What does softmodding a wii do?
Well the answer to that question is that...you can play backups of games if you lost your original games...(Like I do) You can play N64, SNES and SEGA console games on your wii! With the appropriate emulators...and you can use homebrew applications (There are loads of them http://wiibrew.org/wiki/List_of_homebrew_applications) Then you can also unlock the hidden DVD movie player, if you have a version older than 2010, or if its newer, then you can unlock the USB movie player!

This is a 100% legal! (Unless you go and download pirated games,even though you don't have the original games...) (So don't do that!)

This softmod/hack works for any wii! Old Wii's, New Wii's, VIrgin Wii's, Korean Wii's, Japanese WIi's, Softmodded Wii's, Hardmodded Wii's etc...

Password = NOT-A-PIRATE (This is the password for any downloaded files)

Softmoding can brick your wii, this is very highly unlikely. Accept this fact or stop now.

It works with 4.3u/e/j/k as well!

Never Ever Ever Update Your Wii From Nintendo

Here is a video of some of the cool things you can do once you have hacked your wii!
Sometimes the video gets a bit blurry and distorts a bit but that is because of my bad camera...Sorry about that :(

So if you want to start softmodding your wii, then lets gets started!

Step 1: Installing Bootmii and the Homebrew Channel

Have 350 free blocks of nand space

Remove all GC controllers, GC memory cards, USB devices
Don't lose power

Format SD-CARD
Use a standard SD-Card (Not an SHDC)
If you have issues formatting your SD card, then use this program http://ad5b5bf7.dyo.gs/

Part 1 :

Launch Hackmii Installer :
For versions 2.0 - 3.4 (Twilight Hack)
Download http://a1e04241.dyo.gs/
and extract to sd:\

-Play The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, make a savegame

Put your SD card in 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 that corresponds to your game region. Note: Some people are having problems with the Wii not "seeing" the save file on the SD card. If you are experiencing this, try setting the archive bit for the data.bin file - in Windows this can be either be done from the file's properties dialog (right click on it in Windows Explorer and check the box) or from the command line using "attrib +a <path to data.bin>". More info at #wiihelp on Efnet.
Click copy and then yes. Now exit out of the menu.
Insert The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game disc and run the game.
If you have the USA version of the game, load the "TwilightHack0" or "TwilightHack2" version of the game as appropriate (see above).
Otherwise, load the only "Twilight Hack" save game.
Once in the game, either walk backwards or talk to the man standing in front of you.

If you are using System Menu 3.4, you must immediately put the Twilight Hack to use. Turning off or running some other channel or game will have the System Menu delete the savegame again, and you'll have to start over. Also, 3.4 must also extract twilight-hack-v0.1-beta2.zip to sd:\ replace files when asked.

-Multi-Mod Manager will load
-Select Wad Manager -Press A
-Press 1, -Press A -Install all Wads
-IOS58 and IOS61 will install
-Press "any button"
-Press 2- load "App Manager"
-Select hackmii_installer_v0.8 -Press A
Hackmii Installer Loads

For versions 3.4 (Hack without game disk)

1. Get your Wii's mac address:The MAC address of the Wii can be found by:
From the Wii Channel menu, select "Wii Settings" (the round button on the bottom-left of the screen with "Wii" on it)
Select "Internet," then "Console Settings."
The MAC address of the Wii console is displayed on the first line.
2. Format your SD card. Fat32
Panasonic SDFormat preferred. Dont skip this step.
3. Download the HackMii installer
You can use the mac address to build a custom hackmii installer at LetterBomb http://please.hackmii.com/
If you get the captcha wrong, it will RESET your region. This happened to me. If you do, the installer, well, in my case hung the wii. Had to hard boot it.
4. Copy downloaded files to root directory of SD card.
I used windows xp.
5. Put card in wii and start it.
6. Hit the envelope in the lower right hand corner
If you dont see the red message with the bomb, hit the - or + buttons to choose a different date.
7. Click on the big red envelope with the bomb.
The hackmii installer launches. (note if it hangs, you might not have done step 2, or you might have chosen the incorrect region)

Part 2 :
Installing the Homebrew channel and BootMii

Read the Scam warning and press 1
It may take a minute or two for the "press 1" to appear- be patient
Install the HomeBrew Channel
Install Bootmii as Boot2(boot2 may not be available, IOS installs automatically)
Prepare the SD-card (By reformatting it)

Part 3 :
Make a Backup (Not Optional!)

