Nintendo’s latest Wii update added a new feature that deletes any doctored Twilight-hack savegames that you have on your Wii. Seriously, Nintendo?

The Wii homebrew channel will still work, though you would need to install the channel before updating (since it requires the Twilight hack during its install process). For Wii homebrewers, the current recommendation would be to hold off on updating until a replacement hack method is made available.

The update contains a very specific addition that prevents this exact hack, so it sets up a bit of an arms race scenario. Someone will soon release a new variation of the hack that will bypass this security check and presumably Nintendo will fire back with another update. It’s kind of a bummer, but it’s pretty interesting to watch the dissection of this latest obstacle. Wii hackers at their best:

Okay, now this is just silly. Three functions have been added to the system menu. Guess what they do:

ipl::utility::ESMisc::DeleteSavedata((unsigned long long, EGG::Heap*))
ipl::utility::ESMisc::VerifySavedataZD((unsigned long long, EGG::Heap*))
WADCheckSavedataZD

We Are Not Impressed.

You can follow the progress over at hackmii.com. My guess is that a new homebrew method will be available in the next few days.

June 16 Wii update – hackmii.com