Nintendo Wii "CycloWiz" Mod Chip: It's Alive!
Last week I wrote a little ditty about the debate over console mods. I've heard arguments that the last generation's most popular systems – the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox – enjoyed their success on account of some serious "hackability". Not so hackable was the Nintendo GameCube, which sported a tiny little freak of a minidisk. That's changed with the Wii, however, and now there's evidence that a recently developed Wii mod chip works quite well.
The new chip is called "CycloWiz", and gives the Wii compatibility with backup, import, and DVD/+R discs. In addition, it maintains the much ballyhooed GameCube backwards compatibility.
The most difficult part of the modding process, as expected, is cracking open the Wii. Like other consoles, Nintendo uses an odd "triangular screw" that can make peeling apart the system (without breaking it) quite a pain.
It's unclear as of now what kind of applications can be taken advantage of by way of the new CycloWiz chip, but we'll stay on updates as they're released.