Wii Gets Firmware 3.2 Update

Nintendo has released firmware version 3.2 for the Wii video game console. While the update does not affect any prominently-used features or menus, it does provide some behind the scenes updates that will improve system performance.

Wii owners discovered the update when checking out the Mii Out channel.

The update doesn’t offer much, but the behind the scenes coverage hints at system performance. It doesn’t add any new channels or a giant, gaudy clock, but your Wii is probably thankful for the update anyway.

It has been reported that the Nintendo Wii will run on Linux. It’s actually called “homebrew,” which are several hacks that will load Linux on the Wii .

To setup Linux on the Wii, you’ll need a GameCube SD card adapter, a 1GB (or higher) SD card, a copy of Zelda (for the Wii), and of course, a Nintendo Wii itself. Next, you’ll need to make sure your version of Zelda is one of the anointed — apparently not all copies of Zelda are created equal. Finally, you’ll have to do a bunch of extracting, copying, renaming, deleting, saving, etc., load the game, load a hacked save file and actually talk to a guy in-game to trigger the loader, which drops you out to a black and white screen, at which point you get to have fun figuring out how to load Linux itself.

The outcome? Just the thrill of getting away with something Nintendo doesn’t want you to do. Nothing much.