As soon as a new gaming system is released, the modding community pulls out the hacksaws and gets to work. A number of Wii mods have already been showcased, from innocent ones that move the GameCube ports to the front of the system
to more serious hacks that allows the Wii to play burned discs
. Now, Nintendo is reportedly ready to unveil a new round of hardware revisions to keep modders from messing with the Wii's insides.
According to a retailer in Japan, one of Nintendo's changes is to snip some of the pins from the surface-mounted IC on the motherboard, a drastic but simple solution to make current modchips useless. No word on whether these mod-proof Wii systems will be making their way to the U.S. or Europe, but you can bet it will be only a matter of time.