Software and Other ItemsInternal MemoryWhat is the file structure of the Wii?
[MSYS] Memory System (File Structure, Game Saves)
There are 128 KB in a block, so 8 blocks = 1 MB of data.
The Wii's internal memory is 2163 blocks. rohlfinator and hohez
both confirm that roughly 270 MBs of space are available for game saves on the Wii's internal memory. Can I save Gamecube game saves onto the hard drive?
No, unless there's a way to do it natively from inside the Wii's memory management system, which I have not confirmed yet. But as can be seen above, the GC memory cards have two slots.How many games can I hold on the system? And what about saved data?
This all depends on the number of blocks required for each component. Game saves will probably run on average anywhere from 5-20 blocks maximum, and a TG16 game (according to Blaine
) runs 29 blocks. Judhudson
quotes directly from Nintendo: "Games vary in size but approximately NES games will be 1MB, SNES 5MB and N64 32MB." Genocidal
adds: "It appears that all of these games are "wrapped" with either a large amount of encryption data or each download is actually the full executable, in which case Nintendo could very well be writing individual emulators for each game. The reason I say this is because a friend of mine showed me his Super Mario 64 download, which was 11MB. The original game was 8.00MB (64 megabit) so there's 3MB of 'padding' there." soonersfan60
adds that the instruction booklet is also downloaded, accounting for some of that extra space. External Memory (SD Cards, USB Drives)Why does my Wii not recognize my SD card?
You HAVE to do a system update to get it to initially give you the option to save to SD cards. I would think Wiis manufactured later on would have firmware updates already installed such that they read cards out of the box, but for now, Wii owners need to update their system.
If you’ve got it updated, try some more SD cards, because the problem is either with your card or the Wii’s internal reader.
I suspect that, later on, the USB ports could be used with card readers.Do I HAVE to get a Wii branded SD card?
Of course not. I hope you don't.
They are overpriced. They are nice for clueless people, but we are gamers, and of the cheapass variety. It is best to get any brand SD card - I suggest Kingston or Sandisk - from any number of places. Dealnews.com tracks deals, which include Buy.com and various other retailers.What is the maximum SD card size I can use?
Not sure at the moment. I would wager you can't go above 4 gig, but further information is needed. Given the small size of VC games and save data, a 2 gig card should last you quite some time. 2 gig cards have been verified, but anything larger might pose an issue. Blaine
reassures me it is 2 gig max, and Friend of Sonic
says Nintendo's own site says this.Can I move downloaded VC games to SD cards? What about extra Wii Channels?
writes: "All VC games and game saves CAN be put onto the SD card. (I haven't tried it, but I think you can transfer the info from the GAMECUBE memory card onto it too..)
However, ALL VC games and game saves need to be on your Wii to actually be used." Blaine
adds: "You can add VC games to the SD card two ways. Either in the Wii Memory or in the channels mode. You can copy them back and forth. So if you do run low on space, you can just copy them to an SD card and delete them from the system memory.... add them back later." Otherwise, I imagine we'd all
be pissed at Nintendo over this.What about other external storage, like USB drives?
Nintendo has stated this is possible via the USB ports, but nothing is possible at this time. I imagine a firmware update will allow such things in the future.So does that mean I can load up movies and things on my Wii?
Unless you've got them on an SD card, no.Well that's stupid.
Fear not. There is talk that a group is working on a way to boot the Wii into Linux, at which point it is possible that it might function nicely as a media center PC. If this is the case, and if DVD capabilities are added later on, the Wii could prove to be one heck of a movie center. Here is their site - Wii-Linux.How do I put a Wii game save onto an SD card? Can I travel with it?
The funny thing about this question is that Wrestlecrap’sRD
asked it, and then he gave me an incredibly in-depth solution:
Ok, got it to work. Basically, there is a folder on the SD card named "TITLE". Inside that folder are other folders that make up a game name, which you can figure out from here:http://www.wiisave.c...codes/index.php
The file MUST be named data.bin, I believe. At least I named mine that, since everything else in the directory was named that.
So I downloaded the save, created a folder named RRBE (as specced out above), put the newly renamed data.bin into that folder, and copied it to the title folder on the SD card. Went to the Wii data manager, and copied over the new Rayman save (had to delete my old one), and voila! I'm playing with a complete game. Which is great, because I only want to play multiplayer and didn't want to have to go through and unlock everything.jonlubbe
also chimed in with his method, which might be useful if you forgot the above website:
Step 1: Create save file on Wii.
Step 2: Copy save file from Wii to SD Card
Step 3: Download save off teh internets
Step 4: Copy file off your hard drive, overwriting the one on the SD Card
**4.1 be sure to locate the file properly on the SD Card, its a strange directory structure
Step 5: Put SD Card back into Wii, delete old save off Wii, and copy save from SD Card to Wii
Step 6: Profit.I still can’t get the save onto my Wii! Everything looks correct!
