Zelda: Skyward Sword gliched save files can be fixed

Caught by the game-ending Zelda: Skyward Sword bug? Nintendo is offering two ways of fixing your save data.

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You ignored the warnings. Makes sense--you didn't want to read the spoiler-y way of avoiding the game-ending Skyward Sword glitch. "If the game has been saved after completing the sequence of events, it will no longer be possible to proceed through the game on that save file," a Nintendo representative confirmed last week.

If you've experienced the Song of the Hero glitch, you're not exactly out of luck. Before deleting your save file and starting over, Nintendo is now offering two solutions to fix the problem.

The first solution involves mailing a physical SD card with your save data to Nintendo for repair. "For information on how to send your save data to Nintendo, please call 1-800-255-3700."

The second solution is easier, but will require a bit of patience. "We are also planning on releasing a program that will repair save data for those who have their Wii connected to the Internet," Nintendo's support site reports. "We are currently working on preparations for the release of this program."

Nintendo's language suggests the online repair program will be available soon. It may be worth skipping a trip to the post office while waiting for this workaround to go online.

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    December 15, 2011 4:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Zelda: Skyward Sword gliched save files can be fixed.

    Caught by the game-ending Zelda: Skyward Sword bug? Nintendo is offering two ways of fixing your save data.

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      December 15, 2011 6:27 PM

      don't they patch games?

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        December 15, 2011 6:34 PM

        It's still 1998 in Nintendo's world.

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        December 15, 2011 6:38 PM

        Not really possible what with the Wii not having a hard drive, is my guess.

        I mean I don't think there's anything intrinsically impossible about it but my guess is that there's some architectural reason they can't.

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          December 15, 2011 6:48 PM

          It's got SD, it's totally possible. They just probably don't support it via the Firmware yet.

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            December 15, 2011 7:07 PM

            Yeah that's what I meant

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            December 16, 2011 5:41 PM

            Wii doesn't use firmware, it uses a series of boot2 loaded IOS which correspond to various functions like IOS9=System Menu, 38=USB support, 60,70,222,223,250,256=Do nothing but overwrite custom homebrew IOS. They don't have much control over something like patching save data.

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      December 15, 2011 6:45 PM

      One can only hope that at least they'll re-release a working patched version of the game in stores to limit future damage.

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      December 16, 2011 1:22 PM

      Are the SD cards with the save games readable on a standard PC? I mean, are they formatted with a standard file system and are the save games un-encrypted? If so, I wouldn't be surprised if someone has figured out how to modify the save file to fix the problem, essentially doing what I expect Nintendo's tool to do.

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