Wii revision to block modchips

Written by Brett Thomas

March 30, 2007 | 14:14

Tags: #modchip #wii

Companies: #microsoft #sony

Well, we're now already over halfway through March, and if you wanted a Wii, well...we have good news, bad news, and worse news. The good news is that while you've been waiting to find one of the consoles, there have already been two mod-chips released for it. In bad news, they're already being blocked in a new revision. In worse news, you're unlikely to find one anyway, whether you wanted to mod it or not.

Anyhow, back to the modchips. Since January, there have already been two modchips that have hit the street since the start of the year, doing everything from region unlocking to burned discs (though no import support yet). They even allow homebrew GameCube code, which is great.

There's only one thing that's not so great - they're already being blocked. The next revision of the console is modified to make even the new "CycloWiz" modchips useless. The rollout is already underway, and the new versions should already be shipping. For at least another short period of time, the Wii will be modchip free.

Of course, much like Sony and Microsoft have found, it won't stay that way. Most analysts are already expecting a new chip within a month. The "cat and mouse" redesigns of the boards can't go on forever, as redesigns are costly and not all that beneficial to the end product. Console piracy is not a mass-consumer activity to begin with, so putting in the extra effort is usually a wasted expense.

Do you have a thought on the Wii modchips? How about them being blocked? How about where you can even find the bloody console? Tell us about it in our forums.
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