I have an older USA Wii console still running the 3.4U system menu. Hardmodded with WiiKey v1 1.9s firmware. Up until now most every game played without any problems if I used Wii Update Manager (WUM) to remove any detectable updates on a disk and replace it with 3.4U so I could go right into the game without it asking for any updates. I have noticed recently that many games have the 4.2 update on them, which has been replaceable on many disks (with WUM) and they worked fine except for "Racquet Sports", "Speed" and "Super Mario Galaxy 2" These just go into the "Black Screen of Death" when I click on the disk channel. FYI: Not using ANY softmods because of occasional kid use (They could really screw this Wii up good if I did). So basically, the question is, using only a hardmod, do these games actually require 4.1u or 4.2u to be on my system to run? I thought they only affected the system menu and not so much the ability of the game. I am hesitant to install either 4.1u or 4.2u because I have some PAL games on GC and Wii that I really enjoy and cannot find NTSC(USA) ISO's of yet. One game in particular is from Japan (NTSC-J) that was never released in the USA because it is probably too violent. Side question, does update 4.2u block USA Wiis from playing Japan (NTSC-J)? Also... Thanks to the WiiKey team for still supporting their original chips. I think that is really straight up of them. I don't do BETA's but can't wait for 1.99 to go full release so I can finally play NSMB.