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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 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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