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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: Sad news....
By Locutus465 on 5/6/2008 11:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps they want to tie it to that specific consle?? If you ask me that's getting into the realm of ridiculas... So who cares if you download a bunch of games to VC card then either gift that card to a friend or let them borrow it... Hey guess what, wii shop already lets you gift VC downloads anyway :P, The only think you can do is lend one out, frankly that's not going to hurt sales much.

RE: Sad news....
By Etsp on 5/6/2008 11:34:43 AM , Rating: 2
it IS tied to a specific console. Physically moving the games from the internal flash to the SD card is something I do all the time. However, should I try to put that SD card into another Wii, copy it to that Wii's internal flash, and try to play it, it won't play. At least, that's from what I hear, I've never actually tried it on another Wii myself...

I also wish I could play the games straight from the SD card.

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