Is the Nintendo Wii suffering from its own hardware issues? We’ve all heard about the 360’s Red Ring of Death and the PS3 eating house dust until it’s full to the brim, but the Wii has generally had a good reliability record. Sure there is the contentious issue about dirty lenses and Dual Layer DVD’s but that’s another story…
Upon loading the Mii Contest Channel yesterday the screen went black and a white error message appeared:-
"Mii channel system files are corrupted. Please refer to the Wii operations manual for help troubleshooting. Press the A button to return to the Wii menu"
Naturally I didn’t bother with that, I reset my console and went straight to Google. It seems quite a few people are reporting this issue, most seemingly saying that it happens but nothing has ever gone wrong and after a reboot everything is fine (as with me), but some are reporting total loss of Wii Data such as Wii Channels and Game saves.
Thankfully all my files are still intact but this news did worry me somewhat. I’ve now ordered a 2 Gigabyte SD card and will backup my Wii files to it as soon as it arrives, perhaps I’ll even reformat my Wii to clear out any possible bugs. This does raise the question though, is this small issue that just happens once in a while to a small majority of people or is it a sign that the Wii’s internal flash memory isn’t as stable as we were led to believe? This is the first time I’ve had any problems with my Wii and I’ve had it since launch day, it would be such a shame to have to send it in for repairs.
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