Newest Wii revision to shun mod chips

— 12:03 AM on March 28, 2007

Nintendo has taken steps to prevent users from installing mod chips in its Wii console, according to DigiTimes. The site says the latest revision of the Wii has an altered circuit layout that makes modification more difficult than with previous versions of the machine. This move is reportedly an effort by Nintendo to halt the increasing use of mod chips, although such a quelling might only be temporary. DigiTimes has heard from its sources in Taiwan that new mod chips compatible with the new Wii revision are likely to come out in less than a month.

However, the site says its sources also think that Nintendo could choose to adopt ball grid array-type integrated circuit packaging, which would increase the time needed to develop new mod chips to "at least four months." A waiting time along those lines could discourage users from wanting to modify their consoles altogether, the sources add.

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