Coming back to the hacked wii
I have decided to dust off my Wii for my wife and I to start kicking each other's ass in Mario Kart Wii/64 and a few other games. As well as get ready to play kids games with my son. I also would like to try my hand at backing up my games to an external and playing them instead of having to change out discs.
First and foremost, my Wii was hacked a while ago (couple years)
I am currently on 4.1u and I did so by using the Super Smash Brother Brawl disc hack.
With that said, I have not touched my Wii in a while to use as a gaming console. It was mainly for Netflix/Hulu until I got my PS3.
Here is my plan and what I would like to do with the Wii long-term
- Play games almost exclusively from an external drive - includes Wii Games, GC games, Roms, Homebrew games etc
- Backup currently owned games and friends owned games to said hard drive.
- Play downloaded games
- Play emulators
- Play legitimate games bought and downloaded from the Wii Store
Here are some questions that I had
- I understand that a "scrubbed" game is a game that has be "scrubbed" of garbage data that was intended to fill a Wii disc. Can you play a "scrubbed" Wii game from an external or does the game have to be in an ISO or disc image format to play?
- Is there anyway to compress game size to save space on the external without the loss of game integrity or having game-play issues.
- I understand that there are USB loaders out there, dozens and as with most software only a select few are worth mentioning. Is there a one-all-be-all USB loader that will accomplish everything that I require or will I need multiple? Is having multiple installed going to create issues in the future?
- Can all of this be accomplished with the current 4.1u software I have installed?
- Is it possible to replace the internal hard drive with say a 2TB hard drive? Is there any benefit from replacing with a SSD if possible?
- I have a 3TB external plugged into my router, is there a way to store games on this external and reach it from the Wii via Ethernet/USB adapter or is an external required to be plugged into the Wii directly?
- I have not yet bought an external pending some of the answers to my questions about, particularly about scrubbed Wii games, but is there a brand that works better than others (I prefer WD over anything), is there size limitations to the drive, does it need to have an AC adapter or can it be powered via USB, with the PS3 the drive had to be formatted and folders in particular order otherwise it would not read correctly, is the same with the Wii?
Sorry for the long list of questions.
I appreciate any help given. Thanks much