Informational: Effects of The 3.3 / 3.4 Firmwares
Released: June 18th, 2008
When a game is finalized by the publisher, it is security signed. The Wii looks for the signature as a part of its authentication check when booting a game. The 3.3 version prevented "trucha" (fake) signed discs from running.
What does this mean? Games that are "fake signed" are often .ISO images modified for various reasons. They're also very prevalent on Torrent sites.
"Scrubbed" - A game publisher needs to make their title exactly 4.37 GB or 4,699,979,776 bytes (exception being Super Smash Bros. Brawl). Not every game will be of this exact size, so empty / dummy data blocks are placed on the disc as fillers. Wii Scrubber is an application that will remove dummy blocks from the game, thus making it a smaller file to transfer.
"RegionFrii" - Wii games are Region specific. This application will change the region code of a .ISO game image so it's playable on any of the 3 consoles (NTSC-U, NTSC-J, PAL)
"BrickBlocked" - This is the removal / patching of a game's disc embedded update. This is a safety to prevent mixed region updating, thus saving your console from a firmware brick.
As you can see, fake signed games are useful and most likely already in your library. By using the 3.3 firmware, you might render previously working games, useless.
If you already have the HomeBrew Channel installed, install the IOS51 / Shop Channel fix.
If you do not have the HomeBrew Channel installed, please follow this guide:
You will be downgrading to the 3.2 firmware, along with installing many useful applications such as Wad Manager and StarFall. This is highly suggested.
Do you have to downgrade? The answer is "no". If your backups are 1:1 copies with no alterations, they will still play. If you're not interested in the Wad Manager and installing channels to your dashboard, "no".
Released: November 17, 2008
When Nintendo issues a firmware update, they prompt the user if they'd like to install it. A part of the 3.4 user agreement is longer being prompted permission. When a 3.5 is released, it will get installed without your knowing.
Originally Posted by Old Policy
Originally Posted by New Policy
Downgrade to the 3.2 firmware. Please follow this guide:
Do I have to downgrade? The answer is "no". If you're comfortable with idea of Nintendo controlling your system, you do not have to downgrade. Your 1:1 copies will still work, for now.
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