Homebrew status

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Current homebrew status: Works! ELF loader created, check out Twilight Hack. As of version alpha3a you can load files from USB Gecko, or the internal SD slot on the Wii.

We are currently working on creating a homebrew channel, a preview of the work in progress is available.

Hacks

The Zelda: TP Exploit (Twilight Hack)

bushing, tmbinc and segher were able to modify a save game for Zelda: TP that would make the Wii crash and were then able to inject their own code. No hardware modification is needed.

Trucha Signer

Only works if you have installed a drivechip. Lets you run homebrew by burning it to a DVD. This program fixes the signing of discs and some other stuff using an undisclosed bug in the signature checking. Some people don't like to talk about it because they feel it is too easily patched and/or requires hardware modifications. Datel didn't use this tool for their freeloader product, but are using the same exploit.

It will probably be patched as WiiWare comes out, as it may activate IOS37 for the system menu.

Homebrew Channel (preview)

Team tweezers released a preview of the Homebrew Channel. It has a timebomb and works for only 10 minutes but it is a glimpse into a future where running a game to get your homebrew started is no longer necessary. You need Twilight or Trucha to install it. There are hacks of this program on the web, which will remove the ten minute limit.

Wii System Updates

Wii Menu 3.2

Changes: No major feature changes, some unknown background work which allegedly improves system performance. Most noted is a large increase in speed when switching between channels and settings pages. No other effects are discernable.

Side Effects: 3.2 does not appear to affect any hacks.

NTSC US Smash Bros. Brawl Update

Changes: The changes made are uncertain. Is so far only available through playing US Brawl, not a WiFi update. A diff of the US update partitions compared to the JP versions is here. All updates on the disc other than RVL-WiiSystemmenu-v257 have been seen on US discs before.

Side Effects: Does not appear to affect any hacks.