'Aaaand it’s gone'
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Technology has progressed a lot since 2011. It was the year that saw the release of both the original 3DS and Wii Family Edition, while tablet sales began to pick up following the stellar success of the first iPad. Booting up Apple’s earliest tablet – running on iOS 5.1.1 no less – yesterday, one user received a blast from the past as they attempted to load Netflix on the device only to be hit with a particularly un-Apple message.
Instead of the usual Apple error code, Twitter user @fcbunn found that the now-defunct Netflix app instead prompted the following Wii Shop-based advice:
This disc is no longer supported. To watch instantly, simply download Netflix from the Wii Shop Channel
This is interesting, if you try to load a @netflix video on the first gen iPad (iOS 5.1.1) you see a Wii Shop error.
“This disc is no longer supported. To watch instantly, simply download Netflix from the Wii Shop Channel” pic.twitter.com/7VEgPSgdz9— Bunn (@fcbunn) August 31, 2022
Now, we can’t claim to have any insider knowledge of the inner workings of Apple’s helpline, but something tells us that taking your complaint to the Wii Shop Channel probably won’t yield the streaming service result you are after. This being said, instead of having to drag yourself through the final 26-hour-apiece episodes of Stranger Things, you would be treated to the Wii Shop’s jazzy beats – so every cloud, we guess.
Unfortunately, this Nintendo glitch was quickly fixed, with Bunn today tweeting that the error message had now been replaced by a much more fruitful link to Netflix’s supported devices. They also used the moment to make a formal apology to the Netflix developer who had to go back and amend the decade-old mistake.
Aaaand it’s gone.I wanted to apologize for that one Netflix dev that saw my tweet and felt compelled to do a fix on a (very likely) legacy code 😅“This device is no longer supported.To watch instantly, please seehttps://t.co/QNFc9BozJy for a list
of supported devices” pic.twitter.com/OhueKcWHtE— Bunn (@fcbunn) September 1, 2022
People on Twitter were quick to attempt to find a reason for the glitch, with theories ranging from the devices’ shared web service to a particularly strong thread which claimed Bunn had edited the photo for their own gain – because there’s no way that a device running 2011 software could possibly slip up, right?
Whatever the true reason, we think it’s safe to say that if this error has made anything certain, it’s that the Wii Shop Channel music is once again stuck firmly in our heads.
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