Is wiikey what I need (situation explained)

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by Hanafuda, May 29, 2007.

  1. Hanafuda
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    I've been around here for a while but my focus has always been on the handheld end of things. My kid got a japanese Wii from his grandparents for Christmas, and while its neat to have access to the japanese wifi and all, its a major hassle getting games. While I won't try to pretend I wouldn't give backups a try, I am mostly interested in making it possible to play USA Wii games and USA Gamecube games (we have about 50) on this japanese Wii. We tried the Freeloader for the gamecube games but it didn't work.

    The wiikey seems to offer the best compatibility for using USA games on a japanese Wii, at least where the Wii games are concerned. Am I correct about this?
     
  2. Tomobobo

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    As far as I know, all the chips that have region patching have the same compatibility. But Wiikey is the tried and true commercial chip, so it seems.
     
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    I would recommend reading the gbatemp wiki region compatibility:here.
     
  4. Hanafuda
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    that's what I was looking at. it looks like the only games that wouldn't work are ones I wouldn't care about anyway. mostly.

    but the wiikey requires no iso patching for region compatibility, correct? i'm no stranger to doing that from using a modchipped Saturn, but why bother if there's hardware that'll take care of it ..
     
  5. aslacker55

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    You can turn off the region lock with the wiikey setup disk or you can patch the wii isos with regionfrii (it takes only seconds to patch it).
     
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    Since I'd be using a lot of commercial games, I guess the region off switch in the wiikey setup disk will be my best friend.

    well, that settles it then.
     
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    Like someone said above, any of the top end modchips, including OpenWii, WiiFree and YAOSM will do on the fly region patching just as well as WiiKey.

    In fact, I think that Wiinja V1 and V2, and CycloWiz V1 are the only chips that DON'T do region patching.
     
  8. Bloodgod

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    You would want the region settings to ON. Since you want to play US games on your JPN Wii.

    Edit: You only need to set it to ON once. Cause the next time you use the setup disk for whatever reason, the screen will say OFF.
     
  9. 123kid

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    The Wiikey team's explanation is that the chip is "stealthed" by choice, so therefore the disc can't read the settings. I'm not sure how much I buy that though.
     
  10. Bloodgod

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    Then start buying it. I never patch any JPN/PAL games I've DLed
    • Mario Strikers (PAL)
    • DBZ:BT2(JPN)
    • Bleach(JPN)
    • SD Gundam: Scad Hammers(JPN)
    • Wii de Yawaraka Atama Juku(JPN)
    • Bomberman Land(JPN)]