cmk8 wrote:"In the future?" - I don't get what the problem is, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there could program it so all VC games would play on the Gamepad
The Wii U plays Wii software in 'Wii mode', just like how the 3DS plays all DSi and DS software in 'DSi Mode'. Wii doesn't (and never will) support the Game Pad, therefore why should Wii software running on Wii U support the Game Pad when Game Pad support on Wii doesn't exist?
Seeing as all Virtual Console titles are apps (formerly channels by Wii's own nomenclature), they can easily migrate the entire Wii Virtual Console library over and add Game Pad support via a free update. Basic support is better than no support. Just remember this won't happen for WiiWare and actual Wii software, otherwise they might as well just be Wii U software.
barrybarryk wrote:Windows does support GPT disks with partitions bigger than 2TB, as do most OS's, but as I said the vast majority of PCs wont boot off one because it's still an old BIOS limitation
Sure, but I'm talking about an external data disk on an embedded system, not an internal disk in a PC.
As of 2010 most current operating systems support GPT, although some (including Mac OSX and Windows) only support booting to GPT partitions on systems with EFI firmware, hence why you can't boot Windows from a 3TB disk without the EFI firmware update. You can apply the same GPT logic to a Wii U firmware update, but once again, it's due to software, not hardware, and because the Wii U is an embedded system, it can easily be updated. That's the crux of the argument.
I could plug in an external 3TB data disk into my PC and Windows will happily read it as a data disk. If I plug that same disk into my Wii U, it only reads 2TB due to its firmware. The 3TB data disk is still 3TB in capacity, it hasn't magically lost 1TB (ala the 4GB RAM issue on 32-bit OS's, only 3GB is seen)! If Nintendo update the firmware to fix this issue in the future, problem solved. Also, if 2TB was the actual hardware limit, there wouldn't be a market for 3TB+ drives (which you can buy at any self-respecting computer hardware store).
You clearly know your stuff, you just overlooked a simple fallacy. Great to have the debate though. ^^