Wii finally has a storage solution: Load from the SD slot

The Wii finally has a storage solution. In the spring, Wii owners will be able to play games directly off an SD card.

Last month we reported that the Wii was about to get a storage solution and that it wasn't going to be a hard drive. Nintendo has finally released information on what this solution actually is, and the good news is that you won't need to buy any additional hardware--except for maybe an SD card.

At the fall press conference in Japan, the company announced that in the spring of 2009, Wii owners will have the ability to download, store, and play games directly off an SD card via the console's SD slot. While data can currently be stored on an SD card, you cannot access this content in-game.

But there's a catch: The Wii currently only supports SD cards with a maximum capacity of 2GB. Also, it'll be interesting to see how Nintendo handles the inevitable DRM that will need to be enforced to prevent the swapping and trading of games. Also, will Nintendo expand the amount of channels available on the Wii dashboard? Or will we see an "SD Channel?" What do you think?

(Via Joystiq)

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