How to Turn Your Wii Into a Media Center With WiiMC

Justin Pot 08-08-2012

wii media centerTurn 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. With WiiMC it’s easy.


I’ve shown you how quick it is to set up the Homebrew Channel on your Wii with Letterbomb How to Install Homebrew on a Nintendo Wii Using LetterBomb Installing Homebrew on your Nintendo Wii can unlock its full potential. Here's how to do that using LetterBomb. Read More  – all you need is an SD card. There’s a lot of great software you can install when you do, including several media players. In my experience, however, none come close to WiiMC.

This little piece of software features a simple interface that works great with the Wiimote, and it can play almost any file you throw at it. It can even play DVDs, provided your Wii isn’t one of the newer (red or black) models. If you’ve wanted a media center device but don’t want to spend the money, this software means you don’t have to – you can use your Wii instead.

Using WiiMC

Launch WiiMC and you’ll see the main interface:

wii media center

At the top, from left to right, are icons for Video, Music, Pictures, DVD and Internet Media. In the first three you can browse your media from an SD card, a USB drive or a network share.


Here’s me browsing my podcasts:

wiimc media player

You can play any file you want, but notice you need to be in video mode to play video, audio mode to play audio and picture mode to open pictures. It’s weird, but you’ll get used to it.

Playback is great, but HD-quality videos will play in SD (if at all) because of the Wii’s limitations. Sorry about that.


wiimc media player

Adding Network Folders

Do you want to add your network folder? Head to the settings by clicking the gear in the top-right corner. Here you’ll find the network settings; you can add any FTP server. Alternatively, you can add any SMB share – SMB is the file sharing protocol used by Windows.

wiimc media player

You’ll need to know your computer’s IP address to get this working, but once you do WiiMC will remember your settings.


Internet Stuff!

wii media center

You can also explore a limited amount of Internet video. YouTube is here, complete with search but sadly lacking subscriptions, and NaviX provides access to almost any TV show or movie. Sadly NaviX isn’t working well as of this writing, but hopefully updates will fix this – I’m sure it’s due to NaviX’s recent server move.

Download WiiMC

Are you ready to check out WiiMC? Remember, you’ll need to set up the Homebrew Channel on your Wii with Letterbomb How to Install Homebrew on a Nintendo Wii Using LetterBomb Installing Homebrew on your Nintendo Wii can unlock its full potential. Here's how to do that using LetterBomb. Read More before you can do anything. You can simply download WiiMC in the Homebrew Browser; it’s listed under “Media”.

Alternatively you can download WiiMC from WiiMC; just unzip the file and move the folder to “/Apps” on your SD card. You’ll also find an optional channel installer. Only grab this if you want to launch WiiMC without using the Homebrew Channel. Be careful with this; I take no responsibility for anything breaking while installing channels.


Need help? Be sure to check the WiiMC documentation; you’ll probably find your answer.


This simple piece of software gives you a new reason to use your old Wii. Do you want to teach your old Wii some other new tricks? Why not try playing classic point-and-click adventures with ScummVM 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 or installing emulators to play classic games 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 ?

Do you know some other alternative uses for an old Wii? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Jon
    April 4, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Many thanks Justin. I followed your instructions and now have Homebrew, Homebrew Browser and Wii MC loaded. Big surprise with the self extracting .zip files.

  2. sue
    December 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Sorry this is regards wii mc

  3. sue
    December 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    why no install ,just load ???

    • Justin Pot
      December 31, 2012 at 1:53 am

      There's no installing process, per se. Just get the files onto your drive and it should work; the simplest way is using the Homebrew Browser, but other methods also work. It's all above! :)

  4. KT
    December 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    That is brilliant!!!!!

    Thank you

  5. Anonymous
    November 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    that sucks i got a black wii too so that is bad for me plus that is c***

  6. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 at 2:18 am

    If you own the black or red Wii an have an enternal DVD player then just plug it into your Wii USB an it will play DVDs no problems

  7. Kylee Kanavas
    August 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I need some help. So i installed this just fine. But for one it said the dvd was not compatible. I used a DVD+r. And secondly, It keeps crashing. Let me know if i am doing something wrong. Sorry if its a dumb question.