This is a BIG NOTE I found from mattstockton12
Unfortuantely you can't copy a save file to your Wii until that particular game has been played in your system at least once. Its a bit odd, but then again, you wouldn't need the save unless you had the game I suppose. Just feels weird having it on the card and not my Wii.
However, it does appear that some games do not allow transfer to an SD Card at all. Notably, Elebits (as discovered by DocRamon
) appears unable to do this. FriskyTanuki
adds that Super Mario Bros. and Gunstar Heroes (VC Games) seem unable to transfer as well.
[OLC] Online Communications System CodesWhat is a System Code? Why do I have one? What can I use it for?
(System Codes, Mii Related, Address Book)
Much like Friend Codes on the Nintendo DS, a System Code is a unique number for your Wii system. In essence, it is your Wii's
address/phone number/IP address/
ID number. You use it to identify your system to others. This is important because online games will have "Friend Code" options where you can choose who you want to play, but you must have first exchanged a System Code with them. Note: It remains to be seen if you will be able to directly pick opponents, even in the Friends option - the Nintendo DS does not really allow this, and there is speculation that the Wii will be handled in the same way, despite being mostly unpopular.eldad9
clarifies that: "It identifies the device; so it's not like a phone number, but a International Mobile Subscriber Identity (the mobile phone ID in the SIM card); not like an IP address (which can change) but a MAC address (which is constant)."Where is my System Code?
Go to your Mail (lower right envelope icon from Wii Menu). You'll see a Lerrer/Memo icon in the lower left corner. Press A over it, and you'll have 3 options now, one of which is the Address Book. In there, you will find your system code, which is 16 digits long (easiest to think of as 4 groups of 4 numbers).What are some online repositories of these codes?
First we have our very own thread from lordwow located here
. There are others online, such as BenMii
.Mii RelatedWhat is this Mii Parade?
The Mii Parade is where any Mii set to Mingle will appear from someone in your address book. FriskyTanuki states:
"Think of the Mii Parade as an online version of your Mii Plaza where only your friends' Miis can gather. Specifically, it's the Miis that have the mingle option turned on. All of these Miis are able to be added to your own Plaza by grabbing them and dragging them to the add to Plaza option."
It is worth noting that Miis added to your Mii Plaza through here will not have information on who made them. So can I send a Mii and have it show me as creating it?
Yes. To do this, go into Mii Plaza and choose the option to send a Mii to someone. You choose a Mii, choose a recipient from your Address Book, and off they go.
Note: If you message someone directly and attach a Mii, it doesn’t actually send the Mii. It only sends their face as a sort of picture attachment.What if I make a Mii and send him to people, then I update him later. Do they get the updated Mii?
All I know about this currently is that FriskyTanuki
sent me a Reggie Mii originally, and then I got another one from him. I got a message that said, basically, “you already have this, so one got deleted, but you still have this Mii.” I then noticed the Reggie Mii had changed. So I want to assume that if you send a Mii to someone, either it automatically updates from then on (doubtful), or you can resend the Mii and it will overwrite the old one (more likely). The bandwidth required for the former would be astronomical, even with an always-on connection.
If you have a Mii on your Wiimote and connect to a Wii, it might also update that Mii.
The forums at NintendoWorldReport.com have helped me with this question. Okay, last question about updating Miis. What about any relevant information traveling with them, aside from who made them? For example, because there will be a few games where Miis are used as the primary avatar for players, if you earn points for them such as in Wii Sports, can those travel with you?
Seems like the answer is no at this point, and that such information remains solely on your Wii. Stats do not transfer. Svevan and Smash_Brother
confirm this themselves, with the former saying “this is why the Wii warns you that you will lose stats if you delete them on your system.”When new Miis show up, they don't list their author. What gives?
I thought you said the last question was the last question about Miis, jerk. Spluh.
It seems that if you get a Mii from the Mingle option, it will not tell you who made it. However, if someone mails you a Mii directly, it will. What does the "favorite" mean when I design my Mii? It just changes their pant color...
This does two things – 1) it gives them red pants, and 2) it essentially lets you create a list of favorites, so that when you are in your Mii Plaza, you can access your favorite Miis quickly (your personal Mii, celebriMiis, etc).
Originally I thought this made someone a “commander” of sorts in game options. For example, my girlfriend had her Mii as a favorite, and I thought only she could set options in Wii Sports. vudu
has told me that this is not the case. Did you just make up “celebriMii” up there?
Yes, yes I did. And I will be submitting it to urbandictionary.com, so there.Is there any way to edit my Miis on my computer?
Indeed, it appears that intrepid individuals have sought out to do this exact thing. If you have bluetooth setup on your PC, you can use Mii Mega-mall ( http://www.miimall.com
) and the Mii Editor (http://www.miieditor.com
) to transfer your Miis to your computer, edit them to match your new Wii (via MAC address), and send them back to the Wii as being editable. More information about that can be found in the Mii Editor FAQ.
