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 i though i read somewhere that you can install  wii u games to the usb hard drive is this true or not??



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Yes, you can install and play games off of an external USB HDD. There appears to be an issue with certain USB 3.0 HDDs, so your best bet is using a USB 2.0 HDD or going off of Nintendo's support site for recommended HDDs (although it is currently pitifully lacking).

http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wiiu/en_na/external_usb_devices.jsp

Surely it must be possible, otherwise the hard drive will run out of space very quickly

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thanks wfz for the link. its good to know that you can do an in stall

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can you use the install like the xbox so you can install the whole game to the hdd or like the ps3 one where the devs decide if you are allowed to install and what to install (eg not the whole game, but only parts of it)

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Lusche said:
can you use the install like the xbox so you can install the whole game to the hdd or like the ps3 one where the devs decide if you are allowed to install and what to install (eg not the whole game, but only parts of it)


Can't seem to find any information online. I'll confirm this for you once I set up my HDD (if no one else can confirm before then).



Yes.

To be clear, these articles are talking about installing downloadable versions of games to the hard drive. You cannot, to my knowledge, install disc-based games like you can on the 360.

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Though that may be offered as an option down the road (disc-to-hd installs). Yeah one the hard drive is set up the system by default loads and installs all software to the hd.

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