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Mod-resistant Wiis hit American retail stores

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Jun 2007 8:00 User comments (39)

Mod-resistant Wiis hit American retail stores Late last month we reported that mod-resistant Nintendo Wii consoles had hit Japanese retail outlets in an effort to curb piracy. Now it seems that those same consoles are making their way to North American shelves.
Although Nintendo hasn't done much in terms of changing the hardware, they have made the PCB connections alot harder to interface with the current generation of mod chips. The three pins that are currently used by mod chips are physically cut making it almost impossible to modify the new consoles.

Many modders from forums around the net have purchased the new consoles to see what they are up against. Many have concluded that this round of consoles is just temporary until Nintendo can release a completely new chip set that will make it completely impossible to modify.

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39 user comments

16.6.2007 8:11

All they are doing is opening things up with this as a new challenge. I can see in the next few months its gonna be a new break through and they gonna be mad. It has been many attempts to keep them from being able to do this and each time they said it was hard or harder to do it and it was done. So sooner or later it will be done. Its way to many creative minds.

26.6.2007 8:20

This kinda reminds me of when Billiam Gates said nobody can hack his OS and what have people done every year. I know Nintendo is a completely different company but this is a direct challenge to those who enjoy making them look like fools for saying this.

36.6.2007 8:32

Just a waste of money from nintendo this system will be cracked before the summer over.

46.6.2007 8:49

Already done!

h**p://psx-scene.com/forums/wii-modchips/57077-rumor-about-wii-NTSC-j-cant-modded-4.html

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Jun 2007 @ 8:50

56.6.2007 9:48
scott2k7
Inactive

proper link please

66.6.2007 10:21

Seem to remember Sony saying the same thing about the PS2. It really makes me wonder..who is Nintendo addressing? The modder/hacker community, or the noobs who wouldn't bother anyway?

76.6.2007 10:30

Quote:
release a completely new chip set that will make it completely impossible to modify.
until the new set of mod chips breaks it

scott2k7
it is a proper link,the ad filter here locks onto words and nukes links pics and other things in order to put a link to that word.

so you need to unlink a link

http:
//psx-scene.com/forums/wii-modchips/57077-rumor-about-wii-NTSC-j-cant-modded-4.html


otherwise you get this
NTSC-j-cant-modded-4.html" target="_blank">http://psx-scene.com/forums/wii-modchips...t-modded-4.html
see
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Jun 2007 @ 10:31

86.6.2007 11:04

Nintendo, the fact that you're trying to stop me is gonna make it that much sweeter to mod your console and play my backups and (if I'm lucky) homebrew.

96.6.2007 11:07

hm so what kind of things can you do with a modified wii?
like play 'backup' games and such? i dont know sh1t about modding consoles, except the PSP muahahaha

106.6.2007 11:55
scott2k7
Inactive

backups homebrew lots of things

116.6.2007 14:14

Give it time and everything will be possible :)

126.6.2007 14:34
mglez86
Inactive

well, like they said, it's already posible, i am surprised that all those who love wii are not mad now, well, brings me back to my point that those who hate on a console don't do it because they know about it, but because they want to feel like the one they do have was the right choice. well, i'll just go play super mario on nintendo x_x

136.6.2007 16:24

I think Nintendo just made this statement to throw a "joking challange" Any company that states it's unhackable, uncrackable, not possible to decypt, is
1.Just fooling themselves or
2. Were lied to themselves and believe that the boogyman lives under their bed.(Everybody knows he lives in the closet)
Whoever came up with this idea sold it to nintendo, and the suckers bought it. Just like the AACS The company that does the dvd coding?)
There are how many billion people in this world? Somebody is always smarter.
Hell, when satalite came out........No more people stealing free cable. No we just get new cards.
Douches.
Just my thoughts
LD

146.6.2007 17:09

Publicity stunt plain and simple. I'm surprised Sony hasn't tried it yet.

156.6.2007 17:23
WierdName
Inactive

This is quite retarded if you ask me because all they did was throw down the gauntlet and now the hackers will come running for the challenge.

166.6.2007 18:45

Letter from Nintendo:

"We are proud to announce our "modproof" Wii. This will prevent hackers from using modch-[long pause] ...what...? Whaddya mean its already cracked!! We havent even released it yet! SOB!! You gotta be ****** kidding me!"

176.6.2007 18:48
WierdName
Inactive

Originally posted by limelight:
Letter from Nintendo:

"We are proud to announce our "modproof" Wii. This will prevent hackers from using modch-[long pause] ...what...? Whaddya mean its already cracked!! We havent even released it yet! SOB!! You gotta be ****** kidding me!"
Amusing but wouldnt that be a press release/address thing instead of a letter?

