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Playing Wii Backups


One of the great things the Homebrew Channel opened up for me was the ability to play Wii game backups. It can play full ISOs burnt to a DVD-R without the need for a Modchip or anything. It is completely a software solution. The process of getting this on is just as easy and simple as installing the Homebrew Channel. Here are the instructions for if you want your Wii to run backups of your games. This only works on Wii System Software 3.3 and below.

  1. Install the Homebrew Channel if you haven’t already.
  2. Download Wiigator’s Backup Launcher.
  3. Copy Backup_Launcher and cIOS Installer to the app directory on your SD card.
  4. Launch cIOS_Installer from the Homebrew Channel. This works better if you have Wifi, but if you don’t, read the readme included for the links to get the 20 or so files manually.
  5. Follow the instructions. The Wii will reboot once completed.
  6. You can delete cIOS_Installer from the SD card.
  7. Put your Backup Disc in the Wii Console.
  8. Launch Backup Launcher from the Homebrew Channel.
  9. Either go to Launch Game and press A to launch game from the Backup Launcher or Press B to reboot the Wii and launch the game as usual from the Disc Channel.

It is as simple as that. Now you can run most game backups in case of an accident with the original game disc. For backing up your games, you can find a tutorial with apps for backing up or you can find the disc image on the internet. And there you have it, without any modchipping, soldering or even opening up your console. A purely software solution.

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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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My Wii Experience


I had the fortunate opportunity to have access to Nintendo’s next generation console, the Wii. My neighbour bought one. You know the advertisements where you see the older people playing it and you think “Yeah Right!”, well my neighbour is in that age bracket and she bought one for herself (and a nice HDTV to go with it. :D ) Anyway, I set it all up and have been playing it today and yesterday.

My first impressions were good, I enjoyed it a lot. I only had access to the two games that come with it, well technically the game that came with it, Wii Sports, and the game that came with the Wiimote, Wii Play. Wii Sports was a lot of fun. Tennis was cool but it was weird. The ball went in places that any normal person wouldn’t hit it, so the controls on that are a little janky. Baseball was very difficult. I did get the hang of it eventually but someone without persistence could get frustrated very easily and dislike the game. Once you get it right, it is good. Bowling was by far my favourite. It was awesome playing two or three player, the competitiveness was just what the game needed to make it fun. Single player bowling just isn’t the same. Golf was okay but the controls were a little difficult, that’s really all I have to say about it. Boxing was definitely the most energetic one. I really worked up a sweat after a few games of it. Wii Play is a great game to introduce you to the Wii and I think it was a good move to include it with the console.

Wii Play is bad. To be honest, all it really is, is a tutorial on how to use the Wiimote. Most of the games on it are crap and it is stupid you have to play all the games to unlock them all. The only games really worth mentioning from this are the fishing game, billiards and the game with the cow (don’t ask.) The fishing game is what you would expect it to be like, you pull up when you get a bite. This game is a little annoying when you have two people playing because when one person pulls up a fish, it ruins your fishing. Billiards is the best thing on the disc, it is billiards. Not much more to say about that one. The random cow game is a racing game where you knock things over and collect points. You have the controller horizontal and steer it. You lift the controller for jump and tilt it forward to make the animal go faster. It was a cool game and I with it lasted a little longer.

All in all my Wiiperience was great. I enjoyed it and wish I had the opportunity to try out more game, some decent titles, to see what this thing is really made of. At the moment I still agree with it being a fad and I am a little bored of it already. I am sure there are people in the same boat as me, and there will be people who disagree. I am glad I got to play with the Wii, although I am not so glad with the sore arm it gave me, haha.