Super Smash Bros. Update Causing Wii U Errors, Bricking Consoles

The latest patch for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is causing serious issues for some players, according to a report from Gamnesia.

Some users have reported seeing an error with the code 160-0103, which appears upon loading up a patched copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The error, which reads “There is a problem with the system memory,” prevents the game from being played. Similar issues have been seen when trying to access the Wii U’s Data Management page after installing the update.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the error has caused some consoles to brick, rendering them unusable. This occurred after users attempted to resolve Error 160-0103 by formatting the Wii U console, on the advice of Nintendo customer service. There is no official word from Nintendo about the error, but in the meantime you’re advised not to format your Wii U console or delete the Smash Bros. update data.

You can find some reports and discussion on the error at Smashboards, an unofficial Smash Bros. fansite. If you’d like to see the error in action, check out this YouTube video from user Trippy12345ify:

My Opinion:

Yikes. These kinds of errors are never fun and I can only hope Nintendo addresses it promptly. Nintendo has always had a reputation for high-quality software, so it’s surprising to hear about errors that can render consoles completely unusable. This error hasn’t hit me, but I’ll certainly be careful not to mess around with the game’s update data until this issue is addressed.


Aaron Dobbe is an Associate Writer at MONG specializing in Nintendo but playing a bit of everything else too. Follow him on Facebook and pester him to get a Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Super Smash Bros. Update Causing Wii U Errors, Bricking Consoles”

  1. Scary stuff. It’s bad when games have bugs, but breaking your console makes this more serious than other glitches.

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  2. I have gotten this error and Nintendo says to format everything or ship it in for repairs. They do NOT know why it’s happening even though I told them I think it has to do with the SMB data update. I am hesitant to format it because that will brick the system. I also don’t want to ship it in because the system may get a problem again if the game isn’t fixed.

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    1. Yeah, based on what everyone’s been saying, it’s probably not a good idea to format the system or try to delete the update data. Waiting for an update that addresses the issue is probably the safest course of action for now, but it’s a little scary that you can’t even remove the update without causing issues.

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