Yeah, my friend had someone from our dev team in China get a Wii for him (easy to find there I guess). Turns out that he can play US games, ripped GC games, and probably Japanese Wii games (he doesn't have any Japanese Wii games yet). Is his Wii modified? I thought all Wiis are region locked. It was purchased in China. Oh, he can connect to VC just fine, but his weather channel is locked to Japan .