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Wii Update 3.3 Defeats Twilight Hack, Freeloader 125

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Richter X writes "The newest update to the Nintendo Wii's Menu, version 3.3, contains code specifically designed to find and kill the popular Twilight Hack used by homebrewers to play unauthorized code on the Wii. The update also prevents the Freeloader software used to play imported games on the Wii. However, it does not seem to affect the Homebrew Channel in Wiis that already have it installed. The updated code is currently being researched in order to find what code has been changed. So far it has been confirmed that Nintendo included specific instructions to target the Twilight Hack. Work is also being done to update the Twilight Hack in order to bypass this new code."
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Wii Update 3.3 Defeats Twilight Hack, Freeloader

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  • Countdown (Score:4, Insightful)

    by LameAssTheMity (998266) <william.brien@gmail.com> on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @03:55PM (#23844165)
    I wonder how long it will take to get around the newest most securest(tm) DRM EVER?!
    • Re:Countdown (Score:5, Informative)

      by Chyeld (713439) <chyeld AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:17PM (#23844545)
      They've already found the bugs in the new code (which actually specificly looks for the TP hack save, rather than doing something nifty like verfiying saves in general) which will allow them to defeat it. The details aren't public but have been announced in general steps to many of the homebrew sites.

      If I weren't at work behind a filter that thinks homebrew is 'illegal software', I'd post a link to an article or two.

      But you should be able to check www.wiibrew.org... if I remember the URL. Sorry, I have bookmarkitis.
    • Re:Countdown (Score:5, Insightful)

      by 0100010001010011 (652467) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:19PM (#23844587)
      Is it a crack or a fixing of a bug/exploit? Home brew channel still works, mod chips still work, etc.

      Wouldn't complaining about Nintendo fixing a known exploit be like complaining about Microsoft fixing a known hole in XP?

      A known overflow/exploit is found.
      Company fixes known overflow/exploit.
      People outraged that you can't "crack" a box like you used to.

      You know that this might have fixed someone from remotely rooting your Wii?
      • by Moryath (553296)
        and why won't you share you stingy bastard?

        A flaw in an internet-aware OS: one thing.

        A flaw that requires someone to load a hacked savegame, and do something specific in a specific game?

        Further, the only difference between the two being that in the second case, the "flaw" is actually the FIX for the broken and stupid nature of the OS?

        Really now. I have right of first sale on my side. I bought *hardware*. If I want to load linux on it, that's my fucking business and Nintendo can go fuck themselves. The worst
        • by digitrev (989335) <digitrev@hotmail.com> on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:56PM (#23845191) Homepage
          Look. These updates are not mandatory. My Wii currently is not connected to the internet and doing just fine. Even when it is, you have to set it up to install updates automatically. You should have known that by hacking a proprietary system that further updates would probably screw over your hack. Just be glad you didn't get bricked. Caveat emptor, my friend.
          • by KillerBob (217953) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @05:22PM (#23845653)
            some of the updates are manditory, and they do have the ability to force one through a game... I had to install an update to my console the first time I played Mario Kart.
            • by vux984 (928602) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @05:29PM (#23845739)
              I had to install an update to my console the first time I played Mario Kart.

              You didn't have to play Mario Kart.
              • by Von Helmet (727753) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @05:56PM (#23846129)

                Parent is correct. I agree that a person buying hardware has the right to do whatever they like with it. However, I'm not sure where people get the idea that a supplier is then obliged to support their non-standard hardware/firmware with regard to games or online services.

                • General guideline (Score:3, Insightful)

                  by StarKruzr (74642)
                  Control of a consumer device should belong to the end-user, not to the corporation that produced it.
                  • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

                    by SaDan (81097)
                    You have control over the device, 100%. After purchasing the Wii, you never ever have to put a game in, or connect it to the internet.

                    If someone wanted to hack on the Wii, but also play games, I think it would make sense to purchase two units.

                    Nintendo is going to do updates to a Wii to add functionality or fix issues when new games are released, there's no way around that.
                  • I feel like I'm banging my head against a brick wall here... You still have control over your device. You don't have control over Nintendo to demand that they support your device.

              • would have prevented Mario Kart from running except for a little "check for OS version X" flag.

                It was Nintendo's way of trying to force updates.

