Wii Firmware Update blocks Homebrew

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A recent Wii Firmware Update has stopped homebrew from working apparently. The update added a few small things to the Japanese Wii Shop Channel, mainly renaming Wii Points to Nintendo Points, and didn’t really do too much elsewhere. But now we know that it had a hidden agenda. If you already have the Homebrew Channel installed on your Wii, you should be fine, but if anyone wants to take part in homebrew now, they won’t be able to. Having said that, workarounds have been created for past updates, so it’s possible that something will be figured out to allow homebrew once again.

[Via Engadget]

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  • http://wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

    The update changed a couple things up in the US Shot Channel. We don’t have Nintendo Points yet, but the spot that used to tell what controllers worked has been replaced by a button, which takes you to a separate screen explaining it. That’s all I’ve noticed so far.

  • http://www.youtube.com/rothsothy Roth

    We already know every new firmware update overwrites “save data”. But the matter is how do we know when the Homebrew channel will overcome the new updates.

    // Roth

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  • JamesT

    Nooooo i just got T.P!

  • http://free-play.blogspot.com/search/label/wii Wii little man

    This is sad news for all of those who weren’t able to a Wii system before the update (or downgrade is a better term)

  • Lol

    Noob give homebrew channel for me Quick if you now how I can install it