Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wii DVD movie access unlocked - Wii burned DVD games coming soon



Thanks to an inadequate response from Nintendo, bushing has made the decision to go public with his ISO loading DVD loading exploit. Essentially what this means is that all users, including those without a modchip, will now be able to access to files stored on their own DVD-R. This really opens up a lot of useful possibilities with countless homebrew applications. Check out what folks at HacMii had to say:


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Note: this is not a backup loader, in any way, shape, or form. If you’re looking for a backup loader, please move along.

While Nintendo did reply to bushing’s open letter, he has not succeeded in establishing a conversation with an engineer about the issue. Furthermore, we have learned that they received and read at least two of the original three e-mails that were sent prior to the open letter, and decided not to reply (in fact, one of their replies was to one of the original e-mails, but only after the open letter was posted). Therefore, we can only conclude that they are not very interested in the issue.

As many of you may already know or have deduced, the bug in our open letter referred to a way of reading DVD-Rs (and Video DVDs) without the use of a modchip. Several people have investigated the bug independently, and they’ve gotten pretty close. However, we did discover an easier way of enabling this mode from homebrew, which, among other things, does not require any changes to IOS at all. This method is also relatively difficult to transform into some sort of backup loader.


Erant has been developing a library that uses this trick to enable DVD access for homebrew. We hope to release it this coming week, after a few details have been polished. svpe and dhewg have been working on a native mplayer port that uses this library to play back DVDs, which we hope to release as a proof-of-concept together with the library. We also have DVD-loading versions of snes9x and Genplus.

Non-modchip users will not need a custom IOS. Ironically, this method doesn’t work for users of some modchips. Therefore, these users will require a patched IOS using the well-known UnencryptedRead patch (the library will automatically use it if needed). We’ll try to release a somewhat more user-friendly version of patchmii dedicated to this task together with the library.

Could this mean an eventual ISO or DVD loader for downloaded backup games? Only time will tell, but for now I can safely say Nintendo should be nominated as "Dunce of the Week" for their lack of and follow through with getting this patched. I have a feeling this could come back to bite them...

Link

Link to the directions on how to watch DVD movies on Wii

I've been watching movies and playing around with this thing and it really works good. SD movies work like a charm as well. It was about time this happened.....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

IT READS DVDS OH MY GOD ---SO WHAT

Chojuto said...

Well the Wii isn't normally supposed to read DVD's, so it's kind of a big thing for the Wii.

Anonymous said...

It seems a bit of a cop out on Nintendo's part that they held this back to keep the cost down when surely the cost of a bit of software or whatever it is to read a dvd would be piss cheap?!

Chojuto said...

Yeah I'm pretty sure Nintendo should've been able to add in the ability to read dvd's on the Wii pretty easy, and not have to raise the Wii's price that much at all. The probably considered it not big enough an issue to add it in, but now it's not a small enough issue to leave alone.

TanookiTravis said...

Also, DVD players totally kill drives so maybe Nintendo wanted the majority of the life of the Wii to be spent playing games rather than watching DVDs. I personally wouldn't watch DVDs on my Wii even if it came packaged with the system just because I want my Wii in prestine condition.

Anonymous said...

WOW THE WII CAN DO SOMETHING THAT LAST-GEN SYSTEMS COULD DO!