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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 AppaYipYip on 1/27/2007 8:53:53 AM , Rating: -1
I fail to see why anyone would want to do this. I guess the world is full of extremely cheap individuals who enjoy ripping people off. If you can't afford the games, then don't buy a Wii in the first place.

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By KaiserCSS on 1/27/2007 9:14:04 AM , Rating: 3
Read: A chip to allow Wii to play backups will soon be released.

That doesn't necessarily mean only pirates will use this modchip. I might look into this, as I've already scratched a couple Wii games (darn slot-loading).

Anyway, it's just so damn fun to tinker with new toys and see what you can do with 'em. That's the aim of most console hackers anyway (I hope): learn what you can do with a console to either make something new out of it or boost some sort of capability (such as a larger hard drive for the 360 or being able to run Linux on the Xbox.)

But of course, there are always going to be those select few morons who will pirate games. That's unavoidable. But the blame doesn't rest on the modder's shoulders, it lies on the pirate's.

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By Furen on 1/27/2007 9:25:43 AM , Rating: 1
Hah, that's like saying that the people who used Napster back before it got screwed over used it to download only that music for backup purposes only. People who thinker with machines in the ways you describe are a very small minority, the same with people who plan on making legitimate backups.

I do think it's harsh to penalize this minority for the actions of those who are just too cheap to buy the games but let's be realistic about the real target audience for these kinds of products.

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By Tanclearas on 1/27/2007 10:03:00 AM , Rating: 5
I don't mind that the manufacturers implement copy protection. However, I believe they should be forced by law to provide replacement disks (at cost of disk only) should someone provide a damaged one.

One disk of my Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Saturn was damaged, and Sega's response was basically, "Oh well". The game still goes for over $100 used.

I am very careful with my disks, but stuff can still happen. If a manufacturer prevents me from making legitimate backups (something that I am legally entitled to do), then it should be the manufacturer's legal responsibility to provide replacement disks.

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By MultiCore on 1/28/2007 12:08:48 AM , Rating: 2
You're spot on man.

I love the idea of mandatory replacement disks...I need my Panzer Dragoon Orta disc replaced.


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By CrazyBernie on 1/27/2007 4:36:23 PM , Rating: 3
Oh COME NOW, we all know that if you're modifying something to work outside its original purposes, then CLEARLY you are an EVIL person and must be PUNISHED! May the gods of the RIAA, MPAA, and all other organizations that care nothing for their customers and everything for their profit margins STRIKE YOU DOWN!!! <insert crazed, maniacal laughter here>

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By MrSmurf on 1/28/2007 12:00:16 AM , Rating: 1
"Read: A chip to allow Wii to play backups will soon be released.

That doesn't necessarily mean only pirates will use this modchip."

Don't be stupid. People just say "backup" because they think it makes what they're doing legal by placing the blame of people who abuse they 'gift' to the .000001% of the people who use it to backup their games.

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By Samus on 1/27/07, Rating: -1
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By SixDixonCider on 1/27/2007 11:56:11 AM , Rating: 4
Dude, Nintendo is aiming to be innovative. If you're going to cry about the Wii, don't buy it. I myself, will invest heavily into Nintendo's products for the Wii. My money goes to support creative companies.
$50 dollars is not alot of money. I understand that not everyone's income is the same, so if I were you, I'd do my homework, and read reviews. See what other people are saying about the crappy/good games, or go rent it. Pirating games is terrible because programmers/engineers need to feed their families just as much as the man who flips your patties, washes your car, dry cleans your clothes.

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By dagamer34 on 1/27/2007 12:13:45 PM , Rating: 4
Im sorry, the shear fact that the probably spend a lot of money on R&D to pay people to design the Wii just doesn't seem to hit home in your head.

Cost of materials != Cost we pay.

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By cochy on 1/27/2007 2:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well one thing I might agree with this poster is that the Wii controllers do seem over-priced (all console controllers are) but the wii especially since you need to buy the wiimote separately from the nanchuck. Why not bundle them at least?

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By Belegost on 1/27/2007 9:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
So I took a look at pricing on console controllers:

X360 wireless controller - 49.99
PS3 SIXAXIS controller - 49.99
Wii Remote - 39.99
Wii Nunchuk - 19.99

So, an extra 10 dollars...
Oh the price gouging bastards!

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By CrazyBernie on 1/27/07, Rating: -1
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By slacker57 on 1/29/2007 1:14:05 PM , Rating: 2
Why am I paying $50 for farcry when its $20 on XBOX and looks three times better.

Um, if you were a person of any intelligence you wouldn't be. You'd be spending that money on Zelda or the upcoming Mario and Metroid games and games that are actually designed around the concept of the new controller. If the Wii is what finally brought 4-year-old games like Farcry to your attention, it's hard to imagine that there's an electrical outlet to plug your Wii into in the cave you live in.

The hardware is grossly overpriced. $64.96 for a controller near me (wiimote, nunchuk, tax) and ideally you need 4 of these. So $250+ in controllers alone.

Ideally, you need 4 controllers to play a single-player FPS game?

Although, on some level, I agree that the pricing of the controllers is a bit off. It's nice to get one free with the box, but if you plan on doing anything multiplayer, you're going to have to shell out more than you would for a game. I don't understand why they can't package the nunchuk in with a wiimote. Are 2 buttons and an analog stick really worth 20 bucks?

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