Load HBC, press -HOME-, launch Bootmii
Make a nand backup
Press Power, Power, Power, Reset, Reset
Once the backup is complete, exit bootmii to HBC
Backup your Bootmii files to your PC


Now you have your Homebrew channel installed!

While you can't install it with an SDHC, once everything is set up, you can move it to one. My setup started on a 1gb SD, but it's now on 8gb SDHC
<p>So after I mod and I want to use the USB loader do I have to have the sd card in ? </p>
<p>Has anyone answered this question?</p>
Help me! I bought a 4g sd card and have gone through these steps and have not gotten a letterbomb message. I am so trying to do this.. I don't understand what I did wrong. I cannot access the files on my sd card when I put it in the wii.
<p>It doesn't have to be 2 Gb or less, and it doesn't have to be a non-SDHC like everyone says. I've used SDHC 8Gb and so have others and they work fine. Just make sure it's formatted as fat32 and copy the files (boot.elf, Private folder) to the root of the card and not the &quot;LetterBomb&quot; folder. Also make sure your Wii is connected to the internet and do not use Wii to update when it asks you to after connecting to the internet. Once you put the SD in your Wii, it's a good idea to restart it and try checking your mailbox again. Try scrolling back several days then forward, past the current date, then back and forth again until you see the letterbomb envelope. I've had to do this also. Don't give up.</p>
<p>I believe it has to be 2 gig or less and it can not be a sd hc, sd 2 gig I believe</p><p>hope this helps</p>
<p>Hi There!</p><p>I need help. I bought a second hand wii. It came with a few originals and a few copies. But for some reason it showed everything in Japanese! I read up a bit about it and found I was a proud owner of a NTSC-J Wii. However, ever since I got it I couldn't get into the system menu. It came up with an error screen. There is no HBC on it but it ran DVD-R's so it must be modded. I cannot get my MAC address and I am not connected to the internet. Anyway, in trying to fix the menu, I got hold of Epic Mickey which ran an update. Well, it didnt fix the menu but now none of my discs work. It comes up with a message in Japanese and a big question mark!</p><p>Can someone please help! All I want to do is to change the menu to english and play games from an external HDD!</p>
<p>All the links are broken. The LinkBucks links don't work, and the MediaFire files which they formerly redirected to have been removed, too.</p>
<p>Welcome!<br> I have a problem with the installation of the game Just Dance 2016. The start required &quot;Wii update&quot;. If you do update, or my Wii can be blocked?<br> I IOS219 version of the system 4.1E.<br> P.S. Do not operate the Just Dance in 2014 and 2015.</p>
<p>It wont let me prepare my SD card. everytime i try, it says Mounting SD Card... FAILED (-1).</p>
<p>Im do these steps and unlock ,but my sd was corrupt. im can buy a new sd card and do all steps again ????? im can put the programs in external hd ? </p>
<p>None of the links work anymore. I'm stuck in limbo with my Wii. Please let me know if you know of an alternative site where they can be found. Thank you!</p>
<p>hi there - which file do you need? the letterbomb link is still live</p>
neat! I was given this Wii points card code and it worked! It's totally free too! http://linkbitty.com/qycYz<br>
<p>If you want to do this 100% safely and without messing up your system I suggest you check out the following http://47b3dasmjrngr8fgo7zbzkme0e.hop.clickbank.net/</p>
<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERDWurWHe_Y perfect video for anyone trying to attempt this mod :)</p>
<p>:(</p><p>Scrubber doesnt work for me, says to put .exe with the key.bin......</p><p>but mii boot created a KEYS.BIN, not a KEY.BIN..........</p><p>I tried renaming it without a S but doesnt work :(</p><p>:(</p>
