Originally Posted by PENDRAG0ON
I think that early Wiis had problems. Mine is a 2008 model so I hope it holds up.
This is odd, usually Nintendo hardware is rock solid. They have always been one company that I never feared buying a launch unit from...
I swapped out the optical drive on our 2007-ish Wii last year after it died. Supposedly, the most recent Call of Duty WIi titles have been guilty of killing Wii drives. In the case of the most recent COD titles for the system (BlOps & MW3), Treyarch did something different due to Wii's paltry RAM - instead of loading an entire level/map, COD Wii basically loads the data as you play, leading to rather overactive drives. Some are claiming that this activity is crushing the mechanincal drives in these units. At one point, NOA was supposedly offering out of warranty fixes to those who had their Wii drive die after playing COD, although based on info I read a while back on the COD official forums, NOA eventually stopped helping out COD users with freebie fixes.
I wonder if Xenoblade is utilizing the same style of "load as you play"?
Mine died while playing COD:BlackOps. It & MW3 will make the Wii drive run like mad - I could hear it fairly loudly with the original drive - less so w/ the new one, but you can certainly hear drive noise more so than on pretty much any other Wii title (incl. the oft-pesky SSBS).
After some searching online, I found I could get a replacement drive from a 3rd party parts supplier (and a Nintendo friendly hex screwdriver) shipped to me in 2 days for a bit less $$ than sending the dead Wii to NOA for an out of warranty repair. Pretty easy to swap yourself.