Feeds

Nintendo acts against Wii modchips?

Console internals rejigged

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Nintendo is reportedly tweaking the Wii's internal workings to prevent the use of console modification chips.

According to Taiwanese retailers cited by local newssite DigiTimes, the latest Wiis sport a modified motherboard intended to make it harder if not impossible to add existing modchips - at least not without damaging the system.

Modchips are typically used to allow games consoles to play games copied onto DVD°R/RW media. Nintendo and other console vendors claim these are all pirate copies - many modchip users maintain they're back-ups made to prevent the original discs being damaged.

Maybe, but not every country permits such back-ups to be made, and Nintendo's software licence terms forbid it, so quite a few modchip users are on shaky ground even if they're using copies of discs they've purchased and still own.

Either way, expect modchip makers to explore new ways of fitting their products to the Wii, and likewise for Nintendo to seek methods of thwarting them.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS
It's got four KILOWATTS of something, apparently
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?
Subtle, naturalistic ambiance – perfect for Transformers 4
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.