Introduction: Use Your Wii As a Dvd Player

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For some reson Nintendo decided not to include the dvd play-back function into the wii.

But it is now possible thanks to some amazing work by Team Twiizers

You Will Need:

A Wii (Duh!)
A Sd Card
A Way For You Wii To run Homebrew

If your wii is not ready to run homebrew yet i recomend this instructable by btop

Disclaimer at Last step, Please Read before attemping this instuctable,

Please also bear in Mind this is my first instuctable (:

Step 1: Downloading the Files

If you have followed btop's instuctable and installed the homebrew channel this should all be pretty easy.

You will need to download 2 sets of files

"libdi" and "mplayer", both can be found here :

If you have a modchip you will need the other file on that page, "pactchmii_core"

Step 2: Installing

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Now you will find a ".dol" file in the folder which you downloaded called "DL", rename this file to "boot.dol" and place it in a folder in the "apps" folder on you Sd Card.
The Run this file through the homebrew channel.

If your console has a mod chip, click "patchmii install" if not proceed with the normal install.

Step 3: The Dvd Player

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Now you will need to add the contents of the second folder you downloaded (which should be named "mplayer-r2...") into the "apps" folder onto your sd. Then Like before boot this through the homebrew channel.

Step 4: Running the Software

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Now once you have opened up the homebrew channel you will find the application "mplayer"
Run this and then you are ready to play your dvd's

In actual fact, mplayer can do more than play dvd's, it can also play files off the sd card, although this in quite buggy at the minute due to the fact that most of the effort was put into making it read dvds.

Step 5: Controls

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This can be quite confusing at first, but to control the software you will need to use the up and down arrows on the wiimote to hi-light an option then you will use the right arrow to select it, the left arrow will take you back the previous menu.

To play your dvd you will need to scroll down the "DVD-Video" option then press the right arrow on the wiimote, it may take some time but after this your wii will eventually start playing the dvd. (: Sucess

Step 6: Disclaimer

It is said that due to the way that the wii reads disc's that this MAY damage the laser, BUT it is also said this is a myth.

So Bearing This in mind, i am in NO WAY resposnible if you happen to damage your wii in any way while following these instuctions, this is done entirely at your own risk.

Thank you (:

Also I Am not claiming the applications are mine, they are the work of team twizzer's


DrageN1 (author)2017-11-22

Hi guys. I have a Japanese wii console 2006 version. All writings of the console is in Japanese. Is there any way to brew it and make it play games in English on it. I'll appreciate.

Unknowngam3re (author)DrageN12017-12-03

Softmod using this: (Update Wii to latest version, Then go to this website and select 4.3J)

Then use AnyRegionChanger to change region to NTSC-U

tjacobs5 (author)2012-04-10

never worked on my softmodded PAL 4.3E

tried all instructo's it just doesnt read dvd movies

AbbeyKnowsWhat (author)tjacobs52016-11-25

This guide will not work with 4.3. There is an app called 'WiiMC' that I will do a tutorial on soon.

Have a great day!

tjacobs5 (author)AbbeyKnowsWhat2016-11-26

Thanks for your reply, 4 years late but thanks anyway :D

crazzy robot (author)tjacobs52014-03-22

just get a dvd player or xbox

hottroc (author)tjacobs52012-09-20

Same here

havanacus (author)2008-08-13

I think I'll install this seeing as I have the homebrew channel but I think I'll stick to using my DVD player just in case... I hope that rumor is either confirmed of denied soon though...

AbbeyKnowsWhat (author)havanacus2016-11-25

Confirmed! Be careful.

Have a great day!

ikoda (author)2008-08-13

Did you guys see the new Motion Plus for the Wii?

AbbeyKnowsWhat (author)ikoda2016-11-25

Yes. There is a new remote called 'Wii Remote Plus' with it built-in.

blueberrypieisgood (author)2008-11-09

my wii freezes after like 3 to 5 seconds of playing the movie.

nevermind. i fixed it. but now when i get too the title screen i don't know how to press play, or setup, or senes, etc. can someone post controls while watching the movie?

Have you tried using the Classic Controller?

Have a great day!

michiel123456789 (author)2010-01-05

If you have a mochip: you need "patchmii_core". And do you still need "libdi" and "mplayer" then? Or , when you have a modchip, only "patchmii_core"?

You will need the extra files if you have the modchip, along with all required files.

Have a great day!

LeahS3 (author)2015-01-24

too bad it doesn't work with 4.3

AbbeyKnowsWhat (author)LeahS32016-11-25

A similar app called 'WiiMC' is out for 4.3. I'll do a tutorial soon. :)

oreoosmar (author)2015-06-11

Same here whith the DVDs player

kalilm (author)2014-12-08

*grabs popcorn*

RedFlash (author)2009-08-29

Mine says "Error 2011 - installing DVD stub ticket" I cannot get around this error. Please, Please help me

Peekadosies (author)RedFlash2009-10-11

it happens to me too.
im pretty sure you cant install this with 3.6 and up
try downgrading?

