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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 bigpimpatl on 1/27/2007 9:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
for all you people out there that complain about pirates and such, you should know that the modchip requires you to open your wii and solder the chip on. I don't know too many people with wiis who would risk voiding their warranty and possibly damaging the wii motherboard in the process. You really have to go the extra mile to put the modchip on. And don't think that just because you think it's easy to solder on a few wires that it would be just as easy for someone who is not familiar or is non technical when it comes to these things.

SUMMARY: The people who mod their Wiis are such a small, minuscule minority that it has absolutely no effect whatsoever on any kind of video game sales and such.

RE: Listen...
By clayclws on 1/27/2007 10:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
In my country, every console out there has already been implanted with these modchips...sans the new ones of course. But they will in due time. Every console sold here are capable of playing backup/pirated games from the moment you purchase it. They don't really care about the warranty...the console will work :)

RE: Listen...
By clayclws on 1/27/2007 10:13:30 PM , Rating: 2
When I said new ones, they mean the Wii & PS3. Xbox360 is already in the transistion. Every new/first-hand PS1, PS2, GC, Xbox, etc. that you can buy here are already implanted with modchips.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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