5 Essential Wii Homebrew Applications

Here's What You Need to Get the Most Out of Your Hacked Wii

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Below are some of the best apps you should get for your hacked Wii. These are called homebrew applications because they are not officially approved for the Wii console and are only installable through the special Homebrew Channel app.

With homebrew apps, you can do things you can't normally do on a Wii. This might include playing unlicensed games or allowing your Wii to support DVD playback, both of which a "regular" Wii is not able to do. The idea is that you can install apps that Nintendo does not officially approve of.

How to Install These Apps

You have to have the Homebrew Channel on your Wii in order to use these apps. See How to Install the Wii Homebrew Channel if you haven't already. This is the only way to use these homebrew apps on your hacked Wii.

Remember that installing these apps means that your Wii console is hacked, which could void your warranty with Nintendo since you've altered the software that the console came with.

Tip: One resource for homebrew apps is WiiBrew. If you need help with any of the apps on this page, that web site might also provide some support or tutorials.

Wii Homebrew Browser
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There are two ways to install new homebrew games and applications onto your Wii. You can use an SD card reader on your PC and manually copy the apps to the card (useful if you don't have an active internet connection), or you can use the Homebrew Browser.

The Homebrew Browser lists all of the major Wii homebrew software and lets you one by simply clicking "download." This is especially important with apps that don't have good installation instructions, like WiiXplorer (see below).

Note: If you can't get this app to work, you might need to go into the settings.XML file and change "settings_server" from 0 to 1 so that the Wii will make the app use resources from its backup server. More »

Pimp My Wii
One way to update a homebrewed Wii. Atilla

One of the problems with running homebrew is that you're highly discouraged from allowing Nintendo to update your Wii’s operating system. However, some updates are necessary to run certain things, such as The Shopping Channel.

Fortunately, Pimp My Wii is designed to update all your channels without installing the OS updates that will wipe out your homebrew setup.  More »

WiiMC
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Want to watch videos on your Wii? WiiMC (Wii Media Center) is the best media player to get the job done.

With a slicker interface and more features than the excellent Mplayer CE, WiiMC plays DVDs or video files on an SD card or USB drive. Like Mplayer CE, it actually plays more video formats than the PlayStation. It also supports MP3s, can be used as a picture viewer and can access radio station services like SHOUTcast.

With a clean, well-designed interface, WiiMC is one of the most professional looking homebrew applications available for Wii homebrew and a model of how things should be done. More »

WiiXplorer
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Sometimes there's a file on an SD card or USB drive that you need to delete, move or rename. Sure, you could just hook the card or drive up to your PC, but with WiiXplorer you don’t have to.

You can use it to open file formats like TXT, MP3, OGG, WAV, AIFF, and XML, as well as decompress archive formats like 7Z, RAR, and ZIP. WiiXplorer also supports image file formats such as PNG, JPG, GIF, TIFF, and others.

A basic file manager for the Wii, this is yet another program that saves you the trouble of getting off the couch. More »

Gecko OS
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Gecko OS lets you play games released in other countries. For some reason, console makers release games in Japan or Europe that only play on consoles sold in Japan or in Europe, meaning you're out of luck if a game you want to play hasn’t been released for the American market.

One example of this restriction includes Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. GeckoOS bypasses the Wii's country-specific coding.

Gecko OS will also run games that can't be played without a system update, although there are simpler ways to do so. It can also be used to cheat on games you're having trouble with.

Like homebrew in general, GeckoOS gives you way more control over your Wii than Nintendo wants you to have. More »