As you'll no doubt know if you've used a games console in the past decade, the process of packing it up for resale or donation to another person is a lengthy one.
It's no longer a case of simply unplugging said console and boxing it up for a new lease of life; most modern machines will have game installs, WiFi connection data and perhaps even personal information – like your credit card or bank account – saved to their internal memory.
Therefore, before one gives away an old system, you have to say a little prayer to the deity called 'Factory Reset', a process which, to the uneducated, is perhaps a little more obtuse than it should be.
Turns out Nintendo thought of this during the Wii era and produced a special disc expressly for this purpose:
The disc was produced, it seems, to aid retail stores who wished to re-sell Wii consoles while at the same time protect the data of those trading in the machines.
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense – especially as over 100 million Wii consoles were sold, many of which will have changed hands more than once over the years – and is proof that Nintendo really does think of everything.
Ooh, this is a neat find. Certainly faster than booting up the console and navigating menus.
You mean it Wiill wiipe my Wii clean?
…is it bad that I want one of these simply to put on a shelf? What a weird little piece of Nintendo history.
I thought it was one of those optical cleaners from back in the day. Those things usually caused problems instead of improving cd/dvd readability!
These game cleaning kit are nothing new, Nintendo use to have ones for the NES, Super NES, and N64 back in the old days too. They make your games look less glitchy.
This... does put a smile on my face.
forest of illusion is doing god's work
Still got mine. Got it especially for Smash and Other M.
@Specter_of-the_OLED Hillary, is this you?
My favorite game.
As a kid, I thought this literally cleans your disk reader. It cleaning the console's internal memory makes a lot sense now that I think about it.
@Specter_of-the_OLED I think you missed the purpose of this one.
From the headline, I initially thought this was about the Wii disc drive cleaning kit they released after Smash Bros came out because peoples Wiis weren't reading the Dual Layer disc that smash Bros came on. I have that kit.
Having read it the article fully, a factory reset disc sounds really cool and unique!
@Specter_of-the_OLED Those are different. They clean the games. This disc totally wipes the Wii's memory so personal information is gone and all software is removed.
Man, this game is so bad it deletes all my other files.
In the topic of cleaners, there were also an official Wii Lens Cleaning Kit (I own that) and another one for the Wii U (don't own that).
They also have one of these that wipes the eShop too. Too soon?
@Specter_of-the_OLED This is not a laser lens cleaner 😂😂😂 It's an automated storage wiping program
@Specter_of-the_OLED Those are certainly nice cleaning kits, however, if you had read the article, you would realize that this is not the type of cleaning that they are referring to.
This looks so interesting, kind of want one myself..
@PinkPuffball Then per the contact information (recklessly?) provided in the screenshot of the usage instructions, you could always try giving ol' Joe Conklin down at NOA a ring at the listed number .
Why would you ever sell a console or give one away?
A device only a Bond villain would make.
POWER!! UNLIMITED POWER!!!
I had one of those for my laptop but since laptops no longer come with a CD drive anymore, I threw it away.
Imagine printing a bunch of those over with some Super Mario Galaxy graphics and then just leaving them places.
kudos to you if you have that kind of financial security but lots of people end up selling things like this to make ends meet. i have every console i ever had (that survived) but ive certaily pawned and sold my precious guitars to pull rent together in the past.
*i hope 😔
I would ask why not just le the downloaded games be inside the Revolution, bu then I remembered tha the terms of service forbid you transferring downloadable conten to someon else.
@MarkyVigoroth I can't remember if the Wii let you store credit card numbers, but if it did, that was a possible invitation to let others buy games at your expense.
I bought a used PSP from GameStop that still had the old owner's account linked to it. I did the good thing and wiped it rather than see if I could spend the other person's money.
There was a Parental Control password that I think initially prevented me from wiping, but thank Sony for using the least secure reset password possible on the firmware.
@PARK1755 just don't put the disk in the wrong case and accidentally erase your wii.
If you use this disc you can't sell your Wii with the downloaded games, wich is dumb. But to each their own...
I do NOT miss Discs. Thank goodness Nintendo went back to Cartridges; in fact, I Mostly do Digital on Nintendo Switch OLED and 100% Digital on my Xbox Series S!
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