Do i need to softmod my wii
I have a pal wii running 3.4e with an original wiikey 1 chip and i am a bit unsure as to what firmware the wiikey is running. Now i want to be able to play the latest games and my very limited understanding is, that if you have a drive chip, you can let the games update the wii, but will the latest wii system updates disable my wiikey? All the backups i get are pal, i have never got a ntsc game, ...yet.
If updating the wii will cause my wiikey to stop working, i guess i would need to softmod it, but i know next to nothing about that. What would i require, just the homebrew channel? Or could someone could point me to a good, easy to understand tutorial that would be great as i dont really understand what hackmii, bootmii, gheko os, wads etc, mean, I just want the minimum to run the latest games.