Launch the Hackmii Installer (or launch other homebrew without HBC)
This is the first thing you will do when hacking your Wii. It is also needed if you somehow deleted your HBC. There are many methods described on this page and the one you should use depends on what you have done previously. Click the scenario that describes your setup to find out what methods are available. Names of the actual hack you will be using are in parentheses after each description.
There is currently a new method that works on all 4.3 Wiis which doesn't need particular games called LetterBomb. Find it below in the 4.3 Wii section.
What you need to know
The installation method used may differ depending on your Wii's firmware version. To find your Wii's firmware version, go to the Wii's Settings Menu and look in the top right. It should be listed as something like "4.2U". In this case, 4.2 is your firmware version and the U represents the US region. Other regions are E for Europe and other PAL regions, J for Japan and K for Korea.
Now, pick the method which describes your setup. Note that if this is your first install of homebrew, you should skip to the methods starting with "None of the above apply".
I still have a working Homebrew Channel (HBC)
I don't have the HBC, but I still have a working forwarder channel (forwarder)
I don't have the HBC, but I still have a working BootMii installed into boot2 (BootMii)
None of the above apply and I have a Wii on firmware 4.1 or less from any region (BannerBomb)
None of the above apply and I have a Wii on firmware 4.2 from any region (BannerBomb)
None of the above apply and I have a Wii on firmware 4.3 from any region (LetterBomb)
Alternate 4.3 and beyond techniques
The following techniques will work on any Wii of firmware 4.3 or below and will probably work in future firmwares too. They all require specific games to be bought or rented from the region of your Wii. The following table summarises which games with hacks are available in which regions.
|Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Wheelie Breakers||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|