                I call foul.
                • its crap like this that really really makes me wish i could win the lottery..
                  why?
                  well to start an open source gaming console / HTPC. i've talked it over with friends to. make it play WoW. make nifty looking keyboards like my old IR keyboard. and the port some hit pc games like work over RTCW and other idtech3 games (so the hardware could be punie like Wii).. and add is a racing game (i'm sure the live for speed crew would get on board). and then toss in some random fun/silly games and you've got yourself a
                  • So what's the difference to this and a budget priced PC? The PC would probably even work out cheaper (not to mention the laughable amount of money from a lotto jackpot vs. R&D for console hardware). You can even use your Wiimotes without a problem.

                    But the simple fact of the matter is it seems that the free open-source development philosophy doesn't really fit in well with videogames.
                    • you know thats very true, open source really struggles with video games, and i think it is because of the time and man power required to make it/them work. look at ioquake. its great awesome, and with some tweaking i would love to have on a wii type machine with wii mote and everything. but ioquake has taken years to get to where it is, and a big help from king carmak. you also right about the cheap pc. but thats what i mean by an open source console. baicly mini-itx 64 bit 1 ghz, 1 gig and a pci express s
                    • by Sj0 (472011)

                      I think a better idea would be to simply license the original X-Box for OSS development. A few million dollars isn't going to do anything for production scale hardware development, but it'll easily buy licensing from Microsoft to release a softmod disk with OpenXDK tools.

                    • by Sj0 (472011)

                      I think the problem is that with OSS, everyone gets a say, but with a good game, you need a vision.

                      Most games I see created purely by programmers tend to suffer from 'developeritis'. When it's a bittorrent client or even a web browser, that's fine. I actually like having some of the extra guts showing. When it's a game, I don't want to be able to tweak all the enemies. I don't want to know what the enemies are thinking. I don't want to know, and I ESPECIALLY don't want to see numbers reminding me that I'm p

              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                by BarryJacobsen (526926)

                I had to install an update to my console the first time I played Mario Kart. You didn't have to play Mario Kart.
                No, but he couldn't have returned it to the store either, since it had already been opened.
                • by vux984 (928602) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @06:59PM (#23846975)
                  No, but he couldn't have returned it to the store either, since it had already been opened.

                  Caveat emptor.

                  As far as I'm concerned the moment you hack your console to do homebrew or whatever else, you forfeit the expectation that purchased software released in the future will work or be compatible.

                  Next time rent the game before buying it. Or check on the net if there are issues with you 'homebrew' stuff before buying a title.

                  Plus, at least with the case of MK:Wii he can sell it easily.... MK:Wii in particular probably sell quickly... its been sold out every time I've tried getting one in the last month.

                  • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                    by KillerBob (217953)

                    As far as I'm concerned the moment you hack your console to do homebrew or whatever else, you forfeit the expectation that purchased software released in the future will work or be compatible.

                    Oh, I agree with you fully. I haven't hacked my Wii, and I have no intention of doing so. I have an HTPC and a laptop computer for stuff like that, and have absolutely no reason to void the warranty on my console. I bought the console for specifically that reason: so I can buy games for years to come and have no worrie

                • Many stores will still accept the return if it's within 7-14 days. This isn't a PC game. Generally speaking, console games aren't going to be bought, ripped, copied, and played. It's far more difficult and time consuming (at least initially), and people can accomplish the same thing through rentals anyway.
                • Then he should go to a store without such a crappy return policy.
            • I dont update unless a game forced me to and I noticed the same updates that we got with Mario Kart Wii with Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario Galaxy last year
            • by Dorceon (928997)
              Nobody forced you to play Mario Kart.
            • by ADRA (37398) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @08:33PM (#23848117)
              Yeah, well, maybe I'll rip out the DVD and replace it with some super l33t faster reading one and I'll just expect it to work with all future Wii games.

              Oh, that's right. The second I do something not specifically authorized by Nintendo, I'm off the support chain and left to rot. I may feel raw about it, but ultimately its my responsibility for introducing the unintended process.
          • by Dan East (318230)
            My son bought Bomb Blox yesterday. Upon inserting the disc it required a system update to continue. I was a bit concerned, as we do have the Homebrew channel installed (although admittedly haven't used it since the day I installed it). After the update (which to me did not seem to actually download anything - it was much faster than normal) the homebrew channel was still installed. I haven't tried the Zelda savegame hack yet though.
        • by brkello (642429)
          You are free not to run Nintendo software on it since it breaks your hacks. I don't see them doing anything wrong here. It's your box and you can do anything you want with it. They can't do anything about that unless you let them. Oh, but you want to play their games too. I guess tough for you. They are going patch vulnerabilities in their OS. Or do you think the TP hack was intentional?