Thank you Pale
over at NWR for this information.Shecky
further adds: It probably makes the Bluetooth computer look like a Wii Remote. And you can send a Mii to a Wii Remote as part of the Mii channel. You can even pull Mii's off the remote.I sent my Wii in for repair, and when I got it back, I cannot edit my Miis! Nintendo transferred them to what appears to be an entirely new Wii, and it’s telling me that I cannot edit a Mii I didn’t create! Why must you toy with me so, Nintendo?
Basically it’s like you no longer have rights to the Miis in question. Use the solution above. I realize that’s not the best answer in the world, but it’s either try that or live in your misery. Are there any cool repositories where I go cruise for de Mii ladies?
Creepy. But yes: http://miiplaza.net/
and http://www.famousmii.com/Does synching a Wiimote to someone else’s Wii automatically cause any Miis I have on it to be downloaded?
I’ll let FriskyTanuki
You have to go to the Mii Plaza and pick up to ten of them to store on the Wii Remote itself. Then when you sync it up to your friend's Wii, you can put them in their Mii Plaza or just keep them on the remote, which you can then access the Miis in Wii Sports or Wii Play when it prompts you to pick a Mii to use.Here
is a link from Nintendo on the subject.Address Book and E-mailI was told I got an e-mail address with my Wii. What is it?
The address is "w(your system code here)@wii.com" and can be used to send small messages to any e-mail address. However, you must first send a message from your Wii to someone's e-mail, and they must respond to it directly. They can write back in it or just send it directly back. Note: Your receiver will get the message asking them to reply with a generic "only if you know this person," but it doesn't include any specific details such as your real name, console name, Mii name, etc. So you might want to contact them through an outside venue first.Can I send pictures/photos to people?Updated
assures us that: "You can email images to the Wii, you can not email images from the Wii." Note also (via other posters) that while you can send a Mii, it won't show up in the e-mail (thanks hohez
).What about video?
Yes (from what I know). This site - Wii Video 9
will allow you to download movie files and convert them into a format the Wii can handle. The software is free. Why are some names in my address book grayed out and some are black?
Black implies that your system and your friend's system both have registered each other. I.e., if I register Yourmom69 on my system, she has to register me - StallionStudSauce - on hers. Once your Wiis are off, they will eventually contact each other. At that time, you can send each other messages, Miis, play games online, etc.
There’s no way to know if someone has added you to their Address Book until you see their name go black in yours. It’s best to contact them in some outside manner in order to make sure they know you want to be on their system.Can I only have 100 people/address registered?!
At this time, yes. Hopefully we can get more later on, as 100 will be very small very quick, especially when you consider new owners as bigger online games come out.Can I re-organize my Address Book? I want to put all my CAG buddies next to each other...
I think the only way this is possible is to delete certain names and then re-add them. I don't know if this requires that you re-authorize on the other person's Wii, but I doubt it, since your actions shouldn't affect their consoles. In other words, if I had a CAG at 1 and then a friend's e-mail at 2 and another CAG at 3, I'd have to delete either the first CAG and re-add him, which I'd assume would push everything up a slot, meaning the e-mail becomes 1 and the second CAG becomes 2, etc. (Note: A+B does not move these around.) Doing e-mail addresses might prove more difficult.What happens if I add an e-mail address to my book, and then later delete it? Can I still send them e-mails? Can they send me e-mails?
I have tested this myself and have determined the following – the first is that the Wii will not send any kind of message to the address in question. They will not know that you removed them. Going along with this, if they send you a message, you simply will not receive it. Further, they will not receive a bounce-back message indicating that their e-mail was not received. Basically, all communication ceases to take place completely. You will now longer see each other, and will not receive errors that your message was not sent or received by the other party.
Thus, it is best that you contact the person either beforehand or through some other means, else you could end up having communication difficulties.I cannot pull up my address book! CANNOT PULL IT UP AT ALL!
That’s what she
Seriously, just have patience. It appears that WiiConnect24 is the culprit – the Wii likes to connect to servers before loading up the Address Book. That is why you get the error the first (potentially few) time you try to open it after booting the Wii, but it will disappear rather quickly.Can I have people in my Address Book from other regions? And on other region-specific machines (i.e., can an American Wii user add a Japanese Wii user?)
I am happy to say that you can do this. I have CheapyD in my Address Book, despite his Japanese system being in Japan, which is like…a long way away.
[NREG] Nintendo.com Registration AccountWhat is this?
You can create an account at Nintendo.com, which requires a working e-mail address. There, you can register any Nintendo systems you buy and any Nintendo-published games on any systems (i.e., mostly franchise games such as Mario, Kirby, Smash Bros., but others such as Tales of Phantasia are valid as well). Your Wii has a specific serial number tied to it, and this is a good starting point for first timers. Primarily, this helps you register your games and systems with Nintendo, which can help speed any customer service you might need in the future. Please see the next question for more elaboration as to why you’d want to do this.And what's the deal with the Nintendo membership that the Wii says I can hook up to my Wii Shop account?
