Yesterday we told you about some hardware enthusiasts at the Annual Chaos Communication Congress who announced that they were able to hack the Nintendo Wii using a custom serial interface. Their development will allow for all sorts of fun software, since Wii hacks up to this point haven't been able to fully utilize Wii hardware, instead settling for watered down Gamecube-specific solutions like Gamecube Linux. Here's a clip of the announcement from 24C3. Watch the whole thing if your a techie, or just skip to the end for the money shot. [youtube via wiinintendo]
@majortom1981: Assuming I understand the structure correctly, its not easy to change in firmware. The discs are encoded with a fixed set of keys already, and they have to continue to support those keys. More over, the method they used to extract the keys in the first place most likely cannot be disabled by firmware without disabling Gamecube support completely (since they are physically remapping the address lines); so the keys could simply be extracted using the same method. This is the basic problem with all software validation schemes. Its basically impossible to lock people out if they have physical access to the system (unless you rig it to blow up when people tamper with it a la military systems).