My twilight hack/homebrew channel install guide
We've been needing a new thread. The original thread was pre-wiibrew. Now we'll use this one for all wiibrew/homebrew channel discussion.
I spent a good half a day getting this all figured out. Some info is missing in certain places and files in others. So I'll try to make it easier for all of us.
Yes this works with the 3.3 update! Download the zelda save file in this post
At any rate. Some of you may have heard of the "twilight hack". This allows you to load a homebrew channel on your Wii using a Zelda gamesave.
Wait, wait! I thought Nintedo fixed the twilight hack!
Nintendo released a patch for some Mii parade crap. And also didn't allow modified zelda save files. I'll just let this wiihacks update explain it.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op1V5eWpTQQ"]YouTube - Wii Homebrew Channel[/ame]
A new update has just been released that does something with the Mii Parade...but here's the interesting part:
"Because unauthorized modifcations to save files may impair game play or the Wii console, updating to Wii Menu version 3.3 will also check for and automatically remove such save files."
So update or NO update? that is the question
I went ahead and updated the Wii to 3.3u. Here are my findings
1.) Homebrew Channel works fine no problems no freezes no hangs
2.) I Had the internet channel Installed before the update. Still works fine no hiccups.
3.) I removed the internet channel using the wad manager and installed it again with no problems.
4.) All backups work fine Including different region (i have NTSC-U will and pal game), brick blocked games and wii scrubbed games, SSBB works.
IT IS SAVE TO UPDATE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE HOMEBREW CHANNEL INSTALLED BEFORE...
The Homebrew Channel is a channel for launching Wii homebrew applications without the need to run the Twilight Hack first. It will list apps stored and organised on an SD card in a nice little GUI, which you can very easily customise with descriptions and shiny little .png icons all by yourself if you want. You can also launch homebrew apps via TCP (with a correctly configured PC) or USB Gecko. Both of those built in options make it extremely convenient for testing out new code, as well as a general purpose homebrew launcher. You've seen the video, now try it yourself!
What else can you do? - The twilight hack only needs to be done once. The old method was everytime you wanted to load a .wad/channel onto your wii you had to run the twilight hack. Now there's an application that can run through the homebrew channel to do it. You can also stream any type of video file from your PC via Wiideo. The quality has some to be gained but it's better than x-box in that you can view almost any file. Plus the navigation with the wiimote. Apparently there is also a dvd player (the Wii has a dvd player. Just not the software to run it). There isn't much yet but this should open up a ton of doors for awesome homebrew and programs.
Legalities? I don't want to have my Wii get banned! - There's an obvious risk with doing any of this. But Nintendo apparently has no security for online. If there's ever an update via WIFI or from a game simply check out the sites and make sure it's ok to install. No one I know of has gotten banned yet. You can also delete anything whenever you want.
Files you'll need.
Homebrew Channel boot file -
Twilight Hack files -
Apps Package -
Other bits you need
-SD card formatted to FAT/FAT16. Must be under 2 gigs or smaller. (A micro sd card with sd card adapter will work)
-Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess
-USB SD card reader/plugin
The Twilight Hack
Read the inside of your Zelda CD to see which save file you'll need.
Europe/Australia RVL-RZDP-0A-0 JPN rzdp0.bin
Asia RVL-RZDJ-0A-0 JPN rzdj0.bin
America RVL-RZDE-0A-0 JPN rzde0.bin
America RVL-RZDE-0A-0 USA rzde0.bin
America RVL-RZDE-0A-2 USA rzde2.bin
If for whatever reason the save file doesn't show up rename it to simply "data". The first time I did it data.bin worked but the second time it had to be just "data". Also, if you're getting filez, make sure that they're NTSC format (North American). Anything that is .pal is European I think.
Begin by formatting your SD card to FAT16 if it is not already (in Windows it's just called "FAT"). If you get an error such as "FAT_ReadFile(boot.elf) failed with error -1" then reformatting your SD card with Official SD Card Format Tool may help. Make a directory on the SD card called "/private/wii/title/RZDx/" Replace "RZDx" with RZDE, RZDP or RZDJ as appropriate (See above table). If a file called data.bin already exists in this folder you may wish to back it up as it contains your save file for the game. In any case, copy the appropriate bin file from the download into this directory, renaming it to "data.bin". Take your homebrew Wii executable (elf file) and save it in the root directory of your SD card as "boot.elf".
Now, put the SD card into your Wii and turn it on. Go into Wii Options --> Data Management --> Save Data --> Wii. Find your Zelda save, click on it, click "Erase", and click Yes. Open the SD card and select the "Twilight Hack" save. The icon should say "Wiibrew Loader". Click copy and then yes. Now exit out of the menu.
Insert The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game disc and run the game. Load file A and either walk backwards or talk to the man standing in front of you.
Now, install the .wad installer - NOTE - THIS IS OPTIONAL!
get wad installer from above url
rename the .elf from the wad installer into boot.elf
put the boot.elf under its own folder in apps folder
put .wad that you want to install into wad folder (this wad folder should be on the root of SD, same level as apps folder)
to be more presentable, ive edited an .xml file and created an icon so it is more user-friendly
rename to icon.png and put in the same folder as boot.elf
here this is the .xml file (paste into notepad & save as meta.xml)
edited: added file/dir/path as below:
x:appswadinstallerboot.elf (from above url & renamed)
x:appswadinstallericon.png (use your own or get from above tinypic url)
x:appswadinstallermeta.xml (i've modified this file using other apps' xml as template)
x:wad -> put your wads in here example:
Homebrew Channel main page -
Common problems -
If you're having trouble getting the zelda save file to show up try adding .bin to the end of the file. It may have already had this but sometimes it goes back and forth. One time it worked for me without it and the other time I had to add the .bin
If you're apps aren't fully loading and such take the GC memory cards out of the slots. Actually, take them out whenever you're doing any wiibrew stuff.
Too much text in one post. Go to second page.