Notes from inside your Wii

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March 3rd, 2009 by marcan · 22 Comments

Since System Menu 3.5K recently came out, and it makes sense to monitor the activity of updates separately for each region, I’ve updated Wiimpersonator to check the USA, EUR, JPN, and KOR regions individually. As a reminder, it checks for updates hourly and produces a report if any new titles or updates are detected. You can check the update lists and reports here. Have fun ;).

Tags: Wii

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shadowth // Mar 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Wow, 3.5 update already? Didn’t know about it. Are there any real benefits or just a failed attempt to block something?

  • 2 tech3475 // Mar 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    What’s the changelog for 3.5?

  • 3 Beje // Mar 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Any info yet on what does 3.5 do aside from the obvious Homebrew blocking?

  • 4 Remadon // Mar 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Oh fun. Especially since they can force the update without our choice.

    Well, Time to block internet on my wii untill we know its safe.

  • 5 bushing // Mar 4, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Note 1: Only KOR has received an update. Other regions have not been updated.

    Note 2: We have seen no technical evidence that Nintendo has added support for forced updates. Even if they could, I don’t believe they would.

  • 6 djdynamite123 // Mar 4, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Great point Bushing, all the panic over forced updating is madness.

  • 7 someone // Mar 4, 2009 at 2:20 am

    I think the change in the EULA was just to make sure they couldn’t legally get caught out by server-side updates (which have been done for the News, Weather, and Nintendo Channels).

    The EULA changed in some languages (amongst those English) but not others (e.g. Dutch). The fact that the change to the English EULA happened when the 3.4 update came out was probably coincidence.


  • 8 Daverball // Mar 4, 2009 at 4:42 am

    As far as i remember Nintendo changed its Online TOS so that they can force updates in future.

  • 9 RobotMenace // Mar 4, 2009 at 6:08 am

    @Remadon et al, even if there was an automatic update feature on the Wii, Nintendo would not activate it without asking you first. Just to cover their backs legally, they’d give you an option to turn it off in the settings. EULA’s cannot give a right outside of local law, and some territories would count forced updates as against consumer rights.

  • 10 MANICX100 // Mar 4, 2009 at 9:55 am

    IOS52 has been added in 3.5 and is now the system menu ios .

    Also all the Korean IOSes have been updated ((IOS40 IOS41 IOS43 IOS45 IOS46)

    It contains a new Wii Shop channel version. This probably means that users of a old wii shop channel will be unable to connect when this is released in other regions!

    But this can be fixed with a simple patchmii modification that downloads it on older firmwares.

    Hope this helps!

  • 11 SuperToxic // Mar 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    RobotMenace it says in the opening EULA that they will update without your permission. You agree to that in order to use the service

  • 12 Remadon // Mar 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    @ RobotMenace

    Yea, Thats true. I didnt think about it like that.

  • 13 tech3475 // Mar 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Not even microsoft force the updates, they just stop you going online if you dont.

  • 14 bushing // Mar 5, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Nintendo’s TOS has always given them the right to update your system automatically; even so, they display warning screens that tell you they will erase your hax before doing to.

    Now, they’ve just re-arranged some words in their TOS, and people are realizing this for the first time. In reality, nothing has changed; Nintendo is highly unlikely to push an update without a warning / confirmation screen.

  • 15 cr08 // Mar 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Not to mention that the people who have examined the updates inside and out have not seen a single sign of any code that is remotely able of auto-updating the system. Even in 3.4. People are so paranoid anymore. And I thought I was the king of paranoia.

  • 16 Magnus // Mar 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    According to Joystiq, 3.5K blocks Patchmii. It also adds a new “Region Selector” which asks you in which region of Korea you live in (presumably for Everybody Votes channel), and updates the Wii Shop channel.

  • 17 tompccs // Mar 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “Nintendo’s TOS has always given them the right to update your system automatically”

    TOS or no TOS, I’m not convinced Nintendo can legally do that without displaying a warning/asking permission. They may still own the software on your Wii, but they certainly don’t own the hardware. What you do with your hardware is up to the respective owner, surely. Correctly if I’m wrong, though. I’m just guessing here.

  • 18 sanderevers // Mar 7, 2009 at 4:39 am

    You have to read the small print, the ToS is ONLY for WiiConnect24, which is a Nintendo SERVICE. Which means that they may require you to install an update if you want to use it.

  • 19 Muzer // Mar 7, 2009 at 11:56 am

    [quote]According to Joystiq, 3.5K blocks Patchmii.[/quote]
    Keep up, that happened in 3.4!

  • 20 lordofhyphens // Mar 13, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Marcan, spotted another site that’s bundling the Twilight Hack with a bunch of other stuff — “softmii.org”

  • 21 Akghar // Mar 25, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Live from GDC 09 -> System Menu 4.0 is RIGHT NOW in da place (it means the world).

    SDHC support. Let’s see how it works.
    And let’s see how HBC handles the update.

  • 22 Akghar // Mar 25, 2009 at 10:06 am


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