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Wii System Update 4.1 Available

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Fixes some behind-the-scenes stuff

A blue light special has hit North America and Europe, courtesy of our entertainment overlords at Nintendo.

No new features have been added to the Wii console repertoire, instead providing "behind-the-scenes fixes" to improve overall system performance.

No further details than that have been provided, but we'd wager it has something to do with the Wii Sports Resort bug that Japan recently had patched through a system update, conspicuously numbered 4.1.

The bug in question caused players to be forced to watch the Motion Plus how-to video, which normally only plays once when you pop the game in for the first time, after playing a WiiWare/VC game off the SD card. With Resort's US release mere days away, it appears the regions won't be bothered too much.

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User Comments (46)

WolfRamHeart

#7

WolfRamHeart said:

I haven't received the blue light notification yet. I guess I should be receiving it tomorrow then.

Burn

#8

Burn said:

According to good 'ol Wikipedia, it doesn't affect any mods you may or may not have

grenworthshero

#11

grenworthshero said:

I got it just now. I forgot about it until I got the blue light a few minutes ago while I was on the Everybody Votes Channel.

mjc0961

#12

mjc0961 said:

Guess I'd better plug my Wii back in to download this.

EDIT: Whoa, Everybody Votes Channel? I forgot that thing even existed.

Chunky_Droid

#14

Chunky_Droid said:

Cool, I don't leave WiiConnect24 on anymore since my last Wii overheated, and most people pointed at WiiConnect24 combined with my closed door TV cabinet (not my choice of cabinet, thank my wife for that!).

So thanks for the heads up! I'll go download it now.

paulcmnt

#15

paulcmnt said:

They updated the system in order to fix a problem in one game? I can't imagine what a nightmare of spaghetti code the Wii sytem must be for a programmer right now.

Sean_Aaron

#17

Sean_Aaron said:

@diego_pmc: The way the Wii works it has multiple generations of IOS on board, so this change is likely only to the latest one. The Wii has no proper operating system running in the background (hence no ability to retro-fit software with Wii Speak or SD card reading of save data), so I don't think it has much impact on programmers -- other than the ones who write the IOS!

vherub

#18

vherub said:

Didn't a previous update make all future updates automatic?
it's obviously not the case

ReZon

#19

ReZon said:

Update 4.0 caused problems for some people, specifically the corruption of system files. Hopefully this will sort that all out.

minihutchi

#21

minihutchi said:

i only just figured out how to hack my wii did it last night with mario kart and then it was deleted due to a system update ):

PHANTOM93

#23

PHANTOM93 said:

This was the first time that Nintendo managed to send the letter about the update before I had already gotten it.

@ Homer Simpson : No, this update doesn't make SDHC cards load any faster on the SD card menu.

Stuffgamer1

#27

Stuffgamer1 said:

Well, that was an unusually fast update. I guess it didn't have very much new data in it or something. I'm prepared for whatever it might be for now, anyway. :)

SmaMan

#34

SmaMan said:

@Pikamander2
From what I've gathered from multiple sources, Bannerbomb still works, pre-installed HBC, DVDx and the like still work, and the HackMii installer still works. It seems the only major change for the homebrew scene is that if you have a program that lets you copy copy-protected saves, those saves can't be copied back or something, but there's already a workaround... Also theme installing seems to semi-brick your Wii. Check this out for more:
http://wiibrew.org/wiki/System_Menu_4.1

If you have BootMii it would probably be a good idea to dump the internal memory before updating, just in case.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#35

Philip_J_Reed said:

@TourianTourist:
Thanks a million for that catch; good eye!

We are proud to assure everybody that this was original, NL content; Jonathan did not copy and paste it from any other site. (His mother had to help him with some of the big words, but we're used to that here.)

We're handling the issue on our end. Thanks again for the heads up.

Rawk_Hawk

#37

Rawk_Hawk said:

I have it on a good source that this update will make the original Wii Sports compatible with Wii Motion +. It will also allow Smash Bros. and Mario Kart to use Wii Speak and finally it will double the amount of channel slots on the SD card and cure cancer.My sources never lie

XCWarrior

#39

XCWarrior said:

Was hoping this was going to the be Nintendo Channel update. That was a huge disappointment, but glad they fixed the bug ahead of time I guess.

Objection

#40

Objection said:

From Zentendo: "Editor's Note: The original version of this story appears to have been copied from Nintendo Life. Adrian was unavailable to respond to this accusation. We've revised the story and apologize to Nintendo Life. Once we resolve why this happened, we'll make a public announcement."

JonWahlgrenAdmin

#41

JonWahlgren said:

Yeah, this story was 100% written by me (and my mom). It's unfortunate Zentendo's writer chose the actions he did, but so it goes I guess.

McGruber

#42

McGruber said:

I thought the one older update made us agree that Nintendo could update our system without asking? Can someone correct me please as I am confused.

SmaMan

#43

SmaMan said:

I, too, heard a lot of sources saying that the last update would make future updates automatic, but not straight from Nintendo. I don't think they should, because with the growing number of people who use Homebrew, they could easily brick or semi-brick many Wiis. They always give you that warning with the current update system, so it's clear that they don't want that to happen.

astarisborn94

#44

astarisborn94 said:

Sounds like a pretty worthless update. What's the point of updating if it's just one game to fix? That's ********. If it was just an major update for Super Smash Bros. Brawl to add new characters, Wii Speak, improve online (Just one of the three would be fine.) or any previous Wi-Fi game with online play that finally utilize Wii Speak, I would understand. But for an upcoming game we have no idea how it's going to turn out? No thanks, I'm not updating. I had no problem with 4.0 and I'm not updating until 4.2 version comes out and then it better have some worthy update.

Oh and Tony lied to all of you. Cure Cancer? Yeah right, that's when I've realize he lied.

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