Find 6 New Uses For Your Old Wii With A Few Homebrew Solutions

Justin Pot 01-09-2012

uses for old wiiFind a new use for your Wii. If your motion-controlled console collects more dust than high scores don’t worry: you can easily teach it new tricks.


The Wii, and every game console, is basically a computer hooked up to your television. By default this doesn’t mean much – you can only use the Wii to do things Nintendo intends – but with a little imagination and (occasionally) a little bit of Non-Nintendo-approved code you can do anything from watch your digital video collection to controlling your PC using VNC.

You’ll need to use LetterBomb to jailbreak your Wii How to Set Up Your Wii for Homebrew Using Letterbomb In ancient times, running homebrew software required owning a specific game and corrupting its save data to run an exploit. It was complicated. The most recent hack, which has been working for a year now,... Read More for most of these ideas, but don’t panic: the process is simply and mostly safe.

There’s a lot you can do with your Wii; here’s a short list.

1. Turn Your Wii Into A Media Center

Your Wii is constantly connected to your television; your computer probably isn’t. It makes sense, then, to use your Wii to play videos on your TV – it’s why Netflix is increasingly the main thing people use their Wii for.

You can also use your Wii to play your personal collection of digital music and movies. WiiMC is the best media center software for the Wii How to Turn Your Wii Into a Media Center With WiiMC Turn your neglected Wii into a media player. Listen to music and watch videos from your computer on your TV, or browse a bit of the best the web has to offer using your Wiimote.... Read More , and it’s only a click or two away if you already have the Homebrew Browser set up.

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Lean back and browse. WiiMC can browse media shared over a network or stored on a SD card or USB hard drive. and also play DVDs!

2. Use Your Wii to Play DVDs

Another thing about WiiMC, outlined above: it can play DVDs. This will not work on newer Wiis, but if you bought your Wii early on you’ve got yourself a DVD player.

3. Control Your PC with WiiVNC

You know about VNC: it’s the simplest way for one computer to completely control another, mouse keyboard and everything.

It’s not just limited to computers, however: you can also install VNC on your Wii. What you do with this is up to you, but it’s a quick way to put what’s on your computer onto your TV. It also allows you to control your computer with your WiiMote without messing with Bluetooth.

Read more about WiiVNC

4. Explore The World With WiiEarth

Love exploring the world using software like Google Earth? With WiiEarth you can do the same thing from your couch, using only your WiiMote.

This service uses map data from both Google Maps and Bing; press the 2 button on your WiiMote to cycle between your options if something isn’t working. It’s a great way to quickly show someone directions to to simply explore what your town looks like from the sky.

Read more about Wii Earth

5. Install Emulators To Play Classic Games

Virtual Console means Wii users already have access to a vast library of classic console and arcade games, but the catalog can be occasionally underwhelming. Don’t worry: with a little work you can get much more working than that.

I’ve shown you great emulators you can run on your Wii 30+ Great Emulators You Can Run on Your Nintendo Wii With these emulators, you can play virtually any retro video game on the Nintendo Wii. Here are the best emulators on the Wii. Read More ; follow that tutorial and you’ll be able to emulate all of the classic console from Genesis to NES to Game Boy Advanced.

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If you prefer point-and-click PC adventures you should try ScummVM for Wii Play Point-And-Click Adventure Classics On Your Wii With ScummVM [MUO Gaming] Get classic, point-and-click adventures working on your Wii. Maybe you've got old copies of classics like Monkey Island or Day of The Tentacle collecting dust? Or maybe you want to try out classic games that... Read More . The Wiimote is perfect for these games, so there’s no reason to not try them on your Wii. Relive some of gaming’s best adventures!

6. Run DOS Software On Your Wii

Speaking of reliving some of gaming’s best adventures: DOS! Just the word brings to mind a plethora of classic games from the 90s.

