It’s already been confirmed that Wii U owners will have to install a system update as soon as they boot up their new consoles, but it seems that those who go with the Basic Set will be left with a scant 3GB of memory after this process is complete.
In the most recent installment of Nintendo Direct, which also revealed that Virtual Console games will eventually be playable on the Wii U GamePad, Nintendo announced that the initial system update all Wii U owner must install takes up a little over 4GB of the console’s memory. This will leave Basic models, which only have 8GB to begin with, with roughly 3GB of memory after installation. (Deluxe owners, meanwhile, will still have about 25GB of space to play around with).
This isn’t entirely devastating news; Nintendo has already announced that the Wii U will be compatible with USB hard drives, which can hold considerably more data than you’ll need. Still, considering how cumbersome this solution seems to be, it could cause a bit of frustration for those hoping to download many games from the eShop, particularly if they were planning to go completely digital with all of their releases. One thing is for certain, though: you’ll probably want to pick up a USB hard drive along with your console this Sunday, no matter which bundle you get.