The Wii U is an amazing little console. The gamepad, Monster Hunter, Bayonetta, Zelda, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Amiibo’s and Nintendo Shop (where you can even download and play Wii classics, such as the Metroid Prime Trilogy and Xenoblade Chronicles!) are just some of the reasons why I couldn’t resist buying one.


Due to the added expense of the main gamepad, Nintendo had no choice but to keep costs down with 8GB and 32GB consoles. However, there is a way Nintendo can make up for this…

Yes, we all know the Wii U’s weak spot (if it was a boss in The House Of The Dead, it would be an easy kill). Lego City: Undercover was the first game that really put the Wii U’s limited HD space under the spotlight. Now that game is Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (The full game hits almost 20gb – from trial install to full game upgrade).

With the Wii U’s limited USB power and most external HD’s being 3.0, this begs the question – why haven’t Nintendo released their own small portable HD for the Wii U?

The benefits of Nintendo releasing their own external Wii U HD:

– Such a hard drive could be much cheaper than other externals/portables on the market, due to Wii U gamers only really needing around 350 – 500GB USB 2.0 drives. Add that to the amount Nintendo would produce for Wii U gamers, and that spells a good price.

– We wouldn’t have to risk buying external HD’s that don’t work correctly due to higher power consumption (read our guide to choosing the best Wii U external/portable HD).

– Nintendo could design it to fit snug on top of our Wii U consoles

– Wii U gamers could have the choice of both white and black official external HD’s (for Wii U Basic and Premium editions).

Although the Wii U has been out for a while (with the NX on its way), Nintendo have promised to maintain steady support for its current system. Wink wink nudge nudge, Ninty…