I want to first note this question/answer is stolen entirely from JudHudson
, who rocks the casbah. After account registration, you can put in all official Nintendo Products codes (serial numbers) to give you specially items such as desktop paper, icons, etc from those various products. They also had a deal where you register some products, you can get a 3 issue subscription to Nintendo Power for free. Dunno if it is still going on. But if you register your Wii with them, you get an additional 90 day warranty.So that’s kinda cool.
It seems that about once a year, Americans are given the opportunity to get something fairly neat. In the past, a Zelda compilation disc, containing both NES games and both N64 games, was given out. This is a rarity among collectors and considered a great addition to anyone’s collection, as well as has four incredible games in the Zelda series. Another offer was a demo disc for Metroid Prime 2, which was good purely for collecting purposes. However, most gamers are not happy with the American system, as it is widely known that Japanese gamers get access to much nicer items, such as limited edition controllers. It is hoped that this system will become more dynamically rewarding in the future. The general opinion is a casual “Why not?”
[SWG] GamesCan the Wii do custom soundtracks for games?
It is possible to have custom soundtracks in games by loading MP3 files off an SD card, but the game must support this feature. As of now, ExciteTruck is the only known title with this functionality.I NEED A DVD-SIZED COVER FOR WII SPORTS!
Being that Wii Sports comes in a cardboard sleeve, several gamers have expressed disappointment, and instead have opted to make their own DVD-sized case. It doesn’t help that, apparently, the cardboard sleeve appears to scratch the disk.
Some retailers - notably Target and Best Buy - had demo DVDs available for free that came in white DVD cases, thereby matching the Wii's game cases. Because of this, many people realized a Wii Sports DVD case insert was of the utmost important.
Sir or madam, I suggest MookyJooky’s
class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>Juka's Custom Cover), which is a work of art indeed.Snowcone
(lord and master of snackbargames.com) pointed me to http://www.thecoverp...?cover_id=1752'
class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>this site, which contains user-created Wii game covers. There are several variations of Wii Sports, including Juka’s
. I have linked directly into the Wii directory, meaning you can go there for updates and future covers.What’s with the little internal clips on the Wii DVD spines?Timred
delivers: You can hold SD cards there. How do I set widescreen for Wii Games, and does this affect Gamecube games?
To set this for Wii games, you go into the Wii's setup. For Gamecube games, because it boots outside of the Wii's OS and essentially acts like a Gamecube, you must still do the "hold B" trick to get Widescreen. However, most games automatically detect component cables and will Widescreen on their own, and some will ask you before you begin. Thank you Fox5
for your help on this.Does the Wii Play History keep track of Virtual Console games? What about Gamecube games?
The Play History will track Wii and Virtual Console games. Because the Gamecube component has no connection with the Wii OS, it will not record this under your history.Did someone say something about digital delivery? What is this?
Nintendo stated in the past that the Wii will also have access to downloadable games. It is thought that these will be developed exclusively for download – i.e., new Wii-specific software that can be purchased online. These titles will not be part of the Virtual Console, but instead will be brand new games.
This ties in partly, as well, to games possibly being made available from other development sources, including small and independent houses. The most notable at this time is Sam & Max
, developed by Telltale Games, which is a continuation of the classic point-and-click game series created by Steve Purcell and originally published and developed by Lucasarts in the 1990s.
Please note that all of this remains purely speculative at this time, and more information will have to appear before anything can be confirmed.Ok, what about trading game saves? Can I do that?
Yes, you can, but not through the Wii internally. As of now, your only option is to place the game save file on an SD card, take it to a computer, and then attach it to an e-mail and send it off. There is even a website for this called WiiSave.com.
The Wiimote cannot hold any other information other than Miis, so you cannot take a game save file with you on its internal memory.
There is a chance that these limitations might be mitigated as the full Opera browser becomes available.
Thanks to daroga
for this information.Do games allow Wiimote swapping between players? For example, if I were playing Golf on Wii Sports, can I use my turn and then pass the Wiimote to my friend?
Yes, if the game allows it. Wii Sports, for example, specifically asks if you are playing with one or two Wiimotes when you begin the game, and then changes as needed. So if you have two, no exchange is needed.
I guess the answer to this question, then, relies on two things: 1) That the multiplayer game in question does not have players doing things at the same time, and 2) If the developers planned for that to begin with and coded it into the game.
Warioware is a good example, as you pass it around to others when their turn arrives (which also adds to the hectic gameplay).
I wonder if Rayman Raving Rabbids, during multiplayer where each player takes turns, allows this?
[SWF] Firmware UpdatesWhat do the firmware updates do?
