WiredPRNews.com — This is a review of the solderless and no clip Nintendo Wii Modchip. I’m personally curious to see if it lives up the crazy hype. The drive key is the 4th generation chip to go retail and is the only solution for d3 DVD rom drives. The chip works like this; you open your Wii, plug the chip in between two flex cables and put your Wii back together. There is no soldering required. The chip is probably going to take over the market as many have estimated so hopefully you will find out in this review if it really as good as they say. The DriveKey is designed by the same people who did the Wiikey, D2PRO, D2CKEY, d2lite and the Wiikey 2 you would then only assume that it would be made from high quality components and be very well assembled. This is the true as the chip is built very well; the components are of high quality including the flexcable clamps and the DIP switch module. The stickers are a nice add on and remind me of the normal XBOX Modchip stickers. From my testing I have gotten to work the following Wii original games, Wii import original from Japan, Wii backups, Gamecube originals as well as imports and backups. Finally homebrew disc’s also worked great which was a great plus for me. The only thing I’m not sure about is the guitar hero custom music discs. You may need more tweaking to get it going. The only bad things I can find about this chip was that it only can read 3x, this is not a big deal and is not much of a noticeable difference. The only other limitation is that some gamecube games have audio problems and need to be manually adjusted.
It is amazing to me how the Wii was modded so quickly and the chips are getting easier to install. This chip is considered one of the easiest chip to install and it made by a great company. The Wii will hopefully some day catch up to other systems that have a great homebrew following. We already seeing a super Nintendo emulator hopefully more emulators will be ported to this system. I think in time the Wii will go down in history as the next homebrew console. I’m hoping that we see a media center and other fine programs. The modchips for the Wii are currently better then the softmod out and with new updates for this Modchip coming out all the time I would assume that the modchips will always have the edge over the softmods.
The Drivekey is the easiest Modchip to install out there and it works as advertised. It took me less then 20 minutes to install. I love that it has a built in configuration menu this is very useful as you don’t have to waste media to run it. It also great that you can update it via DVD or a JTAG programmer. This is wonderful cause when your firmware comes out you can update your chip and not just buy a new one. Would I get this chip over the others? That is very difficult question to answer, but I would have to answer yes overall. The only other solderless solution out on the market uses a “clip” that snaps on the DVD-ROM and in my own personal experience clips seem to come loose allot. If you happen to get the Wii model D3 this is at the moment the only chip on the market that can get backups booting on your console. I think it great that with the Drivekey I don’t have to worry about soldering all I need to do is open your Wii, plug in two cables and I’m ready to go. I can definitely see this chip taking over the market for the consumer who doesn’t want to risk damaging their Wii or can’t or didn’t want to solder.