Wii Firmware Update 4.3 is out… blocks Homebrew Channel


Nintendo has released a new firmware update for Wii that brings the system menu to 4.3U. As of now, the only thing known that it does is remove the Homebrew Channel. No idea on if any features were added or not, but I’ll keep you posted. Just do NOT update if you have the Homebrew Channel cause it will be removed.

UPDATE: Nintendo website confirms the new update is to remove piracy. Here’s what their website says…

Most Recent Update:
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.



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  • http://www.wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

    I seriously JUST checked for an update about 4-5 hours ago, and didn't see anything! Barely missed it I guess.

  • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki

    My wii isnt connected to the internet

  • Jdagenet

    man good thing i didnt update!

  • Jourdy288

    *SIGH* It's their funeral…
    I'm about to buy a black Wii (I think- or I'll wait for Kinect- maybe) so I better remember to not install updates when I get it.

    • The_nintendo_vampire

      dont if you enjoy using homebrew. im not toooo clear on this, but as im aware ninty took away quite a few features when they released the black wii. the only one im sure of is that you cant run DVDs off your wii, even if you have dvx installed. this also means you cant run backedup or illegal games off DVD-Rs either. check it out further. just thought you should have a heads up ūüėõ

      • Fdre

        Did they change the nand or the disc drive? Now days we do not need dvdx installed we just need Team Tweezers new WiiMC app. Screw the rest of it lol

  • http://twitter.com/nathew nathew

    homebrew is not piracy.

    • DarkWish

      Yea, I know that… but to Nintendo it's basically the same thing. The only reason they're doing this is as an effort to remove piracy.

      • Fdre

        That's right. No significant updates in the last two yrs that mean anything to the consumer other than 4.0 update. everything else is bs for the most part.

  • Touser23

    Shit. I wonder how long it will take until a new version of the HBC comes out that overrides this.

    • Fdre

      HBC is NOT the problem or solution. You must wait for a new Hackmii installer for the 4.3u updated firmware.

  • Doorformatt75

    can i get anything on a wii4.3u.this sucks my wii updated on it own.

    • Fdre

      First step. Turn updates OFF! Next step Just wait til Hackmii comes out with a new exploit for 4.3u

  • http://twitter.com/kanthara Karine

    Does anyone know… I received my Wii for Christmas and it came chipped, much to my protests (I've worked in the gaming industry and I'm opposed to using pirated games). Now I'm afraid to update it because I don't want it to kill my whole system, but I need to update it in order to access the Wii Shop to get points to buy songs for Rock Band… What can I do?

  • sam

    all i can say is im stuck now because my wii self updated cause i didnt for ages and it removed hbc so i cant downgrade or reinstall because it no longer recognises it thanks god i got hbc for free

  • Jose

    this sucks my wii automatically updates and now i don't got hbc i hope they make a new hbc that overrides this crap…

    • Fdre

      This is funny it says replying as jose lol. Anyway Just wait til Hackmii comes out with a new exploit for 4.3u

      • Danny k

        torn off wiiconnect24 ; )

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  • Respect The Kick

    I used homebrew on my wii, but it looks like even if you did use homebrew or not, it still won't update on certain wii's. What should I do? It won't update no matter what I do, even putting my wii at point blank of my router.

    • Respect The Kick

      I updated it before with update 4.2 to get rid of my homebrew and everything on it as I intended, but now it won't update for some reason.

    • Darth

      You probably have updates turned off or not doing it right. I’ve updated several.

  • Respect The Kick

    I wonder if there's a new disc game for wii that installs update 4.3 onto your wii? I don't care if it is a bad game. Just want that update so I can get this black cloud over my head to go away :(

    • Darth

      Use your wireless or connect to Internet and let it update through Nintendo.

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  • Xnai

    Any time I try to install it, the screen goes black, then it says the files are corrupt. “Error #4 System files are corrupt.”

  • Emmanoelbs

    will this update will remove the chip that I put him to run pirated games on the disc channel? Anyone out there already tested whether tohappen it or not?

  • Wiigamerguest

    Hello, i’ve got a question.
    My Wii is rebuilt with Wiikey, and really, the oldest wiikey.
    All the games that i have burnt on cd’s have worked, also when i updated previous wii hardware.
    But now, i had downloaded and burnt Wii Party, and i put it in my wii, and it said: Update new Wii-Hardware.
    It also says that i need to update this version, so i can play the newest games.
    And, Wii Party is one of the newest games.
    Though, all the other games i have burnt DO work still.
    What should i do?
    Update or ..?