<p>The Links don't work any more.... Is there any chance you still have them?</p>
<p>same tuto but in a foreign language and links working, i just hacked tonight, works well</p><p>http://hackwii.webnode.cz/sofmod/</p>
<p>Also, I updated my Wii recently, Homebrew Channel &amp; everything else remained installed. I guess the most recent one just disabled WFC.</p>
this made my day I have a Wii points card code and it worked! Hit up http://linkbitty.com/qycYz
<p>Wii Unlocker </p><p>http://wiiunlockers.blogspot.com/</p>
<p>Slight mistake in this post. I bought my Wii when it just released and I'm able to play backups from my hard drive using Wii flow or CFG loader. Otherwise, nice post with working links...</p>
I followed the steps and I either got error 004: Corrupted file or nothing showed up at all! On the letter thingy do you cut red/blue wire (whats the difference) and which of the 4.3U, 4.3E, 4.3J, or 4.3K is american? HELP MEEEEE!!! <br>P.S the youtube videos are blocked by family saftey so please don't use them
4.3U is US so you should use that version. <br> <br>Cut the red wire not the blue wire as the blue wire would result in the wrong download.... <br> <br>Hopefully this will solve all your troubles :)
Why do they have the red/blue wire thing? The site isn't very descriptive, something even I could whip up in a few seconds. What does the blue wire download, anyway? Thank You!
<p>the red wire/ blue wire buttons were put there just to mess with people, ive done this twice both clicking the blue wire and the red wire, and both times worked fine. The errors you are experiencing are more than likely caused by inappropriate stacking of files, to the point where your homebrew channel cannot even define what it has to read...</p>
don't know...I found the red/blue thing annoying as well...
OK. I followed the instructions and instead of getting Error 004: Corrupt File, I got a bunch of empty channel thingys and nothing happened. Is nintendo evil?
4.3U is US so you should use that version. <br> <br>Cut the red wire not the blue wire as the blue wire would result in the wrong download.... <br> <br>Hopefully this will solve all your troubles :)
<p>The last time I did it almost jacked up my Wii. Luckily I fixed. I had it fixed.</p>
<p>All links are gone :(</p>
<p>Just want to inform all folks who live outside US that Nintendo Wii is a great media Player. If you want to access Netflix and other streaming stations on your Nintendo Wii you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.</p>
What about 4.3u
Excellent post!<br> Thanks for the link, for more info you can visit my blog on <a href="http://www.wii4everybody.com/2010/06/firmware-updater-43-download-descarga.html" rel="nofollow">wii4everybody </a>Good day!<br>
NEW LINKS EVERYONE <br> <br>http://eupgrade.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/softmod-any-wii-firmware/
Linky is baddy! <br>:('
well...I guess...
hi there any chance u can give us new links? thanks
I am still searching but there are no new links available yet... :(<br>Will post themas soon as I find them...sorry...
the links don't work anymore
I am sorry about that :( , The links have been deleted due to policy issues or somethng like that....I will post new links as soon as I find them :)
I've backed up nand etc. while it was working three bad blocks showed up. Is this a problem? Should I back up nand again until no bad blocks are there?
This link Launch Hackmii Installer : <br>For versions 2.0 - 3.4 (Twilight Hack) <br>Download http://a1e04241.dyo.gs/ I click on it then it goes to the website and they say it was removed or somthing like that! So What now? <br> <br>
Use this website for downloads which are not available...<br><br>http://hackmii.com/category/wii/
Ok thanks!
Wii noob here. just got one for the kids. Considering doing this. If i use the guide without gamedisk does the sd card i use have to remain in the Wii?

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