Setting up your Wii for Homebrew

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Complete Setup Packages

Title Version Description Creator DL Source
Easy Homebrew installer 1.0 Guides you through the entire Setup Process for the Homebrew Channel Penpvdbs Download Available by Request

Individual Files for Manual Installation

Title Version Description Creator DL Source
Twilight Hack 0.1alpha3b The Save File to launch a .elf file from SD Card. Team Twiizers Download None
Homebrew Channel beta8 Installs the Wii Homebrew Channel onto the System Menu. Team Twiizers Download None

Instructions for setting up your Wii for Homebrew

Required Materials:

  • SD card formatted as FAT32 or FAT16 (There seems to be a problem with formatting an SD card as FAT 16 in OS X, try to format your card in Windows.)
  • SD card reader
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess that has been played at least once
Inner disc circle with serial

Inner disc circle with serial

Inside the zip archive you will find several savegame files; you will need to choose the correct one based on your version of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The easiest way to check your version is to compare the text string which is on the inner cycle of the data surface with the ones below.

Region Inner circle text File
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

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.

Explanation

The Twilight Hack works by employing a lengthly character name for the horse in the game (‘Epona’) in order to facilitate a stack smash. This gets triggered when talking to the man next to you when you start the savegame as he loads the name to use it in his dialog or upon attempting to enter the next zone, before the man talks to you and reminds you to go the other way to get the horse.

The instructions listed here were taken from the Twilight Hack Page.

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