How to Install Homebrew on a Nintendo Wii Using LetterBomb

Christian Cawley Updated 05-05-2020

Released in 2006, the Nintendo Wii is a retro gaming giant, a record-breaking console that shipped over 100 million units. These days, the Nintendo Wii seems old and outdated; apps don’t work, it doesn’t support high definition, and it won’t even play DVDs.


However, old things can still be useful, and its age does not mean you cannot still make use of your old Wii. With the Homebrew Channel (HBC) installed, the Nintendo Wii can do a whole lot more. Turning it from an expensive doorstop into a retro wonder.

All you need to unlock the potential of your Nintendo Wii is LetterBomb. This easy hack lets you install the Homebrew Channel and use your Wii in many new ways. And in this article, we explain how to install Homebrew on your Nintendo Wii using LetterBomb.

Why You Should Install LetterBomb on Your Wii

While games will still run on your Nintendo Wii, almost all the apps (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, etc.) don’t. Furthermore, you might have completed all of your Wii games and want something new. Worse, the DVD drive on your Wii might have stopped working.

Installing LetterBomb is a way to circumvent these challenges. Once installed, your Wii can:

  • Play media files.
  • Emulate classic games.
  • Install software from a community of Wii users.

Installing LetterBomb means you can then install the Homebrew Channel, the perfect way to give your Wii a new purpose. It’s done using nothing more than an SD card.


What Is the LetterBomb Hack?

Installing homebrew software on the Wii used to be difficult. For example, it might have meant owning a specific game and corrupting the save data to run an exploit. Suffice to say it was complicated.

The LetterBomb hack, by contrast, is far simpler, and essentially gives you access to Homebrew in a couple of clicks.

Disclaimer: follow the steps below at your own risk!

To run the LetterBomb hack you will need:

  1. An SD card of 4GB capacity or higher.
  2. A PC with an SD card reader and an active internet connection.
  3. A wireless network for your Nintendo Wii to connect to.

For the best results use a standard SD card without any error-correction or high-speed rating. It needs to be completely ordinary so the Wii can read it.

Step 1: Format Your SD Card

Start by formatting the SD card in your computer. In Windows, do this by browsing to it from your file manager.

Insert your SD card into your computer and make sure it’s formatted as FAT32 or FAT. Alternative formats such as NTFS, HFS, and EXF2/3/4 will not work.

Step 2: Check Your Wii Software Version

LetterBomb works on the latest version of the Wii software: 4.3.


To check this, switch on your Wii, then:

  1. Click the Wii button in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Select Wii Settings.
  3. Look for the Wii software version in the top-right corner.

This should be 4.3 followed by one of four letters: U, E, J, or K. These letters depend on which global region you live in. Take note of the letter as you will need it later.

Check your Wii software version

If your Wii is running an earlier version than 4.3 you need to update your Wii. Scroll through the settings, then click Wii System Update.


Note that this requires a Wi-Fi connection. If your console is not connected to the internet, check our guide detailing how connect your Nintendo Wii to the internet How to Connect Your Nintendo Wii Console to the Internet Here's how to connect your Nintendo Wii console to the internet, and what you can do once your Nintendo Wii is online. Read More .

Step 3: Find Your Wii’s MAC Address

The next step is to find the MAC address for your Nintendo Wii. This is a unique network address that is needed to run the LetterBomb exploit.

To find your Wii’s MAC address:

  1. In Wii Settings click Internet.
  2. Select Console Information.

Find the MAC address of your Wii to install homebrew

The MAC address is listed here, so make a note of it. Then shut down your Nintendo Wii.

Step 4: Create Your LetterBomb

With your Wii updated and your MAC addresses noted, insert the SD card into your computer. In your browser, open please.hackmii.com.

Fill in the details as follows:

  1. Select the System Menu Version (U, E, J, or K).
  2. Enter the MAC address of your Wii.
  3. Complete the CAPTCHA.
  4. Click Cut the Red Wire.

Create a Letterbomb for the Wii

A ZIP file will be available to download. Save this to your computer, then unzip. Copy the unzipped contents to the root of the formatted SD card.

Step 5: How to Install LetterBomb on the Wii

Safely eject the SD card, then insert it into your Nintendo Wii’s card reader.