          Don't feel too bad, new hacks will come out quickly. I am just surprised that you are surprised that this happene
      • by Chyeld (713439)
        The sole addtion was to check for the specific save file used to stack smash past the code signing security in the Wii. In other words, for someone to have 'remotely rooted' you using this, they would have had to some how convinced you to install their save, load up the game, do the trick that activates the hack. Not notice the fact that the Wii crashed, not notice the scrolling black text as the exploit installs whatever...

        In other words, this only protected you from things you didn't need protection from.
      • by mwvdlee (775178)

        Who's complaining?

      • by Sj0 (472011)

        The only way the twilight princess hack can be used remotely is if you use a really long stick to put the disk and memory card in.

    • Well that all depends who you talk to.

      Nintendo marketing:
      Its uncrackable.. No-one will ever be able to bypass this new update.

      Teh Community:
      Depends how much Free time I have... If I didn't have to goto work or socialize.. Probably about week.. but its summer.. so it could take a month.

    • Re:Countdown (Score:5, Informative)

      by Joe Snipe (224958) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @05:18PM (#23845593) Homepage Journal
      hackmii.com/2008/06/june-16-wii-update/

      I'm guessing 48 hours?
    • Re:Countdown (Score:5, Informative)

      by marcansoft (727665) <hector@marcan s o f t . c om> on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @08:08PM (#23847831) Homepage
      It took less than 12 hours for a fully working workaround. We haven't released it yet because the code needs a bit of cleanup and half of the team wasn't around when this whole thing happened so we need to make sure we're all on the same page.

      Details in hackmii.com. Short version: the detection code is buggy and can be tricked by exploiting two small bugs. No need to find a new hack, we can just "hack the antihack" and then use the same old hack.

      We're cleaning up code and committing everything to our internal source repos as I write this.

  • What about modders? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    For those of us who have a modchip (and haven't added homebrew yet) what's the deal? I'm new to this and want to add homebrew, but not sure if I need to find a copy of Zelda and install that way, or if because of my chip (D2pro9), I'm okay to install anyways. There's seems to be a lack of information for people with chips wanting to do homebrew.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      You should write to Nintendo asking for more documentation...
    • The update fixes the signing bug which allowed fake-signed disks to work (the signing is RSA, but there was a bug in the signature checker that allowed them to be faked). So, with the update, for example, you will not be able to install the homebrew channel with an ISO disk.
  • Darn it (Score:5, Funny)

    by electricbern (1222632) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:09PM (#23844423)
    I knew I would regret installing this upgrade, but I can't help myself and not install an upgrade. I have an obsessive-compulsive upgrade installing disorder.
    • by Sta7ic (819090)
      Compulsive patch upgrader? How many flavors of Linux are you running at home?
      • by Luyseyal (3154)
        Just one, but he hits "apt-get dist-upgrade" twice a day... :)

        -l
        • by xtracto (837672) *
          Just one, but he hits "apt-get dist-upgrade" twice a day... :)

          I've got the sollution to that, he just have to move to Gentoo, that way he will only will have to emerge everything once every six months...
          • Now where's the fun in that?
          • by Thelasko (1196535)

