How to install Homebrew Channel on your Wii U and Wii


This guide is made to explain how extremely easy it is to install Homebrew Channel for owners of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Therefore this article won’t be given a real introduction.

You’ll need:

  • 1 Wii U and/or Wii.
  • A PC or laptop with an SD card slot.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (PAL or South Korea).
  • 2 SD cards, that are not SDHC or SDXC⁽¹⁾. The second SD card (SD card B) should not have a folder there called “private” already.
  • Faith in people who upload files on OneDrive.
  1. Own a European or South Korean version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, most preferably on disc.
  2. Update your Wii / Wii U to their newest versions. No, really. It’ll activate many functions that will be convenient for homebrew apps.
  3. Start up Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  4. Go to Stage Builder, and move all stages you have saved to the console memory (including the default example stages there) to SD card A.
  5. Go back to Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s main menu.
  6. On your PC, open this OneDrive folder in your web browser, and download the “private” folder and the boot.elf file to SD card B, as-is, to the root folder.
  7. Take SD card A out of your Wii, and insert SD card B instead.
  8. Go to Stage Builder again.
  9. You will now be treated to a few seconds of command lines, and 30 seconds of a scam warning. You (hopefully!) did not pay a single cent to download the above OneDrive files, so therefore you can feel at ease with this.
  10. If you’re on a Wii, install both Homebrew Channel and Bootmii. If you’re on a Wii U, install only Homebrew Channel.
  11. Go back to the system menu after the installations are completed.
  12. You’re finished!

What now?

Now you need to find apps to install, which you can then copy to any SD card (or USB stick) you want, and then run from Homebrew Channel. I’ve listed a few of them here, since I’ve had good use for them and can testify that they’ve worked as intended on their consoles. These should be found in the Homebrew apps folder.

If you have a Wii U:

  • CleanRip — Make backups of your disc games, so you can play them in Dolphin.
  • WiiMC Channel Installer — A simple media center that can play various files from USB sticks, SD cards and DVD-ROMs.
  • Wiibration — ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Unfortunately does not support Wii Remote Plus models, and the userguide is in French.

If you have a Wii, you can use all of the above, as well as some more and deeper tools:

  • GCMM — So you can copy your GameCube savefiles to an SD card, to back them up and to use them in Dolphin.
  • Savegame Extractor — Makes it possible to copy protected save files to your SD card, such as for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii.
  • Homebrew Browser — A Wii-based download repository, for people who are uncomfortable with downloading apps onto their PCs.
  • Offline Network Enabler — Makes it possible for homebrew apps to use local LAN connections, even when the Wii isn’t connected to the Internet.

The various app folders need to be placed in a specific folder in the SD card’s root, that must be called “apps”⁽²⁾. Only then can Homebrew Channel detect their existence.

If you desire more apps than those, there’s a large amount of them out there that you can also (try to) use. Therefore, the sky is the limit. Have a great time with it!

⁽¹⁾ = If you have no custom or example stages whatsoever, neither on your Brawl savefile nor on your SD card of choice, then you can suffice with only 1 SD card, and can skip Step 4 and Step 5.

⁽²⁾ = For instance, the (Windows) filepath to the CleanRip program file should and must be [SD card]:\apps\CleanRip\boot.dol. The CleanRip folder can be renamed if you want to, and the text inside the CleanRip XML can be edited, but you can’t rename any of the other components.

How to install Homebrew Channel on your Wii U and Wii

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