questionsshould i fix my wii for $90 or get a new one?

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Buy a new one. Around $150 (with some goodies) is about right- potentially better for Black Friday if you can wait.

Then sell the extras that come with it- you'll probably get your total cost back down close to the repair price.

Mario Kart w/ the wheel goes for around $30 on the Amazon marketplace. You can try to sell on Craigslist and not have to pay the Amazon fees.

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If you're pretty good at fixing things and you're feeling brave, I found a site that sells wii parts: http://www.wiishopexpress.com/Wii-Parts-and-Cables-s/112.htm

If the motor/DVD drive is still good it might just be the laser lens.

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Just get a new one, and sell the old on eBay. Probably pay the same in the end, but you'll have a new wii!

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In addition to @falcondeal, sell the games that you get multiples of. You'll get at least $20 a piece probably.

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Disk read error is how I got my PS2 for cheap.
I took it apart and cleaned the lens with %90 rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip. Sometimes the track the lens sits on can get stuck on one end or the other. Gently move the lens from the extreme end of the track. I have "fixed many kinds of CD DVD players using the two methods above.

If it was me I would review the links below until I felt comfortable in taking doing it myself. All you will be out is time if something goes horribly wrong.

Sites I found helpful for Wii.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwCvcANL0zA
http://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-Repair-Nintendo-Wii-Power-Reset-Sync-E/?ALLSTEPS
http://www.howcast.com/videos/395715-How-To-Take-Apart-Your-Nintendo-Wii
http://gameolosophy.com/consoles/wii/repair-my-wii-console-myself/

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If you have a bunch of virtual console games and save games, you may want to have it fixed.

When mine went bad there were certain save games that did not allow you to backup to an SD card or USB drive. And I had a bunch of VC and WiiWare games I didn't want to lose. (I may be wrong but I don't think you can transfer you WiiWare and VC games to a new console.)

For those reasons I went the repair route. If you have it done by nintendo, you get a new warranty on it.

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HACK IT. Sorry I hit submit before I could elaborate lol

Hack it and you won't need the disc drive...you can boot your games from USB devices. It's actually a lot nicer, you can switch games without having to get up :)

It's super simple and there is some awesome home brew. I downloaded the ScummVM emulator - you can play all of the oldschool point and click/Lucasarts games on your wii :D

Not sure what version you have, but if you're interested, one of these 3 links will tell you how. Some of the info is completely superfluous and unnecessary, so it might seem a little more complicated than it actually is.

http://www.wiihacks.com/tutorial-archives/24839-softmod-any-4-2-wii.html
http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-faqs-guides-tutorials-only/24630-full-hacking-guide-4-2-system-menus.html
http://www.wiihacks.com/tutorial-archives/16970-new-3-1-4-1-softmod-any-wii.html
http://wiihacks.com

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@rustybender: You are correct. My brother and I bought games on our Wii. I bought a second one and wanted to xfer some games. No Such Luck. >:C This is why nintendo is doo-doo

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@cowboydann: Same thing happened to me. I now have 2 Wiis the original that's broken that has 100s of dollars in VC games and a new working Wii collecting dust because I never can bring myself to play it.

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@phizzo: supposedly you can mail it to them and they can transfer the games over. It just cost money and you need to call up their service.

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@cowboydann: That must have changed I will give them a call tomorrow! I have like a launch Wii and one from 2 years later. I called them a couple years ago and was informed the only way I could get my VC games was a repair. Thanks!

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I meant to edit that post...

You don't need to "pirate" your games from places like isohunt or thepiratebay - you can rip them from your own discs.

Although if you already own them, it's legal to download 'em...and may be quicker than ripping...not sure about rip times. But I seriously doubt they'd be very long.. then again, they probably have an assload of buffer.

Did I mention how much I like being able to switch games with my WiiMote? :D

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If you buy a new one, WATCH OUT. If you play GameCube games, some new consoles will be removing that feature.
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/10/11/new-wii-bundle-includes-new-super-mario-bros-loses-gamecube-sup/

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New. See if you can find a red one. Those are sweet.

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I say hack it. For less than the $90 you can buy something called WODE. It plugs in between the DVD drive and the board inside and lets you run games off a network or USB drive. It's immune to system updates from nintendo and you dont need the drive to work either. I have one and love it!!

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@cardinalsfan: Seeing as how OP's disc drive is not working, I think this is out of the question. Also, softmodding (like @drchops suggested) is free.

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@yankeefan1087: the drive doesnt need to work, in fact, i took the drive completely out of mine and put in a HDD and I have the USB hanging out the front dvd slot.

yes softmodding is free but there is always the scare of bricking your wii or it being bricked when a new update comes. Just giving him another option that worked for me.

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If you decide to buy new, Target has a Wii bundle with Mario Kart for $134. It includes the console, one Wiimote, one nunchuck, the game, and a driving wheel. If you purchase it in-store, you also get a free $20 Target gift card. The only thing is their return policy kinda stinks. This deal is good through 10/15/2011.

http://www.target.com/p/Nintendo-Wii-Console-with-Mario-Kart-Bundle-Black-Nintendo-Wii/-/A-13493290