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    Wii Serial Numbers Question

    Hey, I'm new here kinda. I've lurked around before but haven't really got involved. I promise I used the search function. It just didn't come up with any threads that helped me, and some answers were contradictory.

    My girlfriend's birthday is coming up soon and I decided I'd get her a Wii. She plays mine and enjoys it thoroughly. Mine is soft modded and she likes to play the old school games run off an emulator (SNES, N64, etc.) and some of the Wii games I've burnt (Chocobo's Dungeon, Mario Kart, etc.). So I came back on here to look around before buying her one. Now just reading the soft mod page alone, I know that the new models now have a chipset that prevents burnt games from being played. What I didn't understand was the serial key explanation.

    Somewhere on the forums was the statement: "2009 Wii Serial numbers after LU3884XXXX and LEH2676XXXX have probably got the new D3-2 chip that prevents playing backup DVD's. They can still use original discs and USB loaders."

    This is what confused me. what is a "serial number after LU3884XXXX and LEH2676XXXX"? Is LU3883XXXX before that, and LU3885XXXX after? Does it continue like that? Same with LEH?

    My friend and I both have Wii's. While trying to figure this out I asked him to look at his serial number and his is LU1041 which makes sense, 1041 is before 3883. However my Wii is LU6730 which is FAR after 3883 and it's modded with no issue what-so-ever. Did I just luck out, or do we just not understand what is "before/after" a certain number? What kind of serial number am I looking for? Anything LU0000-LU1041? Or do I completely misunderstand this.

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    Yea, you are gonna rack your brain on all that. Chances are extremely likely that if you buy a new wii console it will have that chip. If playing burned games is important, you will need to get an older one second hand or change the drives out yourself. I would spend a little more and get her a usb harddrive so she doesn't have to even deal with disks.
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    Well I'm going to be getting it used anyways. So there's probably a very good chance that they'll have old Wii's there (Haha, maybe even pre-soft-modded as it's a secondhand store, y'never know). I'm just curious what I'm to look for roughly for serial numbers to make sure I'm safe.

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    However my Wii is LU6730 which is FAR after 3883 and it's modded with no issue what-so-ever. Did I just luck out
    When you say this what do you mean by it is modded with no issue whatsoever?? Can you play burned DVD's? The serial number has nothing to do with the wii being modded, just the fact that they can't play burned DVD's...so you would then need to use USB Loading...which is better in my opinion.
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    Sorry I meant I can play burnt games with no issue what-so-ever. They run completely fine.

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    I don't know much about the serial numbers but if you bought your wii used, the drive board could have been swapped. Just a thought.

    You can check the serial at Wii Drives List. Search google for it.
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    Well my Wii was bought from a store. My friend bought it and then I bought it off him. So I know the whole history of the machine, and it was bought 2009 roughly. The one I'll be buying is going to be used though.

    Can the copyright year help me determine if it'll play the burnt cd's?
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    Like Krank said you can check to see what drive you have here

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    No I understand, the only thing is that list is far from complete. For example if you put any serial number around mine, you won't find anything, yet if you put anything around my friends serial you find tons. So the list isn't very helpful if I go there, look at the serials, compare, and there's no numbers roughly in that range.

    Not to mention no one has really answered my question as to what qualifies at "later" and "earlier" than a number. Is it just a number that is after said serial? Eg. 1001 would be later a later Wii serial than 1000, whereas 0999 is before?

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    I don't think any of us know what methodology nintendo uses to brand their consoles serial numbers. There have been some folks trying to use that logic of them falling intto some sort of order like that, but we have seen far too many exceptions. Some are with and some are without the newer drive chips in higher and lower numbers of the serial. We don't keep or maintain any type of database here on site as for the most part most ppl are happy to move onto usb loading.
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