            I've got the sollution(sic) to that, he just have to move to Gentoo, that way he will only will have to emerge everything once every six months...
            Wouldn't that make it worse? One new package get's updated and he will compulsively compile it from source.
          • Having run Gentoo for years on a whack of systems, and being a student who has spend a few summers working away... Gentoo is more a case where you'd better 'emerge -u world' semi-regularly; old versions lose their ebuilds, circular dependencies, blocking packages.. it's a ball to wait even 4 months!
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      I knew I would regret installing this upgrade, but I can't help myself and not install an upgrade. I have an obsessive-compulsive upgrade installing disorder.
      What a minute, are you that guy that keeps buying those Star Wars dvds?
    • Don't worry. If they can make a patch for smoking I'm sure they can make some kind of patch for this compulsive upgrade disorder.
  • by fatnickc (1259582) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:10PM (#23844443)
    But.. but.. the update includes kick-ass-awesome-super-cool functionality too, to make up for the (now comparatively insignificant) loss! I mean, who wouldn't want to move Miis from the Plaza to the Parade? Exactly.
    • Dude your patches seem a little out of date, I could do that a month ago.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by fatnickc (1259582)
        To quote the message that appeared on my Wii from Nintended about the update, 'This update also ads a new feature to the Mii Channel. You can now move a Mii from the Mii Plaza to the Mii Parade. To do this, ...'. I am in Europe, though, so maybe Nintendo held off giving us this one for a while in case it just blew our minds with its promptness.
        • by Raineer (1002750)

          To quote the message that appeared on my Wii from Nintended about the update, 'This update also ads a new feature to the Mii Channel. You can now move a Mii from the Mii Plaza to the Mii Parade. To do this, ...'. I am in Europe, though, so maybe Nintendo held off giving us this one for a while in case it just blew our minds with its promptness.
          I am in the US, that feature was just added for me in 3.3 as well.
  • by kellyb9 (954229) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:10PM (#23844445)
    Doesn't the allowance of "unauthorized code" increase the usability of a particular device? Regardless, I'm getting pretty sick of the trend of buying a physical product and being limited in what I'm allowed to do with it.
    • by 3t3rn4l (204282)
      Not taking into account anything agreed to in the Wii "click-thru" licensing agreement, you can do anything you want to with the unit, but it just might not work after you do. I understand where you are coming from though and find it equally aggravating. I knew that I should have just stuck with my Atari 2600!
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Christianson (1036710)
      I'm no expert or insider in the game industry at all, but console manufacturers have to be aware that a portion of their current success relative to PC gaming has to do with their platform standardization, the fact that games "just work" on consoles. Upgradeable system software is already a worrisome step away from that golden standard, and homebrew and system hacks are getting back into PC-level of complexity. Which is fine, as long as people recognize any problems they might have are a result of their o
      • by kellyb9 (954229)

        So it's not entirely unreasonable for console manufacturers to be taking this attitude. Should you be allowed to do whatever you want with your own hardware? Yes, but the hardware manufacturer has no obligation to make it easy for you.

        Agreed, but if the new software patch adds nothing to the system other than stopping attempts to run this "malicious" code, it adds no value for the end user. If this is the case, they are actually bloating systems with unnecessary code, in order to stop a "problem" that exists in less than 1% of machines. The hardware manufacturer has no obligation to make it easy for you, but they should have no reason to make it intentionally difficult. If you brick your machine, IMO, it's your fault.

      • That's not a problem for them, since their EULAs probably say something to the tune of "software or hardware mod this console or exploit a bug to run unauthorized code and your warranty is void."
    • by NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:26PM (#23844677)

      ...I'm getting pretty sick of the trend of buying a physical product and being limited in what I'm allowed to do with it.
      It would appear that anyone who feels that way is in a minority so small that companies making physical products don't care.
    • by LWATCDR (28044)
      Yes no and maybe.
      If I was making an embedded system I would LOVE to have it DRMed/encrypted out the wazo. Most embedded devices should be hard to modify. It would add security to the system and make it more reliable.
      I want it to be next to impossible for any type of security breach including an unauthorized person reflashing the device. That is from a device owner/developer point of view.

      As an end user of more mainstream devices... Not on your life. I want to write code and add features.
      Would it be great if
      • If I was making an embedded system I would LOVE to have it DRMed/encrypted out the wazo. Most embedded devices should be hard to modify. It would add security to the system and make it more reliable.
        I want it to be next to impossible for any type of security breach including an unauthorized person reflashing the device. That is from a device owner/developer point of view.