Insert the SD card into your Wii

To install LetterBomb:

  1. On the main screen, click the envelope icon in the bottom-right corner.
  2. You’ll see a single envelope—click left to browse back a day.
  3. Click the LetterBomb message to install the hack.
  4. When prompted, press 1 on the WiiMote.
  5. Choose Install the Homebrew Channel.
  6. Confirm with Yes, continue.
  7. Click Continue when done.

Install Homebrew on the Nintendo Wii with LetterBomb

You can also install BootMii here, which is useful if you want to modify your Wii in other ways. Head to the WiiBrew wiki to read more about BootMii.

With the LetterBomb and Homebrew Channel installed, your Wii will look the same as before, with one exception. However, it isn’t quite ready to use. Shut down your Wii and eject the SD card, then insert it into your computer.

Step 6: Install Homebrew Software on Your Wii

To find software to install on your hacked Wii, you’ll need the Open Shop Channel. This is a development of the old Homebrew Browser, designed to replace the Wii’s now-defunct Shopping Channel.

Download: Open Shop Channel

Create a new folder on your SD card called apps. Then extract the contents of the downloaded osc.zip to the /apps directory.

Once again, eject the SD card and insert it into your Wii. Boot up, open the Homebrew Channel then click the Open Shop Channel.

Install Homebrew via the Open Shop Channel

There is much to find here, but this list of featured Homebrew Apps is a great place to start exploring.

Installed LetterBomb? Now Try This!

That’s the complete process. And with the LetterBomb hack installed on your Wii, you can then install the HomeBrew Channel. This opens a wealth of new ways to use your Nintendo Wii.

Installing LetterBomb and Homebrew is easy and just requires you to:

  1. Format your SD card.
  2. Check the Wii software version.
  3. Find the MAC address.
  4. Create the LetterBomb at please.hackmii.com.
  5. Copy the LetterBomb to the SD card.
  6. Insert the SD card into your Wii.
  7. Open the LetterBomb and install the Homebrew Channel.

With the Homebrew Channel installed on your Wii, you can do so much more with it. Check our list of uses for an old Wii running Homebrew What to Do With an Old Nintendo Wii: 12 Fun DIY Ideas and Projects Got an old Nintendo Wii cluttering up closet space and no idea what to do with it? Here are some ways to repurpose your old Wii. Read More for some ideas to get you started.

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  1. GC
    July 3, 2018 at 1:17 am

    i cant use letter bomb when i was typing my mac-address and it didnt work when i was trying to cut red or blue wires and i cant do anything please help me.

  2. Eric
    April 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Cant download
    All games are 0 mg.

  3. Eric
    April 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Cant download games
    The are all 0 mg.

  4. Rebel
    February 12, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Am I able to get the Mii Cash Channel from Homebrew? Since 'Check Mii Out' is no longer usable and making 10k Miis for the parade is absurd.

  5. C.M.
    October 17, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Is there any possible way to install Kodi? That would be the missing piece to the puzzle!

    Thanks for the info!

  6. Alan
    June 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Hello, i did everything as written but i am getting a "read error -6 occurred. Retrying..." on the homebrew browser load. Any suggestions?

    • Juan
      December 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      plug your sd card into your computer and go to the settings file on the homebrew browser and change the setting server to a number "2" then save it and load it on your wii and you will be set! glad to help!

  7. Finn
    March 17, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    did every thing but now the screen is black. is this just the installation?

    • Justin Pot
      March 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      There are some black screens that are part of the installation, did everything work out eventually?

    • Finn
      March 22, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      yea i all worked out i missed one of the installation

  8. Ashley M
    December 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    My brother actually did the part of homebrew channel & bootmi files on 23rd card but I'm trying to get the wiiMc but nothing is showing up in the homebrew but wii mednafen emulator. Any suggestions? I got the channel installer loaded but when open it just brings me back to home screen

  9. Anonymous
    August 30, 2015 at 2:28 am

    the Letter Bomb site isnt sending me The File and the 2nd time i try it its grayed out and cant Pick red or blue
    Doeas that mean that wii cant me mooded

    • Justin Pot
      August 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      I'm not sure what the problem is, you're having trouble getting the download? Did you enter the mac address?

