Originally posted on site in the Blog Post-Modded Life - Case Modding on April 13, 2010. Edited for this thread April 18, 2010.
After many hundreds of hours in front of your modded Wii, suddenly you stop in mid-swing and stare with new eyes at your skillfully-modded Wii. Something seems off. Hmmm, mods all working, your power levels are sky high…hmmm, what could it be? Aha, the plain off-the-shelf mono-colored Wii no longer suits your persona of gaming magnificence. You are in the mood for a case mod. How fortunate for you that there are a number of options to indulge that new desire to have the Wii's appearance reflect your gaming prowess.
Change Wii DVD LED Drive Slot Color
This is one of the cheapest and easiest of the case mods. This option involves a replacement for the Wii’s front faceplate by a device such as the DVD Gate also known as Wii Gate. One simply removes the 4 screws securing the front faceplate of the Wii and snaps in the DVD Gate. The DVD Gate sells in the range of USD $10.00 and is available in red or green:
Wii Console Skin
Skins are applied directly to the Wii console to change its appearance. Good quality skin kits use high-resolution art-quality designs or solid colors that are printed on premium adhesive-backed vinyl that is then sealed with either a glossy or matte (low-gloss) protective enamel coating. Good quality skins can also be removed without leaving any harmful residue on the console. Application of a skin will also cover any scratches or minor dings that have occurred during your exuberant Wii game playing and provide some protection against future scratches or nicks. Do not buy any paper-based skins as these are not durable and are thicker than the good quality vinyl skins. The good quality vinyl skins will last longer and also not obstruct DVD insertion or plugs.
Most skins can be easily removed after application so one can change the Wii's appearance according to one's whim, the season, a new playing partner, or dumping an old playmate. One added benefit is that matching skins for the Wiimote, nunchuck, and even the classic controller are available for many designs. Some Wii skin vendors also offer customized service in the event that no stock design tickles your fancy. The Wii console skin will cost about USD $15.00 and about $5.00 for each Wiimote/nunchuck add-on.
Replace the Wii Console Case
There are several choices to consider when replacing the Wii case; among these are single solid color case or a clear case with LED light display.
Single Solid Color: One can opt for a solid single-color case replacement. Color choices include blue, silver, black, clear, chrome, green, pink, red, and yellow:
The Ronin series of case replacements also allows for such options as changing the DVD drive slot LED color, removable doors, and a special rear access panel that eases exit of cables and provides access for future modifications. Unfortunately, the Evolve series of case replacements is being phased out so the inventory of available colors is becoming more limited.
LED Color Display: There are also case replacements with either a clear case or with cutouts to allow LEDs to shine out and dazzle your friends and family with either a single- or multi-color show. The ii Chameleon Case rotates between more than 6 colors. Other single color versions of LED light-display Wii console cases include light blue, blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, pink, and red.
A new variation of the ii Case is the Hot Rock Case that has a built-in LED thermometer. Color changes signal the temperature of the Wii console in 5 degree increments. When the internal temperature of the Wii console exceeds 55 degrees Celsius or 131 degrees Fahrenheit, the LED will be RED and start flashing to alert the Wii owner to turn off the Wii and check for a problem that might have caused the heating issue. The color gradients progression is light blue, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and then flashing red as described previously.
The replacement cases range in price from about USD $30.00 to $65.00, depending on the options chosen and most come preassembled with online instructions on disassembling your Wii console and replacing it with your new pride-n-joy console.
Specialty or Custom Painting
One can also look for a local vendor that specializes in painting PC desktops and laptops; these folks will also paint your Wii console to either your own design or one of their shop stock designs.
Matching Wii Console Stands
For those who also would like to have the Wii Console stand match the case mod, the vendor listed below carries the Evolve Stealth Assassin line of Wii Bases. That's a replacement Wii console stand and comes in colors that match the Talismoon Evolve line of replacement Wii console cases. Costs about USD $10.00.
There is also a replacement console stand that comes with blue LED lights-couldn't find too much info on it and it had a very poor picture. The site I saw that on while doing research for this Blog issue was neoconsole.com.
You can also use the skin vendors for a custom Wii console stand look that matches your console design-essentially go for a complete matched set with console, stand, Wiimote/nunchuck/classic controller using the skin option.
For skins, just Google and you will see a number of sites that specialize in skins for every kind of device, including the Wii console. Wii console skins are also available through Amazon and eBay, albeit with more limited selections available than by going to a vendor site directly.
A vendor carrying the DVD Gate and the various console case replacements described in this Blog is GameStuff.ca.This is a WiiHacks-recommended vendor who is offering a 5% discount to WiiHacks members. Coupon Code: " wiihacksisfun"
I dropped mine in a NES case fits quite well
just trying to add some leds i have at home to the case and just wondering where to steal some power from? if i could get a diagram that would be awesome.
THe LED cases that come with LEDs pre installed use a jumper cable to steal power from the fan.
Props for providing solid info on oem hardware. I like people that provide intel. I can't believe a project would vampire power from a fan! To me it seems reckless at the least. Wii's seem to have a major cooling sensitivity without mods. In fact, some of the most common problems are with/or caused by overheating. If I were to add LEDs to a case mod, I would tie into either the sensor bar power or the port 1 usb. Both have their own Pros and Cons.
Originally Posted by raidrunner
If you have a wireless sensorbar, you aren't using the port anyway and it's a perfect available connection for power. If you are using the bar, but maybe you only use 1 usb port, then usb is the way to go. Usb ports can actually provide a nice 5v 500mA current. I know the fan provides a higher voltage for running even more LEDs, but the possible risk involved of depriving the cooling system of power outweighs the risk of using both of the other ports together.
I use my port 0 usb for an external Hdd, and the other for a wireless keyboard adapter. I haven't started case modding yet, but it is something that I have looked into for others. So far people have only wanted to replace the blue slot LED and not add any extras. If you would like me to I will test the exact voltage provided by the sensor bar port and what is actually used by the sensor bar. (I had it written down somewhere and now it's gone)
Sr.Celica, how many LEDs are you adding? What are the power requirements? This is a good knowledge base project we can do to get some in-depth specs in the forum.
Does anyone know if it is possible to put a window on the side of the Wii opposite the CD drive behind the motherboard. I have been trying to find a picture to show that side of on a clear case but of the images I have found do not give a very good view of that side. It appears that there is a way, but I do not want to get into modding and realize that there is no way to complete the mod. The window I would like to install is 6ish inches long and 2ish inches tall. How much room is there between the plate and the case? Do these indentations that appear to be screws touch the back panel?
@Hawk1e, yes, those are screws. The clearance between the metal shield and the motherboard is about 1/8th of 1 inch. A window on that side is like putting in a window facing a brick building. Not a whole lot to look at unless you like brick. Although, the grounds of the board are pretty gold and shiny and might look good with some yellow LEDs making them shine bright. If you would like pictures of the shielding without the motherboard they are easy enough to come by. If you are handy with a dremel you might even try your hand at modifying the shield.
Thank you I was about to start the mod with hopes and dreams! LoL I think I can make it work and will post pics once I figure out what I am going to do! Thank you for your response!
I know its 3 months after the question, but you may want to draw power from the AV connector. Pin 4 has +5vdc and pin 14 +12vdc. That power is only used in the Euro region for the Scart adapter.
My wii works fine but does not have a front to it.
I need to buy the front section with the 'Power', 'Reset', 'Eject' buttons and the Memory card door upon it.
I (obviously) do not want to spend a lot :-)
Can anyone advise where to buy a front section for a wii (cheaply) or would anyone have one spare or for sale ?
Hopefully someone can help?
Many thanks !!