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Posted by patrickklepek
Wii doesn't have an easy mechanism to alter game code, ala Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

Nintendo is finally being explicitly clear about the roundabout, kind of totally weird way it will finally solve the game-breaking glitch currently hiding within The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Andriasang reports Nintendo of Japan has come clean, revealing players can download an entirely new channel called the “Zelda Data Restoration Channel” that should allow you to progress.

In the past, Nintendo has solved glitches by swapping copies of the game or players mailing SD cards with saved games, then altering them manually. That’s an option for Skyward Sword players, too, but something tells me downloading a channel, however strange, is the preferred option.

Skyward Sword’s glitch occurs “Song of the Hero,” quest, in which players are given three options how to proceed. If they choose to head towards the Lanayru Desert and complete that area first, the cutscene to trigger the subsequent legs of the journey may not pop up, rendering the game unplayable.

Nintendo of America has not announced this yet, but has confirmed there will be a downloadable fix.

Edited by lockwoodx

What's with the giant ballsack? Looks like crotchy from postal 2.

Posted by Kyle

@Buzzkill said:

Looks like crotchy from postal 2.

I will never unsee this. Thanks, asshole.

Posted by Omali

@Buzzkill: Good thing I have the Postal 2 Fudge Pack installed, and my save just happens to be on Krotchy's day.

Posted by OriginalGman

Don't step to the Kikwi Chieftain, son.

Posted by RE_Player1

Does the 3DS have the ability to receive patches? I've had mine for about a week and haven't been able to tell.

Posted by Tackchevy

Such a weird, late 90's type thing.

Posted by Roger_Klotz

Hasn't Nintendo had a pretty good track record with it's first party licenses? Surprised to see them make such a big mistake, especially for a Zelda game.

Posted by melodiousj

I kinda love how insane a solution this is.

Posted by Kato

Hopefully the Wii U will have title updates.

Posted by cwdawg1224

Do y'all know anyone saying this game should be out of GOTY competition because of this glitch like they are with Skyrim?A lot of people think Skyrim shouldn't be considered because of the PS3 version having so many problems, but from the people I've talked to, none of those problems have rendered the game unplayable. Sure, horrible framerate is crappy, but you can still play through it.

Posted by Seroth

Can they make a channel that removes Fi from the game while they're at it?

Posted by xyzygy
@cwdawg1224: If you avoid the Lanayru Desert, SS is playable too. People are informed these days and most people would have heard about this glitch, just like the PS3 version of Skyrim. I don't think it's fair to say that SS doesn't deserve GOTY on the basis of this glitch because in contrast to Bethesda, Nintendo is actually on this shit and has a solid fix coming. We don't know if the PS3 issues in Skyrim can even be fixed. 
 
@Roger_Klotz said:

Hasn't Nintendo had a pretty good track record with it's first party licenses? Surprised to see them make such a big mistake, especially for a Zelda game.

Twilight Princess also had a similar glitch, do you remember it? If you save in a certain room and then shut the game off, you'll be unable to trigger a cutscene when you load the game back up. It happened to me and I was like 30 hours through. I played through the entire game again. 
Posted by JohnPaulVann

@cwdawg1224: Dude, you seem a little confused. SS is out of the GOTY running because it is shit, glitch or no glitch.

Posted by JohnPaulVann

The glitch is the best part about SS.

Posted by Blubba

Oh, Nintendo.

Posted by Vodun

@Buzzkill said:

What's with the giant ballsack? Looks like crotchy from postal 2.

My very first thought when seeing the thumbnail. Krotchy don't need cojones, Krotchy IS cojones! High brow humor at its best.

Posted by gesi1223

The Wii shows how behind the times Nintendo really is with this one.

Posted by CyleMoore

Well at least the fixed it. I'll download it just in case and I'm sure it will look cool on the Wii menu.

Posted by Ravenlight

Nintendo: "Pff--playtesting? It's a Zelda game, it'll be fiiiine.

Posted by kurtbro900

@JohnPaulVann: Is this IGN?

Posted by Enigma_2099

To everyone bitching about this...

... how's Skyrim treatin' ya?

Edited by benspyda

@Enigma_2099 said:

To everyone bitching about this...

... how's Skyrim treatin' ya?

At least I can hard save so I don't have to restart if a game breaking glitch happens in Skyrim. But yea its a buggy time of year :)

Posted by Vexxan

Nintendo taking a step in the right direction...right?

Posted by ThePilgrums

Well, considering they can't do real patches on the Wii, this is a decent compromise. Hopefully this is a sign they'll include title updates on the Wii U firmware.

Posted by Sidfiou

I take it the channel modifies your save data for skyward sword. It's a strange fix, but a fix nonetheless.

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

People may give Nintendo a little grief over this, but it's still leaps and bounds better than sending in an SD card.

Posted by UnlivedPhalanx

@msavo said:

Does the 3DS have the ability to receive patches? I've had mine for about a week and haven't been able to tell.

I don't believe so, but unlike the Wii, I know for a fact the 3DS has the ability in it's firmware to have that ability if Nintendo decides that's what it wants. Just like the DLC possibility for the 3DS.

Posted by eltrut

...it's a la, not ala.

