questions about wii u modding
Before asking the questions, i'd like to say that i have never owned a wii or a wii u and have no previous knowledge
about modding these consoles
1. Can i emulate and play games on the following consoles after modding?:
NES, SNES, N64, GAMECUBE, GAMEBOY, GAMEBOY COLOR, GAMEBOY ADVANCE, NINTENDO DS.
Which ones can i play? Which ones i can not?
2. If i indeed can emulate the consoles above, which controllers can i use that have all the necesarry buttons and easy access to them? can i use the wii u gamepad?
It doesn't look very comfortable or even possible to play those with the wii remotes
3. If i can emulate nintendo ds, can i use the wii u gamepad as the bottom screen of the ds and my tv screen as the top screen?
4. Can i mod all the wii u versions of the software?
If not, will i be able to downgrade my version to get the correct one?
or upgrading to the correct version without upgrading to the latest?
Final question that has nothing to do with modding:
If i buy the basic version of the wii u, will i be stuck with 8 GB or will i be able to expand my memory using an sdcard or something like that?
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1) there are emulators for all of those but Nintendo DS is extremely slow and thus not worth it. N64 is also slow but for that it really depends on the game. There's a good amount of N64 games that play quite well.
2) the ONLY way on the Wii U is to use a WiiMote + Classic Controller. If you have a adapter that plugs a GC controller to a WiiMotes CC port that should work too. You cannot use the GamePad and the only "emulator" that can use the Wii U ProCon (so far) is Devolution which USB loads your GameCube games.
3) Answer 1 pretty much explains this, emulating DS (on Wii/Wii U) is not worth the time. But, even if it did work perfectly, no. The Wii U mode is not hacked yet, only vWii so the Wii U GamePad cannot be used for Wii Homebrew. As mentioned in the previous answer, the Wii U ProCon is the only exception and can only be used with Devolution.
4) The Wii U mode is not hacked yet. There is absolutely no way at this moment to downgrade. The only option for changing your firmware is the official method built into the system settings. You cannot select which version to get, you'll always get the latest one.
Final) yes, if you buy the 8gb model and find it's space is insufficient you can supplement it with a SD card and/or a externally powered USB hard drive.
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Thank you for your answer.
Originally Posted by SNES_Master
Does it require a GC compatible wii like the devolution does?
If it does, do you think that once the softmod for the wii u to play wii u backups comes out, we will be able to run GC backups with just the wii u?
Same about n64 and ds, do you think that once the softmod for wii u comes out, we will be able run n64 and ds backups better?
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It's a new loader that he's working on (I think he also did the Dios Mios development) that allows the use of any HID compatible wireless controller (PS3 controllers included) to pair with the system and let you run GameCube games on it. If it's what I'm thinking of, it will work on Wii and vWii (the video you linked was his showing it off on vWii). As of a month ago, he has no release date (based on the comments in the video).
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My advice would be to get a used wii if you want it for homebrew and emulation, the older models are the best because they have gamecube support and getting one with boot2 access is best. It gives the best brick protection. Also only these older wiis will be able play backup copies from disc, newer ones and WiiU will not do this. Wii U hacking of the vwii mode is more limited and has no brick protection and some unknows (nintendo updates). The Wii is not going to be getting nintendo updates and the homebrew scene for it is very mature and still in development in many areas.
I agree that DS emulation on Wii is not worth it. The DS is fully hacked though flashcarts and they are pretty cheap.
Also for N64 emulation on the Wii many N64 games are officially sold through the online store, for these titles you don't need to worry about dumping roms and emulator performance. I can't recall how much they charge but it is less than $10 and I have gotten a couple of N64 games free through club nintendos rewards program.
You can get a used wii for probably around $60-$80 and DS for maybe $50 and a flash cart for around $15. A Wii U is going to cost much more than that and there are not too many great Wii U games out yet and by the time those games start coming out the Wii U will be cheaper. The Wii and the DS would give you such a huge amount of games to play you could be busy for years.
Also regarding the final question be aware if you expand your WiiU storage that device will have to be dedicated to the Wii U. It will format it entirely and not be usable by anything else. That means if you want to use a hard drive for your vWii you can not use the same one. Also I believe SNES Master is incorrect about the SD card, I do not think the Wii U supports it (unless your plugging it in to usb). The Wii U has an SD card slot but it is only used by the vWii and not in Wii U mode.
Wii U hacking is just a dream at this point, there is an anounced ODE that has not been released so possibly their could be something in the future but no one knows (3DS still isn't even hacked). The Wii and DS however are hacked to pieces.....having never owned an Xbox I would say the Wii is best console for hacking ever.
Last edited by blaisedinsd; 08-07-2013 at 10:25 AM.