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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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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.

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