I'm attempting to change my black Japanese Wii's region settings to USA. I've done many hours of research over the past few weeks to formulate a plan, but I have some uncertainties on the final steps, so I'd appreciate some expert input before I attempt them. Steps Taken: 1) I started with a new black Japanese Wii (SM 4.0j, SN LJF50...), fresh out of the box. I established an Internet connection, but performed no updates (that I know of). 2) I used bannerbomb to run HackMii Installer v0.3. I installed all 3 items: BootMii as IOS (could not install as boot2), HBC, and DVDx. 3) I used BootMii to create a NAND backup. 4) I used Trucha Bug Restorer to get the Trucha Bug in IOS36 (downgraded IOS15, patched IOS36, restored IOS15). I enabled all 3 items: Trucha, ES_Identity, and NAND Permissions. 5) I installed Preloader to give myself some brick protection. 6) I installed cIOS rev14. Steps Planned: 7) I will use Firmware Downgrader to install System Menu 4.0u. As a side effect, this will overwrite Preloader. I will also change the console region to USA and the Wii Shop country code to USA. 8) I will reinstall Preloader to restore my limited brick protection. 9) I will run AnyRegion Changer to change any remaining region settings (i.e. language and game region). I'm considering switching the order of Steps 8 & 9. It seems like it should work either way, but perhaps one way is safer. I read on a forum post that Firmware Downgrader can fail to change the console region (error -102), so if this happens, perhaps I should run AnyRegion Changer immediately after Firmware Downgrader without rebooting. I want to minimize the time during which Preloader is not installed, and I want to minimize the time during which the System Menu region does not match the console region. Any thoughts? Are my steps logically sound? Other than the standard inherent risk of all Wii hacks, are there dangers that I may not have considered? If I am successful, I'd like to post my step-by-step guide including explanations of the purpose behind each step. Hopefully it will both educate and instruct noobs like myself who would like to have a black USA Wii. As such, if you have any constructive critiques of my steps, please let me know. I'd hate to pass on flawed instructions!