Well, this is interesting. Against all I've read, and all the proof that has been shared, I went ahead and updated my SM to 4.2 and what do ya know. SMG2 worked. Thinking I was dreaming (rather, slightly drunk), I reverted back to SM 4.1 and the game did not work. Nothing else was changed what-so-ever.
Keep in mind, I just updated my softmod (via MauiFrog) which threw-back my original 4.3u SM to 4.1, hence when the problems arose. Now, off to that Wii sports black screen stuff!