Hello from Ohio, I love my Wii.
I have the Japanese version of Wii. My son just brought it back from the far east. A little difficult to figure out, but not too bad.
I am wondering what kind of hacks are available? I just found this site today.
well, you can purchase a mod chip for it and install it. that way you can play game backups. you will have to update your's fully with the japanese update, not american or European, if you do this it will brick it, needless to say, you can install the chip and play and games. american, japanese, and european no problem. You can also softmod it if you would rather not open it up, and in doing so you can play game cube backups. Thats about it though.
I will be doing a Live installation on a modchip on this site at www.wiihacks.com/live on saturday, 8pm eastern time american