        As an end user of more mainstream devices... Not on your life. I want to write code and add features.
        Would it be great if I could get my m
        • I found it terribly amusing that you just describe my perception of the PSP vs the Wii (the PSP being the modifiable, parent co. does not give a fuck device.)
          If Sony Computer Entertainment doesn't give a secks about people modifying their PSP systems, then what was the cat and mouse game through PSP firmware versions 1.51 through 3.51 supposed to represent?
          • by Nursie (632944)
            They were just flirting :)

            You know, it was a bit of an ego boost on both sides and you knew eventually it would end with both sides seeing eye to eye...
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      I understand (and agree with) your frustration. The reason for this (WRT video game consoles, anyway) is that unlocked hardware is one of the things that contributed to the fall of Atari back in the early 80s. In particular, the Atari 2600 had no barriers preventing people from writing their own cartridges for it. At first, this was a good thing, as it increased the overall value of the 2600. Later in life, however, Atari had managed to piss off many of it's best developers, who then spun off to create
      • by Stavr0 (35032) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @06:15PM (#23846427) Homepage Journal

        *This is, incidentally why you get the annoying gray screen when you try to play dirty NES carts - the contacts aren't making a good enough connection to transmit the unlock code.
        Ah yes, the dreaded NES flashing blue screen of death. Just lift pin 4 from the 10NES chip and ground it. That effectively neuters the hardware lock. Shh. Don't tell Nintendo. They might get mad. ;-)
        • by tooler (36824)
          Do you have a reference on a website I could read about this? Just curious.
          • by Stavr0 (35032)
            Google: "conserning the Nintendo Entertainment System" (misspell intentional)
      • On the other hand, Tengen's unauthorized Tetris is regarded to be better than Nintendo's own Tetris.
    • by c_forq (924234)
      I'm getting pretty sick of the trend of buying a physical product and being limited in what I'm allowed to do with it.

      I'm sorry, but you can do anything you want to with the Wii. It just might not work as advertised afterwards. Just like how you can modify your car any way you want, but you might not be able to take it on public roads afterwards. If the update was somehow forced, than I would understand, but as it is the upgrade is optional and even warns you that it will break certain savegames.
    • by geekoid (135745)
      Don't upload the patch.

    • As I've said elsewhere, you can do whatever the hell you want with the hardware, but you might not necessarily be able to expect Nintendo or other publishers to release games that will run on your non-standard hardware.

      CAR ANALOGY: If you buy a car and put square wheels on it, for whatever inane reason, then you don't get to bitch when it doesn't work too well on the roads.

    • by wilsoniya (902930)

      Doesn't the allowance of "unauthorized code" increase the usability of a particular device? Regardless, I'm getting pretty sick of the trend of buying a physical product and being limited in what I'm allowed to do with it.

      Couldn't agree more. Awesome gadgets are awesome not because of advertised factory features, but because of the potential they have to do new things.

      I doubt Nintendo (or Sony/MS) intends people to view their hardware as a 'gadget'. Consoles are the vehicles used by console makers to sell (paid) *licensed* software. If the Wii were sold as a 'gadget', there would likely be a bunch of FOSS software out there diluting the market for those who would publish the licensed stuff. From there licenses lose th

      • On the other hand, Nintendo's licensed SDKs are an order of magnitude cheaper than Sony/MS SDKs.

        It is, at least, possible to write garage games for the wii/ds without taking out a second mortgage.
        • Nintendo isn't going to give you the SDK unless you're worthy of getting it, in their eyes.

          It's not a money issue, it's a "becoming a licensed developer" issue.
          • Honestly, from what I've seen, the problem is on the other end. There's no problem becoming a developer, the trick is getting them to approve titles for release on the platform, but that really isn't that unique.

            Yes, i imagine they do favor some developers over others, but that's the nature of the game. Of course they're going to think more of you if you have a proven track record.

            I suggest looking here [warioworld.com] to get started though.

            Yes, you will have to contact them in order to get any real information, but i
    • Cry me a river. This is not new. You had to have known this before you stood in line for your Wii. You want it to change? Don't buy your status-increasing Wii, iPod, or anything else. Kind of sounds like the 20-something who is still living in his parent's basement complaining about the rules they make him follow.
  • What's the sort of timespan between when an update like this gets pushed out and when it shows up in systems on store shelves? 3 months? 6 months? I still don't have a Wii, and I'd really like to take advantage of the Twilight hack.
    • by KillerBob (217953)
      I've seen patches forced by games, though... specifically, when I bought and played Mario Kart Wii, it pushed an update to my console, saying it couldn't play without the current version of the software.

      There's no reason they can't keep doing that in order to push newer updates on people.

