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    Questions regarding using a european black Wii in the Americas

    Hi,

    I have already read a lot of information, however, most of what one can read requires a little "hands-on" with the console, and plenty of terminology I am trying to get used to.

    I'm currently assigned to work in Europe, and have my wife with me, so she asked me to buy her a Wii to have something else to spend some time. In the near future we may be going back home to Latin America, so the console is likely to come with us.

    Console is 4.3e.

    My concerns in regards to video output are somehow cleared, since I see european models can be configured to output 480i or 576i, so al I need is to buy a new AC/DC adapter to handle 110-120V @60Hz we have at my home country.

    Now, my real concerns. I have friends and relatives with games I can borrow, but of course they are NTSC based.

    Am I stucked to get european releases or can I get american games as well?

    Are there any issues in video output if one is able to play a NTSC game in a PAL console connected to a NTSC display?

    If I can overcome all these issues, what are the basic guidelines I need to follow?
    Is it enough following mauifrog's 4.3 softmodding tutorial?

    Thanks in advance, I know I will need further help in the future.
    Cheers!

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    After softmodding a Wii, you can always play out-of-region games using NeoGamma, or using a Priiloader hack.
    The video signal can easily be adjusted and changed, so no worries there. Just set the Wii to run at 480i 60Hz, and all games should run fine. If you don't like the 480i 60Hz signal (too much colour, jumpy, blurry etc.), you can always buy a Component Cable if your TV supports it, and run every game in 480p 60Hz.

    To softmod the Wii, just follow one of mauifrog's softmod guides.

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I got a couple of additional questions. I've read that the DVD drive that came with my unit will only read genuine discs. After the mod, will it read back-up's?

    Finally, if I were to play, say, a genuine NTSC disc, do I need to load it from these applications you pointed? Or is it just as simple as inserting the disc and the loading is done by itself?

    One more thing, since I'm currently based in Europe, what hard-modding website suits me the best? I think I may go for the hard-modding way since I'm not able to find the games I need (Lego Indiana Jones or Yu-Gi-Oh) here in Portugal. And prices online are insane.

    Thanks!

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    Alright, I have read already so many things I start mixing things up, every now and then. So here are my findings (and let everybody know I'm not lazy and I do my homework on searching this forum). My Wii won't read backups disc, unless I change the PCB board that control the DVD drive. Or at least this is what I understood at modchip-depot.com

    I got to understand why those games are so expensive, and so difficult to purchase even pre-owned.

    So, my question now would be, if I replace my PCB board, do I still need the genuine games to install the Homebrew Channel?.
    Or, better to hard-mod on top of the replacement board?

    There is no bump intented, just posting my new findings.

    My goal is to have the Wii being able to play genuine and backup discs, both NTSC and PAL formats. I know most of you here consider that loading from USB is better and faster (I agree), but the Wii is my wife's unit, so I want her to load games as simple as inserting the disc she wants, like the it is out-of-the-box.

    Thanks.

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    Finally I found a brand new, genuine copy of Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (PAL), on that UK site, sell is due today, so if some of you are interested, you might want to check. I just bought it ten minutes ago and another 8 guys did the same within those 10 minutes. Not an auction, and not an insane price like others are asking (for used discs). I'm sure I will come in a while with questions.

    Sorry to the mods if I broke a rule here, I'm just excited I found the "tool" the way to softmod my console!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omarcio View Post
    Finally I found a brand new, genuine copy of Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (PAL), on that UK site, sell is due today, so if some of you are interested, you might want to check. I just bought it ten minutes ago and another 8 guys did the same within those 10 minutes. Not an auction, and not an insane price like others are asking (for used discs). I'm sure I will come in a while with questions.
    Thanks for the post!
    Can I just ask where you bought the game and how much it cost (including post)?

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