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Here at Ars Technica, we've had some recent personal experience with how Nintendo's DRM schemes can get in the way of using downloadable titles on new hardware. And now, new details about how the Wii U's Virtual Console will interact with previously purchased titles has us wondering.

As announced last week, the Wii U Virtual Console is a completely separate beast from the one on the Wii. It includes new features like independent play on the touchscreen GamePad, customizable controls, and a connection to the Miiverse social forums. If you want these new features on a game you already bought and downloaded on the Wii, you'll have to pay a small upgrade fee: $1 for NES games or $1.50 for SNES games.

All in all, this could be worse. Sure it's a bit galling to pay again for a downloadable game you already own, but at least Nintendo isn't charging the full price of $5 to $9 for previous purchasers. Plus, you do get some new features for your outlay.

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The new Nintendo Network ID system that debuted on the Wii U is a sign of progress for a company that has, historically, not shown a lot of savvy in setting up its online systems. The Wii U lets users connect up to 12 separate Nintendo Network IDs to a single system and use those IDs to easily connect with online friends and strangers. The new Wii U eShop includes many retail games for download on the same day they reach stores, and does away with the "Wii Points" virtual currency that characterized Nintendo's previous console. The company has even promised to roll out a cloud save feature sometime next year.

Given all of these improvements, it's a bit baffling that Nintendo is still caught in the past when it comes to the extremely limiting digital rights management system that ties downloaded game and content purchases to a single console.

As Nintendo's Wii U FAQ makes clear, "a Nintendo Network Account can only be used on the console where it was created." Thus, any games tied to that unique online ID will only work on the first system they're purchased and downloaded to. This is in essence the same setup that Nintendo used to protect downloaded Virtual Console and WiiWare games on the first Wii, a setup that not only utterly failed to stop piracy on the system but also caused headaches for many early Wii owners with faulty systems.

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A day-one firmware update is causing headaches for some new Wii U owners, according to reports circulating online. Consoles that lose power while the massive new system software is being downloaded and installed are reportedly being bricked.

L.A. Times reporter Ben Fritz is one of the most prominent people to tweet that his system was rendered useless by an interruption during the roughly 5GB download, which took over an hour to complete in our tests. Other users on Twitter and gaming forums around the Internet are reporting similar issues. While most users are reporting power interruptions as the cause of the bricked consoles, some reports suggest that losing an Internet connection during the download may cause similar problems.

Out of the box, the Wii U isn't useful for much more than playing games. The launch-day update is needed to activate system features ranging from the new Miiverse social network and online eShop to the ability to play older Wii games on the system.

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Watch in High Definition! Classic Game Room HD reviews the Nintendo Wii ZAPPER gun add-on for the Wiimote to use with shooting games like House of the Dead Overkill and Link’s Crossbow Training! Shoot zombies and happy, child-friendly creatures with this Japanese-produced white, molded piece of plastic that magically transforms your Wii controller into an AK-47 assault rifle, laser cannon or teen rated crossbow. No batteries required, the Wii Zapper gun controller simply works with your battery powered Wiimote to function as a rifle shaped controller complete with a trigger. Solid construction, reasonable price and a pack-in game (Links Crossbow Training) welcome would-be buyers looking for machine gun madness on the Wii. It’s like the Wii Wheel except that it is shaped like an SMG rather than a steering wheel. Classic Game Room hardware reviews cover the newest and oldest video game hardware, controllers, systems and accessories from the past 30 years! CGRHD reviews Wii hardware and games because CGRHD is a Wiiware reviewer reviewing Wiiriffic games and accessories!

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========= +UPDATE+ ========= I have added the hacks.ini files for U,E, and J. Put the file in the root of your SD card. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO YOUR WII! DO AT YOUR OWN RISK! This video will show you how to hack (softmod) your Wii. This tutorial is for versions 4.2U, 4.2E, and 4.2J ONLY! ========= Downloads ========= Pack A1: www.mediafire.com Pack B1: www.mediafire.com Pack B2: www.mediafire.com Pack B3: www.mediafire.com Pack C1: www.mediafire.com Pack C2: www.mediafire.com ***Priiloader Hacks.ini*** You will need to download one of these files for Priiloader to be able to load hacks. Put the file in the root of your SD card ****UPDATE***** I know a few of you have been having problems with Priiloader saying “could not find hack.ini”. To fix this, go here: wiibrew.org If Priiloader does not autoboot to the system menu, download the latest version of Priiloader b0.3: priiloader.googlecode.com Now copy and the text for your region and paste the text on notepad. Now save it as hacks.ini. Now put the newly made file onto the root of your SD card. Test it and make sure it works. Sorry about all the trouble! ===================== How to back up your NAND ===================== Making a NAND backup with Bootmii is highly recommended, it will recover your Wii from 99.9% of bricks. Use the same SD card you used to install Bootmii and make sure there is at least 530mb free on it. Bootmii is very fussy about what SD cards it uses, so avoid generic ones and

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========= +UPDATE+ ========= I have added the hacks.ini files for U,E, and J. Put the file in the root of your SD card. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO YOUR WII! DO AT YOUR OWN RISK! This video will show you how to hack (softmod) your Wii. This tutorial is for versions 4.2U, 4.2E, and 4.2J ONLY! ========= Downloads ========= Pack A1: www.mediafire.com Pack B1: www.mediafire.com Pack B2: www.mediafire.com Pack B3: www.mediafire.com Pack C1: www.mediafire.com Pack C2: www.mediafire.com ***Priiloader Hacks.ini*** You will need to download one of these files for Priiloader to be able to load hacks. Put the file in the root of your SD card ****UPDATE***** I know a few of you have been having problems with Priiloader saying “could not find hack.ini”. To fix this, go here: wiibrew.org If Priiloader does not autoboot to the system menu, download the latest version of Priiloader b0.3: priiloader.googlecode.com Now copy and the text for your region and paste the text on notepad. Now save it as hacks.ini. Now put the newly made file onto the root of your SD card. Test it and make sure it works. Sorry about all the trouble! ===================== How to back up your NAND ===================== Making a NAND backup with Bootmii is highly recommended, it will recover your Wii from 99.9% of bricks. Use the same SD card you used to install Bootmii and make sure there is at least 530mb free on it. Bootmii is very fussy about what SD cards it uses, so avoid generic ones and

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