Any downsides to upgrading from Wii to Wii U?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by Kal82, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Kal82
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    Hi All,

    Currently got a Wii with HBC and a USB loader for backups. Interested in using game mods also for stuff like custom tracks on Mario Kart, although I've not looked into it properly yet.

    I've just seen a great deal on a Wii U though, and from what I understand all firmware versions are currently hackable, so I was tempted to upgrade. Main reasons being: a few Wii U games I'd like to play, HDMI, 1080p, slight visual improvement to original Wii games.

    Are there downsides I'm missing though?
    Is there anything that might stop me from hacking either the Wii U or vWii?
    Anything I might be taking for granted on the Wii that's not doable on the vWii?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Naendow

    Naendow Brick-Master

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    No (official) GC support, which means no GC controller for Wii games; even with an adapter. And the console boot takes really long if you have CBHC (autoboot into custom firmware) installed.
    Except for that, I think you're good to go. :)
     
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  3. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo and his tropane alkaloids

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    Scan doubled analog video output, Priioader for arguably better brick recovery (though Vwii can be fixed from WiiU mode, and banner bricks aren't a thing in WiiU mode) and boot flexibility (you can't start and play a GC game using only a Pro Controller, for now and for example), Wii/RiiConnect24 in any usable form

    and, depending on the exact model of Wii we're comparing it to: Bootmii in boot2, Gamecube discs and miniDVDs in general, some GC accessories like the GBA cable, backup/data/movie DVDs
     
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  4. Kal82
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    Thanks guys, couple of questions for Ryccardo:

    What does this mean?

    I would be able to backup games from for both Wii and Wii U from disks, or that not the case?
     
  5. CORE

    CORE Yes Ha Ha Ha!

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    NONE GO 4 IT!!! AIO Nintendo Console.

    GB - GBC - GBA - NDS - NES - SNES - N64 - NGC - Wii - WiiU - EShop. Not including RetroArch and other Emulators.

    Nintendont allows you to Play GameCube Games ISOs just not Discs.
     
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  6. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo and his tropane alkaloids

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    What most console makers officially call "non-interlaced", and most people call "240p and 288p" (a name I avoid since it's misleading - it's not really progressive scan like 480/720/1080p, but 480/575i with each half-frame repeated twice)

    Oh, "backup DVD" as in the adjective, not the verb

    Almost no Wiis made after 2009 or so, are able to read something that's not an original Wii or Gamecube disc, regardless of whatever homebrew/CIOS you throw at it (unless the optical drive is replaced with an older one which can); later with the horizontal Wiis, they removed the mechanical ability to load miniDVDs too (saving on parts and, of course, cost); and the WiiU drive has both of these properties

    It doesn't mean you can't use a WiiU to backup your original Wii and WiiU discs - in fact, CleanRip and disc2app, respectively, do their job fine!
     
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  7. Kal82
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    Yeah think I'll go for it then, thanks for the help everyone :)
     
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  8. xLothwenx

    xLothwenx Advanced Member

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    Downside: The HDMI output in vWii (Nintendont) mode is crap. There's about 3% scaling instead of none, making the image not exactly the same 480p as it should be.
     
  9. seren3

    seren3 GBAtemp Regular

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    I came up against this very question, and the biggest factor for me was size.

    Look at the Wii U. Not only is it larger than the Wii, it's got this giant chunky tablet which is mandatory to use, and you need adapters to use Gamecube controllers.

    Now, I like to keep things simple, I'm a fan of minimalism. To me, that is just a terribly inefficient use of space. I have a hard drive bag that i can fit my wii into for easy travel, and I can fly with that. But, I can't even imagine fitting a Wii U into a backpack and not wasting a huge amount of space that I could use on other things.
     
  10. aykay55

    aykay55 Professional Idiot

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    Where the buffalo roam.
    There are no channels for vWii, no internet or weather or news. Just the data transfer channel and Mii Channel. Other than that it's an HD Wii.
     
  11. Kal82
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    Thanks for the extra info guys, luckily none of these is a deal breaker for me as I've already bought the Wii U :P

    It is going to be bulkier if I want to take it to a friends house, which is a little annoying
     
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