I'm spoiled by being able to back up all of my save/game data on my PS3, PC, Vita etc, so I'm a little concerned that there isn't a straight up "back up all the things" option in the Wii U settings. I've heard some icky backup suggestions like manually copying files.

However, since you can move games/their saves over 100% to an external source (which I should then be able to back up), it seems like if all my game/save content is on an external device I should be able to back up that device and keep all my content, right?

So if all my content is on an external drive can I really back it up? Can anything but the Wii U read Wii U formatted external media (it'd probably be an HDD)? If I "restore" the external drive's contents can my Wii U still read the restored contents? And...least likely, if something happens to my Wii U, will I be able to use my external drive's content in any way on a new Wii U system?

  • Nintendo is under development of a cloud storage which will (at this moment) come out on 2015-16. But until then, you cannot back-up your games and saves. Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 4:36

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I think the general answer to all your questions is “no”.

See more info on Gamefaqs.

Since the backup only makes full games & saves copy, you won't be allowed to read it on another Wii U without doing an account transfer from your Wii U to the another one.

As a Nintendo & tech enthusiast, that's something I hope they will evolve on. I think we can hope announcements between E3 2015 (june) and E3 2016 (june).

In between, you won't be able to isolate saves.

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