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The Wii Homebrew Channel, which allows users to run unlicensed software on the Wii, is now available for the Wii U with some caveats. The news comes via Hackmii, which notes that the latest release of the Homebrew Channel will work within the original Wii menu that the Wii U uses for backwards comp...

December 10th 2012 at 9:30pm 0 Comments
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We American RPG fans can do nothing but grit our teeth this week as we watch Europeans tear open their brand new copies of Xenoblade Chronicles, which Nintendo released for Wii in PAL territories today. The Japanese role-playing game has received impressive critical acclaim in the European press...

August 19th 2011 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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A preview of what's on the way for the rest of the world: four months after 3.4, Nintendo has sent out Wii System Menu version 3.5 in Korea. The specific feature changes are as yet unknown, but in terms of security updates, it includes IOS254 code, which, like IOS9, blocks the use of the PatchMii pr...

March 5th 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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It's been awhile since we've talked about homebrew. How many of you are doing it? What are your favorite homebrew applications for the Wii? Do you enjoy the original homebrew games, or have you been using homebrew for something else? How many of you are enjoying homebrew on the Wii?

December 17th 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Despite continuing efforts on Nintendo's part to thwart its installation, the Wii Homebrew Channel – which, as its name implies, enables the use of legal, homebrew games and apps on Wii – soldiers on, with development now hitting the version 1.0 milestone. The big 1.0 brings a slew of c...

December 10th 2008 at 2:50pm 0 Comments
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Update: Reader CJLopez turned us on to 1.01, which fixes some bugs from 1.0. Adjusted the source link to point to the newer version.That's right, folks. The Homebrew Channel has left the beta stages and become The Homebrew Channel 1.0. Actually, it's still kind of considered to be in beta, but, hey...

December 10th 2008 at 2:37pm 0 Comments
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Occasionally, you do have to wonder why Nintendo bothers. In typical fashion, the latest Wii Menu update (released only seven days ago) was designed to render the Twilight Hack useless. Also in typical fashion, it's already been beaten, proving yet again that you can't keep a good hack down.While so...

November 24th 2008 at 1:45pm 0 Comments
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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/nintendo/Nintendo_updates_Wii_to_3_4_changes_ToS_and_save_files'; Nintendo is at it again, unleashing yet another Wii Menu Update which puts us at 3.4, as our glowing Wii just informed us. Aside from augmenting the Nintendo User Agreement, the new system update w...

November 17th 2008 at 11:40pm 0 Comments
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Well, that was fast. That recent update that wouldn't allow users to install the Homebrew Channel? It's been bested, as the Homebrew Channel beta9 has been released. Among working with the latest update, beta9 also brings the following fixes to the table: Installer / updater now works with the...

October 27th 2008 at 2:29pm 0 Comments
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Yesterday's seemingly inane Wii update, which neglected to bump up the system menu version a single decimal value (it remains at 3.3 -- the firmware has upgraded to IOS51, though), now appears to have an actual purpose. Forget the Shop Channel optimization tweaking. The update's more direct mission...

October 24th 2008 at 11:45am 0 Comments
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Update 2: "View Compatible Controllers" is now a separate link in the details of each game listing in the Shop Channel. Also, we've corrected the Japanese version number. It's 3.3 everywhere, up from the last update ... 3.3.Update: Reader John writes in and points us to Wiibrew, who is reporting th...

October 23rd 2008 at 10:51am 0 Comments

Homebrewer Crediar has recorded a video of a truly epic series of Wii Menu hacks that pretty much bust the system open. All kinds of hacks are on display, both cosmetic and substantial.Most notably, Crediar has opened up the system not just to discs from every region, but channels (which suggests Vi...

August 5th 2008 at 2:40pm 0 Comments