Homebrew setup

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The easiest way to setup and use Homebrew on your Wii is by using the Twilight Hack to install the Homebrew Channel. Optionally a new hack, Bannerbomb a new hack by comex is in alpha stage which can be used to load homebrew applications, until a safe method of installing of installing HBC has been developed for system menu 4.0


Homebrew Setup


Note: You can find out your Wii's System Menu version by entering Wii Settings and looking in the top-right of the screen.

Step by Step

  1. (Optional) If you have an existing Zelda save that you want to backup, do so before proceeding:
    1. Put your SD card in your Wii and turn it on.
    2. Go into Wii Options --> Data Management --> Save Data --> Wii
    3. Find your Zelda save, click on it, click "Copy", and click Yes
    4. Put your SD card in your computer, and copy the "private" folder from the card to a safe place.
  2. Make sure that Zelda has been played at least once and you have saved the game.
  3. Copy the "private" directory from the Twilight Hack download to the root of your SD card.
  4. Copy "boot.dol" from the Homebrew Channel download to to the root (the top folder) of your SD card.
  5. Put your SD card in your Wii and turn it on.
  6. Go into Wii Options --> Data Management --> Save Data --> Wii.
  7. Find your Zelda save, click on it, click "Erase", and click Yes.
  8. Open the SD card and select the "Twilight Hack" save that corresponds to your game region.
  9. Click copy and then yes. Now exit out to the main Wii Menu.
  10. 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 the table above).
    • Otherwise, load the only "Twilight Hack" save game.
  11. Once in the game, either walk backwards or talk to the man standing in front of you. Do not do anything else, like opening the inventory or it will freeze you console and you will have to hold the power button for five seconds to reset.
  12. The Homebrew Channel installer should now load.
  13. READ THE DISCLAIMER! In the VERY unlikely case your Wii should be bricked (rendered inoperable) by the installer, this will let you know where you stand in regards to Team Twiizers.
  14. Press the RESET button on your Wii. (or "1" button on the Wiimote)
  15. Done!


  • If you get an error such as Failed to read boot.elf (-1), your SD card may not be formatted as FAT16/32. Try reformatting your SD card with the Official SD Card Format Tool. In addition, some SD cards simply do not work with the Twilight Hack, and a new SD card needs to be used. Borrowing from a friend is recommended :).

See also