I was one of those people who payed extra on ebay to get one a few days after launch day.
I had saw stuff like the wiininja and thought about using it when it came out, then i had a friend install a Wiikey later.
bought it on launch. I never even intended to mod it, but after wiinja released I realized that it's better to mod wii since it was just overpriced gamecube imo (after all wii sports fancyness died ;D). Also bought ps3 while knowing that it can't be modded.