I finally recieved a replacement router yesterday and, wonder of wonders, it's actually working. However, when I try to update my Wii, it just freezes on the update screen and doesn't make any progress, although the little blue spinny thing in the corner is still going.
I know that my wireless connection works (at least to a large extent) because I can still send and recieve messages and miis, use the shop and weather channels and surf the web. Earlier, when my router wasn't working, I used the Nintendo USB Wifi dongle with modified drivers as a Soft AP, which is how I was able to connect to the internet, although it stopped working when I was connecting to the internet from my computer via my non-WiFi router (this was while I was waiting for a replacement WiFi router to arrive).
Well, anyway, I've also tried connecting to the internet with the Wii using the WiFi dongle, and it works alright, but it freezes in the same place as with my proper router when I try to update.
I suspect that the last firmware update I downloaded (2.1E) may be the problem, so I'm considering reformatting my Wii. I'm worried, though, that if I do this I won't be able to re-download my VC games (NES Zelda, Gunstar Heroes and Bonk's Adventure, so important stuff), and that I also won't be able to transfer save files back onto the Wii from an SD card.
So, my question, as you've probably guessed by now, is this: if I reformat my Wii's memory, will I be able to recover my game saves and VC games? Also, is there any way that I can recover all my messages and Miis?