Wii Firmware 3.0 Released

From the article:

"Nintendo has updated the Wii firmware to version 3.0, and it looks like it's finally making some decent changes to the Wii interface and Shop Channel.

On the menu side, Nintendo has added a digital clock to the bottom of the Wii channel menu and the windows themselves seem to be a lot more aware of your wireless internet connection.

The Forecast Channel now displays the current weather condition directly in the Wii menu and in the same vein the News Channel displays two scrolling headlines.

The biggest changes modifications however have been directed at the Wii Shop. The welcome screen has been completely redesigned display Nintendo's recommended titles, and an extra button for titles you've downloaded has been added to the main shop menu.

You can now search for Virtual Console games by category, most popular and even search for a name manually. We've already tried putting rude words in to the search engine with lacklustre results.

To wrap the update up nicely, there's an added pre-system update warning that Nintendo will come round your house and punch you in the chin if you modify your Wii. Or something like that.

The full list of changes is below:

Channels:

* Digital Clock added to the Wii Menu
* Forecast Channel now displays the current condition (cloudy, raining) directly in the Wii Menu
* News Channel can now show 2 scrolling headlines at a time in the Wii Menu
* Message Board now has the "Today's Accomplishments" message
* Address Book entries can now be shifted around using A+B but only to empty spaces.
* Calendar in Message Board no longer shows "Today's Accomplishment"
* Scrolling messages in the Message Board now uses a different sound

Wii Shop Channel Overhauled

* New Welcome screen detailing 4 Recommended Titles and the points they cost
* Titles You've Downloaded moved to the main shop menu
* Popular Titles
* Search for a title
* Search by Category
* System shows the different systems and how many titles have been released under each
* Publisher showing different publishers and amount of titles released
* Genre"

News source: CVG

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I thought this update was going to allow us to trade our Nintendo VIP stars for Wii Points. When is that going to happen????

Agreed; I've been holding out buying any Wii Points because they keep saying they'll allow the exchange. I bet they'll give us a crappy exchange rate though.

Gilly said,
I bet they'll give us a crappy exchange rate though.

Oh, yes, you can bet your life.

I reckon 1000 stars = 100 Wii points or something similar. Still, what else are you going to do with them? They're practically worthless on the Nintendo site.

Can anyon confirm that GC Action Replay no longer works for UK? I ask as in the thread the other day it was mentioned that AR no longer worked, I only use AR to load my US GameCube games so obviously updating would be detrimental in my situation.

Feedback welcomed

Freeloader support was dropped so I would think that anything which allows region-free play would also be disabled.

You'll notice that this firmware update came on the heels of a Nintendo backed modchip crackdown. It would seem that people who use bootloader discs to load games from other regions got lumped in with the general crackdown.

What's interesting to me are the third-party products which are licensed by Nintendo. Dropping support for them could result in lawsuits if Nintendo doesn't have any changes covered in their agreements.

Aahz said,
What's interesting to me are the third-party products which are licensed by Nintendo. Dropping support for them could result in lawsuits if Nintendo doesn't have any changes covered in their agreements.

No boot discs are licensed. Not Freeloader, not Action Replay, nothing.

There is also USB keyboard support for most everything except the internet channel. (ask Opera why that's left out lol)

What they _should_ do something about is this whole friends system. So far I haven't met anyone who actually understands how it works.

I thought the wii forecast already showed that? I swear last time i used mine (few weeks ago) it showed the actual weather there

Other than that, awesome! Clocks ftw