Wii firmware updated again to fix online issues

Posted by Mark Raby

Redmond (WA) - In the quickest side-by-side firmware updates for the Wii so far, Nintendo has updated its console for the second time in as many weeks.

The tweaks in this update are minor, and are assumedly addressing issues brought up as a result of last week's update.

According to Nintendo, the latest update fixes a problem where the Wii would freeze if a user tried to reset the console while using the Wii Web browser, as well as "stability issues" with a LAN-powered Internet connection.

More interestingly, though, is that as a result of last week's update, users are now confronted with a disclaimer before they attempt to download a system update.  Among other things, the notice says, "If your Wii console has an unauthorized technical modification, this upgrade could cause inoperability of your console."

This is likely in response to a homebrew modification chip called WiiKey, which is most noted for its integration of DVD playback on the Wii.  Other unofficial modifications have also become common for the Wii, including a disc that lets users play imported Gamecube games.