  10. Anonymous
    August 27, 2015 at 6:28 am

    hey man so I have homebrew channel and I am able to get the application for the homebrew browser to pop up, but everytime it goes to load it, it goes all the way to loading image files and then aborts, saying that exception (DSI) occured!, and then STACK DUMP: and then a CODE DUMP:

    Any help?

    Is there a way to downloads apps without homebrew browser? or an application similar to homewbrew browser? it just seems to not want to work

    • Justin Pot
      August 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      It sucks that that's happening, I don't know why. You can download any of these homebrew apps yourself, there's usually a link on the Homebrew Wiki. Then it's just a matter of putting them in the correct folder, there's usually a ReadMe that comes with any given app.

  11. Anonymous
    August 23, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Hey, for some reason the letterbomb message does not come through, i have inputted the correct mac address as well as the correct version, but i dont know if this is caused by me being in new Zealand???? please help

    • Justin Pot
      August 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Did you check whether you need U, J, K or E? I'm honestly not sure which version of the system people in New Zealand got...

  12. Anonymous
    August 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I have installed everything on the SD card and I have received the red letter.
    However, when I click on the letter, my Wii just freezes and I can't do anything anymore.
    Anyone know what my problem could be?


    • Justin Pot
      August 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Hey there! This is weird, are you sure you're running 4.3 on your Wii?

    • Devin
      December 11, 2016 at 1:58 am

      this happened to me too, i dont know whats wrong

  13. Anonymous
    July 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    So it seems to me that it *should* work, but the red letterbomb doesn't appear in the messageboard, though it *does* appear in the calendar thumbnail.

    • Justin Pot
      July 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      I'm sorry that it's not working, are you sure the message isn't there?

      • Anonymous
        July 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

        Nope, not there, I've tried just about anything and triple-checked all steps. When I insert the SD card, the message appears in the calendar, and disappears when I remove the SD, but the letterbomb is not visible regardless.

        I use a microSD adapter, as I have no other SD cards, could that be the problem?

    • Justin Pot
      July 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      The MicroSD thing might well be the problem, Dima. I don't have another explanation.

  14. Anonymous
    June 20, 2015 at 3:46 am

    I keep getting a request 6 error...

    • Justin Pot
      June 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      At which point, Joanne?

  15. Anonymous
    April 15, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Do you need to use the Homebrew Browser thing?

    • Justin Pot
      April 15, 2015 at 3:46 am

      Nope! You can download software with your computer, if you want. Homebrew Browser just makes things easier.

  16. Snaz
    April 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This still works. And your mom still jerks.

    • Justin Pot
      April 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Oh yeah? Well, your mom posts comments that are one half helpful, one half nonsensical on technology blogs.

      At least, I assume so, because you presumably got it from somewhere.

  17. Charles
    March 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Mine is 4.1u. When I try to update, the wii say that there's no update! Please help me!

    • Justin Pot
      April 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Are you sure your Wii is online? If so, I'm not sure how to help. : Maybe Nintendo just stopped offering the update? It's been a few years since the WiiU came out.

      What I know for sure is that a bunch of later games, including Donkey Kong Country Returns, came with the 4.3 update on the disk. Maybe get one of those?

  18. Nic
    March 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Hi there, have copied files onto SD as instructed- private folder and boot file (double checked my SD format too) looks good on Pc too but when I put it into woo nothing happens- I can't see any notifications/messages in the calandra?

    • Justin Pot
      March 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      I don't know what to tell you, if you followed the instructions it should work. One possibility: is the time and date on your Wii not accurate? That would make it hard to find the letter.

    • Nic
      March 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Justin, ^eek serious auto correct fail on my comment. After some hunting around other FAQ's on it I found the problem (or what resolved it for me anyway). It won't work with an SD-HC card. As soon as I changed the type of card everything ran perfectly.

    • Justin Pot
      March 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      I'm glad you figured something out!

  19. alex tingle
    March 1, 2015 at 4:32 am

    I followed all the steps to the T, but the letter wont appear in the messageboard.
    if it makes a difference i used a usb drive

    • Justin Pot
      March 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      A USB drive will not work for this step: only an SD card. You can use a USB drive once the homebrew channel is installed, but doing Letterbomb itself requires an SD card.

      Good luck!

