Nintendo has been very quiet the first two days of the Game Developers Conference 2009 in San Fransic0, California. Why was Nintendo holding their secret unveilings till Wednesday the 25th of March? March 25th was when Satoru Iwata was scheduled to make his GDC 09 keynote. So since the keynote is now over, news and details have emerged.
First up today for Nintendo is a new storage solution for their number one console on the market, the Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Wii has left Nintendo fans worried about the limited amount of games and downloads that could be stored on their 512 megabyte flash drives included in the system. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore with Nintendo releasing the Wii’s next firmware/menu update “Wii System Menu 4.0″, enabling high capacity (SDHD) cards to be able to save and store games on.
Nintendo President Announces Wii Storage Solution, New Zelda Game and 50 Million
Global Wii Shipment
March 25, 2009
Nintendo President Announces Wii Storage Solution
As the library of downloadable WiiWare and Virtual Console™
games continues to grow, Wii owners have asked Nintendo to provide
easy, expanded storage space. Starting today, Wii owners will be able
to save downloaded WiiWare, Virtual Console video games, and Channels
directly to High Capacity SD cards, in addition to SD memory cards. To
play games that have been saved to SD cards, consumers will be able to
select and launch them from an SD Menu icon on the Wii Menu. (Note
that when launching games or channels from an SD card, an equivalent
amount of internal Wii memory is required. To clear space from the
internal memory, users can transfer games or channels from the Wii
Menu to the SD card). This feature is included in the latest
version of the Wii System Menu Update, which owners will receive
immediately after performing a system update today.
Gamers will be glad to have that additional storage space, as the
Virtual Console will expand to include the arcade versions of classic
third-party games like STARFORCE by Tecmo Ltd., and Mappy,
Gaplus and Tower of Druaga by Namco Bandai Games Inc.