How to Flash Your Wii

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to Flash Your Wii
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The Nintendo Wii can be modified through software to do things Nintendo didn’t build into the operating system. Among ways you can modify the system, "flashing" (modifying the software) means you don't have to open up or physically alter your console.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • SD card
  • SD card reader
  • PC
  • Internet access
  • Web browser
  • Twilight Princess Wii video game disc

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download a Wii SD card home-brew installer program to the PC’s desktop, such as the Wii Brew SD Installer. Double-click the program once it has downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the PC’s desktop. Restart the PC.

  2. 2

    Insert a SD card into the SD card reader. Attach the USB plug from the SD card reader to a USB port on the PC. Wait for the icon of the SD card to appear on the desktop.

  3. 3

    Double-click the icon of the Wii SD card home-brew installer program to launch it. Click on the “Next” button on the program to go to a new screen.

  4. 4

    Click on the ‘Change” button. Select the SD card in the list presented in the new window. Click “OK” to close the window. Press the “Next” button to go to a new window.

  5. 5

    Click on the “Install” button. Wait as the Wii SD card home-brew program is installed onto the SD card. Click on the “Finish” button when the window appears stating the installation of the program has been completed.

  6. 6

    Right-click on the icon of the SD card. Select “Eject” from the pop-up menu.

  7. 7

    Remove the SD card from the SD card reader. Remove the USB plug of the SD card reader from the USB port on the PC.

  1. 1

    Insert the SD card into the SD card slot on the Wii. Turn the Wii on.

  2. 2

    Put the Twilight Princess Wii disc into the DVD slot on the front of the Wii. Push the disc into the slot until it engages and pulls the disc inside. Click on the icon of the game when it appears in the Wii's Home menu.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Start" button in the new window that appears. Wait for the Twilight Princess Wii video game to load into the Wii. Select “New Game.” Play the game for a minute or two. Press the “B” button on the Wii remote. Select “Save game” from the list presented on the screen.

  4. 4

    Name the game “Twilight Princess save.” Press the “A” button on the Wii remote to save the game. Quit the Twilight Princess game.

  5. 5

    Navigate from the Home menu of the Wii to “Settings.” Select “Game saves” from the list presented below “Settings.” Select the “Twilight Princess save.” Select “Delete” from the menu choices.

  6. 6

    Press the “A” button. Press the “A” button again when the confirmation window asks whether you are sure you want to erase the game save.

  7. 7

    Navigate back to the “Games saves” list. Select the Wii SD card home-brew program from the list presented. Select “Copy” from the menu choices.

  8. 8

    Press the “A” button. Press the “A” button again when the confirmation window asks whether you are sure you want to save the file as a game save.

  9. 9

    Navigate back to the Wii Home menu. Click on the icon of the Twilight Princess Wii video game when it appears in the Wii's Home menu.

  10. 10

    Click on the "Start" button in the new window that appears. Wait for the Twilight Princess Wii video game to load into the Wii.

  11. 11

    Select “Load Game Save” from the main menu of the game. Select the Wii SD card home-brew program from the list presented. Press the “A” button.

  12. 12

    Press the “Start” button on the game’s main menu.

  13. 13

    Move your character forward until he comes to a huge giant of a man. Move your character up to the huge giant of a man. Wait as the program begins to display lines of text on the screen.

  14. 14

    Press the “1” button repeatedly on the Wii remote when the text asks for it.

  15. 15

    Wait as the Wii reboots to the Home menu. The icon of the Home-brew channel now can be clicked on because the Wii has been flashed.

Tips and warnings

  • Research how to remove the softmod from the Wii if you decide you no longer want it modified.
  • A modified Wii voids any warranty associated with it.

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