In short, they resolve issues with the Wii’s proprietary OS and add features to the Wii console as time goes on.
Coming from BiLdItUp1
, the first few have added the option to manage data on the SD cards and the addition of burn-in reduction for plasma TVs. I will try to update this further as more updates come down the line, but there are no promises. This is valid as of 11/26/06.
A third update fixed a small glitch that allowed people to surf the Internet via the Wii Shop channel by altering their DNS information. This is no longer possible.
Latest version: 2.0UBut are they really firmware updates, or just software updates?RickPowers
explains: " It is important to know the difference. Wii is getting both software AND firmware updated, because the Wii is a rare case where you have software that is loaded in firmware. If this were purely a software update, people would be able to wipe the software layer when this error code situation started, and boot from the original image. That you are unable to do that suggests that this is firmware that we're dealing with. "Where can I get these?
Anywhere that you can currently get a Wifi connection will be sufficient. So if you are really cavalier and need to do so, you could take your Wii to a local free wifi area, set up the connection there, and get the updates. This requires that you setup the connection, meaning that the Wii cannot just grab onto any open signal unless you first configure it.
The point I’m trying to make here is that if you can’t do it at home, go somewhere that you’ll be able to. Your other options are to go to a local store like Best Buy, but they’ll really stick it to you for something so trivial. You could also send it to Nintendo, but c’mon, that’s overkill.Anything I should worry about? Such as viruses?
Viruses will probably not appear for quite some time, if ever, as I imagine these updates come from central servers Nintendo runs themselves.
However, it is worthwhile to mention that the Wii updates its firmware as
it downloads it, which means that if something interrupts the download, there is a good chance your Wii will “brick,” and thereby have its OS essentially fried. This will prevent the Wii from ever booting. Because of this, do not turn off the power, and make sure nothing else might interrupt the process as best you can. The chances of this happening are low, but it is worth keeping in mind.
There is hope that, maybe, Nintendo will solve this with a firmware update, thereby making updates after the fact safer by forcing them to be downloaded and then
installed, as opposed to doing it on-the-fly.Fixes Needed
I have decided to add this section as a way of cataloging things that need to be fixed within the Wii’s OS. These are small and annoying issues for the most part. You will find practical information here – not
a volley of wishlist arguments such as “XX is needed on the Virtual Console” or “I wish the Wiimote had a joystick” or “I wish I could fit into smaller pants, yet still eat 8 pudding pops a day.” However, some of these will inevitably be on the hopeful
- When choosing a Mii for a name in your address book, the Miis need to have names next to them. Otherwise it is arduous and tedious to correctly label everyone.
- Firmware updates need to download complete and then install, instead of doing it on the fly. This would reduce chances of “bricking” your system.
- Ability to increase number of Wii Channels or group VC games by system, as the current limitation of 48 is alarming.
- Ability to go back into the Wii Menu after finishing a Gamecube game (doubtful).
- Ability to have more than 100 people in your address book – this ceiling is disappointing where online gaming is concerned.
- Increased customization for Miis. Perhaps downloadable Mii packs?
- Allow the first e-mail you send via address book to be customizable, because that recipient has no clue who you are when they get a message from “w(Wii number here)@wii.com.”
- Better handling of video and photo formats for messages.
- Implementation of a Friends List when online gaming becomes reality, so that users can tell who is doing what.
- If you can’t connect to WiiConnect24, you can’t edit your address book. I don’t know if this has happened to other people, but it bugs me.
- Allow you to move multiple Miis from Mii Parade into Mii Plaza without having to exit Mii Parade.
- Allow messages to be sent to multiple people at a time.
- Allow multiple Miis to be sent to one or multiple people at a time.
- Upon reading a message, immediately stop having it flash (i.e., mark it as read).
- Allow longer names for accounts, possibly add in “Clan” functionality – like [CAG] before or after a name.
- Lock out other Wiimotes from shutting down machine in order to cut down on your friend being a total jerk when you rock his face off.
- Saving GC games directly to Wii’s internal memory or an SD card (doubtful).
- Direct saving of Wii game data to SD cards.
- Game saves done internally and through WiiConnect24, perhaps with a central hub.
[SWC] ChannelsI can't connect to the Wii Store! It just sits there like it is frozen!
This appears to be from strain on the servers, and will (hopefully) subside soon. Unfortunately all you can do at this point is turn off the machine, and more than likely you will need to hit the reset button physically on the Wii.Why aren’t the Weather and News channels working yet?lilboo
asked me to add that the Weather Channel will be available December 20, and the News Channel will be available January 27.
Nintendo didn’t have them ready for launch, either because the infrastructure still needs to be built, or they want to ease into online components so that people won’t have issues overloading the servers.
It is unknown if there will be a cost to get these channels and/or use them. I highly doubt it, since everyone has them in their system.
Update: The Weather Channel went live on December 19, 2006.
