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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 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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