I'm not saying they are, I'm asking if they are. It's my understanding that a hardmodded console is illegal in America but is a soft modded? What about the Free Loader? I ask this because I plan on running a Tatsunoko vs Capcom tournament at a local gaming cafe and I don't want to cause any legal disputes for them. Obviously backing up a game I don't own is illegal. I'd go the safe route and buy myself a Japanese Wii if I had the money but that's not the case so please no sarcastic responses concerning that.