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Those Wiikeys and Cyclowizes could be soon out of a job

The huge and immediate success of the Wii is attracting attention from millions of consumers – and of course, along with the market follows the nefarious types. Modchips for Wii appeared just a couple months after the console’s availability, opening up the black market for the piracy of Wii games.

In fact, the advent of modchips for Wii has actually sparked increases in demand for the console in markets where piracy runs rampant, such a China. According to a Gamasutra story, imported Wiis from the U.S. and Japan sold in Shanghai during late 2006 for near retail prices. Following the release of the modchips, the demand of Wii increased, as did its price by more than $100. Pirated Wii games are sold on the black market for approximately $1.30.

Nintendo is finally putting some effort into thwarting the viability of Wii mods, as reports from Japan indicate that the latest console hardware revisions are now much more difficult to modify with current chips.

According to a forum post on Hacken.cc, three pins used by current modchips to alter the console’s drive software and now physically cut, making modifications impossible for all but those with highly advanced skills and tools. The hardware revision has only been discovered in Wiis from Japan, though it’s reasonable to expect that anti-mod measures will soon make their way worldwide.



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RE: And the cycle continues . . .
By Flunk on 5/30/2007 9:25:25 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know about that. Pirated Gamecube games were preitty rare. If Nintendo had stuck with a silly size for the discs (such as .5 a cm smaller than a DVD or .5 cm larger) and written the data backwards (like with the cube). They would be much harder to copy.


RE: And the cycle continues . . .
By Homerboy on 5/30/2007 10:30:44 AM , Rating: 2
Rare? They were as common as any other console. Game was released. Game was pirated. If they stick with a non-standard size, then that means increased costs in producing a "special Nintendo only" sized disk. And a Cd/DVD drive to read it etc etc.


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