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For what it's worth, there's almost always at least a couple of these at my local thrift stores for $20, all accessories included. I'd check your local shops before buying this.
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Spend the $30 extra and get the Wii U.
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Easily moddable with all sorts of good options -- playing games off HDD, gcn compatibility, all sorts of emulators. Just need an sd card. 4gb should be plenty. Obvious downside is component or composite output.

Make sure to buy model with gcn controller ports. I don't think red has them. Some white and black may lack them as well.

you can probably find it cheaper at Goodwill garage sales but a friend just paid 100 for a pre-modded one on eBay so this obviously beats that
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Easily moddable with all sorts of good options -- playing games off HDD, gcn compatibility, all sorts of emulators. Just need an sd card. 4gb should be plenty. Obvious downside is component or composite output.

Make sure to buy model with gcn controller ports. I don't think red has them. Some white and black may lack them as well.

you can probably find it cheaper at Goodwill garage sales but a friend just paid 100 for a pre-modded one on eBay so this obviously beats that
$100 for a pre-modded one is a joke of a price considering how easy (practically automated) it is to mod these. Are they not technologically inclined even a bit?
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Better off going on ebay
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Spend the $30 extra and get the Wii U.
Wii U can't play gamecube, if someone wants to play those games with a component cable there is really no better option.
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$100 for a pre-modded one is a joke of a price considering how easy (practically automated) it is to mod these. Are they not technologically inclined even a bit?
They are... Unaware of the market, shall we say. To him, it's a better deal than getting a new classic, snes classic, Sega mini, etc
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Wii U can't play gamecube, if someone wants to play those games with a component cable there is really no better option.
The Wii U CAN play Gamecube games, the system just doesn't have the ability to read Gamecube disks. If you hack the Wii U, you can install the Gamecube game ISO files on the internal storage and run them with the GCN controller adapter that was released for Smash 4.
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The Wii U CAN play Gamecube games, the system just doesn't have the ability to read Gamecube disks. If you hack the Wii U, you can install the Gamecube game ISO files on the internal storage and run them with the GCN controller adapter that was released for Smash 4.
He's correct that the WiiU can play GameCube games if backed up to internal or external storage.

However having both modded Wii and Wii U consoles over the years, the Wii is notably easier to work with. The modding scene is far better developed (given how the Wii has been around longer, and it seems like almost every person owned one). The potential of bricking the console while modding is practically nullified by the number of guides out there that walk you through by the hand for Wii.

The only thing a modded WiiU can really do beyond the Wii is play "some" DS games and "some" PSP games. And the leg work to get it to do that isn't unsubstantial.
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He's correct that the WiiU can play GameCube games if backed up to internal or external storage.

However having both modded Wii and Wii U consoles over the years, the Wii is notably easier to work with. The modding scene is far better developed (given how the Wii has been around longer, and it seems like almost every person owned one). The potential of bricking the console while modding is practically nullified by the number of guides out there that walk you through by the hand for Wii.

The only thing a modded WiiU can really do beyond the Wii is play "some" DS games and "some" PSP games. And the leg work to get it to do that isn't unsubstantial.
Can the Wii do N64? My Wii U can.
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Wii U can't play gamecube, if someone wants to play those games with a component cable there is really no better option.
Yes it can, with Nintendon't. Can even use Wavebirds (with USB adapter) or Wii U Pro Controller.
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Can the Wii do N64? My Wii U can.
Yeah most games have about the same compatibility between the two. Really N64 emulation sucks on both though. Dropped textures and incompatible games abound.
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The only thing a modded WiiU can really do beyond the Wii is play "some" DS games and "some" PSP games. And the leg work to get it to do that isn't unsubstantial.
Isn't the Wii limited to 480p, though? Obviously if you're playing GC or Wii games on a Wii U, you're upscaling from 480p (and 288p if N64), but I'm pretty sure for $30 more I'd rather have native 1080p output with an HDMI cable than component. Especially since the upscaling is handled by the TV (and so if a TV is good at upscaling, it should be fine).

Admittedly, I say all of this without first-hand knowledge. Maybe I'm overestimating the quality difference. Still, it's hard for me to imagine that $30 isn't worth the advantages of the Wii U over the Wii in at least some cases.

That said, as I'm just now getting my Wii U (from the other GameStop deal) set up, I realize how much more of a PITA it must be. Hacking it with Haxchi was pretty easy, and Wii U USB Helper is pretty cool, but heck if I know where to go now. Do I need to do more than add the games via WUP Installer GX2? Do I need Nintendont? Do I need other emulators and if so, should I use RetroArch or something else?

From what I've seen, there's no noob-friendly guide in the Wii U community (on reddit or GBAtemp) that just flat-out tells you what to do, they just have guides for their individual projects and if you ask questions not related to that project, they tell you to "Google it". Whereas the Wii community guides are way more comprehensive.
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Yes it can, with Nintendon't. Can even use Wavebirds (with USB adapter) or Wii U Pro Controller.
Yeah and so can my PC. I think the point was it can't play them natively.
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