In their latest attempt to block homebrew on the Wii, Nintendo has begun using a new revision of the Wii's optical drive-one that prevents any existing mod chip from functioning.
We're patiently waiting for the day when modchip makers announce that they've finally cracked Microsoft's Xbox 360 wide open, but until that day comes we'll just have to settle for baby steps. The DevilMod 360 is a dual firmware mod that allows users to have their Xbox 360's optical drive run unofficial third-party…
Last week we mentioned that the firmware of the Samsung disc drive in the Xbox 360 was hacked—allowing you to play 1:1 backups of games but not run unauthorized code—but that it required not only a degree from MIT to get it working, but also resources that only a mad scientist would have access to.
Unlike the GameBoy Advance, the Nintendo DS has been relatively quiet on the mod chip front. PassMe, a pass-through mod chip from Natrium42, lets users load
programs on their DS using the system
s GBA slot. The PassMe does require a genuine NDS cartridge for authentication, but once that hurdle is overcome…