Well to start off, you can either softmod it or hardmod it (modchip). Modchipped wiis dont need any software installed to it. You simply remove the cover and install the chip( could be hard if you dont know what you are doing). If you dont like that idea, then softmodding it is the way to go. There are guides on here that will take you step by step to softmodding the wii. If you have a newer wii, you could very well have the new drive chip which doesnt allow you to play backup discs. You would have to use a hard disc drive (HDD). When softmodding you do have to worry about bricking the console. If you do follow the correct guide to a T and know the do's and dont's, then you shouldnt brick. Also a virgin wii is what you currently have, meaning no mods done to it. Hope this helps.