Submitted by Valay 991d ago | article

Nintendo made rounded discs and a separate Wii channel for the same reason: Piracy prevention

NE: "It seems odd that Nintendo would choose to force you to boot up a separate channel altogether if you want to play Wii games/old downloaded titles on the Wii U, doesn’t it? After all, every prior backwards-compatible Nintendo console just lets you play previous-generation games in the same way that you play the proprietary games on the system. Even 3DS puts your DSiWare titles on the main menu, as though they’re eShop games." (Wii U)

dazzrazz  +   991d ago
What kinda imbecile writes those articles lol
scottd  +   991d ago
The Wii did the same thing you had to boot to gamecube mode ( the gamecube disc were small) and it didnt stop piracy, you could also play everything off an external usb
stragomccloud  +   991d ago
Except Gamecube games... unless you had a special hardware mod. Wii games worked fine though.
OneAboveAll  +   991d ago
Does anyone know how to access the virtual console store on Wii U? I can't find it. Want to download SMB3.
byeldell34  +   991d ago
just go to the wii menu but i don't thank you can down load it
scottd  +   991d ago
I bet you have to go into Wii mode to access the VC store. Also I think the rounded edges are simply because there proprietary disc so there needs to be a slight difference from regular disc.The drive will still play regular disc, otherwise the system would not play Wii games
neogeo  +   991d ago
Could someone clear this up for me? Do the rounded disks on play in a normal disk drive? Like if a person wanted to burn the disk the rounded disk wont fit?
#3 (Edited 991d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
Sano64  +   991d ago
nope, they used a proprietary 25GB disk, so it wont work in a bluray drive
neogeo  +   991d ago
Thanks. I remember Wii games spin backwards but LG made a DVD player that also spins backwards and they burned from there. Dreamcast also had a proprietary disk but it was hacked quickly.

I best any company can do is a least make it so it takes 5-6 years before its opened up wide.
scottd  +   991d ago
not without the proper software, if the Wii U disc fit in a regular drive then its only a matter of time before someone writes a program to read the Wii U disc, rip and burn them.
jmc8888  +   991d ago
What people are forgetting is that with other consoles, people would get a mod chip and then download (or buy) a pirated version of the game.

The thing is, where do you find a rounded disc to burn?

This is an example of a good type of piracy management. Change the physical nature of the disc to make it harder to play pirated copies on the Wii U rather than add obstructive DRM (or a more invasive version).

So I don't think this is about playing rounded discs in, say a PC DVD drive, at least that portion....it's about not allowing discs burned on a PC to be able to be played on a Wii U...whether they make a mod chip or not.

While nothing is said to be certain, it is an interesting theory.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Until Dawn Review | AusGamers

10m ago - AG: Even though Until Dawn dropped us into the ski boots of perpetually horny, relentlessly hunt... | PS4

Until Dawn Review | Game Over

23m ago - GO: There was a moment near the end of Until Dawn when I knew I was doing something stupid. My c... | PS4

Check What PS4 Games are Coming Out in August

Now - At Releases.com you can check release dates for all PS4 games. Visit now and start tracking the games you plan to buy. | Promoted post

Mega Man Legacy Collection Review | The Game Scouts

32m ago - Tin Salamunic: As I finalized my thoughts on the Mega Man Legacy Collection, I found it difficult... | PC

Year Walk on Wii U gets a release date

39m ago - Award winning Indie-game Year Walk comes to Wii U September 17th | Wii U

Top Five Most Anticipated Games

40m ago - After the reveals and announcements of this year's E3 and Gamescom, one of the writers at Throwin... | PC