Wii firmware defeated by modders again

By Justin Mann on October 27, 2008, 11:11 AM
Not long after Nintendo released an updated firmware for the Wii which blocked numerous third-party mods, including the Homebrew Channel mod, the people behind Homebrew have responded with an update of their own. The latest Homebrew channel mod has been released and works on the newest version of the Wii firmware.

On top of getting passed the protection mechanisms Nintendo put in place to stop the most recent batch of mods, the update also adds a few things that even the official hardware does not, such as support for SDHC cards. Currently, the Wii can only use standard density SD cards, making larger sizes not usable. Official support for SDHC is planned down the road.

Many have criticized Nintendo for working against the modding community, but in truth it is an industry-wide problem. Microsoft and Sony have also worked against modders, to the point of lawsuits and shutting down people making a business out of modding.

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Wendig0 said:
Instead of trying to shut down the people and companies making the mods, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft should offer them high paying jobs in their R&D departments. The modders certainly do make things better, faster, and smarter than the current developers. It seems, to me, that the companies are either afraid of forward progress change, or of being outclassed by all of the 13 year old whizzes out there.
TimeParadoX said:
Most people who use CFW (Custom Firmwares) don't even bother with Offical firmwares, since developers like Dark Alex (PSP firmware) usually make better and more efficient firmwares than the official companies do. If console companies learn the value of modding (Softmods, not hardmods, since chip mods can have a significant drop in sales) then they'll stop producing useless crap FWs (See: PSP) just to "stop" them.
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