Update: The Internet Channel (Beta) went live on December 22, 2006.
Update: The News Channel went live on January 26, 2007.
Update: The Everybody Votes Channel went live on February 13, 2007.Nintendo said each VC game gets its own channel. What happens will I fill up all the channel slots?
There are 48 channels, and at least 6 are already taken (Game, Mii, News, Weather, Shop, Photo). This is an issue, but not immediately. We will have to wait for a firmware update. If Ninendo is smart, they will have the main channel lobby into sub-channels specific to their system - so an NES channel, an SNES, etc. But this is not resolved at this time.Can I move the channels around?FriskyTanuki:
"Just like the Mii Channel, hold A+B and you can move them around."In the Wii Shop Channel, can I change an account to a different name and credit card?
Originally asked by Apossum,
doesn’t seem to be a full answer at the moment. FriskyTanuki
thinks that you need to remove your account completely before allowing another account, which would remove any downloaded software and Wii points.
I guess this means you can’t switch to another credit card once one gets expired? I’ll look into this further.
[SWBC] Backwards Compatability/ImportsCan the Wii play imported Gamecube games?
I have heard from people that it can and cannot through the use of a Freeloader, and it might appear that it depends on the version of the Freeloader that you have. Try the latest for best results. furyk
suggests that you insert it, reboot the Wii, then load it inside the Disc Channel.
Updated: It depends on what version of the Freeloader you are using. I have tried to condense this as best I can, with the help of FriskyTanuki, Rig, and dragonjud
1.0 - Unconfirmed
1.04 – Unconfirmed
1.06 – Works via dragonjud
1.06b – Works via FriskyTanuki
1.06B – Doesn’t Work via FriskyTanuki
The Freeloader-booting Action Replay – Works via Gamefaqs.com
Note: I will make a chart out of this later.
Updated x2: Here is a page from PlayAsia where they have tested all the Freeloaders.
It looks like their information is still somewhat anemic. The best bet is to use a 1.06b (lowercase). Here’s hoping something down the line will be a little more straightforward.After I’m done playing a Gamecube game, can I get back into the Wii channels menu?
No. When you boot a Gamecube game, the Wii becomes
a Gamecube for all intents and purposes. Therefore it has no connection with the Wii, and thus you cannot get back into that menu. The only option is to reset the machine.
There is a small chance this can be solved with a firmware update, but it would require booting the OS somehow with a GC controller, meaning the Wii would have to constantly check for this sort of user input. Thus, I highly doubt it will happen anytime soon, if ever.Would love some links for more information…gunm
has pointed me to PlayAsia.com’s guide.
[DSC] DS/GBA/Micro ConnectivityDoes the Wii interact with the DS?
Short answer: Yes, via:
- Downloading DS Demoes to a DS
- Being used a controller wireless
At the moment, no. But Nintendo has said it will be able to in the future in at least two ways. The first is that the Wii will be able to download small game demos - much like you'd get at any retail outlet with a DS Demo Download Station - into the DS's internal RAM, allowing you to play new games for as long as you have your DS on. The second is that, supposedly, the DS will be able to be used as a controller for the Wii, much like the Gameboy Advance was utilized for games like Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. More will have to be added as it appears.
Update: As seen here, it is possible for the DS to be used as a controller for various Wii games.Can I connect my GBA to the Wii? What about the micro?
Kind of a yes and no thing here. You can
connect a GBA or GBA SP to the Wii, but the only usage you’ll get from this is any Gamecube game that utilizes that functionality. There are GBA-GC connector cables that will interact with various Gamecube games for various functions, including transferring data, being used as controllers, or unlocking special features.
So you can
use it with the Wii, but only with certain software, and only in Gamecube mode. If you plug it in and go into the Wii menus, nothing will happen. There is always the chance that, perhaps, Nintendo could release an emulator as a GBA player channel, which would be really awesome (and is now going in my wishlist), but I sincerely doubt it. Possible? Yes – I would think the Wii could recognize the Gamecube controller ports and subsequently be tricked into running software off the GBA itself, but again, really really
What about the Micro? Sadly, unless you were lucky enough to snag a GBM-GC cable (made available exclusively here by our very own Troz1820), there’s no real way to do this. That is, unless you want to make the cord yourself. There’s a thread located http://cheapassgamer...hp?t=79849”here
[/URL] where several members have cataloged how to do this yourself. It will require soldering and the skills associated with that.
There’s no way to communicate wirelessly with the Wii with these particular handhelds, and the chances of anything special being made available to them is next to none.
[VC] Virtual Console (Games, Controller Configurations)Can I buy Wii Points for VC games online?
Yes, right through the Wii Shop channel in fact. Some people don’t get charged tax for this either, making it as good – if not better – as B&M stores. Plus you save on gas, making the world safe from criminals and bad Captain Planet cartoons.What is the release schedule for VC games?