  20. Minimata
    January 22, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Hello again,

    I received yesterday the GC controller and it worked. I just had to push button A and I had in front of me the menu to install HBC and Bootmii. So if somebody ask about uncompatibilities with the wii controller that could be a solution: to use a Gamecube controller. I don´t know why it is like this, I am not an expert, but it worked.


    • Justin Pot
      January 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Glad you got it working in any case! I'm sure the Gamecube controller will come in handy for all sorts of reasons, as well.

  21. Minimata
    January 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

    i have a problem with the letterbomb. Wenn I am asked about ushing button 1, it doesn´t works. I don´t know if it is a problem with the controller or with the wii. I also tried with Wiibrand and it was the same. Can you help me?

    Thank you!

    • Justin Pot
      January 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      I've never heard of this particular problem, not sure how I can help you. Is WiiMote you use special in some way? It sounds like you weren't using an official one maybe? Make sure that an official WiiMote is the only WiiMote attached to the device at startup, then try again. It's a longshot, but it's all I can think of given the info you've given me.

    • Minimata
      January 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Justin, thank you very much for the answer. My WiiMote is the official of Nintendo. It is really strange. I have just read that it can work with a Gamecube controller.

      I also tried with two different SD cards. But the problem was the same. The Wii doesn´t respond, or the controller doesn´t work. Is there another way to do it for the 4.3E version?

      Thank you again!!

    • Justin Pot
      January 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      That's so odd, I've no idea why that would happen. If you have a gamecube controller, give that a shot, because I've never heard of this problem before. Let us know what works, okay?

    • Minimata
      January 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      yes! I will write you all with the result! thanks!

  22. Fred
    January 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I installed everything properly, but when I launch the HBC and select to start the bootmii os my remote stops working, Am I doing something wrong?

    • Justin Pot
      January 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Probably not: some WiiMotes just don't work in BootMii. On the FAQ they say they'll probably never fix this. http://bootmii.org/faq/

    • Charles
      March 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Bootmii can only be controlled by the power and reset buttons on the wii

  23. Travis
    December 19, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for this worked well on min and another friends sys. but having some problems with the 3rd. its a new out of the box black wii ver 4.3 U with a mac address of 8c-cd-e8-84-0e-dd. when i put all the info in on the letterbomb generator it tells me the exploitt will only work if you enter your wii's mac address. any help?

    • Justin Pot
      December 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Did you select the proper region at the site? Can't think of why else there might be problems...

  24. lilkobe24
    December 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    how long does this process take

    • Justin Pot
      December 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      The jailbreak itself? Maybe 20 minutes. The tweaks after can take up more time.

  25. lilkobe24
    December 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    how long does this take

  26. Dan
    December 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

    This is a really helpful article, Justin. Well written, very succinct, and easy for the layman to understand. Thank you!

    • Justin Pot
      December 9, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Thanks for reading!

  27. barry
    October 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    did all steps correctly (im no computer rookie)
    on sd card are all files plus a folder named apps with homebrew unzipped
    at main menu i click the homebrew channel... then start.... then homebrew browser....then load...then it says.
    homebrew browser v0.3.9.e
    mounted sd card
    unable to mount usb
    requesting ip address of http://www.codemii.com.... failed using stored ip address
    attmepting to connect to server .... connections established
    requesting repositories list.... read error -6 occurded reyring...
    read error -6 occured. retying.... (this just keeps happening over and over please help

    • Justin Pot
      October 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      I've seen this before. Restarting and trying again fixed it for me. Also check to make sure your SD card isn't locked.

  28. Alex Perkins
    October 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for this, I will be doing this tonight.

  29. Nahum Larios
    October 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I'm definitely going to give this a try.

  30. ryan
    September 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Hi Justin! I followed the steps and after I hit the load button for the homebrew channel, I get an error "Read Error -6, Retrying..." which repeats until I reboot the wii or power it down. It seems to grab a list of repositorys, but cannot read the list for some reason. Any Ideas? Thanks!

    • subhash
      September 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      I followed your directions and everything seemed to work well.
      However I am getting error " REad Error -6 occured : Retrying

      Any ideas

    • Justin Pot
      September 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Is it the Homebrew Channel, or the Homebrew Browser that's causing that problem? The Channel doesn't have anything to do with repos, which is why I'm asking...