      I'm not really worried about it... *shrugs* maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'd rather have something that just works, rather than try to hack at it. I have a laptop for playing things like MAME, and said laptop has an
      • I've seen patches forced by games, though... specifically, when I bought and played Mario Kart Wii, it pushed an update to my console, saying it couldn't play without the current version of the software.

        The Wii has a dual-CPU arrangement much like that of the PlayStation 2: an overclocked GameCube CPU (Broadway) and an ARM9 I/O processor (Starlet). I/O to the USB ports, SD slot, Bluetooth chip, Wi-Fi chip, and built-in NAND flash run through Starlet. Each Wii program depends on a particular version of Wii IOS, the kernel that runs on Starlet. System updates from game discs contain the version of Wii IOS, and you have to perform an IOS update if the IOS version used by the game isn't already installed on

  • Fuck NoE (Score:2, Interesting)

    by KDR_11k (778916)
    Yeah, disable the Freeloader. Can't have Europeans get games for 33% cheaper and months earlier, can you? Everyone, bend over!

    I recall something about the developer promising updated Freeloader versions for free if your version gets obsoleted by the Firmware, anyone know if that's true?
    • by Chyeld (713439)
      I don't like their stance against unauthorized code running on their machines needing to be blocked. But I do understand the economics behind the region locking. It's hard to get your product out there, if you can't promise a distributor that they'll have exclusive rights to distribute in a region.

      No, it's not the ideal situation, but the reality is, even a 'giant' like Nintendo doesn't have the resources to do all their own distribution/publishing of their products. If you think the Wii/WiiFit shortages ar
    • by BenoitRen (998927)

      Why not just wait the couple extra months? It's not like you need to play that newest game right now, you know. As for it being cheaper, that's just a by-product of different economies.

      But I'll agree that often they make us wait for months for little reason. Just add the PAL 60 mode already and ship it! That is, if you're going to put it in there in the first place! Otherwise, there's no excuse. Well, except for Nintendo titles, as Nintendo tends to translate their games into 4 more languages just to satis

      • Why not just wait the couple extra months?
        Months? Try 95 years. Because that's how long Mother (Earthbound prequel) for NES and Kuru Kuru Kururin for Game Boy Advance are delayed in North America.
        • by BenoitRen (998927)

          Did you actually read my entire post? I addressed the fact that not all games get released in every region, and noted it as a valid complaint.


          However, Kuru Kuru Kururin? It never came out in the US? That's news to me. I just looked it up on GameFAQs, and indeed, it never came out in the US. However, seeing as Game Boy Advance games don't have region locking, there's less to complain about.

  • Piracy (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Gogo0 (877020) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:43PM (#23844917)
    Mind that this *likely* has less to do with homebrew and more to do with the ability to pirate virtual console titles, which is trivial to do at this point.

    That said, there is some cool stuff being done with the virtual console files (wads). You can inject normal roms into the wad file and play games that nintendo hasnt yet released (or never will) on the virtual console. That said, its a lot easier to simply play the roms in an emulator on the homebrew channel...

    Personally, I dont condone the VC piracy, but nintendo wont allow me to purchase and play Dracula X: Rondo of Blood on the VC (because i have a USA wii and the game was only released on the JPN VC), so i 'had' (yes, i can live without it) to grab the wad, region-free it, and install it on my USA wii to play.

    Lastly, there are already workarounds that have been found, though not yet released. Apparently this fix against the twilight hack was so specific in its implementation it will only break this *exact* exploit. It still isnt a good idea to update you wii right now, but this is more interesting a development (that this was the primary reason for the patch) than a show-stopper.
    • by BenoitRen (998927)
      That's not all. If you're a European, Nintendo really screwed you over in the first year by offering the games in the same slower 50 Hz mode as back in the days. Inexcusable. They've had other goof-ups as well, like giving us the German version of Super Metroid. What the hell?
    • This has nothing to do with Virtual Console piracy, because this doesn't stop Virtual Console piracy at all (it all still works), because said piracy didn't exist three months ago when this update was compiled. System updates get a *lot* of testing.

