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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 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.

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