With DOSbox for Wii you can get these classic games working on your Wii Run Classic DOS Games On Your Wii With DOSbox Run DOS software on your Wii, just because you can. DOSbox for Wii puts the complete DOS experience – command prompt and all – on your Wii. DOSbox isn't just for Windows, though: it works... Read More .

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You’ll need a USB keyboard to get anything working, and a working knowledge of DOS commands will help a great deal.

Other Uses

But wait…there’s more! Here are a few other homebrew programs that can give you something new to do with your

This is only a sample of what your Wii can do, of course: there is a lot more quality homebrew software out there, and if you know what you’re doing as a programmer you could probably make more. The only real limit is imagination.

If you also have the Wii’s successor, find out how to make the Wii U useful with homebrew How to Make Your Wii U Useful Again With Homebrew Is your Nintendo Wii U gathering dust? Use the Haxchi exploit to install the Homebrew Channel on your Nintendo Wii U! Read More .

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  1. Austen Gause
    November 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    i got homebrew channel to work but when i download anything onto it it crashes

    • Justin Pot
      November 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      That's odd. USB drive or SD card?

      • Austen Gause
        November 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        im using my micro 4gb class 4 sandisk sd card from my phone
        and i installed letterbomb and when i try to download homebrew onto the wii it either does not show or when i launch it it crashes
        by the way i am running the latest version of the wii operating system

        • Justin Pot
          November 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm

          How are you using a MicroSD in your Wii? Is the card locked (dumb question)? Not sure what else to ask.

        • Austen Gause
          November 22, 2012 at 1:19 am

          im using a micro sd adapter

        • Austen Gause
          November 22, 2012 at 1:20 am

          but i do have a thumb drive i could use but the problem may just be the software so i really wouldnt worry about it

        • Austen Gause
          November 22, 2012 at 1:21 am

          and thank you for helping me i really like your articles and how you take the time to address peoples problems thank you.

  2. lubinka dimitrova
    October 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I bought my Wii years ago, but was rather disappointed (it didn't live up to my expectations - not that the console had anything wrong, my expectations were wrong). It was collecting dust ever since, until I read the (MUO) article about the homebrew channel, and it was a revelation! Your article is also really helpful - I did need a guide for all these new possibilities I've discovered on the Wii. Many thanks for sharing your advice with us!

    • Justin Pot
      October 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Glad you found some new uses for your old hardware. Let us know what you end up using it for.

  3. druv vb
    September 4, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Always wanted to get movies and clips from my PC to my TC, but moving the computer was out question. This makes me want to buy a Nintendo Wii. Maybe I could get one off eBay.

    • Justin Pot
      September 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

      They're easy to find on Craiglist for around $100, in my experience. If you just want this for videos, though, you should look into the Apple TV, the Roku and other devices made especially for that – might be simpler.

  4. Melanie Rivers
    September 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I am smiling so big!!! I am no IT specialist, but this is some cool simple homebrew info! I love it!

  5. IamAshMcLean
    September 3, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Can you teach me how to hack my Wii...??

  6. Darren Reynolds
    September 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I found out about homebrew by accident simply because I wanted to simply be able to watch dvd's on my wii, otherwise it was just sitting around collecting dust.. Great bit of software :)

  7. xbalesx
    September 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I have one and I am going to try this stuff out. Never thought about till i read this article. Browsing over 2 homebrew now. Anyone else have any resources that would help me along??

    • Justin Pot
      September 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I learned everything I did by browsing – it's the easiest resource to use, in my opinion, but I'd love it if someone pointed out something easier.

  8. rama moorthy
    September 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    COOL MUO !

  9. Arron Walker
    September 2, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Pretty cool - like an overview of previous articles. I'd forgotten the media centre tip.

    • Justin Pot
      September 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Occasionally we do roundups, just to make sure no one missed anything. I also wanted this to be a reference for people new to homebrew.

  10. Benjamin Glass
    September 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm


  11. April Eum
    September 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    these are great creative ideas. my wii is just collecting dusts :(

    • Justin Pot
      September 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Let us know what you end up using it for! We're curious people here. :)