USB Ports on Wii?

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  1. j26 macrumors 65832

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    Anyone know what they're for?

    I've been doing a little research on the Wii and the 360 to see which would suit me best (Wii is a clear winner so far for me), and I see these 2 usb ports on the back of the Wii, but no info what they're for. I presume a keyboard and mouse for internet use, but could it be used for flash drives or even possibly an external hd?

    Anyone?
     
  2. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Nothing but speculation so far. It's possible you could use a keyboard and mouse, whether or not Nintendo add support is another matter (though with that Wii Linux thing will probably have keyboard support, it's even possible it could connect to a BlueTooth keyboard). External HDD support too? Nintendo don't have their own memory cards this time round so it wouldn't harm them to release an update to support external drives.

    I think the LAN adapter uses 1 USB port.
     
  3. zap2 macrumors 604

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    For now, they do nothing...however Nintendo has called about being able to save to externel harddrive and/or memory sticks.


    I think that this would be a GREAT idea, as most people have either a flash drive, hard drive or SD card.


    Edit-And Ethernet add on
     
  4. j26 thread starter macrumors 65832

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    That Wii Linux sounds interesting. It'd be nice to be able to stack my movies on a hd and play them through the Wii. I don't have a dvd player attached to the tv where I'll be using it, and don't really fancy lugging one from room to room every time I fancy watching a dvd in the other room (I use the MacBook or iPod at present).


    Edit: Now to try to get my hands on one of the shagging things.
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    Uses for the Wii's USB Ports:
    1) Wired LAN Adapter
    2) External HD
    3) USB Controllers
    --- Apparently, you can buy USB to NES or SNES controller adapters for Classic Games.
    4) Anything that uses USB for charging
    --- iPod
    --- Cell Phone
    --- Nintendo DS

    TEG
     
  6. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Probably a coincidence, but I plugged a mouse into my Wii after reading this topic, started clicking away in Opera and it froze. :)

    <]=)
     
  7. subwarm macrumors member

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    You lost me here, where is the USB port on my Nintendo DS and how did I not notice it before?
     
  8. Dagless macrumors Core

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    You can get DS-USB chargers, just like certain phones and iPods. plugs into the power port on the DS and USB on the computer/plug socket.
     
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    Do you know where I can pick one up for the DS by any chance?
     
  10. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Have a look on eBay loads available dirt cheap,

    ShadoW
     
  11. kaylee macrumors regular

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    Or somewhere like play-asia ( DS Lite USB Charge Cable or DS / GBA SP USB Charge Cable ), or even in a physical store like EB (I have occasionally seen them in local EB stores)
     
  12. JD92 macrumors 6502a

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    I used my Wii to charge my iPod the other day.

    I noticed that the iPod indicated that it had been mounted, so I think it would be more than reasonable to assume that a hard drive could be on the way. Hopefully a hard drive would be better than the SD Cards, which have very limited support in the current firmware.
     

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