Nintendo has admitted that the 4.2 system update has damaged a “very small number” of Wii consoles and is offering free repairs to anyone affected – as long as the console isn’t modded.
The 4.2 update released earlier this week was intended to put the brakes on the “homebrew” scene but it didn’t take long before owners of modded and unmodded consoles alike began reporting that the update had put a serious beatdown on their systems. Thanks to bit of faulty programming, some Wii consoles would experience an error during the update process that left them unable to boot.
A few Wii owners were initially told they would have to pay to have their units repaired but Nintendo has now admitted the problem and said that repairs will be extended to affected users at no charge. “The symptoms described usually occur when a Wii console has been modified. However, there are a very small number of people reporting problems when a system has never been modified,” the company said.
“If anyone is experiencing problems with their Wii console after downloading Wii System Menu 4.2, and believe their system has not been modified, please contact our customer service centre,” the statement continued. “If we find that you have a normal system and the update has caused your system to not work, we will repair it at no charge.”
Of course, if you console has been modded, you’re screwed. Let this be a lesson to you.