While it does not have the high-performance graphics processors of the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, the Wii has still become the most popular gaming console in the world, despite being launched much later. Everyone of all ages have found it to be extremely accessible, and much of that is to do with its innovative motion controllers. But if you are looking to make more of the system, we should try to best explain benefits to softmod Wii machines, which can really add a lot to the experience.
A softmod is basically using software to change how the console works, enabling some features and disabling others. So if you do this you are able to use third-party applications and channels like the Home-brew Channel, games, media players and much more.
The Home-Brew Channel, once installed, shows up as as a normal channel in your Wii menu, and when launched opens a new menu with a list of applications that is stored on a USB drive or SD card.
When we talk about softmodding, the question of piracy comes up as the term is often thrown in with terms like jail-breaking, chipping or home-brewing, but that is not what it is all about. While you many be able to run game back-ups, it is expected that you do own the original disc, but this way you don’t have to worry about your discs breaking, and you can even run the games directly off your USB drive.
This means your quite expensive Wii discs can remain safe and there is no chance of little hands damaging them. Instead you can have all your games accessible from 1 source, and with so many of the Wii games being short and quick party games, this can really be time-saving as all you need do is reset the machine and load another. The games also run smoother and faster off the USB drive.
Being able to using a media player on your console is a great bonus, and there are a number of media players you can add to your system, so you can watch DVD’s, video files and listen to music. There are also radio programs for internet radio and comic book readers. For many people these novelties add to the system. Especially if you live in one of the many countries that cannot access the official store that may offer some of these things.
The list of home-made software to download and install on your Wii grows every day, and some of them are great fun and some are even very useful. Apart from the third-party games and game tools, there are things like a metronome for your Wii, web page browsers, magazine readers, recipe collections, alarm clocks and map systems. You are even able to turn your controller into a spirit-level for projects at home like hanging pictures, or you can make the whole thing a whiteboard and use the Wii mote as a pen.
The different emulators you can add to the system means you can play games from many older consoles, gaming systems and even some classic PC games. There are emulators that will have the nostalgia rushing back as you can play some great old classics from the original Playstation and best of all return to classics like The Day of The Tentacle or Full Throttle or even the unforgettable Quest games that Sierra made around twenty years ago. For many that could be enough of a reason to consider the softmod.
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