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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 inperfectdarkness on 5/6/2008 6:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
i personally don't have a problem with the virtua console. yes, portability with SD would be nice...but then it becomes impossible to keep cloned copies from being dispersed. besides, with a nintendo.com account; your purchases are permenently logged in their server. so if you ever upgrade, swap out, etc...they know you've already bought and paid for said games.

no you can't input games from an SD card. i had my wii sent in for warranty work--and it required customer service to replace my wii points so that i could re-download the games. only your game SAVES can be put on an SD card--iirc.

geez, ppl. with ps3 games selling for $60, why do people feel the need to pirate games which all cost $10 or less? seriously, if there's ANYTHING to be upset with nintendo about--it's that they don't release these games fast enough on virtua console.

nuff said.


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