Official Nintendo USB Memory Ain't Cheap

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So Nintendo is releasing an official USB memory drive for the Wii so players can enjoy Dragon Quest X. It's...not cheap.

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If you order the 16GB flash drive directly from Nintendo, it will set you back ¥3,150 or US$40. For comparison's sake, you can get 16GB memory via Amazon Japan for about ¥1,000 or $13 (Sony 16GB drives are around ¥2,780 or $36).

For gamers who are shopping around, there's also a Dragon Quest X branded flash drive from Hori that costs around US$25. It comes with an in-game shirt.

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Nintendo doesn't recommend players using this drive with anything but their Wii (probably due to piracy fears). Exclusivity doesn't come cheap and neither does Nintendo branding.

Wii USBメモリー [RVL-035] [Nintendo]

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gamernahalfshell
Gamer in a half shell

leave it to brian to find reasons to complain about Nintendo and inflated usb prices but not colored sugar water. Coming from someone who praises apple, i find it hypocritical.

and "Nintendo doesn't recommend players using this drive with anything but their Wii (probably due to piracy fears)" or because its formatted to work only with the game once the file is created, and they dont want people erasing and ruing their saves...