Hello, first time poster here in the Wii forums. I've debated long and hard about getting which next-gen system - I can only afford one at the moment - and since I'm a huge Nintendo fan, I decided to go with the Wii. Now, I know this has been asked before, but I do have some questions that I couldn't find any information of. If this thread serves to be an eyesore, I'm really sorry, but I just have to know. So, with that said, let's begin. I plan on buying a Wii around next week. I've read about the recent update and how it's affected some chipped Wiis. While I'm all for supporting Nintendo, I'm in a country where it's hard to find releases, so I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy one with a chip already installed. Now, for the questions: 1. ) Should I buy a PAL console or an NTSC console? 2. ) What sort of things do I need to make sure of before purchasing? For example, before forking over the money for a DS Lite, you check it for dead pixels first. What do I need to check for before buying? 3. ) Are there any types of Wii I should steer clear from, with a certain serial number and so on? 4. ) Wi-Fi over here isn't that accessible as well, and I may not be able to update my Wii's firmware regularly. If on the off-chance I go ahead and buy retail games, will they update the console with every new release in lieu of being update over WiiConnect24? 5. ) If I go for a modded Wii, what's the recommended modchip I could have for it? Also, what should I make sure of before puttig down the money for it? I have other questions, but pleae, if you have the time, kindly sate my curiosity. Thanks.