Gamecube functionality in Wii lacking.
I’ve spent a few days playing Wii Sports, Zelda, Castlevania IV and Columns on my Wii and I’ve been mostly thrilled with the experience. Zelda in particular keeps surprising me with brilliant turns in the design that are pretty far removed from the rest of the series.
Tonight, after playing some Zelda, I decided to try out the reverse compatibility with Gamecube discs.
Of course, the most important thing is, does it play the games? And so far, it looks like yes. You pop in the disc, start it in the disc channel, and the system runs the game. There are two doors on the top of the Wii (or the left side, depending on whether you have it standing up like I do or laying down), one of which hides four Gamecube controller ports and the other hides two memory card slots. They’re flush with the edge of the system when the doors are open, so larger plugs, like those on the Wavebird, fit without issue.
I wanted to copy my Gamecube’s memory card onto the Wii’s flash memory, and then to an SD Card so I could back them up onto my computer and erase most of them. Turns out you can’t do that. The Wii interface will only let you copy Gamecube saves to one place: another Gamecube memory card. Which means I have to keep the old memory card as long as I plan to play Gamecube games, unless we get a software change from Nintendo.
Why do they continue to thwart my (less than) evil plans? I’d bet it has something to do with piracy prevention. They might think people will find a way to run Gamecube ROM images from an SD card or something.
I am hopeful. Launch day firmware updates enabled the copying of Wii game saves to SD Card, according to early console impressions, so they could be working on something for this.
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