      • X
        October 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        i am having the same problem with the browser and have tried so many times and different ways i read online but keep getting an error 6

        • Justin Pot
          October 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          Is there enough room on your SD card? Is your SD card set to read only?

    September 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    im tryin to install an hack my wii wit letterbomb but it seem not to work why that cause im got a 2 gb S D CARD IM READIN STEP BY STEP AN WATCHIN U TUBE AN STILL CANT GET IT I REALLY TRYIN FIGURE THIS OUT I NEED HELP

  32. DRJ
    September 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm


    • Justin Pot
      September 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      First of all: don't yell. Contrary to rumor caps lock is not cruise control for cool.

      Second: 4.3 is what you need for Letterbomb to work, so that's not the problem. I suggest you try the process again, or let me know what specifically isn't working.

  33. Christian Cawley
    August 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Massive thanks for this guide, Justin - I'd toyed with Wii modding a few months ago but didn't get any further than downloading a few files before getting distracted (as ever!).

    You've inspired me to install HBC and WiiMC this evening, ready to make use of the acres of GB of movies on my PC :D

  34. Tim
    August 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Justin,

    I'm interested in "upgrading" my Wii as described, but have one question. Do you have any idea what capacity SD card I will need? According to the Nintendo website the Wii can use SD cards of up to 2Gb capacity, or SDHC cards up to 32Gb. I just want to make sure that I buy a card with sufficient capacity for the job.

    Many thanks,

    • Justin Pot
      August 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      You don't need much space for the hack itself. If you'll also be using the SD card to store games, media and other files to open with your Wii you might want more space, but you can alternatively use any USB drive for that. So it's really up to you.

      Personally, I used a 512 MB card for running the hack and run my software from an 8 GB USB flash drive.

      • Tim Watt
        August 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Hi Justin,

        Many thanks for the reply - it is much appreciated!


  35. Sandy Coulter
    August 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Where is the so-called "private" folder in the LetterBomb zipfile?

    • Justin Pot
      August 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      It's not hidden: it's right there in the zip. It's actually named "private."

  36. D W
    August 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks, Justin. Great article, put nice and simply in one place. I would add two things, however, as a "gee whiz" and a "don't freak out" sidenote because I'm sure my console is not the only one this will affect.

    1) When loading both homebrew and bootmii, the bootmii load is not quite as straightforward, i.e. only one choice directions, for someone with limited knowledge, such as myself.

    NOTE: if any of the following is incorrect, PLEASE correct me. I am only trying to help based on my own experience.

    The bootmii load will present two loading options - load bootmii as boot2 - load bootmii as IOS. Having no idea which option to choose, I followed Justin's link above ("Read more about BootMii here") which indicated that boot2 was the correct option. Everything then loaded correctly, and it exited straight to the homebrew channel (not the Wii menu).

    2) Choosing to load the homebrew channel notes that it will download the images and suggests not backing out of the download. IF your system gives you an "exception blahbittyblah exclamation point" and completely locks up...DON'T FREAK OUT. Convinced as I was that I'd bricked my Wii, I barely refrained from blaspheming Justin's name as I less than calmly walked over to my Wii and pressed reset.........where my Wii loaded right back up and there on the menu was the homebrew channel in all its glory!

    Hopefully, my experience is atypical, but I wanted to share just in case....after all, Justin's name shouldn't be marred by my ignorance!

    Thanks again, Justin. Your article opened up a whole new World of Wii!

    • Justin Pot
      August 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      First of all: this is a great comment. Thanks for taking the time.

      Obviously everyone's experience with Homebrew is going to be different: you're loading unofficially supported software, and some models of Wii are quite different. So far as I've read, however, it's pretty much impossible to brick your Wii by simply installing The Homebrew Channel. Bricking comes much, much later.

      On my system I was only presented with one option – IOS – because mine does not support boot2. If you can load as boot2 you should, because it could help save your Wii should something go wrong.

      I'm glad, in the end, you didn't have to curse me. I'm not sure you can blaspheme a non-deity, however, and I'm decidedly a non-deity.

  37. nigel
    August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Don't panic if you get an error screen when loading Homebrew Browser "Exception Occurred (DSI)". Apparently it can happen if the Wii has trouble reading the SD card. I found that you just turn the Wii off at the wall, turn it back on, and try loading HBB again. For me it worked the second time.