  8. echantrea
    August 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    nice app that turn to amazing media center.

  9. Nguyen Tran
    August 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

    It's a great article, thanks

  10. Jeffrey John Imutan
    August 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

    this is a great tip. thanks

  11. marcel
    August 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    we still use our wii for a few games. but this looks interesting.

  12. Fayz
    August 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    This baby saved my Wii from going to the dumpsters! :D

    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Glad I could help a defenseless Wii!

  13. Nezlo
    August 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hmm, quite nice. I'll keep this in mind for later on.

  14. Joe The Videographer
    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I'm already spoiled by a Windows Media Center HD setup. This is a great way to extend the use of a Wii. It'd be fine on a smaller display in a bedroom, where HD isn't such a big deal.

    I'm a fan of most things that enable cable cutting. If everyone cut cable, it would make things better for non cable users like myself.

    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      I'm similarly spoiled by XBMC, but I agree: this could work well for "second TVs".

  15. H G
    August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Spectacular tip! One more use for the Wii. I will try!

  16. steve
    August 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    the low resolution on the Wii has prevented it from taking the media center role. i have opted for the WD TV Live box with it's HD video playback and integrated web application front ends.

    if i was back in college and was looking to use what i had on hand, this might do until i could scrap together some money for something better. i used a Commodore monitor and a VCR in college, so i know all about limits.

    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Yeah, this is mainly useful for people who don't want to spend money on a dedicated device. Your Commodore setup sounds awesome, though.

  17. Ahmed
    August 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    finally dusted of Wii forgot i had HomeBrew on it But at start tell me my current IOS is unsuported in WiiMC . Can't get the net Shares work from a router /(wi-fi AP for Wii) conected to the PC cause i put in IP but nothing .The PC has no password so what could it be. Youtube works. Pics work

    tried the shares UNC parth but nothing
    The video was faulty. about to give up .I would be grateful 4 help

    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Checked out WiiMC's page on WiiBrew: you need to be running the latest Wii software to use this. Update your Wii to 4.3 and re-jailbreak or WiiMC won't work correctly.

      • Carl
        October 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

        advising someone to update a "jailbroken? NO" - Softmodded Wii is not good advise

  18. Jason Williams
    August 9, 2012 at 5:00 am

    great article, if only it would do HD video. would be a great new use for my WII, which is unfortunantely just a paper weight at this point in time.

    • Justin Pot
      August 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      The SD thing is a serious limitation; no way around it. There are other things you can do once you jailbreak though, including emulators and even DOSbox.

      • Cody Smith
        August 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        the reason the Wii can't do HD videos is the cheap GPU (Broadway, if I'm not mistaken, is what hackers called it, as it doesn't have a codename officially, gonna have to look that up later), the put a cheap on it because they knew it would be better to keep the cost down while still having a decent system.

  19. achyut reddy
    August 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    i like to use things for multiple tasks like this.

  20. Will W
    August 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This is pretty dope. I use PS3 for my media center. I just run TVersity on my PC, and connect to if from the PS3 media server interface. It works pretty nice.

    • Justin Pot
      August 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Sounds like a nice setup. I have a PC hooked up to my TV, personally, but it's nice to know I can use the Wii.

  21. Vincent
    August 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Did you test dvd with subtitles? If it works, I would spend my time install WiiMC

    • Justin Pot
      August 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      If you've got an older Wii, then yes: it should work with the built-in subtitles. If your Wii is red or black you cannot play DVDs; it's true of some white ones as well.

      • Cody Smith
        August 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        those white Wii's that can't play DVDs are typically the ones that are impossible (if not near impossible) to hack, the infamous LU64 ones (Serial number starts with LU64)

  22. Kevin Vaillant
    August 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Might have a use for that Wii after all. Thanks Justin.

    • Justin Pot
      August 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Let me know if it works out for you.

  23. Larry Morris
    August 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I like hearing about things like this so I can expand and better use the things I have around me at home.

  24. Salman Abdullah
    August 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    No one makes article about OUYA.

    • Justin Pot
      August 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      We generally don't write about things until we can try them out. So far as I know no one has an Ouya yet...