Getting a Wii. Softmod or Chip?

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Dec 17, 2009
  1. Fathead666
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    My wife is getting a Wii fit from her mom next week for Christmas. At this point I don't know much about the Wii and have never even played one, but I've softmodded a bunch of 360's and a few original Xbox's. I've spent the last hour or so reading through some tutorials and I'm beginning to get a grasp on the whole process and how the Wii software and hardware works.

    My mother in-law just bought the Wii Fit from Best Buy a few days ago. Based on what I've read, this Wii should come out of the box as a 4.2 correct? Also, the way I understand it, at this point the 4.2u cant be softmodded. Is there a big chance the Wii will come out of the box a 4.2u? If I'm right so far and it is a 4.2u then I'm assuming a chip is the only way. But as long as it's not already a 4.2u and I don't update it to a 4.2u then I can softmod right?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Sefi

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    I've heard there are Wii drives that will not boot a backup with softmod or a chip. Hopefully I'm wrong but I would check further into that after you find out what firmware is on it first.
     
  3. BigSteel

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    Yes, it will likely be 4.2, which can be softmodded. Look HERE
     
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    most wii's come out of the box below 4.2... this will likely change once ninty sells all their xmas inventory (I just got one new that was 4.1)

    and 4.2 wiis can be softmodded, in fact there is a stickied guide in the wii hacking forum by xzxero called the simplistic mod - mod any wii 4.2 and below.

    so basically any wii that is not korean can be softmodded (even korean ones can too, but they need to be region changed, and there are other issues I know nothing about)
     
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    4.2 couldn't be softmodded for about 18 hours since it was released. Then something got released to do everything exactly the same way as before. Any Wii that you get can be softmodded.

    Whether or not it has a D3-2 drive is the only thing that can limit it's potential. If it does, it can still be softmodded, but it won't be able to play backup games through dvd's at all but it CAN still play them through USB loaders.

    I'm not sure if even a chip can make a Wii with a D3-2 drive read backups so either way I would suggest going with softmodding. Just make sure you know what and why you're doing what you need to do, which our guides here should help you with.
     
  6. Fathead666
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    Thanks for the quick replies.

    I live in a kind-of rural area so hopefully the Wii she gets will be one that's been on the shelf for awhile and doesn't have one of the newer drives.
     

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