Development of many of the homebrew applications began on the Game Cube and, with the Wii’s legacy support for the Game Cube, continue to work on the Wii.

Some folks in the scene have predicted that modchips will become obsolete, as Datel has recently released the Free Loader mod DVD disc for the Wii (soft-mod), which makes it possible to play imported games without the danger of breaking the Wii through the modding process.

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- Beware the orientation (front or soldier side) of RS-232 Connector - Prolonged heat to BS170/IRF510 will kill it permanently Features - - Non Swap/Direct Boot for Wii back-ups - Non Swap/Direct Boot for GC back-ups - Non Swap/Direct Boot for Homebrew in GC mode - Non Swap/Direct Boot for NTSC region Wii games/back-ups on US and JAP consoles - Boots PAL Back-ups/Originals on NTSC WII consoles (partially without swapping) - Boots NTSC Back-ups/Originals on PAL WII consoles (partially without swapping) - Boots different region GC Games Original/Back-up Imports (partially without swapping) - EUROPE/USA/JAPAN Wii Console Support - Double soldering option, 6 wires or Quicksolder (No wires required!

Trouble shooting notes: - If you sure the connectivity is perfect, please try to plug your programmer into a Desktop PC (or different desktop) instead of a Laptop.

UPDATE: Nintendo has said that it is aware of the Wiikey group's attempts to hack Wii U security but believes the console's systems that block pirated games currently remain secure.

"Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security," a spokesperson told Eurogamer.

And it appears Wiike U does not enable homebrew, region-free gaming or let anyone cheat in a game.

However, if Wiike U is the real deal, it's bad news for Nintendo, which battled against piracy throughout the Wii's lifecycle.

The group claims it's compatible with all Wii U models from all regions.

However, it is important to note that the group is yet to publish evidence to back up its claim.

Released back in 2007, the original Wiikey 1 modchip is still receiving updates and is fully compatible with the latest copy protection systems.