I feel your pain...you might want to try calling Nintendo first. If it's been 9 months you are more than likely still under warranty and it may not cost you anything to replace except the time without it. But I certainly do feel your pain. My two year old just put my Wii out of commission by putting a pog (small flat round card board thing) in the dvd slot. It's already been a week and it stinks, esp since I had been waiting for Big Brain Wii Degree for a while and the day before it comes out my boy takes my Wii down.