Just wanted to add my experience. I had my wii since a few months after release, and had my wii in standby, non stop, for what, years now? The artifact issue just hit me a few weeks ago. The wii menus had dots on it. I called Nintendo and they said it was out of warranty but they'd cover the cost of repair. Turns out it wasn't repair - it was replacement. With a refurb no less because I got an older model wii. Thankfully, the DVD drive was also older. I guess I'm thankful that they replaced it, but it's a refurb with a 1 year warranty. Beats buying a new system I guess, and I know Dell does the same thing as far as refurbs are concerned. Anyhow - just an FYI. If you get a wii serviced for this by N, you'll get a refurb with a new serial number in return.