Introduction to Wii Homebrew

One of the sad things about console hardware is that their makers usually try to lock them down to control content. Unlike a PC, not just anyone can program software for them. Until recently, the only way to run code on the Wii that wasn't approved by Nintendo was to open up your Wii, and install a hardware mod.

Now though, with the advent of the Twilight Princess Hack, anyone can make programs run on the Wii, and anyone can install them without voiding their warranty or risking damage to the hardware in a dangerous modification. There is still some risk involved, as is th case with any unauthorized modification, but it's much lower now than it used to be.

Nintendo recently attempted block the Twilight Hack, but only days later, a new and improved version was released. It's likely they will try again, so novice homebrewers would be wise to turn off WiiConnect24, and not auto-update their system. is a good place to watch for information regarding new updates and whether they are safe to install or not.

To make running homebrew easier, the same group that released the Twilight hack also released a Homebrew Channel. It's just what it sounds like, a channel on your Wii that gives you access to all your homebrew goodies, in a visually appealing, and easy-to-use interface.

It does make running programs easy, but getting them installed in the first place is a little more complicated. First, let's find out how to install the Twilight hack and the Homebrew channel, and then we'll talk about installing applications.

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