186.6.2007 23:50
duckNrun
Inactive

gawd... dremmeling into a chip to access the cut feet to resolder them.

looks like the mouse just got better before the better mousetrap became mainstream!

pmsl

197.6.2007 0:21
scott2k7
Inactive

cant ya just get a bit of pcb board like the old wii and attach it to the bit cut out then put the chip on

207.6.2007 4:26

Yeah this is definitely a publicity stunt to get more people to get a Wii. Means more money for them in the end. If more regular people and people they consider hackers, piraters or whatever buys a Wii for this challenge it keeps them ahead in the game system wars for the time being.

217.6.2007 7:22

Quote:
This is quite retarded if you ask me because all they did was throw down the gauntlet and now the hackers will come running for the challenge.
This statement was made for the benefit of the content-providers, not the end user.

227.6.2007 7:36

Originally posted by mglez86:
well, like they said, it's already posible, i am surprised that all those who love wii are not mad now, well, brings me back to my point that those who hate on a console don't do it because they know about it, but because they want to feel like the one they do have was the right choice. well, i'll just go play super mario on nintendo x_x

Not only that, but it's a possibility that they may end up shelling out more money just for it to be mod-resistant.

237.6.2007 7:56

Originally posted by spydah:
Yeah this is definitely a publicity stunt to get more people to get a Wii. Means more money for them in the end. If more regular people and people they consider hackers, piraters or whatever buys a Wii for this challenge it keeps them ahead in the game system wars for the time being.
I don't think the Big N is having a problem with selling the Wii though...

247.6.2007 8:39

That may be true now but in a few months when all the systems are pushing to make their holiday sales this could change. Now I still believe by next year the Wii will start to fall back due to people wanting more and the Wii is already giving its customers the more now. Its only so much you can do with a system thats already pushing its maxed output. Oh and I know the loyal Nintendo peeps gonna have something else to say but hey the whole thing about being in competition is to never show your hand to early so keep a look out for the consoles.

257.6.2007 9:31

Yeah, I'll have to defend that. It's not like Nintendo is holding back consoles, since they're putting out more in sales each month more than the last. As for showing their hand first, we have yet to see Mario and Metroid, which looks like they will land just in time for the holiday battle. With Halo coming out for 360, I'm interested in seeing what Sony has to counter, now that MSG4 is pushed back to 08

267.6.2007 9:36

if hacker and modder buy this for new challenge
then there gonna sell more wiis whch means nintendo is still winning the war lol??

277.6.2007 9:37

Quote:
This statement was made for the benefit of the content-providers, not the end user.
They're called "developers". Not "content providers".

287.6.2007 12:47
iking
Inactive

damn i got one of this consoles. i brought to a guy that does modding and he said he couldnt do it. i just got my wii last week. hopefully they come up with something.

297.6.2007 14:40

Get over it, windsong.

308.6.2007 0:37

Quote:
completely impossible to modify
how many times have we heard this statement before?

318.6.2007 5:35

wow lets give game developers EVEN MORE reason to focus on the Wii and keep ps3 on the back burner. man the ps3 launch went sooo bad and it dosnt look like its getting better :(

328.6.2007 6:21

Ahaha. I totally read it as mud-proof Wiis. I click on the link, expecting to see a photo of a rubberized, off-roading Wii, but it's just some junk about modding. Why would anyone bother? There are hardly any games yet worth buying, let along taking the effort and risk of stealing.

338.6.2007 12:13

Originally posted by georgeluv:
wow lets give game developers EVEN MORE reason to focus on the Wii and keep ps3 on the back burner. man the ps3 launch went sooo bad and it dosnt look like its getting better :(

was the 360 any better off its first year? the PS3 is a ulgy duckling once Sony knocked 100 off it and more game trickle to it it will becoem the next dream cast........hey the DC was a great system :P

LOL

bad bad bad

348.6.2007 12:33

Yeah, defenitly a publicity stunt!
I dont have mine yet :( been waiting on it for a while now but its kinda hard in Latin America. Did you know that a STANDARD Wii console in Latin America costs around $430!! STANDARD!! NO BUNDLE OR ANYTHING!! IT DAMN WELL BETTER NOT BE MOD PROOF!! Anyway outbursts aside, has anyone played like old ROM backups on a Wii successfully?

358.6.2007 14:28
diableria
Inactive

its about time till they hack it again, stop being greedy nintendo

3612.6.2007 10:54

Originally posted by diableria:
its about time till they hack it again, stop being greedy nintendo
UMMM....that's why they are in business to make as much money as possible, it's not greed when in a business enviroment. It just sucks to be a consumer.

3712.6.2007 17:09
djs2
Inactive

I got one of those this weekend and had it modded yesterday. He just chipped the chip back far enough to find the missing 3 legs to grab on to.

3826.7.2007 19:31

Is it possible to make a mod-proof system?

3927.7.2007 8:31

Originally posted by Unfocused:
Is it possible to make a mod-proof system?

sale the PS3 at 1G a pop then no one will want it....hehehehehe

but really is its made it can be hacked

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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