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System Menu 4.3 update

June 24th, 2010 by bushing · 109 Comments

It’s been a quiet few months around here — Nintendo seems to have been neglecting the Wii. We expected to see a firmware update bundled with Super Mario Galaxy 2, but found no such thing — however, a few weeks later, we have ourselves a brand new 4.3 update. As usual, Nintendo describes the update as:

June 21, 2010

Wii Menu 4.3
Unauthorized Modifications

Because unauthorized channels or firmware may impair game play or the Wii console, updating to Wii Menu version 4.3 will check for and automatically remove such unauthorized files. In addition, there are some behind the scenes enhancements that do not affect any prominently-used features or menus but will improve system performance.

If you are seeing “Error:004,” please click here.

What a disappointment… this is just a rehash of, well … every update in the past 2 years, except for the 4.0 update (which actually added some features). The only thing that will drive people to install this update will be the broken Shopping channel and hypothetical future games which will come with this update on disc.

Anyway, here’s the technical changelog — much of this can be seen in the last few Wiimpersonator reports.


  • Fixes in all versions — the 2 exploits we were using in the HackMii Installer, as well as the /tmp bug that has existed forever and a half and been used by everyone else to downgrade IOS. Updated existing IOSes (9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 28, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 53, 55, 56, 57, 61)
  • Added two new IOSes — IOS80 and IOS58. IOS80 continues the trend of a new IOSx0 for each system menu, and IOS70 was stubbed out. IOS58 was previously only found on one disc, and is interesting because it contains an EHCI (USB2.0)
  • Added a stub IOS that will finally overwrite BootMii/IOS with a higher version number.

System Menu

  • Updated to block title IDs — HAXX, JODI, DISC, DISK
  • Updated to *really* block Bannerbomb – shows Error 004 now

So there’s nothing interesting at all in this update. Just the usual bugfixes. They do get credit this time to actually block exploits. The Bannerbomb block seems to be stable this time and they didn’t leave our privilege escalation exploit unfixed like in the last update.

We’re currently working on new exploits and a new release of the HackMii installer but we’ll spend some more time to obfuscate our exploits this time to make it harder for ninty to find and fix them. It might therefore take some more time until our next release.
Just don’t update – there’s nothing interesting in this update anyway.

Tags: Wii

109 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rafao // Jul 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Just wait more time for guys to work or execute the Smash Stack/Indiana Pwns exploit to downgrade your wii.

  • 2 KingLewy // Jul 25, 2010 at 8:57 am

    @Phredreeke & aaron44126
    Oh yeah, that’s right. Cheers for reminding me of that. Oh well. It’s not like I was seriously going to soft hack someone else’s Wii without them knowing anyway. lol. I haven’t upgraded so I still have HBC, so I’m fine. But still looking forward to new features nonetheless.

  • 3 KingLewy // Jul 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

    *soft mod someone else’s Wii*

  • 4 Toyoke // Aug 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Any more news about the 4.3?
    I just found out about homebrew , longing to install it , i saw my wii updated… DAMN!!!!!!!!!
    So , i real look forward to have a version that works on 4.3 , so happy i found this blog , now i know the problem for the error isnt me…

  • 5 jfm meyers // Aug 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I really wish I could find the donate botton if there is one I would donate 10 cents of the 80 I have left on my chase giftcard that I linked to my paypal account. I started with 80 dollars xD I bought a lot of iPhone homebrew basicly XD.

  • 6 jfm meyers // Aug 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    after reading alot of comments I am so happy that may never find the need for a girl freind even thought I am in high school XD

  • 7 jfm meyers // Aug 10, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I am happy I broke my 2nd wii by deleting the ios 60 so I could go back to my first one witch I accidently changed to pal during a failed irational downgrade attempt I enjoyed fixing it and getting a wii I have a reason to open and take a few pictures since I have an unsatisfied want to just open a game console and look inside for a bit.

  • 8 The USB2 Release // Aug 14, 2010 at 7:55 am

    […] a new IOS version: 58, and this is the first with an official USB2 module. Starting with the System Menu 4.3 update, IOS58 is available to every […]

  • 9 google.com/profiles/gr… // Aug 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm


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