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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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