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Nintendo DLC now pirate booty

Even the current generation of consoles is not immune to piracy. The Wii especially is a big target for pirates, thanks to a large user base.

Just months after the launch of the Wii in November 2006, crafty developers had created a modchip that allows the console to run bootleg game copies. Nintendo responded by making its hardware more difficult to interface with modifications, though not impossible.

Up to this point, however, most piracy occurred on the physical media level. Pirates would create near-duplicates of retail discs.

The latest development is now in digital downloads. Last month, the console hacking community successfully extracted Wii Virtual Console titles. Through the use of a special WAD packer that would make the Virtual Console download installable on a Wii that did not originally purchase the title.

The ability to rip and install Virtual Console titles led to the latest effort this month to bring WiiWare titles onto unauthorized Wiis. Thus far, only a couple of WiiWare titles from Japan (a ping pong game and Pokemon game) have been ripped and released on the Internet.

With the use of a patching tool, the Japanese WiiWare titles are made playable on North American Wii consoles.

While it’s safe to say that most of the recent Wii hacking will lead to piracy of paid downloads, a segment of console modders will put their efforts towards homebrew applications. In fact, modders have posted a YouTube video showing off an early version of a homebrew channel that could run applications such as ScummVM.

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RE: A Shame
By Locutus465 on 5/6/2008 10:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if that's quite good enough... Frankly, not paying for something you need to pay for, i.e. going to a download site and downloading WiiWare with out paying for it also needs to be just as illegal. What you describe is basically shop lifting should only be illegal if you turn around and sell your stolen goods. Problem is the store you're shoplifting from loses either way, so why should it only be illegal if the theif is trying to profit from the theft?

RE: A Shame
By robinthakur on 5/7/2008 7:10:44 AM , Rating: 2
Traditionally law enforcement has only gone after pirates when they try to make profit out of said warez. The alternative to this is to go after end users, which while arguably far more effective is not really logistically possible without criminalising the majority of the population. I don't think that piracy of digital content can be considered the same as shop-lifting. It is at the same time not as serious (in the cconventional sense) and also far more serious in terms of loss of revenue. Despite the general sentiment on here against piracy, the real-world numbers would paint a different story

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