RedFlash (author)Peekadosies2009-10-18

It's ok now... I downloaded the DVD thingy from another website, put it on my SD card and it's working fine...

hottroc (author)RedFlash2012-09-20

And the website is...? (same problem here)

hottroc (author)2012-08-05

The download link for the DVDX installer on the page you link to in Step 1 does not work (not currently anyway)! Can you link to the file somewhere else or host it yourself please? Without it this instructable is effectively useless.

GummiBear (author)2011-12-03

tht is sooo cool

knexinglemon (author)2011-06-28

your legend you have super mario 64!!!

Doctor What (author)2008-12-15

I'm sure this'll work, but I had some trouble. Everything went well until the very last step. I turned it on, ran the program, and put in my dvd. It froze... It freezes every time I try to run a dvd.

StefanT (author)Doctor What2009-01-11

It can't run dvd's... Only files.... www(dot)wiibrew(dot)(com)

skipster2 (author)StefanT2011-01-06

you might need an update

LAM83RT (author)StefanT2009-01-11

No, it does play dvd videos, the mplayer software allows you to play the films

merseyless (author)LAM83RT2009-12-30

your both right, so stop bickering like little children!

Doctor What (author)2008-08-13

Why would they already have the commands? Sounds a little fishy to me. Maybe they were wanting people to buy a specific channel?

merseyless (author)Doctor What2009-12-30

theirs a slight frame rate problem with playback and it was probably wise to let the dvd function slide before they where overrun with feedback about how bad the dvd playback was.

Doctor What (author)merseyless2010-01-07

Or they could have developed it to its full potential and fixed the frame rate problems and included the DVD function before release.

If you are selling a large-selling, mass produced product, it should at least include what is considered "the standard" in a game console.  One of which is DVD play.

Hegpetz (author)Doctor What2010-10-20

I'm not entirely sure I would consider DVD part of any "standard" in a game console. A device trying to be an all-in-one for whatever reasons would do quite well with a DVD playback feature, but a device to play video games has no real need to also play movies. Unless you are playing something like Metal Gear Solid, the two are completely separate paradigms - one a directed narrative, and one where the user(s) direct the narrative.

Not trying to nitpick or attack you or anything, just trying to say that getting DVD playback is a wonderful additive feature, but it's icing on the cake, not what you are really paying money for when you purchase a game console. If you want perfect playback of DVDs, get a dedicated DVD player.

That being said, I would have loved the US getting a DVD-enabled Wii too. I enjoyed the PS2's playback for the most part and am highly considering enabling this on my Wii after I look more into whether or not it can work on an up-to-date system and more feedback on how well playback actually is.

Hegpetz (author)Hegpetz2010-10-20

Just to follow up, here is probably the best resource for installing homebrew, even on 4.3:


UltimateDIY (author)2010-02-15

well, if you were smart you would just get the wii media player

aznnotorious (author)2009-02-28

i do rename the file to "boot.dol" and place it in a folder in the "apps" folder on you Sd Card. but is won't run the set up..

z400100500 (author)aznnotorious2009-05-17

if you have updated to system 3.4, you're screwed. The DVDx player is for everything BUT 3.4. I know the things. I've been doing homebrew for years.

Admiral Puffinfresh (author)2008-10-01

Lol smart. Put the disclaimer in the BACK of the instructable. That makes sense. =]

(Sarcastic) Oh, ha ha, nice sarcasm.

jpm411 (author)oshapley2008-11-26

im sorry ,i was not trying to be sarcastic ,i apologize if thats how it came off......but any way have fun and god bless

ikoda (author)2008-08-13

If you find out it's not a myth let us know. d=

threecheersfornick (author)ikoda2008-09-27

It ain't no myth.

hassannaeem101 (author)2008-08-29

lucky my sister wants super mario 64 but we dont have a gamecube controller

nEmoGrinder (author)2008-08-19

Actually, the reason why the wii does not work as a dvd player is the same reason the gamecube wasn't a dvd player (at least in north america, I hear that there was a version in other regions built with philips that could play dvds) is because to be able to play DVDs, you need to pay royalties to the copyright holder of DVD. This is why you see the little DVD logo on most DVD drives/players. To cut costs and keep the system cheap, Nintendo decided to not put DVD playback into the wii. If the instructions really are already built in I would not be surprised if they made the user pay for the royalty fee in the form of a new channel at some point.

atombomb1945 (author)2008-08-14

The bad part is that as soon as enough people decide to make use of this, Nintendo will Magically come out with their own version that "has been in development for some time now." As for me, I'm going to try this one out over the weekend.

Doctor What (author)2008-08-13


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