Regarding bricking of unmodded Wiis, these articles are correct. The first stating, "If any problems arise during installation, the bootloader becomes corrupt," but that requires a loss of power, etc. during installation. I am referring to the situation where the Wii is seemingly updated without problem. The Wii reboots to brick status…
And as this article states, it does not require loss of power etc...
"The problem appears to lie with an incredibly shoddily programmed update to boot2 of the Wii," reads this forum announcement on NeoGAF. "boot2 is basically the area that "starts up" the Wii. According to the people who have developed HBC, the code for Nintendo's updated boot2 is prone to making write errors, therefore making the possibility of bricking your Wii extremely high, whether or not you have ever hacked or modified your Wii."
Regarding Wii Resort, that was not the case for me. See this related post regarding super mario bros. - >http://techforums.ni...thread.id=10738
The games are not tied to system software, but may include the software or ask the user to update to the latest system software. Typically, this is for those who do not have an internet connection.
That might be true for Super Mario Bros., but it was not for me with Wii Sports Resort. When the loading it up the first time, it told me to update. If I said no, it returned me back to the Wii Menu. I copied the DVD to my external and tried again with the same result. I then went in through WiiConnect and performed the update. I did of course lose use of my external until I fixed HomeBrew.
Today's problems don't worry me, I haven't solved yesterday's yet.
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