Modding a Nintendo Wii
Installing the Modchip
Before you install a Wii modchip, make sure you’ve read and unterstood the modchip compatibility information mentioned earlier in this article and elsewhere on the Internet, and then find out which modchip(s) will work for your console. Once you’ve decided on which modchip to buy, make sure you buy it from a reputable seller. You can usually find these on the modchip’s official website. I’ve included some links at the bottom of this page.
If you’ve never soldered before, make sure you practice several times on similar sized components before you attempt the real thing! Also, google for soldering tips and make sure you know the correct method of soldering. If you mess up your Wii, you’re going to feel really bad.
You can see a video of someone installing a Wiikey modchip here (Spanish): http://sclipo.com/controller.php?p_action=view_detail&video_id=KWF2M7S4P2
Make sure you’re comfortable with that type of soldering work before you start. Below is a picture of my Wiikey on top of my Wii DVD drive and next to a pencil for size comparison.
Before you can solder your modchip, you need to first take apart your Wii. Here’s a nice video from Youtbue on how to do that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8epujddQTc
You’ll need a tri-wing screwdriver, which can be hard to find. You may be able to find them on Ebay or select Radioshack stores. I have a few extra ones I can sell you (contact me via my blog).
Make sure you have the finest tip sodlering iron and thinnest solder you can find. You may find a wick, flux, and a magnifying stand useful, although I didn’t use any of those for my installation. Also, make sure your soldering iron is 15 or 20 Watts– any higher may damage your Wii.
Finally, here are some links to information related to Wiikey installation (and acquisition). Although there are other great modchips out there, the Wiikey was the one I installed, hence the Wiikey information here.
- http://www.wiikey.cn/index.html – Wiikey official page.
- http://www.wiikey.cn/resellers.html – Recommended resellers for Wiikey. I bought mine from www.canadamods.ca.
- http://www.wiikey.cn/images/installWiiKey.pdf – Wiikey installation instructions.
- http://www.wiikey.cn/DL/wiikey.1.9s.us.rar – Latest Wiikey update. Required for Super Smash Brothers Brawl to work. Burn to DVD, insert into Wii, and follow instructions.