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The reason I'm working on building out a home library of the GBA -> Wii U era is that it was such a unique time in games where they moved to a whole new audience. Motion controls, multi-screens, touch screens, party games, ad-hoc networking, etc.

With the 3DS and Wii U online support closing down I want to refurbish the lower end equipment to have the libraries available as succinctly as possible.

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The 2DS has hardware to play GBA, DS, DSi, and all but a couple 3DS games. The Wii U has hardware to play Gamecube, Wii, and WiiU. Both of these have been jailbroken to the point you can backup pretty much all games for them into a home library.

Also, the "DLC" amiibos have been jailbroken where you can make little amiibo coins for a few cents using a phone app and rfid stickers.

So, building a lasting home library of them is really possible right now.

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There will be emulation in the future of course, but the specialized hardware doesn't translate well most of the time. How do you emulate a Wiimote without a Wiimote?

It's an era I really want to have as a couch co-op setup. A box with my boardgames I can pull out when friends come over and we can play Wii sports. That will always bring me joy.

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Oh, another thing I forgot to add is there is a community project underway to create a community ran replacement network for Nintendo Online that brings back the MiiVerse, has Splatoon events, etc. That works on WiiU, 3DS, and emulators for those.

pretendo.network/

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Also, I don't think I explained why this may be important to get now. With the official servers sunsetting in March 2023, you can currently buy a used WiiU or 3DS that is locked to a Nintendo Online account you don't have access to, and call Nintendo support and have them reset it for you. Once that support ends you will have to use some sort of hardware chip flasher to get into a locked system and set it up.

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@polymerwitch I want to do this so bad. There's really no decent way to emulate something like Trauma Team and there are so many other games I used to play that I haven't been able to revisit

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@polymerwitch "3DS and WiiU"

...not DS...? (I guess that's a different thing, but; I don't think DSes can do peer to peer so it'd still need a network to connect to)

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@The_T I don't think Nintendo DS had the same online network.

There might be another project for online services for DS. I'm not sure.

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@polymerwitch I guess it's good for them to get a jump on things; the 3DS's online still has a awhile left to go

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@The_T Until March 2023. That's when that and the WiiU services are sunset.

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@polymerwitch I’m pretty sure there’s also open source Mario kart servers for the Wii

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@polymerwitch do you know of a reasonable solution for portable DS emulation besides "do it on a phone and use touch controls"?

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@polymerwitch oh reading the rest of your thread I should probably just buy a 2ds huh

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@darius A 2DS is great, and pretty cheap. Another option is the Steam Deck or similar device. Emulation works well on it, but you have to use buttons to toggle screen placement and it just feels ... different. However, it is playable and probably is enough for a lot of people.

The Steam Deck can also emulate a bunch of stuff including some PS3 and Switch games.

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@polymerwitch Nice. I have a hacked Vita which is a beautiful machine for emulating basically every system I care about except the DS and it's so frustrating!

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@darius The price is a little higher for 3DS variations and Wii Us right now because of the online services sunsetting (they will completely shutter in March 2023). They are still affordable though. I just got a Wii U with tons of extra controllers and lego starwars for $150.

I bought my 2DS a few years ago refurbished from Nintendo and it was $60. I think second hand they are more like $80 now.

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@darius @polymerwitch I have a hacked 2ds and I highly recommend it!

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