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Here's the official line: downloaded Wii U software can't be saved to or played off of an SD card.

Unofficially, though, playing and saving Wii U games to an SD card is entirely possible.

One plucky Wii U user has found a simple workaround to enable data to be saved and accessed via an SD card - and all you need is a cheap USB card reader.

By plugging an SD card into the USB card reader, and connecting the card reader to the console, the Wii U treats the SD card as a standard USB drive, therefore allowing players to transfer and play software directly to/from their SD card.

You can take a look at the process in the video at the bottom of the page.

Of course, this workaround isn't officially supported by Nintendo and could well be patched out in a future firmware update. But for now, if you've got some SD cards lying around, this could save you from having to shell out for an expensive external hard drive.

Source: YouTube

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That's actually a really clever idea. SD card adapters are like only 3 pound or so this is a really cheap alternative. I think I'm going with the external passport drive with Y cable option. Nintendo have said that even though external passport drives may not work with their regular wires due to power issues ( :S ) if you uses a Y cable adapter (£5) it should work just fine.

Also it's good to get a proper clarification that you CAN play games of an external hard drive/ USB2.0!
Posted 16:59 on 20 November 2012
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