Wii update 4.2 bricking some systems

October 3, 2009

This week, Nintendo rolled out its newest Wii firmware update, 4.2. Designed to enhance system performance and nothing else, the update is reportedly bricking users’ systems. Nintendo has responded, saying that though most affected systems are modified, owners of unmodified systems bricked by the update can send it in for a free repair.

If your console was affected, call Nintendo customer service at 1-800-255-3700 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Pacific.  For those who haven’t updated, the update is only necessary to connect to the Wii Shop Channel, so it’s possible to wait for a while before installing 4.2.