Here's what it comes down to, if you have the option between an SD card or a hard drive and you pick the hard drive you fail the test.
The Wii does not need a hard drive for one very important reason
They fail much too often.
All studies have shown one discouraging thing when it comes to hard drives. They are no better today then they were almost 2 decades ago. Instead of becoming error free they have plateaued when it comes to failure rate. A drive bought today fails at the same rate as a drive bought in 1994.
Now the way that Nintendo has tied everything to the Wii that means for a large chunk of users a failed hard drive means games lost forever. Even today people don't register their Wii at Nintendo.com and ask questions about what happens if your Wii dies. Adding a storage device that is shown to fail no matter what would only cause problems for the user and the company.
On the other hand if Nintendo expanded the SD slot funtions in the Wii everyone would use solid state memory for their saves. Solid state is better by leaps and bounds. You can put an SD card in your pocket and throw it in the laundry and once your jeans are clean the SD card will still work.
Putting saves on SD cards are idiot proof, you'd have to really try to lose your data.
Plus pricing is attractive, 4 gig cards right now are 20-40 dollars (depending where you shop) that's more then enough storage for even the downloadiest of the downloaders.
Wii users should be be pushing for solid state instead of the inferior method so many talk about.
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