How to Fix Error #002 on a Homebrewed Nintendo Wii

Wii Error #002 Message screenshot

If you get an Error #002 message when starting a Wii game, and you have the Homebrew Channel installed, then you're most likely experiencing an IOS problem related to game updates.

The IOS is the part of the operating system that loads games, and different games use different IOSes. In a non-homebrewed Wii, the game will install the proper IOS if it isn't already there, but operating system updates from Nintendo are designed to destroy homebrew, which is why users avoid updating when the Homebrew Channel is installed.

The Error #002 message most likely appears as white text on a blue screen, and reads:

Error #002
An error has occurred.
Press the Eject Button, remove the Game Disc, and turn off the power to the console.
Please read the Wii Operations Manual for further instructions.

If turning the console on and off doesn't help, what's going on and how do you get your game to play?

How to Fix a Wii Error #002

For starters, if your console is not hacked and does not contain the Homebrew Channel, then you might have luck doing a system update to fix it. Otherwise, contact Nintendo support.

With hacked Wii consoles, in some cases, you can simply run the game using Gecko OS, but there are also programs like Wad Manager and Pimp My Wii that will install the necessary IOS to fix the Error #002 message.

Be sure to research these programs on each respective website to make sure you're using the most up-to-date link. Updates are sometimes released but do not overwrite the links shown above.

Pimp My Wii will optionally automatically install all IOSes and non-homebrew-breaking updates, but you can also choose which updates you want, which is the more cautious approach.

If you want to select only the IOS you need for a particular game that won't run, check this list which shows which IOS is used by each game. Once you know what IOS you need, choose each IOS in the Pimp My Wii interface and the program will download and install the appropriate files.

Your game should play at this point while avoiding the Error #002 message.

A few additional updates might install along with Pimp My Wii. One of them might re-enable update checking, so be sure to disable update checking if that happens to you.