Hello one and all!

Obviously, I'm new here.. having been directed here while googling for Wii mods. There's a ton of information on this site, but I can't seem to find the answer to my question amid it all. I guess it's a simple and a complex question rolled into one, but it's simply: What can I make this machine do?
I read a few posts, but nothing was actually clear about what was being done so I finally just decided to ask. I bought my Wii when they first came out, and honestly I've barely played it but it was really more for the wife than me, although she hasn't picked up the controller in months.
I want to breathe some life into this console, like I did when I turned my old Xbox into a media center, but I really don't want to do any heavy modding or anything risky that might brick the console.

So can anyone please tell me what exactly you as a community have figured out can be done with this machine?

good to be here