  • Connect42

    I recently got a Wii from a family member that had been “modded”. I am in the process of getting rid of all the mods and I need some help. The Wii had a modchip soldered in and I successfully removed it. I removed the “Homebrew” through the Data Managemnet section of the Wii. I am now having two issues that I believe can be corrected to put this Wii back to the original status.

    1) When I try to load the Shopping Channel it begins to load and then is just a white screen that says “moved”. The actual channel seems to be missing.

    2) I tried to run a “system update” it connects to the internet, begins the update and after about 30 seconds I get an error that reads “Error Code 32004 An error has occured. Unable to perform the Wii system update. Visit support.nintendo.com for assistance.” My internet connection is strong and the connection test is successful.

    Any help is appreciated.


    • http://twitter.com/littletony13 Tony

      they probably have priiloader installed, hold down restart to check while booting. You’ll have to run an installer of priiloader to remove it.

    • Ninjanoogut

      one option, format your wii. It will delete all the data, but should fix the problems and restore it to the original wii.

    • Gehajohi

      way do you want to do that
      you think you are honest but helps only the rich to get richer still
      So you’re a thief of your own wallet …
      So you think that ridiculous high Pricing of games is fair?
      So you think all gameprogrammers must live in a castle..
      i make tires must i sell them for $500 each??
      these tires can bring you anywhere you want..
      we give everyone this opportunity therefore cost only $50-$80 a tire
      games must be between $ 12.50-$ 20 if that where so only then you hade a point

  • Cassellsnaction

    i would suggest buyin a new wii

  • Ericmkrouss

    OK! There was an update for 4.3U for some improvements (4.3.2U I’m assuming?) so then I decide I wana get reggie for NSMB Wii so i try the brawl thing for my NTCS Wii and it didn’t work! Someone help!!! PM me at youtube.com/papermariodude

  • Emmanoelbs

    when i think on download a iso to burn and play on my wii i download from gamesmax. i downloaded donkey kong country returns. this site has wii, ds, ps3, xbox games…

    PS: in portuguese.

    i play dk country returns without need update 4.2u to 4.3u

  • davekmrhys

    i installed some of the newer ios’s and removed sd card. then updated via nintend from 3.4 to 4.3 and homebrew did not get removed lol. not sure what i had done but didnt need ind pwns. had hunted it down too..

    • Rozzlvl78

      which ios

  • Jim

    I’m a wii newbie. I am american but am in korea. i bought a wii with a korean interface. is there a way to change the f/w to an english interface, that i can read??

  • Darth

    I recently updated my Wii from 4.2 to 4.3U, and all I had to do was reinstall the 4.3 Indiana Jones explolit and all works fine.

    I also found out games like Epic Mickey and Just Dance play in B&W w/o the update. At least that’s what it was on mine.

  • Stevendye

    hy i have neogamma7 on my wii all was fine until other day all copys wont work now any idea what i can do please as im not very good on computors regards ste

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hector-Franceschini-Romanello/100001873511995 Hector Franceschini Romanello

    The pirates might as well buy the game compared to the money lost & spent on parts, time, issues, broken Wii’s, cost of SD cards & discs. ¬†All he is ending up with is a Wii with bad solder joints. ¬†$10 man and you have the original hard copy that plays right away. ¬†Obviously someone can’t do it better. ¬†-NASA Electrician¬†

    • Email

      i put my games that i guy on hdd so that my kids dontdestroy them. to some of us its not piracy to simply protect what we pay for.

      • Olsem Wanem

        That’s exactly why I hacked my kids’ Wii.¬† I would cringe every time my 5-yr old picked up a $50 disk.¬† I don’t have a single pirated or stolen game and never will

  • Chav20

    i have updated my wii but is there ne way i can see wot is was on before i did the update

  • Deedranbailey

    Have a wii with a hardrive my friend attached. Has a wiiflow channel. System update wiped it out. Can I take the update off? Can I just hook up another hardrive (we have another)

    • Tessa

      It doesn’t work like that. Once it’s been updated you have to re hack your wii again.

  • russell swallow

    how can you get new updates when you already updated it? cuzz this wii is not letting me play any game at all its saying cannot read disk????? what do i need to do?

  • james braselton

    hi there on a question is my wii shop on wii u dont show the update icon or on the eshop eather my wii u shows 50 items on wii u e-shop and only 2 wii channels and 200 games and no i dont stop or unpluged and powered on the hole time on third update then my wii u gone in too unuaslal stuff