What were you fearing about? Losing $200?
If you do want a premodded unit, we are sell ours at a reasonable price considering it has a drivekey, and were purchased prior to price drop
You might also want to look at the serial of the new wii, you might find one that can take a modchip still. Wode will work on the new wii's as well, right now we're the cheapest place selling the wode also
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My Wii came with System Menu 4.2, which had only been out a few weeks at the time, so the guides and apps were pretty good but not 100% perfect.
I followed this guide: http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...tem-menus.html which was fantastic. Worked first time without any trouble whatsoever.
I've since installed a new version of NeoGamma which has worked with every game I've tried (the previous version had trouble) and just yesterday I installed WiiFlow and a new version of MPlayer, which work perfectly.
As long as you follow the instructions, and read and read and read until you understand exactly what you're doing, and why you have to do it in that particular manner, you'll be fine.
Im kinda a hard mod fan myself.
I have installed lots of modchips and have my own wii hard and softmodded.
Softmod is nice too (dont get me wrong, i love Configurable USB loader!). Its just, for the average user that just wants to play/have about 10 or 20 games, the hard mod wins out.
Install a modchip and forget about it. New updates from nintendo and game discs ? No problem.
If you mod other peoples consoles, it means they dont have to come running back to you everytime there is an update out.
Its safer! Updates dont tag the console as been modified.
Before bootMii was out: I downgraded a wii console (probably to install some homebrew) then upgraded and boom, its fully bricked...Luckly it was my own so I could deal with it.
There is also no checking to see if you have the right cIOS to run such a game. And if you dont have the latest with a softmod; roll up your sleeves and scour the forums for a install guide...
So a disadvantage to a hardmod, is having to use DVDs. Also some games wont load.
Softmod Wii with a USB Hard drive connected with all your games on it is pure pleasure :-)
Games like New Super Mario Brothers that have new protection are fixed to work quicker with softmods.
So for a average family house with a Wii, I would go with a hardmod. Kids dont care if its cIOS rev13 or rev14 installed, but your console and nintendo sure as hell do.
Its just my opinion so take it as just that.