It seems that Nintendo is now charging almost to full price for a Nintendo Wii if you've installed unsigned code on the machine that resulted in a 'bricked' console.
To quote: I've been asked whether installing the Homebrew Channel (or Twilight Hack or whatever) will void the warranty on a Wii. I've generally said something like "Technically, yes, but I doubt they will enforce that."
This seemed reasonable, given some of the anecdotes I've heard - stories of people ruining their drives with a soldering iron and still getting free repair work done under warranty, etc. I've also said that if a Wii is bricked (and won't boot), then they have no way of actually checking to see what is installed on the Wii - and I still believe that to be true, at least most of the time.
I'll be the first to admit that was wrong, given some recent evidence. My German's pretty bad, but I see ".... Softwarehack ... EUR 210?. That seems awfully excessive, given that the price of a new Wii is EUR 250, no?
I would write this off as an isolated incident - maybe someone installed some truly awful warezloading hack. However, I was sent the following email through an anonymous remailer last month, and it would seem to support the invoice above:
(All typos and misspellings are quoted verbatim; the only edits are (deletions))
This is unacceptable. I was under the impression that most out-of-warranty repairs were in the $75 - $100 range - and this email came with a note saying that the most expensive (common?) repair is to replace the drive for 90?.
Should Nintendo have to pay to repair hacked Wiis under warranty? Maybe not, but they have no (moral) right to gouge customers out of spite for having the HBC installed. Feel free to share your comments below!
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