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List of Wii drivechips

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An installed Wiikey, one of the most popular Wii modchips

Wii drivechips are electronic devices that modify or disable the built-in restrictions of the Nintendo Wii video game console. At present, all modchips operate by physically modifying the Wii’s DVD drive. As a result, they are often referred to as drivechips. Most modchips are capable of circumventing region coding and copy protection, which allows users to play games created in different regions, load burned discs, and use third-party homebrew software.

Drivechip issues[edit]

There have been reports of bricking (rendering the unit inoperable due to an incompatible firmware update) of a small number of Wii consoles after the installation of an update to System Menu 3.0,[1] released on 7 August 2007, in which Nintendo warned explicitly that modded consoles could be rendered inoperable after installation.[2]

List of drivechips[edit]

Note that all D3-compatible chips are "plug and play", limited to a 3x disc read speed, and most have issues with streaming GameCube audio. For any chip to work on a D3-2 or D4 drive, a source of external storage (i.e.- USB flash drive) is necessary.

Name Availability DMS/D2A Compatible D2B Compatible D2C Compatible D2C2 Compatible D2E Compatible D3 Compatible D3-2 / D4 Compatible Notes
Argon/InFeCtuS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No InFeCtuS chips are universal, can be flashed for other consoles.
Argon2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Chiip Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
CycloWiz No Yes No No No No No No
FlatMii Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes USB only Fix for New Super Mario Bros. Wii is proprietary, and only supported by the FlatMii team.
FlatMod Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Fix for New Super Mario Bros. Wii is proprietary, and only supported by the FlatMii team.
D2Sun Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
SunKey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SunDriver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes IDE/CompactFlash or SATA interface Completely replaces the Wii's disc drive.
OpenWii No Yes Yes No No No No No
Wasabi DX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Can act as a Wasabi Zero after a firmware update and reinstallation.
Wasabi V1 No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Wasabi V2 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Needs an update No No
Wasabi V3 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Wasabi Zero Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Identical to the Wasabi V3, but includes a JTAG port and the ability to go solderless.
Wi-ic No Yes Yes No No No No No Error 001, which is in games as old as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is not automatically patched.
Wii-Boss No Yes Yes No No No No No
WiiD No Yes Yes No No No No No
WiiFree No Yes Yes No No No No No Open-source drivechip.
WiiJii No Yes Yes No No No No No
WiiKey Yes Yes Yes No No No No No "Quick solder" method will not work on D2B Wiis with a missing pad or cut legs.

The latest firmware fixed "Error 001", but brought back issues with GameCube audio streaming.

D2CKey No No No Yes No No No No
D2Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
D2Lite Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Loading burned discs requires a special firmware. Units with a yellow sticker can be flashed with WiiKey 2 firmware.[3]
WiiKey 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Appearance is identical to D2Lite. Early chips even had a white PCB.
DriveKey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WiiKey Fusion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Via SD card Appearance is identical to DriveKey.
Wiinja No Yes Yes No No No No No
Wiip No Yes Yes No No No No No
Wiip2 No Yes Yes No No No No No
WiiRez No Yes Yes No No No No No
WODE Jukebox Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes With a USB hard drive
YAOSM No Yes Yes No No No No No Open-source drivechip.
Yowii No Yes Yes No No No No No Open-source drivechip.
SureFire No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Based on Flatmii, no external support needed, but only runs if wii menu is 4.0 or under (will not work on wii menu 3.3)

References[edit]

  1. https://www.engadget.com/2007/08/07/wii-update-provides-minor-menu-changes-could-brick-modded-conso/
  2. "Wii Firmware 3.0 update may brick modded Wiis". August 9, 2007.
  3. "Yes - the WiiKey2 1.3 Odyssey updates works for d2lite - WiiNewz - Nintendo Wii Modchip & Hacking Community".


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