So you love Wii but miss those Old School greats like Tecmo Bowl or the Super Mario that started it all? Well now there’s a way! OK a free way.
Since it’s launch you could “Wii Shop” and purchase old school games for $5-10 each to play on the Wii Emulator. Tempting for some, too costly for most people. For a $1/game I’d be all over it – but when I can dust off the old NES in the closet for free… spending $100 grabbing my favorite games (again) is just too much. It’s the principal of re-buying games mostly.
Enter Homebrew! The Homebrew (Hack) Channel allows you to install non-Nintendo, open source (free) programs to add functionality to your Wii. The most popular are the console emulators: NES, Super NES, Sega, Atari, etc. While Homebrew has been around for a while – it required a certain level of tech savy and hassle that kept it out of the mainstream… however, the latest brew is fairly straightforward. Note: if you don’t know what a ROM is you can stop reading now. The rest of you grab a spare SD card, your ROMs and the freeware below to start brewing…
- Upgrade Wii Menu to latest (4.0) version
- Format SD card FAT32
- Follow Bannerbomb Homebrew Setup Instructions
- Once HB is Setup install Emulators
- Add ROMs to the proper Emulator folders
- Rock it old school