After WiiHD got our hooks into Quake Wii, we decided to document the experience to make homebrew more accessible to everyone. We have files, videos, links, tips and tricks. So brace yourselves, and dig in below.
1. 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. Wiibrew.org 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.
WiiHD encourages users to Brew responsibly. Only brew what you own or have the right to use. We generally discourage emulation, although the Spectrum emulator FUSE is included in the WiiHD software package because Amistad approves of the emulation, and many companies have approved their games for use and public distribution through locations like World of Spectrum.
The Homebrew Channel does make running programs easy, but getting them installed in the first place is a little bit harder. First, let's find out how to setup the Twilight hack and the Homebrew channel, and then we'll talk about installing applications. Hit next to continue.
Update December 10th, 2008. There's a new version of the twilight hack for the Wii Menu 3.4 update. You can download it here. You can still use it with WiiHD's Homebrew Starter Kit, you just need to replace the "private" directory in the root of the SD card with the new file. I'll probably upload an updated starter kit this week.