Jan 19, 2015

How to add additional storage to a Wii U?

I thought that I had pretty much completed my gaming console purchases for a few years, but there have been a lot of exclusives coming out of the Wii U that are good enough to make me consider picking one up. One thing that I have concerns about is the amount of storage - the Wii U has 32GB. I literally have single games that take up that much space on my PS4. I’m kind of OCD about storage on my consoles; my PS3 has a 500GB HDD and my PS4 has a 1TB HDD. 32GB seems really small. With the PS3 and PS4, I just swapped out the HDDs for bigger ones, but what do you do with a Wii U? How do you add additional storage to it?
Number 6 has a good answer, but IGN also has a list of the best hard drives for the Wii U:

You can add an external, USB connected HDD with an external power supply. The Wii U can actually support up to a 2TB HDD, so you should be able to store able to store many, many Wii U downloaded games on an external drive, especially considering that the average game size is much smaller than PS4.

Here is a link to a list of HDDs that have been tested with the Wii U, but I don’t see why other HDDs wouldn’t be fine. On the other hand, it would probably be better to stick with what is known to work, and avoid potential issues. Compatable drives can been seen here: http://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1359
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