WODE still worth it?
Crediar just released a DI module for SNEEK so now SNEEK can even do what WODE and SunDriver were able to do. Now you can load GC and Wii ISO's from an HDD and use the Wii Menu to launch them. I was considering buying a WODE and was gathering the money to do so, but is there still a reason to do so after this new softmod development? I was looking forward to the drive emulation but it seems like even that's possible without hardmods...
Well SNEEK is still coming along. We'll see where it goes, but it does have a lot of potential right now. Given the increased level of competency in each new homebrew app generation, eventually there won't be much left on the Wii console that isn't hacked/able.
WODE's nice because you've got a one-time install process and you don't have to manually manipulate the system files. You can safely update without cause when N releases new firmware, and utilizing the whole package a very simple process. It's a privilege at a premium, and it works quite well from the reports I've read.
Either way, it's ultimately your decision: Do whatever suits your needs most and you're willing to hold/shell out for.
The money isn't the problem, it's the fact that WODE seems to be getting defunct rather fast, I was quite amazed when SNEEK implemented Drive emulation and released it so fast after giantpune released his DI emulation source code.
Originally Posted by Ithian
And I have the old boot2, so SNEEK seems so much easier to install compared to WODE, all I had to do with SNEEK was have a NAND dump and bootmii/boot2. And as I recall SNEEK doesn't touch or manipulate any system files, the only thing I have to touch on my Wii is boot2. I've seen WODE's installation, seems like it takes quite some work (of course, it's nothing like soldering though!). Though I do find something cool about an external menu and being able to mod the Wii's DVD-drive physically, there's always the awesomeness value of WODE, which other modchips tend to lack.
I'm quite unsure at this point. The one reason I might be getting a WODE is because my SD card slot is broken (doh!), but from what I've read I can spend $20 to replace it, $100 for a used Wii with the boot2 exploit, or $120 for a WODE. Is there anything that the WODE has exclusively? Can it play region-free games on 4.2? I'm assuming it can play GC backups from a USB, and as of now I don't think SNEEK is able to do that, but aside from that, what does it have against SNEEK?
It can play region-free on whatever firmware, and GC USB loading is one of its biggest features (and so far the only method capable of doing so).
From what I've seen in their sales tactics, WODE seems to be targeted primarily for the user base who wants the most gaming experience for the least amount of modification to the system. You've seen the install process I gather, really it's just a matter of taking things apart, plugging something in, and putting it all back together. For users who don't want to run any softmods on the system at all, and they are out there, modchips are an easy-peezy alternative that will get the job done, and WODE is a really strong contender in that area. Plus its ability to have the firmware flashed and updated is pretty convenient.
For me if I get a WODE eventually, it'll mostly be for the novelty of having one. Ironically I don't use the Wii for gaming very much but appreciate the different methods that exist for modifying it. It's a cool product, if expensive.
On a side note, maybe look into the newer models that are coming out. I think at least the mini version is supposed to run a bit cheaper.
The big thing about the WODE is the fact that there is no change to the Wii firmware at all.
That means you do not have to worry about Nintendo updates.
Sure you can play both gamecube and Wii games via a USB hard drive.
Sure you can rip your original Wii discs directly to the hard drive - the public release of this feature is in the next few days. The beta testing phase is now over thankfully and normal sleeping patters can resume. And by the way the ripping from the WODE is much quicker than my poor old LG drive can do.
But WODE is not just about the Wii.
The thing you have to keep in mind is that the WODE as it first was presented - a means to play Wii and GameCube games from a HDD is just the starting point. I have been privy to what the future of WODE will become and it is more than just a Wii gaming platform. So much more.
At the end of the day it is up to each individual to decide what they want and what they can afford. Personally I am completely sold on the WODE and what all it can do. Heck I have two so you could say I have put my money where my mouth is. For my needs it is worth it. No risk, family friendly (two kids 4 and 6) and upgradable as new feature as added. Can I really ask for more?
But all of that can be done currently without WODE. The two selling points it still has to me is novelty and GC disc loading. Updates have never been a problem, those can be blocked. I really can't think of anything else that actually can be implemented for both modchips and softmods. I think the Wii is nearing it's freedom as far as modding goes. All that we need is the ability to boot a completely new OS or menu (not Linux, that's been done), everything else has been done. =]
at the moment there is no way of play GC games from a USB with softmodding alone (some speculation aboutsneek but that needs to be confirmed). WODE and Sundriver will. Not everybody enjoys loading ioses and cioses and patched iso's to get there games going and not everybody has the brains to do it either. WODE is easy, you buy it, get someone who knows what they are doing to install it and play.
Just so you guys know since WODE is built on Linux based code there is always the possibility of porting programs to run on it like Bittorrent. ;)
WODE is not for everyone mate. Some folks like to tinker and mess with their toys, hell I am like that with my XBOX. WODE is a simple way to play games via a HDD for the majority of users.
Originally Posted by untzuntz
Enjoy your playing around with CIOS and stuff. I am off to play some Wii.
This sounds really interesting...what do you guys think I should do regarding playing GC backups off a USB/SD card with a limited edition black Wii as my DVD drive is basically useless for hacks? Should I simply wait for more developments on SNEEK?
Thanks for any replies.