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!
Just one simple thing..."HACKING A WII UNLEASHES ITS TRUE POTENTIAL!"
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
Remove all GC controllers, GC memory cards, USB devices
Don't lose power
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)
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/
MAKE SURE YOU SELECT YOUR REGION up top
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
*DO NOT LOSE THESE FILES*
Now you have your Homebrew channel installed!