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You'll need an external hard drive for that Basic Wii U

You'll need an external hard drive for that Basic Wii U
November 15, 2012 | By Mike Rose

November 15, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

With the Nintendo Wii U due for launch later this week on November 18, those people who are planning to pick up the Basic edition will want to grab an external hard drive too - as the model comes with just 3GB of available space.

The Wii U Basic hardware touts 7.2GB of flash memory, while the Premium model offers 29GB. However, as part of a Nintendo Direct broadcast, and as translated by Kotaku, the console requires 4.2GB of that space for setting up your Nintendo Network ID and account data.

In other words, once the Wii U console is ready to go, the Basic offers just 3GB of space, while the Premium model has 25GB.

Put in the context of downloadable titles, New Super Mario Bros. U is around 2GB in size, while Nintendo Land is 3.2GB -- hence, the latter will not fit on the Basic model if downloaded. In comparison, Wii U retail discs can hold up to 25GB of data.

The solution, says Nintendo, is to purchase an external hard drive for the console. External hard drives of up to 2TB can be connected up to the Wii U, allowing users to store games and content for the console.

The Nintendo Wii U is expected to outperform its predecessor in its first few months on sale, although analysts warn that the new console will have a "major challenge" in keeping this momentum up.

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