Been a while since i posted something more than my opinion or comment on news, but hey here's a nice review for you...
I, like many others, have been eagerly awaiting the production release of the WODE Jukebox Wii UBER mod chip
I'm sure I'm not the first to have received and installed the device, but hope the following helps you decide if you want to go this route, and maybe include some tips that may save you some some frustration.
Packaging / Product quality / Initial Impression:-
Ok, so today a package was delivered from the official UK distributor of the WODE must admit the packaging wasn't too awe inspiring, but once opened a very nicely produced product was found. I've ordered a few mod's in the past and I gotta say, the quality/time these guys have put into their product is by far the best i've seen.
The only downside being that there were no instructions included, but a quick visit to the download page of wodejukebox.com and I'm all set...
Installation is actually very easy once you get into the Wii the instructions are clear and as long as you are careful (see tips 1-3) you shouldn't have any problems.
The worst bit is putting everything back together due to the size of the WODE stand (see tip4).
TIP1: Use a few pieces of paper to keep track of all the screws, or you could end up putting the wrong ones back and ruining the threads.
TIP2: The instructions require you to remove the screw for the 'Battery cover' which is located on the left side of the console at the front bottom - Unfortunately I had real problems removing this particular screw and actually gave up in the end. The mod CAN be installed without too much problem even if this screw is left in. This screw simply holds the metal heat cage, if you've been able to remove all other screws the cage can actually be bent (carefully) out of the way.
TIP3: When you're installing the WODE bridge board inside the Wii, carefully remove one of the black cable 'ties' that are on the power cable to allow it to sit flat.
TIP4: In hindsight I should have opened up the WODE stand and disconnected the main (long) ribbon cable from inside it before attempting toeven open the Wii!
Powering on for the first time:-
I downloaded the latest firmware from the site (v1.25) and extracted this to my SD card and had this sitting in the WODE when i first powered up - The wode sprang into life as expected and started updating itself. The update took a few mins, but went through without a hitch.
Following a reboot, the Wii powered on and booted up to the normal Wii menu, no settings are lost and everything looks fine.
I then setup the WODE options for my console, navigation on the WODE menu is nice and easy move the joystick to the right to select an option, left to go back - easy as pie.
TIP: Make sure you review the user manual for what the individual options actually do - some of them were not what i expected.
Booting a Wii DISK:-
WODE should either be put into FLAT mode manually, or you should change the config to use this as default.
Disks seem to boot up without any issues what-so-ever, as you would expect!
Booting an ISO backup (of a disk you own):-
Insert a USB flash drive / Harddrive or an SD card and use the WODE menu to select a game. Once selected the game will appear in the Wii menu's Disk channel (or will boot automatically if you don't change the settings). Load the game as you would normally.
The WODE team have stated on their site that they are hoping to release an updated firmware that will allow you to make backups of your disks directly from the Wii without any need for Homebrew channel or long processes on the PC - this can only be a good thing!
Because the WODE is linux based, there are huge possibilities for future updates!
Because of the way the WODE works, it is highly unlikely that any future firmware updates to the Wii can prevent it from working. The team claim it is impossible, but I'd say highly unlikely!
Conclusion / Rating:-
In conclusion, so far I'm very happy with the WODE Jukebox and am interested to see what the future for this product holds.
I'd give it a 8/10 rating
The reason this isn't a 10/10 is because of the following:-
1. I've only had it 6 hours and can't claim to have tested it fully or with many games.
2. The stand is nicely made, but I prefer to have my Wii laying flat - which isn't an option anymore. Although it might be possible to run the WODE cable a different route - but obviously you still need to have the stand pretty close to the Wii.
Hope this helps someone out.