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Homebrew channel for Wii

Had enough Nintendo homebrew action yet? We haven’t either. Especially not now that the doors to the homebrew scene have been blown open by The Homebrew Channel. Up to this point, the only way you could run homebrew on an unmodded Wii was the Twilight Hack, which leveraged a flaw in Twilight Princess save games. The Homebrew Channel lets you launch various homebrew apps with a useful GUI instead of performing the hack every time you want to run them. It can access apps stored on an SD card, a computer on the same network, and even USB Gecko. There is no USB flash drive or DVD support at the moment.

The Homebrew Channel can be loaded onto the Wii by running the Twilight Hack (don’t worry, it’ll probably be for the last time) with the Homebrew Channel Files in the root of your SD card. The Wii will reboot and then the channel will appear in the list. We tested it ourselves, and found that everything loaded properly from the SD card (we didn’t try the other sources). We did run into a problem where it failed to load any of our homebrew apps or even reboot properly if a Gamecube memory card was in the slot, but it’s an easy fix, just pull it out.

The devteam behind this release wanted to make things as easy and accessible as possible, so they included download links to the Twilight Hack, The Homebrew Channel, and even a homebrew software bundle to get you started. If you want more homebrew apps, head to Wiibrew.

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Comments

  1. Yay! Finally some nice good homebrew for the Wii instead of the old homebrew for the GameCube. Can’t wait to see the new homebrew apps!

  2. Alex McCown says:

    just a matter of time b4 Nintendo makes an update that puts a stop to it

  3. Crash says:

    More PS3.

  4. tjhow says:

    I was waiting for the time when I could code for my Wii, w00t!

    Now all they need to do is make it SD card bootable!!!!

  5. ben says:

    wow, first thing i didn’t see first on hackaday. i’ve been watching the wiibrew site for weeks waiting for this. does this open the door to pirates though?

  6. Kacela says:

    Very cool. Looking forward to playing Lemmings via the scummVM on the Wii!

  7. James says:

    Actually, I’m curious — this has been out for a while, right? I think there’s been at least one firmware update since it happened… will doing this risk a bricking on the next update? Is it fully reversible?

    I’m really not that excited about hacking my Wii — I can use the Wiimote with GlovePIE if I want to develop waggle/pointer apps, and otherwise the hardware is pretty old. But if I *did* want to try, I definitely don’t want to risk hosing my system.

  8. doomstalk says:

    I’m not sure about that, #5. They’ve already sniffed the key necessary to sign Wii applications, so the only issue was getting the software onto the Wii in the first place. Once that’s done, it’s pretty much indistinguishable from a normal program. The best they could do is somehow revoke the vulnerable copy of Twilight Princess, but that would be like swatting a fly with a cannon.

  9. quezlar says:

    what do you suppose the chances of nintendo releasing a firmware update that bricks wii with this channel?
    I would very much like to install it but its not worth buying a new wii.

  10. equator says:

    a very nice library to code easily on wii ;)

    http://wiibrew.org/index.php?title=Homebrew_apps/GRRLIB

  11. lalnez says:

    it doesnt work to me
    mayeb its an update?

  12. rocky says:

    lalnez, you need the new twilight hack, as a wii system update fixed the old bug. get it at wiibrew.org

  13. Sonic-Z says:

    The Homebrew Channel… I’ve been waiting for this for a while but considering that I’ve already updated my Wii Menu to 3.3 and that I don’t have an SD card, the Twilight Hack thing is usesless for me. Is there any way to completely reverse an Wii Menu update?

  14. optimus-crime says:

    They just released a wii firmware downgrader. You can downgrade to any firmware you like too!!

    8)

  15. AJ says:

    It doesn’t work for me, I’ve tried EVERYTHING. can someone help me
    E-mail me at firefly90210@gmail.com

  16. QueenBoo says:

    Nothing shows up on my SD card other than the saved Zelda file. :( A few people are having this problem.

  17. AJ says:

    I got it to work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. The Homebrew on Wii Review blog contains reviews of all the hottest new homebrew apps!

  19. Nice post! I’ve been using the homebrew info at Wii Homebrew How To.

  20. jack says:

    check out some new wii shit…

    http://www.squidoo.com/wii-2009

  21. dante jenkins says:

    hey guys!! hows it goin?

  22. dante jenkins says:

    any fly girls on here, ;-) giggidy goo o yea….

  23. markmc123 says:

    I ended up downloading a wii fix guide which came with straight forward wii homebrew install instructions – you may want to have a look at it at

    http://www.wii-downloadreviews.com/Wii-Fix-Guide.html

    Cheers – markmc

  24. supernikoles says:

    does anyone know how to hack brawl for textures???????

  25. This info is outdated. The new homebrew hack has been released and DOES NOT require Zelda, and will work with Wii 4.0. Get it at the New Wii Homebrew Hack Ver 4.0.

  26. troy says:

    Nintendo of America released Wii system update 4.2 on Tuesday, a patch that reportedly had the intention of shutting down Wii hacking solutions. The popular Wii Homebrew Channel is removed by the update, and several known exploits (both hardware and software) are eliminated along with the ability to use USB loaders or downgrade your Wii firmware. The Wii Shop Channel was also updated to reflect the new firmware.

    posted on nintendo.com

  27. Dollowmite says:

    So how do you downgrade your firmware?

  28. pudgiejunker says:

    i got the home brew channel but i updated my wii . now when i go to my sd card channel it says my system files are corrupted but they are not!!!
    plz help

  29. James Green says:

    I get the same problem pudgiejunker.

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