Remember the times when you could take a system out of its box, and it couldn’t change unless you—and not some large multi-billion/million dollar company—wanted it to? It was an easier time, it was a simpler time.
Nintendo officially axed that simpler time last Tuesday around 12:30am, sending out a message to Wii users that the Wii would receive a firmware update. Aside from other smaller changes, the update most importantly rendered Datel’s Freeloader software useless. Freeloader allowed gamers to bypass region lock-outs and play import games on their consoles.
So far, Nintendo has remained quiet on whether an update is on the way to allow Freeloader run on the Wii. Nintendo told Eurogamer.net that “because it isn’t an official product approved by Nintendo, there was nothing it could do.”