Mod-proof Wiis in Circulation

"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 unmoddable with current chips."

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Nintendo Shipping Mod-Proof Wiis in Japan

Gaming console manufacturer Nintendo are reportedly making a steadfast attempt to stamp out the rampant use of Modchips for their Wii console, and the subsequent piracy of copyrighted games.

...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 unmoddable with current chips. According to a forum post on, three pins used by current modchips to alter the console’s drive software and now physically cut. 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.

It will certainly be interesting to see how these 'Mod-proof' Wii's stand up to efforts to circumvent their anti-piracy measures.

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28-05-2007, 13:20:33

Cpt. Planet and Philly_Boy will be attending this Build-Your-Own-PC event at the North Jersey Micro Center in Paterson NJ in a week from this Saturday...June 2nd. Check out the info here. They have decided to make a run for the front page (top 20) of the 3D Mark 06 ORB at this event.

They'll be assembling my benching rig on a custom Danger Den Torture Rack bearing the Xtreme Systems logo for the event. EVGA has contributed a 680i board that we've volt modded as well as a kickin set of 8800GTX's that we've also volt modded and are scaling quite nicely. We'll have some LN2 cooling on the GFX cards courtesy of Iron Mods and either Chilly1 will have my cascade to me by then or we'll be running a phase driven water chiller for the QX6700 quad core CPU courtesy of myself.Link to see the "Golem" chiller here. Philly also be running a DD supplied water loop for the NB/SB featuring a GTX 240 rad, a D5 pump and DD Maze 4 NB/SB blocks. Corsair will be adding the icing on the cake with a set of their Dominator PC2 10000 2x1gb kits.

I'd love to see a contingent of OC3D'ers up there to enter this contest and/or hang out for the day. I know Jake (Cpt planet) will be there with a rig (or two) as will INJ Viper, and Phelan1777. Can anyone else make it? Please chime in so I can petition for swag for everyone!!

Philly_Boy will be posting a work log of his progress in assembling the rig, adding in the LN2 pots, testing it out, etc here so stay tuned.

28-05-2007, 13:31:51

wow that sounds like pure crazyness, going to be an amazing rig and I wish you the best for the competition!

Can't wait to see the worklog...

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