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    Softmod vs Hardmod what is right for you

    Hello All,
    I'm new to this site and have read a good deal. First off thank you to the members and staff here you all seem very willing to help.

    Now I'm not just lazily posting my question of hard mod vs soft mod but i need some expert opinions. I've read a couple posts similar and replies are usually as follows
    -Best is hard and soft
    -soft requires a little more maintenence and you have to follow updating instructions closely
    -whichever suits your needs better.

    Well for those of us who could care less about playing movies from our Wiis and all we want to do is play games backed up which is better (if there is one)

    All i want to do is play games (the new super mario bros, mario kart, etc) ive backed up (whether its on sd or usb hd) on my wii. I'd rather not burn them to dvd discs on my comp and then play.

    So in short i guess my question is this. What is the best way to play backed up games in the best quality (not deal with the lagging of 3x) a good hard or soft and WHY. Ideally I want to be able to put my backed up iso's on an sd or usb hard drive and play them (unsre if its possible to get around lagging without hard mod). It seems if i had to hardmod alot of you prefer the d2sun drive ( no problem shelling out 60-70 bucks for a hard mod if its the way to go)


    Thank you all in advance i've done a lot of reading up on the forums (and now on rules and agreements) but still can not form a solid opinion. FYI my wii has a us version 3.2 firmware on it.

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    You can softmod and use a USB HD, which is $0 free for the one and whatever a 1gb USB HD that's compatible would cost (my 500gb WD was like $70 right before X-mas). It'll load faster than even 6x pressed discs will on your Wii. Dogegg's guide for 3.1-4.1 Wiis directly supports SM3.2 as-is (Step 3, you'd only need to do 3D; 3A-C doesn't apply to a 3.2 Wii). BootMii installed as boot2 with a NAND backup pretty much will make you all but bullet-proof for any brick that may happen. Installation of Priiloader helps not to cause bricks. There is a maintenance factor, to be sure (but not much).

    Hardmods are OK --- the one you mention or WODE perform well enough. They're virtually maintenance-free, but costlier all things considered. Apparently WODE will even play out of region should you end up on the wrong side of a System Update (or so Modderman informed me; this before 4.3, IDK if that still applies in such a case).

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    Great info. So it seems the hardmods advantage is upkeep. I'm going to attempt the softmod in dogeggs guide and install the correct applications youve mentioned to prevent a permenant brick. If i become fed up and lets say i go with the d2sun or wode, is it as simple as plug and play (no solder or researching installs)? Also if i softmod will i still be able to play say smash bros from my disc or strictly from the backup?
    Last edited by ganjafarmer; 08-18-2010 at 08:55 PM.

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