My friend owns the game and his Wii stopped working, I got the game myself and the wii stopped working too! All other games were working fine prior to inserting smash brawl into the wii consoles.
Has anyone else who has played this game had to replace their wii or is this just a rare problem with the dvd drives? I've read nintendo says they clean the drive and send it back, but why would they do that when a cleaning kit could easily be sent instead? Also it doesn't play any games except 2 gc games I have, which I find to be weird. (I lent my friend the 2 games to check if those games magically work for him as well)
Oh and the weirdest part, my friends wii is only like 25 days old.
Funny thing is, we can play soul cal 2 or melee for gc on my wii for hours, but insert the new smb, or any of the other 6 wii games I have, the following happens:
Console freezes at the "click A" screen.
Console freezes at the loading disc part.
Console manages to load disc but freezes upon starting game.
That pretty much sums it up. I haven't heard of people having problems with their wiis ever except for myself and my friend who both happen to play brawl. (But where my wii is older, his is less than a month old, we haven't checked the models but his wii came with all the same stuff mine did, it isn't one of the new black ones etc)
My friend bought the console at bestbuy, he's going to replace it sometime today and try plugging Brawl into the new one and see what happens.
Apparently it's a dual layer game and it wears the laser out on some small % of wii consoles. (defective drive?)
haven't played this game but I had the same problem with mario kart. I got mine a month or two after launch. But I just got pissed off one day and left it for about 10 minutes and it worked and it worked fine after that.
i didn't bother reading your linked article, but i remember reading something about Brawl being problematic in the past.
i think it had something to do with the disc being dual layer and the wii's drive not being great at reading dual layer discs. i also remember reading that Nintendo offered to fix any affected systems for free.
Yeah in the end my friend brought his wii back and got a new one and hasn't had the same problem. I'm going to have to call nintendo I guess, though I'm told if I tell them the wii crapped out while playing SSBB they will replace it.
I got my Wii two months after launch (January '07).
Never had a problem running any game, including Brawl.
Have you tried upgrading the firmware with the latest system upgrade?
I got my Wii around the same time. I bought Brawl the day it came out and it broke my machine. Apparently, some of the Wiis they shipped out had different DVD drives due to a parts shortage and the different drives didn't read the brawl disc because it had some different kind of technology, or something along those lines (I don't remember 100% what the rep on the phone told me). I sent them my Wii, they replaced the drive and sent it back.