Nintendo has stated new games will come out every Monday. Nintendo has given different numbers for how many games will be released per day, but it is thought that 4 will come out at a time.How do I save progress in Virtual Console games?botticus
FTW: When you shut them down, they save automatically via ROM save states.
for the kill: Actually, if you go back out to the Wii menu (using the home button to stop the game), the system automatically saves your place. And, of course, you can save in games that allow it.Do VC games get registered in any way?
They are registered automatically if you have a nintendo.com account. lilboo
delivers a small but satisfying find: So as you know, you can link your My Nintendo account with your Wii. Cool. I just went on today to finally register Zelda and my Wii system. I looked at my list and I saw "Bonk's Adventure" and "Super Mario 64". Oooh, that's cool. I know that registering stuff really doesn't do anything..but maybe in this case if you do have an account and you do download games, and your Wii crashes.. at least you have them registered under your account.. so this may be this way they can let you re-download your games on a new Wii! :D"Do Virtual Console games get enhanced in any way?
Gamers over at Planetgamecube.com's forums (now called NintendoWorldReport.com) noticed that games look better, particularly Mario 64, as originally proposed by D_Man87
responded that "It's running in 480p instead of the original 320x240 resolution, so it's going to look a lot better." TrueNerd
also says that the Wavebird trumps the N64 controller, something I will test myself. Bartman3010
adds: " Super Mario 64 does indeed run faster, since its not using N64 hardware, though some of the nifty effects are gone, such as the Invisible Cap Mario doesnt look like colored static as was on the original; just transparent. Try looking at the pyramid after standing on the four pillars. The debris and the explosion cause no slowdown whatsoever."[/B]
I need personal clarification if this only affects N64 games, as I have no tried the VC at all yet.When I beat Super Mario Bros., the Goombas got replaced with Buzz Beetles. How do I reset them?
Oddly, it does not appear that this is possible right now. I will look into it further. Thanks to 3QGojo
for bringing this up.Can I move VC games from one system to another?
C’mon this is a silly question. Of course not, not even with SD cards. They are tied to your system and thus cannot be moved around. In the event that your system gets fried, Nintendo has stated that they will allow you to download your purchased games to a new system. They should also be able to transfer the files themselves if inhouse repair work was ever needed.So if I format the system, do I love VC games completely?
You’ll lose the games and the data, yes. But you will be able to download them again to that particular system.This all sounds…questionable.
I agree, but I’m going on the assumption right now that you’ll always be able to recover your games if you got a new system or had one sent in for repair. It appears that Nintendo can untie games from one system to another via the serial number (always important to have such information on hand, kids) in case of dire circumstances, but I am unsure they would grant the same privilege if you sell a system. I will look into this further.If I decide to sell my Wii to Gamestop, will they give me extra money for VC games?
Most certainly not. If they don’t format the system internally right there in the store, they’ll send it to corporate to do this.
Nintendo does suggest that you format your system yourself before selling it or giving it to someone else, for your own privacy and security.
Credit goes to ahmedmalik
for this question.
Controller ConfigurationsSo what controllers can I use to play what in the VC?
In short, the VC Controller can play everything but Gamecube games. A Gamecube Controller can play everything on the VC. This mostly makes the VC Controller a luxury and not required. The following graph should be helpful, and was originally found on Kotaku.com, but I have modified further:
While the Wiimote works with TG16 games, it is questioned how it handles the Turbo functionality of the original TG16 gamepad.Can I use the VC (aka Classic) Controller to play Gamecube games?
No. When you boot into a Gamecube game, the Wii essentially acts like a Gamecube. It no longer runs the Wii's proprietary OS, so it cannot sense the wireless controller input. To play GC games, you must use a GC controller, which can be plugged in on the top slot of the Wii. Will the VC controller dangle from the Wiimote?
Yes. There was speculation that it would latch onto the Wiimote via clips (the VC controller has small slots on its back that resemble a -_- face). But it does not appear that this is the case, so it will dangle. This isn't that big of a deal, but kinda annoying.YES IT IS VERY ANNOYING.
Well then maybe you should be like this guy
and build your own little clip for the Wiimote to clip on. Yeah.
Do that, smart guy.
Or better yet, wait for the inevitable clip from MadKatz or something, because if people can sell things like Wii Boxing Gloves, you know someone will make this.What about joysticks?
IGN has stated that these will work with Virtual console games.What controller would you recommend?
There is something called the Hori Digital Pad that can be found for $10 plus shipping at estarland.com. It is a perfect fit for both VC games (as well as Gameboy Advance games on a Gamecube using the GBA player) because it features an oversized and more comfortable D-pad. The button layout mimics the regular Gamecube controllers (with the oversized A button and “bean” X and Y), so it is useful for backwards compatability as well. Note also that there is a retro controller by Pelican that can be found at Gamestop, which might your only choice, as the Hori pads have been discountinued (and the above is your only chance to get some). I have one – it rocks. On a related note, what about VC game multiplayer? Bomberman '93 could support 5 players on the TG16.
