How to Softmod/Remaster Your Old Nintendo Wii to Accept New ROMS

Updated on August 31, 2021 | by Alex Smith

Now that the Wii U is out, the old Wii you have isn’t very useful. Inappropriate! You can jailbreak your existing Wii into a complete Nintendo Entertainment Center. 

The format used in this tutorial is called SoftMod, and it only takes a few minutes to fully open the Wii ROMS and take full control of the console. You only need a few pointers to get started.

Requirements

  • 1GB SD card (non-SDHC if possible) 
  • Internet connection and SD card reader computer. 
  • Wii Console 
  • Wii Firmware Version 4.3 (Displayed in the upper right corner when you open the Wii System Options) 

Recommended 

External USB Hard Drive or Large Capacity (32GB +) USB Thumb Drive. 

It does not work on Wii Mini or Wii U. It Applies only to the original Nintendo Wii console.

Step 1

Find the MAC address of the Wii console. Then visit the LetterBomb website and enter your MAC address to download the customized exploit package. Turn off the red wire. If you are using the 

LetterBomb site, leave the “Bundle HackMii installer” checkbox checked. 

Would you mind selecting your firmware version? The MAC address is displayed in the Wii system options. This is in the menu “Internet” (page 2), then under “Console Information.”

Step 2

Format the SD card to be FAT32. On Windows, this is very simple. Right-click the SD card drive in My Computer or Windows Explorer and select “Format.” Change the file system option to FAT32 and leave the rest of the settings as default; click [Start]. 

Note: Formatting the card will delete all data currently on the card. Back up anything. I don’t want to lose it before formatting.

Step 3

Download this mod pack. Compresses both the modpack and LetterBomb so that the contents of these zip files are on the SD card. It doesn’t save the zip file itself to the SD card, just the contents.

Step 4

  • Insert the SD card. Open the Wii system message and search for yesterday’s message. The Letter Bomb icon is displayed. 
  • Click with the pointer on the Wii remote controller. Wii installs Letter Bomb and Hackmii.

When done, you need to press one on the Wii remote to let it continue. So, follow the on-screen instructions. Install HomebrewChannel and Bootmii.

Step 5(Very Crucial)

Would you please make a backup? If something breaks or is bricked, it’s a good idea to back it up. This is done via Bootmii. If you set the Hackmii installation settings to default, you likely installed Bootmii on boot2. This means that you have to go through the Homebrew channel to open Bootmii. 

Open your app channel and press the Wiimote home button. Start Bootmii. The Bootmii doesn’t use the Wii remote, so it has to use the buttons on the console itself. If you have a GameCube controller, you can use it. 

Press the power button on the Wii console three times to go to the last option. Then press the reset button to select it. Press Reset to select the first option. Follow the on-screen instructions to continue making the backup. 

Backup saved to SD card. Copy the SD card backup file to your computer and upload it to Dropbox or another backup solution. This will tell you where to find it if the Wii fails.

Step 6 

Return to the Homebrew channel and run the Wii Mod Batch. You need the first title that appears on the screen. It will automatically install everything. 

Step 7 

Start Priiloader on the Homebrew channel. It is a strange shape with orange letters. After loading: Press + on the Wiimote to install the Priiloader. Then press Rest + Power simultaneously on the console itself to restart the Wii with the Priiloader. 

Enable the following cores (and everything you need):  On the health screen, A auto-click unlocks all Disk update block Online update block NoCopy Delete Save File protection Completed! The Wii has now been jailbroken or remodeled. You can now perform all the operations you need. 

One of the recommended actions is to select an external USB hard disk drive (which will be reformatted with FAT32) and connect it to the Wii. This is discussed in another article. 

In the meantime, here are a few utilities worth downloading after installing your SD card or external hard drive. Save them to your SD card, and you can launch them via HomebrewChannel. 

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