Merry Christmas Everyone. Boy, it’s been real and it’s been fun, but no where near “Real Fun”. As every hip Mac Mother out there, I too have ventured into the land of video games for my children. Unlike some though, I’m more hip to saving a few pennies than buying everything under the sun. Being the miserly scrooge that I am, I thought I would try to make the most out of the very expensive Wii that my children now worship. With internet knowledge at my fingertips and my undeniable persistence to get the job done, I decided to modify this glorious godly Wii.
Step 1: Software Modification via Homebrew’s Twilight Hack v0.1-beta2. Found here: (link)
Step 2: VideoGame Rental Store. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. (Actually not a bad game for youngsters.) Walking backwards Hack, hilarious. Makes you wonder just how much free time these guys have on their hands to be able to find such???
Step 3: SD Card. Well, at least that’s one thing I already had.
Step 4: Not Bricking the Wii. Followed Gizmodo’s instructions to the letter. Found here: (link)
Step 5: Wow, it really worked!! Put several useful little apps on the SD card from here: (link) and here: (link). From the Homebrew Channel I can access even more goodies using the HomeBrew Browser found here: (link)
Now, if you think that’s cool, I went, yet another step further because of the new Plasma TV Santa Claus brought. Will the big guy please give me a break?
I decided that if my children were going to worship the Wii, they might as well have all the best reasons, right? So, I thought I would enable the Wii to be a Media Hub instead of just a really cool game player, I mean, just what kind of fun would that have been?
Again, with internet knowledge in hand, the new Homebrew Channel and Browser, and obviously more time than patience, my search for “the answer” began. A complete guide was supplied to me again via Gizmodo (link). Maybe I should get them something for Christmas?
Now, for the real dilemma, how to get the Wii to play ripped DVDs from an external hard drive? Enter GeexBox. I found for my Wii, version 0.1alpha3 worked best. You can find it and all the other files that I’ve personally used here: (link) Note, blu-ray rips are a bit much for the Wii processor and Fat32 formatting won’t allow anything bigger than a 4gig transfer. GeexBox didn’t recognize HFS+, but strangely NTFS, which of course is the enemy, wasn’t a problem and allows larger files to be transferred. Also, if you don’t have some sort of NTFS read/write capability on your Mac, check out MacFUSE and NTFS-3g for free here: (link)
As a single mother of two, I try to find whatever I can, whenever I can. I am very interested to find out if some of the more skilled Wii hackers will actually come up with a Wii ISO loader? Sony, you might want to keep your ears and eyes open… Seems like something like that may already be in the works. Waninkoko Custom IOS36 rev 7 + MenuPatcher v1.0 (link)
Cheers, and have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Camxso