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Hacking The Wii


After realizing that the Wii had been sitting under the TV for half a year without being touched, I decided that I would try and give console a bit of live by soft-modding the Wii. This would give it the ability to run homebrew apps and some other things. I borrowed a copy of Zelda and used the Twilight Hack to install the Homebrew channel, the gateway to most homebrew apps for the Wii. Here is a tutorial to get you going and giving your Wii a second life.

For the hack, you require a SD card formatted in FAT (16 or 32,) a copy of The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess and SD card reader (or a device that can give you access to the SD card via a computer.) You will also need The Homebrew Channel and the appropriate Twilight Hack for your disc version. If you want to keep your Zelda game save, back it up and keep it somewhere safe.

  1. If your System Menu is 3.4, download this Twilight Hack. If it is 3.3 or earlier, download this Twilight Hack.
  2. Download the Homebrew Channel.
  3. Copy the “private” directory from the Twilight Hack download to your SD card.
  4. Navigate to /private/wii/title/. If you are using a USA disc, keep the rzde directory. If you are using a JAP disc, keep the rzdj directory. If you are using a PAL disc, keep the rzdp directory.
  5. Copy the boot.dol file from the Homebrew Channel download to the root of the SD card.
  6. Put your SD card in your Wii and turn it on.
  7. Go into Wii Options > Data Management > Save Data > Wii.
  8. Find the Zelda save and delete it.
  9. Open the SD card and select the “Twilight Hack” save and copy it. Exit to the menu.
  10. If you are using a USA disc, check the serial on the inner disc circle. If it is RVL-RZDE-0A-2 USA, you will be using “TwilightHack2″.
  11. Insert The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game disc and run the game.
  12. If you have the RVL-RZDE-0A-2 USA version of the game load the “TwilightHack2″ otherwise load “TwilightHack0.”
  13. Once in the game, either walk backwards or talk to the man standing in front of you.
  14. Follow the instructions listed on the screen.

After you’ve followed the instructions and rebooted your Wii, you should now see a new channel on your system called The Homebrew Channel. This is where you will access all your homebrew apps. You can now delete the Twilight Hack and the Homebrew Channel files from your SD card. You can download homebrew apps for the Homebrew Channel on the internet. These will go in the /apps/ directory so they can be seen by the Homebrew Channel. Now you have a soft-modded Wii that is capable of running homebrew applications.

For everyone’s homebrew needs, I recommend a application called Homebrew Browser. What this app does it provides an easy graphical user interface for downloading, installing,  uninstalling and updating homebrew applications in it’s database. They have a huge selection in their database so there will be plenty of apps you’ll want. To get this, download the Homebrew Browser and copy the homebrew_browser directory to the app directory on your SD card. From there, just launch the app from The Homebrew Channel and you’re good to go. This will make it extremely simple for you to get apps on and off your Wii, without having to use a computer.

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4 Comments to

“Hacking The Wii”

  1. On March 8th, 2009 at 9:56 pm Jack Scott Says:

    I’m not really a fan of consoles, but having all those homebrew games available, as well as being able to write my own, would be a really cool thing (if I wasn’t quite so broke, I’d buy a Wii). And then, of course, there is Paper Mario…

  2. On March 15th, 2009 at 7:37 pm Playing Wii Backups » Yum9me's Journal! Says:

    [...] Hacking The Wii 3:33 pm, March 8, 2009 [...]

  3. On March 3rd, 2010 at 11:18 pm bandsxbands Says:

    It’s interesting to see just how permeant digital memory has become in our everyday lives. It’s like everytime I turn my head, I see something with a card slot or USB port, lol. I guess it makes sense though, considering how much cheaper memory has become as of late…Ahhh, who am I to complain. I can’t make it through a single day without my R4 / R4i!(Submitted by NewPost v2 for R4i Nintendo DS.)

  4. On June 3rd, 2010 at 1:38 pm Elmo Poncio Says:

    Matchless topic, it is interesting to me))))

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