Tokyo Japan - Nintendo could be sticking it to the mod-chip makers by rolling out new Wii motherboards that are supposedly tamper-proof. The boards have been neutered of three essential pins that are commonly used in attaching the mod-chips.
According to the gamer website Wii-News, the pins of the new Wii motherboards have been physically cut from the board. The cut eliminates the connection from the motherboard to the integrated chip and appears to be physically irreversible because there are no leads coming out from the IC.
Presumably it will take several weeks for the new consoles to make it to the retail chain so modders can, for the time being, pick up a moddable Wii.