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New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again 258

Posted by Soulskill
from the glad-to-know-you're-still-watching dept.
Nintendo has tried to block homebrew during firmware updates in the past, often unsuccessfully. Now, as it rolls out version 4.3 of the Wii System Menu, stopping homebrew modifications once again seems to be its primary goal. From Nintendo's support site: "Because unauthorized channels or firmware may impair game play or the Wii console, updating to Wii Menu version 4.3 will check for and automatically remove such unauthorized files." Since it's hard to bill that as an upgrade, they vaguely add, "In addition, there are some behind the scenes enhancements that do not affect any prominently-used features or menus but will improve system performance."
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New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

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  • by Rik Sweeney (471717) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @06:34AM (#32663132) Homepage

    Because unauthorized channels or firmware may impair game play or the Wii console, updating to Wii Menu version 4.3 will check for and automatically remove such unauthorized files. There are some behind the scenes enhancements that do not affect any prominently-used features or menus but will improve system performance.

    Oh no, I said the quiet bit loud and the loud bit quiet!

  • by ifrag (984323) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @07:12AM (#32663270)

    "In addition, there are some behind the scenes enhancements that do not affect any prominently-used features or menus but will improve system performance."

    So system performance is not a prominently used feature... At least Nintendo realizes it now.

  • by Canazza (1428553) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @07:41AM (#32663360)

    It's a good thing he publishes the source code then. But yeah, using that type of software will void your warranty and wreck the BIOS

    It's a good thing he publishes the source code then. But yeah, using that type of software will void your warranty and overheat the system

    It's a good thing he publishes the source code then. But yeah, using that type of software will void your warranty and remove the security on your WIFI hub

    It's a good thing he publishes the source code then. But yeah, using that type of software will void your warranty and flag you as a terrorist

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @08:39AM (#32663670)

    And if you're losing money, you're not competitively adapting to the market. In a true free market, companies that refuse to meet the demands of consumers should perish. I don't know where this implementation of that system gets off chiding consumers for not doing what makes businesses the most money. It is a perversion of the ideas of freedom and capitalism. They should sell a more expensive console and advertise that you can run code on it and also buy high quality games. They could even advertise its portability, versatility, and scalability. They should then call it the laptop and we will all be happy except people who want control over their upgrades. For them you make easy-upgrade laptops and things we could call personal computers. Then everyone can be happy and surely no one would be dumb enough to buy the same thing pre-bundled with DRM and DTB advertisements. Surely.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @10:30AM (#32664802)

    It's a good thing he publishes the source code then. But yeah, using that type of software will void your warranty and flag you as a terrorist

    The same thing happened when I tried use a Canadian penny in a US supermarket. Boy, was that embarrassing!

  • by geekboy642 (799087) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @11:55AM (#32665944) Journal

    I want my toaster to make coffee as well,

    Here you go. [bedbathandbeyond.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @12:55PM (#32666916)

    Keep in mind that the Wii (at least at launch) was the only console not selling at a loss. I don't think Nintendo looses any money when you only buy the console. They don't make as much as they'd like, obviously, but they certainly aren't loosing money.

    Exactly. Nintendo is usually rather tight with money.

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