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Wii disc drive chip with three legs cut (Source: Photobucket user "Queekus")

Shaved chip exposing connections underneath (Source: Photobucket user "Queekus")
Nintendo Wii gets super difficult to mod

Mod-resistant Wii consoles are hitting North American stores as part of Nintendo’s effort to stamp out piracy of its newest video game sensation. The reports of Wiis with the mod-resistant hardware first came in late May, when such consoles were spotted in the Japanese hardware.

Nintendo hasn’t made any major changes to the Wii hardware, but rather has taken measures to make the PCB connections much harder to interface with the mod chips. Three pins used by current mod chips to alter the console’s drive software and now physically cut, making modifications impossible for all but those with highly advanced skills and tools.

Users from the PSX-Scene forums found Wii consoles recently purchased with the IC legs cut, though one modder bravely applied a dremel directly to the chip to expose the connections. This leads some to believe that Nintendo is physically cutting the connections from the PCB as a temporary anti-mod solution, but will eventually introduce a new chip revision that will not respond to current mod chips at all.

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By PitViper007 on 6/6/2007 8:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't think that there was much of a market for modding the Wii. A PS3 or X360 I can see because they have the power to do so much more than just gaming. But the Wii basically has just enough power to do what it does, be a gaming console. But then I guess pirates will do just about anything to steal what they can.


RE: Hmmm
By A5 on 6/6/2007 9:18:12 AM , Rating: 3
If you don't think the main purpose of the vast majority of PS1/PS2/XBox/XBox 360 mods was piracy, then you're only kidding yourself...the other stuff is just a side benefit.

Also, I think that most Wii modchips enable DVD playback if nothing else.

RE: Hmmm
By PitViper007 on 6/6/2007 11:58:30 AM , Rating: 2
Good point (both of them...hehe) I guess when I think of modding, I think of added functionality, not piracy. I just didn't see the point on a Wii. However, DVD playback would be a BIG point for modding the Wii for me.


RE: Hmmm
By Chris Peredun on 6/6/2007 12:00:45 PM , Rating: 3
the other stuff is just a side benefit

I haven't run anything other than XBMC on my Xbox for over a year now, and I've modded at least a dozen for other people to use solely as media extenders.

Maybe it started as the "red-headed stepchild" of modding, but the homebrew market definitely deserves more recognition than a "side benefit."

RE: Hmmm
By therealnickdanger on 6/6/2007 5:22:40 PM , Rating: 2

I for one liked the idea that I could store all MY games on the hard drive rather than swap discs. Sure, I could have copied games or downloaded images, but I didn't. I'm with you, modding is such a great way to expand functionality.

However, one of my favorite mods is playing 8-bit and 16-bit ROMs on new machines... If SEGA would release Streets of Rage 3 on Xbox Live Arcade, I would buy it, but they haven't yet, so I have no other choice! EMULATION BAYBEE!

RE: Hmmm
By Mitch101 on 6/7/2007 10:44:59 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto I did the same but added copying in the games my kids play because they constantly have peanut butter fingers. Yes I buy my games and I outlined how I get them used or from gamefly.

Not everyone who mods a console is a pirate they just see the potential that the X-box was a decent looking PC for the living room that cost $50.00 used in most cases today or $129.00

Mainly though its a media center extender (XBMC) for me. My digital camera records in quicktime and its nice that the x-box can play those back on my TV otherwise I would have to convert them or only view them on the computer. I leave the pictures on my PC and watch them through the X-box. Keeps everyone from crowding around your computer.

RE: Hmmm
By Christopher1 on 6/6/2007 1:59:13 PM , Rating: 1
I have to admit that most of the reason for modding a Wii is to play backup games or pirated games.

I freely admit that. With the cost of Nintendo games.... piracy is the only thing that this would be used for.

With the XBox360 and PS3.... that isn't the case, those games are HELLISHLY expensive and you DON'T want to have to get the runaround in order to get the games fixed, so you make a 1:1 copy and play the burned copy.

RE: Hmmm
By xsilver on 6/8/2007 8:56:11 AM , Rating: 2
what the?
you're saying that because the wii games are cheaper the sole reason for modding them is for piracy?
but when the games are expensive on the PS3/xbox360 you just buy them and make 1:1 backup copies?

oh please...

Serious Modder
By InternetGeek on 6/7/2007 10:25:14 PM , Rating: 2
though one modder bravely applied a dremel directly to the chip to expose the connections.

That guy has ice running through his veins. I wouldn't come closer than 1m with a solder on hand to my xbox...

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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