Newly released at Consolesource:

The Wasabi DX Solderless Wii Mod Chip is now available at for as low as $44.90.

The Wasabi team have stepped up to the plate and joined the latest evolution of Wii chips and are proud to bring you the Wasabi DX mod chip for Wii. This latest Wasabi DX works the same as the Drivekey where rather than connecting to the controller chip of the DVD drive, it runs directly off the DVD drives ribbon cable, this also means the Wasabi DX will work on the latest D3 drives as well as all other Wii drives. The Wasabi team have been around since early 08 and their chips have always been the highest quality and we except the same thing from the Wasabi DX modchip. If you are the owner of a brand new D3 drive, or even the epoxy D2E drive, these DVD cable chips can be a really good and cost effective solution for your console. The Wasabi DX like other DVD ribbon chips is limited to 3x read speed, but this seems like it won’t be a big issue and the only thing it should affect is game loading times slightly.

The Wii Wasabi DX is flash upgradable via DVD and also they have included a J-Tag connector as a failsafe backup if the chips ever need to be hardware upgraded because the DVD update was blocked for any reason. With that being said we don’t think the DVD update will ever be blocked, but it’s a really good thing to have the J-Tag connector there just in case, as the team could release a J-Tag programmer if DVD update was ever blocked and you would be able to program the chip using the programmer and a PC. The Wasabi DX Wii mod chip will work on any console and any drive type anywhere in the world, there is no having to check your consoles serial numbers, or worry about if you have an epoxy D2E drive or not, they will simply plug in and work no matter when you bought your Wii. The Wasabi DX for Wii is truly a plug and play solution that will enhance the experience and possibilities for your console. You will be able to play games from outside your consoles region and also play legitimate backups of your original games, no longer will the kids be able to destroy those expensive disks.

One of the other interesting things the Wasabi DX modchip has is the brickblocker, this feature has fast become one of the main reasons people will buy a chip over another, and we would go as far as saying it’s more important to the end user than the chip being upgradeable. The brick blocker function will make sure that if you play a game from outside your consoles region and it contains a Wii system update, the Wasabi DX will block the update so that your Wii won’t be damaged by the incorrect firmware version being sent to the consoles bios chip. In basic, a Europe PAL console was never meant to be able to play USA NTSC games, so the system does not have a safely measure in place that will stop a NTSC game from updating a PAL console with the incorrect firmware, when this happens it’s called bricking your console, this will basically freak the machine out and it will cause issues like original PAL games not to work on the PAL console anymore, to the Wii being totally useless, which is where the name bricking came in. So the Wasabi DX brick blocker will mean that if you play a NTSC game on a PAL console and that game wants to try and update your Wii, the Wasabi DX will block this update, for a lot of people that have kids, this is a very important safety feature.