult. You’d need to reformat to get the space back.

  • as long as I don’t need to be online for playing each game …. I think its alright … Its already time I think … my memory already fulled out

    • How can you have already filled it up. I’m nowhere near filling my 16gb SD card, and if i was i’d go a 32gb to replace it.

  • how can nintendo file for a pattent in somthing people have already done? there is extensive online history showing that pirates did this first on the wii? shoudnt they get credit and or roiltys?

    • Zeik56

      You don’t really understand how patents work, do you?

    • ECM

      First of all, pirates did *not* do this first. See, again, the Make-A-Wish foundation Wiis and the units at Nintendo’s store in Manhattan that have been there long before the pirates ‘cracked’ that particular nut.

      Second, What Zeik said.

  • crunc

    Yeah, this not for the consumer, rather for kiosks.

  • What I don’t get is why Nintendo has never released a demo disc of any kind for kiosks like they did with the Gamecube and DS. All I ever see at demo Wiis are full games that someone started and left.

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