    Good luck out there

    • Justin Pot
      August 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Yeah, this can look scary but doesn't break anything. Glad you figured that out.

      • Melissa Annand
        August 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        After loading the home brew browser I let it load its stuff (initially the first time). It came up with an error aborting message with a DSI and Code dump on the screen. I manually reset the wii, restarted and loaded up homebrew, went into the homebrew browser its working, however almost all the games have "Image Not Found" next to their description. Anything I can do about this?

        • Justin Pot
          August 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

          If I had to guess the problem is a slow Internet connection, but I can't say for sure. Load the Homebrew Browser again and it should clear up.

  38. Mike
    August 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Question: Will I still be able to make use of my NetFlex?
    Also would like to see your reply to Ignacio.

    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Everything you could do on your Wii before will still work; you'll simply have an extra channel fro running HomeBrew. Netflix won't be affected.

  39. Ignacio
    August 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I want to know if this process is "reversible"
    I seem to understand that as long as the SD card is inserted, the hack will run. Does this mean that only by removing the card, the system will go back to normal?
    I don't use my Wii much, but there is a game that I "need" because it's a game for working out. I don't want to lose that.


    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      The Homebrew Channel doesn't go away if you remove the SD card, but it doesn't matter: you can still use your Wii as expected. Nothing will stop working, including your games.

      • Ignacio
        August 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        Thank you, Justin!

  40. Yang Yang Li
    August 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Great to learn something new.
    My Wii is just sitting there gathering dust right now. A year ago, I seriously considered converting it to a door stop. But then fears of it getting stolen stopped me. How lame would it be to say your door stop got stolen?

    This is a great tutorial but I percieve a contradiction in the steps.

    "If your Wii is running an earlier version than 4.3, it’s time to update."
    A paragraph later:
    "If your Wii is running a later version of the software – for example, 4.4 – Nintendo has finally broken this jailbreak and you’re going to need to find another hack."
    Would updating the Wii not update it to the latest version 4.4?

    I think the 4.4 update was specifically rolled out to prevent this jailbreak. Hardware makers are rarely motivated to roll out updates to improve performance. Instead they release update to "inhance security". Nintendo is the worst, creating extremly locked down consoles. Their Wii U will probably fail.

    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      So far as I know there is no such thing as 4.4, I only mentioned it to point out that the jailbreak is meant for 4.3. I figured someone reading this in 2013 will be confused without that sentence, assuming 4.4 comes out.

      • Yang Yang Li
        August 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        Preparing for the future is always good. I am glad 4.4 is not out yet. This means I still have time to jailbreak my Wii! I will get on that right now. Thank you so much for this article Justin.

  41. Austin
    June 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Yeah my Wii has been hacked for a few years, and I use it way more than my PS3. I like having Snes9x GX and other emulators to play the classic games that Nintendo has been too lazy to port over (like Yoshi's Island, Earthbound, etc.), or play games from systems like GBA that Wii VC doesn't have. It's much more handy than using PC emulators, because it's already on your TV, you can use any controller (Wiimote, Classic Controller, Gamecube, etc.), and the emulation is very good, not laggy or anything.

    • Alex Downs
      July 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      I was considering trying this, but I've heard that systems that are homebrewed have a tendency to be bricked, is this luck of the draw, just from mistakes people make?

      • Austin
        July 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        I can't comment on the current procedure, since I did it many years ago using the Twilight Princess save hack, but I know as long as you can follow the instructions and make sure you use the right version or whatever, you should have no problems. I can't promise that, but if you do it right, nothing bad should happen. I certainly wouldn't call it "luck of the draw", just either mistakes, or really bad luck (something along the lines of a poorly timed power outage or something haha)

        • Alex Downs
          July 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

          Yeah Bad luck is what I should have said lol, I just didn't want to say only people who make dumb mistakes face this issue, but I remember the TP method is the one I've heard most people use. I'm glad there's a nother method now, since I never had TP for the Wii lol.

        • Justin Pot
          July 2, 2012 at 1:42 am

          If you simply install the Homebrew Channel and run programs from it you shouldn't have any problems. The problems come up, according to my research, when you try to modify the way the Wii works by installing custom channels or manually replacing the IOS.