Just unboxed my New black Wii and found out!!
That it is version 4.3E
I cant get hold of any of the games needed to softmod it and the price of them on ebay etc is a joke!
I have been looking at this guide but tbh there is no point if I cant get past step 1....
I know downgrading will brick etc but is there anything else at all I can do?
how do you expect to downgrade it? you need to mod it first.
As said in the guide and MANY posts, THERE IS NO OTHER WAY! cough up and buy/beg/borrow/steal one of the games.