Posted by phrali

@cwdawg1224 said:

Do y'all know anyone saying this game should be out of GOTY competition because of this glitch like they are with Skyrim?A lot of people think Skyrim shouldn't be considered because of the PS3 version having so many problems, but from the people I've talked to, none of those problems have rendered the game unplayable. Sure, horrible framerate is crappy, but you can still play through it.

this game was never in GOTY consideration in the first place. it's on the fuckin wii. are we supposed to consider iPhone games for GOTY too?

Posted by Ronald

@benspyda said:

@Enigma_2099 said:

To everyone bitching about this...

... how's Skyrim treatin' ya?

At least I can hard save so I don't have to restart if a game breaking glitch happens in Skyrim. But yea its a buggy time of year :)

Those aren't glitches, they're "features". And damn fun features at that.

Posted by StriderNo9

God dammit they are so Japanese, why not just issue a patch.

Posted by PandaBear

To be fair, this is a good way of fixing broken saves. I played Skyward Sword only yesterday and it had a patch I HAD to install. Basically if you play it today with a Wii connected to the internet it'll patch the game and you'll never need this channel, but if you've been screwed by this glitch this channel will fix your save file. New players will never see this really. They'll probably do the updated version on all future discs like the multiple version of Ocarina of Time. Anyway, it's Nintendo and they're doing the best they can with the tech they've got haha (ps this is the first Wii game I've bought in YEARS and I'd say it's a serious GOTY contender)

Posted by ThePilgrums

@phrali said:

this game was never in GOTY consideration in the first place. it's on the fuckin wii. are we supposed to consider iPhone games for GOTY too?

So even if a game is amazing (not saying Skyward Sword is, I'm speaking hypothetically), because it's on a platform you don't like means it can't be GOTY? Stellar logic, right there.

Posted by pickassoreborn

This at least proves that Nintendo is made up of actual humans capable of mistakes.

Posted by shodan2020

@StriderNo9 said:

God dammit they are so Japanese, why not just issue a patch.

The channel IS the patch. :)

Posted by Lextalionis

Huh. This was not the game-breaking glitch I assumed the article would be talking about. I guess the glitch where my pelican tard-bird dives down to the deck and stays clipped under the clouds forever the first time you fly it -- EVERY time you fly it -- was working as intended.

At least I only sank about an hour into this one. I feel bad for anyone who grit their teeth through 5+ hours of those controls only to lose all their progress.

Posted by patrick

@shodan2020 said:

@StriderNo9 said:

God dammit they are so Japanese, why not just issue a patch.

The channel IS the patch. :)

Either troll or doesn't understand how the Wii works. I'll give a benefit of the doubt on this one.

Posted by afrofools

@benspyda said:

@Enigma_2099 said:

To everyone bitching about this...

... how's Skyrim treatin' ya?

At least I can hard save so I don't have to restart if a game breaking glitch happens in Skyrim. But yea its a buggy time of year :)

I've got a glitch that makes the main questline literally impossible to complete and it's stuck in my saves. I have tried reinstalling the game and updates and I still got the problem. Though I haven't played for a week so I don't know if it's been fixed yet. Some glitches somehow can be saved, and it could be what I had where your game stuffs up while you are doing other quests and you are none-the-wiser. Time to get the bug hammer :)

Posted by Wandering_Idiot

@cwdawg1224 said:

A lot of people think Skyrim shouldn't be considered because of the PS3 version having so many problems [...]

Yes, but people who think that are stupid. It's not that hard; the 360/PC versions of Skyrim are eligible for GotY, the PS3 version isn't. There, done.

Posted by Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto

@Kyle said:

@Buzzkill said:

Looks like crotchy from postal 2.

I will never unsee this. Thanks, asshole.

Thanks asshat.

Posted by Jonnyflash80

Hey Nintendo, you know what could have avoided all this mess? QA testing done by people who are not asleep.

Posted by Dookysharpgun

Wow...did this really need an entire channel? I mean, wouldn't an update have been better? Doesn't the Wii have enough storage issues without adding a whole new channel to the menu, just to fix one game...and even if its there to fix future issues, what other problems are so bad that they had to release such a waste of memory?

Posted by StriderNo9

@patrick: LOL, never a troll, I hug all my consoles before bed. So maybe I am misunderstanding. What does this channel do? And why couldn't Nintendo just update the game like with other consoles?

Posted by patrick

@StriderNo9 said:

@patrick: LOL, never a troll, I hug all my consoles before bed. So maybe I am misunderstanding. What does this channel do? And why couldn't Nintendo just update the game like with other consoles?

The channel modifies affected save files to fix the problem. This is in lieu of the console's actual inability for disc games to have updates, which they don't (and people seem to not realize). When existing Nintendo games ever get updated, they're completely newly pressed with new game ids and everything (there've been multiple versions of super smash bros. melee, ocarina of time, etc).

Posted by onarum

That's really weird, I guess I'll just try and NOT get the bug instead.

Posted by Wolf3

@Roger_Klotz: I guess it's second party, sort of, but Other M has a similar game breaking bug I ran into.

Posted by Wolf3

I'd prefer a patch that removes "motion control", and ideally at least makes it as good as Wind Waker...

Posted by iamnick

@MindChamber said:

"always some kind lazy grammatical error."

IRONIC MUCH?

Posted by Nintendude

@Wolf3 said:

I'd prefer a patch that removes "motion control", and ideally at least makes it as good as Wind Waker...

This.

(Haven't played the retail version of this yet, though)

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