If you’ve always wanted to get into PMDT’s Project M but lacked the NTSC Wii for it, fear not – it can now boot on all Wii systems.
For those not in the know, Project M is a massive mod overhaul of Super Smash Bros Brawl which removes many of the casual elements, such as random tripping and heaps of endlag, in favour of Melee-style gameplay. It even adds a tonne of new stages, as well as including all the new characters available in Brawl like Wario, Zero Suit Samus and fan-favourite Solid Snake.
To install PM, you’ll need a Wii (updated to the latest firmware), a 2GB or smaller SD card (or a <32GB SDHC), a PC/laptop that can read & write SD cards, a USB stick (8GB should do the trick), and an NTSC version of Super Smash Bros Brawl. An ISO file can be downloaded relatively easily online, but we could never endorse such heinous actions. The whole process takes about 12 minutes or so, and a video tutorial is available below.
Sadly, a very sudden and unknown intervention caused PMDT to stop developing Project M, which most suspect was a cease and desist order from Nintendo. The development team refuse to elaborate on the circumstances, and have never blamed Nintendo explicitly, but a few ex-devs have referenced ‘legal troubles’ as the source. Only three companies had their properties used by PMDT to make Project M – Nintendo, Konami and SEGA – and the latter have publicly endorsed Project M before, leaving only two realistic candidates. Given Nintendo’s record of adversarial conduct when it comes to people playing old Smash games, they’re the most likely suspect.
Despite the shutdown, Project M is still very much a complete product, and is regarded by many as an instalment of the franchise comparable to Melee and Brawl. It’s worth a try if you enjoy Melee‘s gameplay, but yearn for a bit more content.