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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
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I bought an SD card for my Wii this weekend, and the first thing I did was set up the homebrew channel. Oh man, things have gotten easier since I first tried DS homebrew. You just copy the installer to your SD card, replace your Zelda saves with a hacked version (the "twilight hack"), and then load up the hacked saves. It gets installed right to your main menu, no complicated boot process, no scary firmware reflashing, no warranty-invalidating chipping. I can't wait to try some of my own homebrew hacking.

Also, now that I have an SD card, what's the deal with the Wii store? Do I have to make backups of everything I buy, or can I redownload it? I assume the games files are tied to my hardware.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2008-07-08 04:51 pm (UTC)
When you say "homebrew hacking", I have this mental image of you sitting there with the controller in your hand, blunt hanging out of your mouth.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-07-08 04:54 pm (UTC)
Well yeah that's basically what I'm talking about.
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[User Picture]From: casey
2008-07-08 04:52 pm (UTC)
You can re-download anything that you've purchased on that console as many times as you want.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-07-08 04:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, great. Have you bought any WiiWare? I usually see the announcements over at Evil Avatar, and most of it doesn't pique my interest. However I'll probably be purchasing all the shmups they offer :)
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[User Picture]From: casey
2008-07-08 05:08 pm (UTC)
I've only purchased two games: LostWinds, which I highly recommend, and Dr. Mario, which is kind of disappointing despite having online play.
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[User Picture]From: czircon
2008-07-08 10:20 pm (UTC)
I would also recommend Toki Tori.

Also, supposedly, using "unauthorized" software still voids your warranty even without the chipping. But IANAL.

You should totally do some Wii homebrew hacking, because apart from ScummVM, there really isn't much that I can use the homebrew channel for that actually seems worth doing.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2008-07-09 01:56 am (UTC)
I thought that nintendo released an update that killed the twilight hack? Is that one not needed for the wiistore, or am I talking out my ass again?

I downloaded a few games from the wiistore. Basically a couple of old mario brothers games to keep some friends interested in the system, plus excite bike (which was way cooler when I was 8).
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-07-09 02:02 am (UTC)
They did attempt to kill the twilight hack but they did a poor job. Even though the homebrew hackers say they have have other undisclosed vulnerabilities ready to go, they made a workaround for Nintendo's workaround almost immediately. I have the latest updates, and it went through just fine :)
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2008-07-09 03:11 am (UTC)
Heh, whenever I see stuff like that I have to wonder if nintendo really was trying to stop homebrew or if they were just doing the bare minimum so that when a wii gets fried by homebrew they can have a legal argument for not being liable.
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