Nintendo's New Wii Console Attempts To Block Modchips

"Nintendo has altered the circuit layout of its Wii games console in order to block the increasing use of modification chips (modchips)"

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 27/03/07
Author: PV5150
Source: DigiTimes

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According to our online source, Nintendo is apparently getting edgey about the proliferation of modification chips available for their Wii console. In order to combat the trend, Nintendo is releasing a revised console with an altered the circuit layout to block the increasing use of modchips. However, retail channels in Taiwan are reporting that the next generation modchips are capable of working with the revised Wii consoles and may become available in less than a month.

The new Wiis, which are part of new shipments of the console, have an altered circuit layout that makes modification more difficult than in earlier versions. Users attempting to mod the new consoles using current modchips are very likely to damage the system, the sources pointed out.

In view of past instances where Nintendo and other games console makers including Microsoft and Sony have revised the circuitry of their consoles in attempts to to disable modchips, it is a logical expectation that a more advanced modchip specifically for the new Wii revision will be available in less than a month, the sources indicated.

Some providers of Wii modification services in Taiwan think Nintendo could adopt BGA (ball grid array) IC packaging to prolong the time needed by hackers to develop new modchips to at least four months. The longer waiting time would likely reduce the willingness of some users to modify the consoles...

Are Nintendo fighting a losing battle?

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26-03-2007, 09:11:13

8800 ftw

26-03-2007, 11:25:29

That's a no brainer. 8800 def. 640MB version if you're going for high rez

26-03-2007, 16:21:59

An 8800 for its performance and feature set (DX10). But also 7900GTX are hard to come by.

26-03-2007, 16:45:52

8800 or maybe 8600 when they are released?

26-03-2007, 17:01:03

8800GTS FTW! :cool:

26-03-2007, 17:15:10

imo SLi is a wste of money, 2 of one card is always beaten by one newer card (in my eyes anyway)

as said already it has full DX10 support so going for a 7900GTX is simply buying into technology that is dead, looks towards the future i see DX10 :P

29-03-2007, 07:52:13


imo SLi is a wste of money, 2 of one card is always beaten by one newer card (in my eyes anyway) :P

That is a really good point and has just swayed me - I was considering 2 x 8800's in SLi to kind of future proof a bit as my impending new rig will have to last me a while..

BUT like you say - in a couple of years there will be single cards that out perform 2 x 8800's.....thanks guys :worship:

29-03-2007, 08:25:35


BUT like you say - in a couple of years there will be single cards that out perform 2 x 8800's.....thanks guys :worship:

More like a couple of months :p hehe

29-03-2007, 20:51:19

aint it so :( i hate the pc techology game, specially when u dont have enough ££ to keep upgrading to the best and when u want to sell its worth pennies than what you bought it for but ah well

and with graphics cards there coming out all the time and so its hard to find the best perofrmance for your money, a couple weeks later it will change to the '1337 power extreme bla bla new GPU , GDDR15 ultimate GPU for DX20 card'

if you could, try waiting for ATi's counter, even if it doesnt match up the prcie of one 8800 will drop as time flies

31-03-2007, 04:47:59

Definately go for the 8x00 cards. I too am in the same boat as you, but am waiting to see what Ati have to offer

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