Notes from inside your Wii

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June 17th, 2008 by bushing · 7 Comments

I’ve had a few people ask about this — the way that I found out what titles had been updated was using Marcan’s nifty tool, wiimpersonator:


It’s a collection of Python scripts that attempt to emulate an actual Wii’s update check process, and then generates reports to show what changed, eg. 20080617-030018.log and 20080617-040048.log.

It’s pretty neat; I’d say it’s the spiritual descendent of e.g. roto’s http://mozy.org/wii/old/index.html

Tags: Wii

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rsrockerz // Jun 17, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Nice, how will this help though?

  • 2 tehnoir // Jun 17, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    See also: bushing’s previous post.

  • 3 victory144 // Jun 18, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Good job

  • 4 WB3000 // Jun 19, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Nice, I knew you were already doing this but it’s cool to see how automated it is.

  • 5 Chris // Jun 19, 2008 at 11:22 am

    rhoo, this the smart

    very good idea indeed, it’s like a nintendo spy, our own nintendo channel 😉

  • 6 Aaron // Jun 19, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    So forgive me if I’m missing something obvious, but if we’re able to make a program that impersonates a Wii to the Nintendo server, why can’t we make a program that impersonates the Nintendo server to a Wii? Then we could just make a fake “system update” with our own code, and not have to bother looking for exploits in somebody else’s.

  • 7 Michael // Jun 22, 2008 at 5:11 am

    @Aaron: I’m pretty sure all System Updates are cryptographically signed by Nintendo, and that all connections to the update server are made by SSL. So it would be impossible to do that.

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