The news that Nintendo in the USA has had to set up a website to offer Wii repairs following the shipment of Super Smash Bros Brawl
in that territory at the end of last week appears to highlight issues with some versions of the hardware.SSBB
is the first game to ship for the system that also makes use of the dual-layer lens - this also resulted in some problems arising in Japan when the game shipped there earlier this year.
The site (available here
) states that:
"Super Smash Bros. Brawl utilizes a double-layer disc which has a large memory capacity. A very small percentage of Wii consoles may have trouble consistently reading data off this large capacity disc if there is some contamination on the lens of the disc drive. Nintendo has specialized cleaning equipment that can resolve this problem. (Please do NOT attempt to clean the lens yourself, as you may damage the system.)"
The percentage of Wiis affected is not currently known, nor is the exact form of 'contamination' on the lens. Apparently, however, the latter is so severe that standard lens cleaning systems can't do the job.
Nintendo also states that, "Due to the nature of this particular issue, you should not lose any of your stored data. In some rare cases you may have to re-download your Virtual Console games from the Wii Shop Channel, but there is no cost to doing so."
We have contacted Nintendo in Europe to see if the same issues are expected when the game ships on this side of the Atlantic.