Theoretically you could have 4 Wiimotes (plus whatever attachments might be needed, meaning a VC controller) connected wirelessly, and then 4 Gamecube controllers connected, making for 8 player games. It remains to be seen if this is possible. It probably depends on very smart programmers and a robust emulator, which we have no way of knowing at this time.
[RUM] RumorsI thought the Wii had 3D projection and could make waffles out of thin air.
Before all was officially revealed on what the Wii was capable of (primarily in September 2005 with the official unveiling of the Wiimote, and actual demonstrations and gameplay at E3 2006), it was largely speculated that Nintendo was planning a more pseudo-virtual reality system with the Wii. This was fueled by things such as the infamous Nintendo ON video, which showcased a VR helmet. Other clues included the HMD device in Animal Crossing: Wild World on the DS, which is a Head Mounted Display, and a series of short viral videos that loaded on Nintendo.com shortly before E3 2005. It was only further believed with the advent of the “secret slots” that the Wii had, which turned out just to have SD card slots and a Sync button. Furthermore, a mysterious poster on IGN claimed that he had inside information on the Wii’s unveiling, circulating that the Kodak Theatre would be the Mushroom Kingdom. This was hot information at the time because the official invite/pamphlet from Nintendo mentioned this phrase directly. Toys R Us said you don't need the TV on to play the Wii.
Now that's just silly. That's like saying I don't need your mom on Saturday night. itachiitachi asks that "I thought I read somthing about the Wii using LEDs to change colors. Was this a cut feature or just a rumor or am I just mistaken?"
Actually, I suggested this myself somewhere on CAG, I think back when there was a small hoopla about "WTF, NO LAUNCH COLORS OTHER THAN WHITE?" It was merely a wish on my part. Sorry for the confusion!What was this about Reggie saying there was a big secret still left for the launch of the Wii?
This was a miscommunication. Supposedly he said something like "If there is a secret left, then it must be a big one,"
meaning that he himself did not know. This led to speculation about VC games getting online capabilities, a more robust online experience, etc etc. There was no secret. This
supposedly clears that up.Does the stand hold any kind of charge? I heard it did.
This was falsely reported in Summer 2006 by a UK magazine, which suggested that the small plastic grey stand of the Wii (used when making the Wii vertical) might be where the actual power cord plugged in, which then transferred power to the Wii (there is a term for this I don't know off the top of my head, but lots of electronics use it, and I definitely had an electric toothbrush that did this exact thing once). This led to rumors about the Wii being a hybrid portable/home console game machine, and that perhaps one of the final secrets was a sort of hologram and/or LCD screen attachment. Which a screen attachment might appear later on (as has been the style recently from third parties), for the time being none of these things are true.iufoltzie
corrects me (and probably said "STUPID!" right after doing so, and I couldn't blame him) with: "The term is Electromagnetic Induction.
"What is the MEGATON everyone screams about so much?
In short, it’s just a long running Internet joke among Nintendo fans whenever it is thought something big will get announced.
As quoted from Wikipedia: "Megaton is a meme among Nintendo fans that resulted from a vastly over-hyped rumored announcement around 2002. Individuals on the Gaming-Age Forums uncovered an article from Japanese magazine JUMP! that mentioned in one of its pages that Nintendo had a very big announcement to make... such that it could make their GameCube console a bestseller worldwide... Eventually it came out that the Japanese magazine that had reported the Megaton in the first place had merely been hyping up an unannounced game... leaving Nintendo fans with something of an anticlimax.”
[MISC] Miscellaneous Notice any running themes?
(Links, Fun Stuff, Easter Eggs, Other FAQs)
The Wii is shaped like a rectangle with a notch in a corner. The wrist strap dongle is also shaped like this, as well as the power brick and several of the cord connectors. KendoKai
also points out SD cards look like this. Ooo wheee ooo!!sixersballernum3
pointed out the official LAN adapter is shaped like this ZOMG.I just....love the wittle Wiimote, and I want to put it all over my body...
I suggest contacting CAG redgopher
. He has more information here.What is this....wangmotation you speak of?
Given the size and shape of the Wiimote, it only comes natural to a man of my talents and skill to suggest strappin' one on,
in order to feel the mightiness of playing Wii Tennis with naught but a wide grin in a wide-statured and proud pose. Know that it will happen. Man has dreamt of this kind of gaming legacy since the dawn of time.Any fun easter eggs?
I didn't want to copy and paste this entire thing here (though I might if it proves useful later on), but JonLeung
clued me onto this: GoNintendo
has a list of several fun things you can do with the Wii, including a co-op jigsaw puzzle in the Photo Channel. Any other FAQs to read?
Here's a good one: http://www.engadget....-wii-questions/
. I might steal the information and place it here (while giving credit of course).