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A chip to allow Wii to play backups will soon be released

With successful launches of Wii worldwide, console hackers from all over have had the opportunity break open Nintendo’s console. It’s taken only a couple of months, but creators of a “Wiinja” modchip claim that its coded IC is able to bypass the copy protection on the Wii.

As described on Emuboards, the first Wii modchip will allow direct booting of backup games of the same native region as the console. That is, a North American Wii will only be able to run software intended for North America.

The modchip is reminiscent of hardware mods from the days of the original PlayStation, requiring five wires to be soldered directly onto the Wii’s motherboard. It should go without saying that the console must first be dismantled and that the entire process would completely and utterly void the warranty.

As proof of the modchip’s operation, the developers have posted a couple videos on YouTube, demonstrating a Wii loading games burned onto recordable DVD media. A method to backup Wii games was revealed earlier this month, though the process of creating a disc image could take in the neighborhood of about fifty hours.



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By Furen on 1/27/2007 8:13:58 AM , Rating: 0
I hope we don't see a repeat of the Dreamcast with the Wii. This is significantly harder but the technology should also be a whole lot more accessible to people due to the massive internet penetration nowadays. Then again, the more crowd Nintendo is trying to woo into buying its system is not the heavy modder, extremely technical crowd.




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By Rockjock51 on 1/27/2007 5:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
The problem with the Dreamcast had a lot more to it than just piracy. I agree that piracy was a big part of it, but there has been a mod chip for just about every console since the PlayStation. The Wii has no more to worry about than the 360 or the PS3, or the PS2 and original XBox for that matter. The Dreamcast didn't need any kind of chip at all. You could just burn ripped games from the internet straight to a standard CD and viola, you're playing.


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