I just for the fun of it started my Wii up in maintenance mode.. then when i were to start the nintendo channel, there were no animation. you know the animation while you see the "Wii Menu, Start" buttons. but you hear the sound effects.. I'm also incapable to connect to the nintendo channel while in maintenance mode. nvm, just had problems the first time starting it in maintenance mode.. but you still can't see the animation, thought it was kind of weird, because i haven't seen any other changes while in the maintenance mode else.. (except the message board..) if i'd to guess i would say that it's just a bug.. but i don't know.. Any other changes you've noticed yet?