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Wii & SD Card

Well I downloaded Super Castlevania IV and Toejam & Earl onto the Wii. Great games but I have realized some unfortunate things about the Wii & SD slot. I was under the impression that a firmware upgrade would allow me to save my VC games to my SD card but I can’t do so even with my (currently) fully upgraded Wii.

I made an early assumption that you could use the SD card as a possible extra drive for games or whatnot. You know, a backup Wii drive. Well I will tell you what it can and cannot do from my fiddling with it. (At least this is true on my Wii).

1. You can move Wii game memory from the Wii to the SD slot (but not all Wii game memory). Elebits does not allow transfering of save files from the Wii to the SD card.

2. You can view photos via the SD card (in case you had no other way of displaying it).

3. You can’t save directly to the SD cards (at least my games have not given me the option anywhere). You have to move the memory from the Wii to the SD card (if the game memory allows moving). It’s basically a memory storage device to bring your game saves to a friends house. (don’t ask me if you can actually transfer your saves to a different Wii).

4. You can’t save downloaded VC games to the SD card. Bummer.

5. You can’t transfer Game Cube memory to the Wii or the SD Slot. I was hoping to alleviate some memory pressure from my Game Cube mem cards but I could not do so with my Wii. Curses!. So if you are running low on the GC memory, you’ll have to delete some or get a new memory card for GC games.

As of now I see the SD option as pretty much a useless addition to the Wii. I’m sure they’ll make more use of it in the future. Until then I would suggest that you wait to get an SD card.

*Update* – 03/25/09

Well it was a long time coming but finally we all can run our VC games and channels directly from SD cards. Woo Hoo!

On top of that, the Wii can now recognize up to a 32GB SD card. Boy is this gonna be helpful. Take yer time Nintendo… take yer time.

  1. February 1, 2007 at 9:22 pm


    I was just about to write about that also. It’s pretty dumb that we can’t transfer our VC games to the SD and then to the computer for example in order to save space. What’s going to happen once we have downloaded enough stuff that we can’t add or purchase anymore?

    They are going to have to change that or else they will have a serious problem down the road.


  2. Gil
    February 2, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Yeah I know what your saying. I guess we’ll just have to stop buying all those darn VC games if they won’t fit on our internal flash drive anymore 😦

  3. richardson j
    February 13, 2007 at 12:10 am

    While you may not able to save yor vc games derictly to your sd card but if you go into the wii data managment menus and into channel files menu there are 2 tabs at the top right corner of the screen .
    which shows that you con copy channel files to sd card but and if you click on the disired file it will comeup with 3 options copy move or delete so you can copy any channel you like .

  4. February 15, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    I’m going to out on a limb and say that the SD card is pretty much pointless. Besides the picture things I don’t know if I’d ever use it.

  5. March 2, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    You can put the movie on the SD card and use wii to watch it. That’s another way to use the SD card. 🙂

  6. jt
    March 6, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    I’m going to out on a limb and say that the SD card is pretty much pointless

    Also playing your own music in games like excite truck.

  7. guy
    March 11, 2007 at 8:03 am

    how do you download demos

  8. guy
    March 11, 2007 at 8:05 am

    what is the higest memory card for wii

  9. Gil
    March 12, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Demos are not available at this moment but I’m sure that Nintendo is working on that.

    I have only seen Official Nintendo Wii memory cards available in one memory size = 1gig. I’m sure that if you used a third party 2gig SD card it would recognize the amount of memory. I have not tested a larger memory card so I really can’t guarantee that it would work.

  10. dvb
    October 30, 2007 at 10:49 am

    I just purchased a 2gb SD card under the assumption that I could seemlessly use it as an additional hard drive for my wii…..
    I was sorely mistaken 😦

    Dear Nintendo,

    Please make channels playable off my SD card!!!

    Your’s eternally

  11. Gil
    October 30, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Yes I was truly upset by this as well. Fortunately I already had a spare SD card to test with so I didn’t go out and buy one for the console. I’m surprised that after a year, Nintendo hasn’t created a software patch to enable us to use the card as another drive. Makes no sense.

  12. wow
    December 27, 2007 at 2:41 am

    well, i just bought a wii with a 2G SD card and now i hear that a SD card wont hold my extra files!!! well……NINTENDO please change this!!

  13. Gil
    December 27, 2007 at 4:19 am

    I hear ya. It makes no sense to me why there’s even is an SD slot.

  14. Streak
    September 18, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Well, if you delete a VC game, you can easily redownload it from the Shop, for free.
    If anything, it’s less hassle than SD card to computer and then back again.

  15. Scott
    March 2, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I also think this is completely stupid.

    *1 more concerned wii owner*

  16. caz
    August 5, 2009 at 5:34 am

    if your pc has a sd slot you can just save the bin.aka vc channel files to your pc then transfer them back to your sd thats wat im doin

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