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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 Samus on 1/27/2007 10:53:06 AM , Rating: -1
The games are overpriced and cheap/easy to make, considering the hardware is nearly identical to a gamecube the the SDK IS IDENTICAL except for controller and IO mapping.

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.

$250 for the hardware. Right...$250 gamecube. Rip off.

After I am done forking over $500 to nintendo for 6 year old technology, where's the money for the $50 overpriced crappy looking games. Why am I paying $50 for farcry when its $20 on XBOX and looks three times better. Right...the controller. Thats it.

I will pirate the hell out of all my Wii games and get this modchip because the games are just too damn expensive.


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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...
<sarcasm>
Oh the price gouging bastards!
</sarcasm>


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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
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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.

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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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