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Nintendo's new upgrade restricts gamers from using the Freeloader disc to play import GameCube games on Wii

Those of you who already downloaded the Wii's latest firmware upgrade, released yesterday, may be in for a surprise.  What many are unaware of is the little hidden secret of the upgrade.  The firmware upgrade restricts the use of Datel's Freeloader disc that allows gamers to play import GameCube games on the Wii.

Datel spoke with CVG, claiming they are unsure about the situation.  A fix to the problem is underway, yet there are no guarantees as to when the workaround will arrive, a Datel spokesperson said.

The question remains as to whether Nintendo purposely made the firmware update to have this consequence or if it is just an accidental compatibility issue.  Nintendo refused to comment on the matter.

If the update does in fact have accidental side effects, then a fix for the problem may arrive with the next Wii firmware upgrade.  However, if the aforementioned problem was intentionally done, then Datel will have to release a new Freeloader disc for import GameCube games, according to CVG.

The rest of the upgrade is quite crowd pleasing though.  There have been several changes from the 2nd to the 3rd upgrade, ranging from the Wii menu display to the flexibility of the Wii Message Board interface.

We expect an official statement from Datel soon.

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By Alpha4 on 8/8/2007 6:33:30 PM , Rating: 4
As tech savvy as I consider myself to be, there is no way I can possibly memorize every URL short form on the internet, tech related or not. '' falls under that category, I'm afraid, and I think I'm not alone in this. For future reference please clarify all URLs fully and then follow-up with acronyms, thanks.

RE: Acronyms
By themadmilkman on 8/8/2007 6:57:24 PM , Rating: 5
By normal journalism standards, they are supposed to do that.

RE: Acronyms
By v1001 on 8/9/2007 1:33:57 AM , Rating: 2
He has a link to the website in one of those sentences with the clickable words. Even if you dont click on it you can roll over it and see the URL. Or was it not there before and he put that in after?

RE: Acronyms
By GDstew4 on 8/9/2007 11:28:47 AM , Rating: 2
The link may be better placed at the first instance where the acronym is used.

RE: Acronyms
By Dactyl on 8/11/2007 10:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
that's not part of normal journalism standards, it's part of normal journalistic style.

Whether DT is following journalistic standards, and whether they it is keeping up with the style guides, are two very different questions.

Big surprise, huh?
By Polynikes on 8/9/2007 12:24:20 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, I'm gonna need to turn off that functionality for you, mmkay?

All the more reason to not have your console connected to the internet. I like how my PC doesn't automatically do stuff like that, and if it tries I can stop it quite easily.

RE: Big surprise, huh?
By jajig on 8/9/2007 2:21:20 AM , Rating: 2
The wii doesn't update automatically it just lets you know there is an update.

RE: Big surprise, huh?
By DirthNader on 8/9/2007 9:04:57 AM , Rating: 3
True, but Nintendo required the installation of the current version firmware to play Super Paper Mario. Chances are the same will apply to other big first-party releases like Metroid Prime 3, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Galaxy, etc.

RE: Big surprise, huh?
By Polynikes on 8/9/2007 5:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough. I'm not in the habit of using Windows Update, in fact I haven't used it in months. I think this is a perfect example of why people shouldn't just automatically trust firmware or software updates. May as well wait a little while and see if any negative news pops up. At least with PCs you can generally revert back to the previous software, but I'm guessing with the Wii that would require some serious hacking.

By Alpha4 on 8/8/2007 7:16:40 PM , Rating: 2
Does this boot disc also enable use of "backups"? Either way I can see this being a preemptive measure by Nintendo to prevent any exploits from developing.

RE: Piracy
By Flunk on 8/8/2007 11:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
No, it doesn't. I have one to play Japanese Gamecube on my US Gamecube. It's not licensed by Nintendo and I think that's reason enough for them to not want it to work with the Wii.

RE: Piracy
By Christopher1 on 8/9/2007 4:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
No, that is not reason enough for them to not want it to work with the Wii. I am all for them blocking things that allow people to play pirated games (at least until we finally make them realize that allowing us to backup games saves them money), but blacklisting a product that does not allow someone to do that? No, that is just wrong, and they should be chastised for it.

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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