Wii disk died, buy a new one, fix or get a WiiU?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Games & Content' started by jimmery, Apr 21, 2013.

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Which should I do?

  1. Buy WiiU

    24 vote(s)
    63.2%
  2. Send it in to Nintendo (90 bucks lol)

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  3. Send it somewhere else for repair

    2 vote(s)
    5.3%
  4. Repair it myself

    10 vote(s)
    26.3%
  5. Buy new/used Wii

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
Apr 21, 2013
  1. jimmery
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    Newcomer jimmery Newbie

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    Hello all, just signed up here - my Wii disk drive just died and wont read disks anymore, so i was wondering what i should do.

    I have a couple of options, fix it myself by getting a new lens, or a new disk drive, send it into Nintendo (i dont think they'll like what they find on it lol), sending it somewhere else to get repaired, buying a new/used wii, or getting a WiiU.

    What do you think I should do? If i were to get a WiiU could i put HBC and stuff on it? Thanks for your help everyone!
     
  2. Devin

    Member Devin "Local Hardware Wizard"

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    I saw on another forum a Wii disc drive for $15 shipped. I'd just grab a new one, and a screwdriver and replace it.

    If you got a Wii U you could homebrew the Wii mode of it yeah.
     
  3. Crystal the Glaceon

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    Just buy a Wii U. You can still install homebrews through the Wii channel last I checked, I haven't tested it myself since I don't want to.
     
  4. trumpet-205

    Member trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    Yes you could put HBC on Wii U. The question you have to ask is, do you want a Wii U right now? An used Wii or replacement drive is much cheaper than Wii U.
     
  5. ld0y

    Newcomer ld0y Ld0y

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    Just buy a Wii U. It's my opinion but like I always say if your budget is not into a new console then just get a new disk drive I think they cost between $38 and $50 US dollars or get a Lents for $15.
     
  6. tronic307

    Member tronic307 GBAtemp Regular

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    Get a drive on eBay.
     
  7. Shadow#1

    Member Shadow#1 Wii & 3DS Softmod Expert

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    softmod it and run all wii games off external hdd :)
     
  8. geishroy

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    try to repair it yourself, if you break it oh well. i can find wii's on craigslist for under 40 right now =/
     
  9. pwsincd

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    dya know i cant recall the last time i used the disc slot :) muhhaha But then if your already aware of the HBC then i guess you really need to ask yourself ... do you actually need the disc drive :)
     
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  10. air2004

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    just run modmii and be done with it
     
  11. jimmery
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    Thanks for all the advice guys! I really appreciate it! Well I have a bunch of games I bought back in the day, thats when my laser saw the most use. I just popped in a game for the kicks and it didnt work lol. it just seems a bit of work to go find copies of all of them or back them up myself. I have cfg usb loader running on my wii, with homebrew and everything already on it.

    I guess i could do a NAND backup then open up the wii and fiddle around, and if i bust it i can get a cheap Wii or a WiiU - I was thinking about waiting for a price break in the WiiU but worried they might patch something in the meantime.
     
  12. trumpet-205

    Member trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    Honestly just replace the drive.
     
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    As your wii is hacked, sending it to nintendo would be a stupid move. They'll just send it back without repairing. Or "give" you a new wii while putting on a hefty charge. That's the disadvantage of softmodding: ninty won't touch it.

    Personally, I don't really see what the problem is. It could very well be that my wii drive is broken for over a year...it's that long since I used it. All the loading was through USB. So...I've got to tell you that owning the physical copy doesn't make downloading a rom from the internet legal...but that's what I would do.


    If you have to ask whether to buy a wiiu, then I'd say you don't really want one. Just because it can play everything the wii can isn't enough to warrant the extra cost. At least take a good look through the wiiu game section (both released and expected) and think how much you want those.

    Leaving two options: repair it yourself or get a 'new' (second hand) one. I'd go for the last one (that's what I voted for), but that's mainly because of having a spare wii (remember: your first one isn't broken). That little console plays pretty much any retro game flawlessly, so it has some value to me. :)
     
  14. Originality

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    My opinion - stick to USB loading. It costs you nothing.
    From the little I remember about fixing Wii drives, it's not difficult and not too expensive, so there's always that option.
    If you just want to leave your Wii behind, then I would get a WiiU over a replacement Wii. It has everything Wii has (except, you know, GC compatibility) and a few good games too so far (MH3U, NintendoLand, the Mario series, etc).
     
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    Definitely stick with USB loading. It's more convenient, the loading times are better, and you can run mods with it :)
     
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    USB loading!
     

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