Looks like they're getting serious now "On Nintendo's homepage, a news article discussing mod chips, reveals that anyone caught installing or selling mod chips (as they're illegal apparently) may be faced with criminal charges. Seems Ninty isn't too happy with the current state of "black-market" modding on their systems and are letting that fact be known. quote: Perhaps you are not familiar with mod chips, but nevertheless we would like to draw your attention to some important information. Modification microchips (mod chips) circumvent the security embedded into Nintendo's products. To install a mod chip into a Nintendo hardware system, it is necessary to dismantle the product and, in some instances, remove components. The use of mod chips voids the manufacturer's warranty. In addition, the installation of a mod chip can damage the functionality of a Nintendo console, sometimes rendering it incapable of repair. Mod chips have been adjudicated to be illegal in various countries around the world, including the Unites States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Most European countries have also already adopted laws prohibiting the circumvention of technological measures for copyright protection. People caught installing or selling mod chips may be subject to criminal charges. Looks like a fair enough warning, but is it strong enough to dismantle the modding community? News source: nintendo-europe.com" Maybe piracy is really effecting them that much that need to go to such lengths to ensure people cant get a modchip. Companies will never win against modchips no matter how much they try to get rid of them.