Video: WODE - Wii Optical Drive Emulator Announced

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239w ago - WODE (Wii Optical Drive Emulator) has been announced, an exciting evolution of the Wii modchip.

WODE will include a Flatmod type mainboard that attaches (solderless) to the Wii drive cable similar to other available chips.

It also comes with it's own vertical stand that harnesses a slave board with built-in LCD, USB, and SD slot. The SD card is used to house the powerful Linux-based WODE software.

Features:

• Play Wii & GC game ISOs direct from USB Mass Storage devices @8X read speed (HDD and FLASH drive)
• Complete Solder free install solution
• Easy to use GUI - LCD & Joystick - NO homebrew software required (no any update of console SO can block this device )
• Region hack, Update blocker, Autoboot.
• Passthrough with FLAT-MOD mode built-in, play your DVD-R Wii & GC backups and Imports @3X read speed
• Powerful ARM9 MCU
• Totally Flexible Linux Kernel
• USB hub support for multiple USB devices connection
• Great File System support - use existing WBFS formatted media or 'drag and drop' ISOs to existing USB devices

- NTFS
- WBFS
- EXT3FS
- HPFS

Future updates will bring more cool features:
 

Wii Remote with Integrated Wii MotionPlus Coming to Europe

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239w ago - The accessory specialists of Sunflex Europe have announced the XL+ series for Nintendo's Wii, due for release prior to the Christmas season of 2009.

A characteristic feature of the new series is the built-in MotionPlus feature, as follows:

The new Premium Remote XL+ includes the technology of the Wii MotionPlus add-on built right into the remote, so no more accessories are needed. In addition, the built-in battery of the Remote XL+ can be charged conveniently via USB cable and every Remote XL+ offers an external sync button.

The Remote XL+ will be available throughout Europe on November 15th 2009, with a Recommended Retail Price of € 49.99, and comes with a free second wrist strap, rechargeable batteries and a USB cable.

To quote: "We are pleased to offer innovative accessories that go beyond the usual offerings to our customers. The XL+ series was just the logical consequence of the market developments in recent months and the buyer will receive innovative and practical accessories from one source, without buying several gadgets", said Mike Steup, managing director of Sunflex Europe GmbH.

The Premium Wireless Motion XL provides fun for wireless gaming with the Nunchuk. The XL+ version is characterized by the fact that the receiver of the device has the...
 

Capcom Dev: Sony Motion Controller Means Wii-to-PS3 Ports

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239w ago - During a recent interview with Capcom's Jun Takeuchi, 1UP (linked above) was told that several Japanese developers welcome Sony's upcoming PS3 Motion Controller as it opens the door for Wii-to-PS3 ports.

To quote from the interview: "1UP: What about Sony's motion control device?

JT: Well just being from Capcom, I can tell you that we have a lot of good ideas on how to make use of that technology and we're looking forward to putting them into practice.

However, speaking to other developers in Japan, I've heard a few of them say they were delighted by the Sony motion controller because they can just port over their Wii titles to the PS3."
 

Toys R Us Ad Indicates Wii Price Drop to $199 This Month

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239w ago - To follow-up on the previous rumor, today a leaked Toys R Us ad is pointing at a $50 Nintendo Wii price drop to $199 this month.

To quote: "While the Walmart listing we saw didn't put a price tag on the Wii–currently still at its launch price of $249 USD–the Toys R Us version does, pegging the new MSRP at $199.

And that's with Wii Sports included, not a stripped down package. The ad is purportedly from the end of September, due to hit the week of the 27th according to the tipster that forwarded a shot our way.

That's a week earlier than we were expecting based on the Walmart tip we received, but still not official in any capacity.

If accurate, that would mean a price drop announcement from Nintendo sometime within the next two weeks, possibly during the Tokyo Game Show."
 

Rumor: Wii Price Drop to Arrive the First Week of October

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240w ago - Update: The official response from NOA, as expected, is "Nintendo does not respond to rumors and speculation."

Advance retail listings forwarded to Kotaku indicate that Nintendo is planning to issue its first price drop on the Wii, with a less expensive version of the console–currently priced at $249–coming the first week of October.

To quote: "That listing comes from an early version of a Walmart ad that loosely dates, but does not price a "rollback" for Nintendo's console. While the ad is not official confirmation of a price drop, the timing makes sense, as the Wii is about to enter its fourth holiday shopping season at its original price.

Should Nintendo announce a price drop prior to October, it has a venue at which to do it. The company will be participating at the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009, a multimedia event that runs September 26th to October 4th, overlapping with the Tokyo Game Show.

With Microsoft and Sony recently issuing their own price cuts on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo may be wisely following suit.

Due to the unofficial nature of the price drop info, we're labeling this rumor for now. We've been in touch with Nintendo of America and Walmart to get comment, but...
 







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