      No, they specifically targeted this at the Twilight Hack (i.e. homebrew), interestingly enough. Well, this and the fakesign exploit, but we expected them to fix the latter since that would shut down Datel's Freeloader (and because it was a huge bug). We certainly
      • The Twilight Hack was how pirated WADs got on there in the first place. Once the system is compromised in to running any and all code, it's trivial to upload WADs. You can't block VC titles and not block homebrew with the current implementation of the two.
        • That is not true. You can't block VC piracy without blocking the Homebrew Channel (at least not easily) because they're both unsigned channels. But you certainly can block those channels without blocking the root homebrew boot method (Twilight Hack). Furthermore, this patch did nothing to pirates because it doesn't affect existing installed channels, including the Homebrew Channel. Anyone who pirates VC likely already has it installed, so he can still pirate anything he wants. At most, this might be an atte
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @04:58PM (#23845233)
    Am I the only person here who doesn't really care about this? I mean, let's ignore pirated games and actually playing (gasp!) the games released for the console. In terms of homebrew games, the Wiimote has had fairly fully-featured modules on most major operating systems for quite some time, so one could, in theory, write games on said operating systems using the Wii's most notable feature (inventive accelerometer-based controls with IR tracking). With far more processing power and storage space, too, and a much wider distribution for...

    Oh, wait, I forgot, I'm doing it wrong again. I forgot that the sole use of any video game console is to endlessly play Chrono Trigger on an on-console emulator l33tly hacked on it until the next emulator-console is released. Silly me.
    • The point is that we can play games on the console which are often as good or better than the new games being released. It's much more convenient for me to load ROMs on an SD card and play on the Wii than to load the same onto my computer to play.

      The use of the game console shouldn't be limited by what the manufacturer wants, it should be limited by what *the user* wants to do with it. Anything less is an artificial handicap on what the machine is capable of.
    • In terms of homebrew games, the Wiimote has had fairly fully-featured modules on most major operating systems for quite some time, so one could, in theory, write games on said operating systems using the Wii's most notable feature (inventive accelerometer-based controls with IR tracking).

      You need room to swing a remote. Most PCs, even those with Bluetooth receivers, are connected to a monitor smaller than 19 inches diagonal. A lot of PCs have no SDTV output; others are placed in a room other than the room with the TV. Wii consoles, on the other hand, are connected to much larger monitors that allow more than one player to have room to swing the remote and still see the screen.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    I keep hearing from people that Nintendo can do as they wish because it's their console. Isn't it my console to do what I see fit with, since I bought it and own every single transistor in that machine?
    • by Eskarel (565631)
      As everyone else has said, you're allowed to do whatever you want to your machine, you're just not allowed to expect that updates or new official software will work/play nicely with what you've done.

      To use an old meme, I can use my dvd drive as a cup holder if I want to, no one is going to stop me, but if I do I won't be guaranteed by the manufacturer that I can use it as a DVD drive afterwards.

      Nintendo supports the Wii as they sold it or have modified it themselves, they can't and won't support what you've

  • Homebrewers need to start hacking the server side first. By setting up their own servers, they can filter out problems like this, and still maintain the networking capabilities of their devices.
    • by z00_miak (1305831)
      Easier said than done without the source, don't you think?
    • by Stavr0 (35032)
      Hear hear! I'm all for Wiindizupdate :-)
    • by bushing (20804)

      Homebrewers need to start hacking the server side first. By setting up their own servers, they can filter out problems like this, and still maintain the networking capabilities of their devices.
      Setting up the servers is easy. Redirecting the Wiis to point to them is harder, but still doable. The hard part is creating safely-patched updates to push down the pipe, because there is absolutely no recovery mechanism on a Wii.
    • by grendel03 (926696)
      The m33 firmware for PSP has been able to do this for a while. Or at least it was that way last time I used it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @05:40PM (#23845877)
    Normally I'm against companies attempting to limit what I do with my hardware, but here I don't really see the problem. It's not like Nintendo completely bricked my Wii when I used the Twilight Hack after updating.

    And to the "they force the patches in the games" people, quit your bitching. You don't have to download the patch. You are welcome to use your hardware as you please, now your bitching that you can't use a piece of software on an unsupported platform.

    If it means that much to you get a second one to just play on. Unless you really think Nintendo is obligated to support our hacks. I don't think they are, in fact, I'm overjoyed that I don't now have a completely useless bricked piece of hardware since i updated.
  • ...when right in the update notice text Nintendo says it will destroy "invalid" save files, referring indirectly to the TP chainloader?

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