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InitialWii Backup Disc
System Update4.0
Technical info
TypeSpecialized IOS
StatusPrivate Corporate IOS
Stub variant4.0

IOS16 was an IOS installed and used exclusively by the Wii Backup Disc. When Nintendo went to fix the signing bug in all versions of IOS, they didn't think to release an updated version of IOS16, since it was never publicly distributed, and the "Finalize Repair" option in the Wii Backup Disc deletes IOS16 before ejecting the disc, so it was not installed on post-repair consoles either.

After that update, IOS16 was left as the one last IOS with the unfixed signing bug. It was then unofficially released and used to downgrade the System Menu prior to the 4.0 update, primarily to assist in piracy.

One strange property of IOS16 is that it still works on RVL-CPU-20, which made it a convenient target to downgrade other IOSes, although legal methods to downgrade were eventually released, making it simpler.

IOS16v257 has the same build tag as IOS14v257 and IOS15v257, and was built by the same builder, but it is 52 bytes smaller.

In addition to being stubbed, System Menu 4.0 refuses to boot any disc set to use IOS16, printing the message This must be a backup disk.

Titles using this IOS

Version history

Version Signing bug? /dev/flash access? ES_Identify? STM Release Exploit? STM IOCTL overflow? SDI register index bug? Notes
v257 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Present in the update partition of the Wii Backup Disc
v512 No No No N/A N/A N/A Stub IOS released alongside System Menu 4.0