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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: ha, "mod-proof"
By Samus on 5/30/2007 4:25:14 PM , Rating: 2
I've already modded one of the rev A4 consoles. They've been here since the beginning of the month, not just in Japan like this article says.

Wiinja has already updated their installation diagrams with the new revision. Basically, you need to run a few more wires or repair the traces with a graphite/lead pencil or radioshack tracepen.

It isn't really any more difficult than the initial stages of the mod. The most time-consuming part, as usual with any console (except the XBOX which was a joke to mod) is opening everything up because of all the pieces of the Wii housing and the different screws (philips/tri-star)

And, lastly, as any WiiMOD owner knows, the suckiest thing about modding a Wii is the fact that the Wii drive is VERY picky about media. So far Memorex DVD+R's have worked best for me, but half the time I get a disc read error while loading a burn.


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