well i had my wii since the beginning of this year and the first thing that i did was had a chip put into. I had another wii before the one i currently own and it was soft modded. I prefer the one with the chip because i never had to worry about running all these preloaders and patching the games and what not. So if you got the money for it, i would recommend you to chip your wii. if you dont have the money for it then just soft mod it for now.