How To Play Imported Wii Games

August 6, 2009

I decided to post this because I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people who have been wanting to play imported games (or games released outside of their region).  To do this, first ensure that you have gone completely over my softmodding guide.  Once you’ve done that, you can proceed on.

  1. Boot your Wii into Preloader like you did earlier by putting one finger on the reset button and holding it down.  While it is held down, take your other finger and press the power button, only letting go of the reset button whenever Preloader appears.
  2. Go into “Systemmenu Hacks” and ensure that “Skip disc update check” is still enabled.  This will ensure that foreign game updates don’t brick your system.
  3. You will see about seven settings that start with the words “Region free” such as “Region free Wii discs” or “Region free Wii games”, etc.  Enable all of them.
  4. Go down to Save Settings and press A to save your modifications.  Now press B, go up, and then enter in to the system menu.
  5. Your Wii will now run import games.

Note that after modifying these settings, you may encounter some glitches in your homebrew software that didn’t appear before.  For example, after I did all of this, save states in VBAgx stopped working.  If you have any problems with homebrew software or anything else, just revert the settings until you need to play another import game.

Have fun!

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Complete Wii Softmodding / Hacking Guide, Part 4: The Last Big Hacks

July 27, 2009

Welcome to part four of my Wii hacking guide.  I hope you’ve had success following me so far.  In this part of the guide, we’ll set up our last big hacks, which will be cIOSCORP and Preloader 0.29.  We will also use another SD Pack which will be dependant on what region of the world you live in.  Also, I must again state that this part of the guide is based on larrylje’s guide which can be found on AfterDawn.  Credit goes to him as the source.

Firstly, if you’re just now getting in on this guide, you will need to read parts one, two, and three before doing this part.

The Wii awaits your backup disc.

Okay, let’s pick up right where we left off.  Remove your SD card from your Wii and put it back into your computer.  Reformat it, once again using the FAT32 file system.  Now, you will need to download the second SD Pack, which will be dependant on your region.  If you live in the United States, download the NTSC SD Pack 2.  If you live in Europe, download the PAL SD Pack 2.  If you don’t know whether your country uses NTSC or PAL, a quick Google search will yield the answer.

NTSC SD Pack 2

PAL SD Pack 2

Once the appropriate version has been downloaded, extract the files to your SD card.  Ensure your Wii still has network connectivity.  Also, during these few steps DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR SYSTEM UNLESS I TELL YOU TO.  Now, follow these steps:

  1. Put the SD card back into your Wii.  Turn the system on and launch the Homebrew Channel.
  2. From the Homebrew Channel, load IOS Downgrader.  Follow the instructions on the screen and make sure all files give you an “OK” message.  If for some reason one or more of them doesn’t give you an “OK”, keep running IOS Downgrader until they ALL give the “OK.”  I have never had a failed IOS downgrade using this application, but I’ve heard reports that some people have.
  3. From the Homebrew Channel, load AnyRegionChanger 1.1 M5.  Once you’re in the main menu of this program, go nearly all the way down to “Install System Menu 3.2 (or 3.3 for k)” and select it.
  4. When it asks if you’re sure, click Yes.  After a little while it’ll ask you about Korean Disc Support, click No.  After another short while, it’ll ask you about installing special system menu functions or hooks or tweaks or something along that line, click Yes.
  5. Once that is done, and it will probably be a lengthy process, you will be back on the program’s main menu.  Go down and click on Reboot to System Menu.
  6. You’ll now be back in the Wii’s system menu on firmware 3.2.  Use the official updater to update back to version 4.1.
  7. After you have updated to version 4.1 and your Wii has restarted, launch the Homebrew Channel.
  8. Load WAD Manager.  Use IOS249 for the installer and Wii SD Slot as the device.  Install IOS60Patched.wad.  Now, press Home on the WAD selection menu to get out of WAD Manager.  If it takes you to the Homebrew Channel, press Home and then choose Exit to get back to the System Menu.
  9. You now have to run IOS Downgrader again.  Run it just like you did previously and let it finish.
  10. Now, from the Homebrew Channel launch Preloader .29.
  11. Wait a few seconds and then press 1 to have it install.
  12. The system will now reboot into the Preloader menu.  Go down to Systemmenu Hacks.  On this options screen, find “Skip disc update check” and click it so that it goes from disabled to enabled.  Go down to “save settings” and click that.  Now press the B button (the button on the back of your Wii remote) to go to the previous screen.  Now go down to “settings” and change where it says “auto boot:” to “Systemmenu”.  Then go down to “save settings”, click that, and then press the B button.
  13. Now that you are back on the preloader main menu, go up to where it says “Systemmenu” and press A.  You’ll now be back on your Wii’s familiar systemmenu screen.
  14. Launch the Homebrew Channel and run cIOSCORP Installer.  Let it install what it needs to install.
  15. Back in the Homebrew Channel, load WAD Manager.  Use IOS249 for the installer and the SD card as the device.
  16. Install CIOS60BF.wad.
  17. After it is done, press the Home button to get out of WAD Manager.  Exit the Homebrew Channel to a corrupted System Menu (which we will, of course, fix).

The infamous black screen of death.

The infamous black screen of death. Fortunately, if you've followed the guide here you can easily fix this.

DON’T FREAK OUT when you see the funky looking screen that comes up.  There is nothing to be afraid of!  Your system is not dead, I promise!  Follow these steps to manually launch Preloader and you’ll be finished with this part of the guide:

  1. We’re going to have to manually launch Preloader to fix that corrupted screen, so turn off your system.
  2. Have one of your fingers holding down the Reset button, and then press the Power button with another finger.  Keep holding down the Reset button until Preloader appears.
  3. When Preloader pops up, you can first stop sweating :).  Next, click on “Launch the Homebrew Channel”.  Go to the Preloader .29 installer and install it again just like you did before.
  4. Once it’s done installing, the evil screen should be gone and your Wii should now be 100% hacked and working!  Congrats!

If you have any questions about anything above or something didn’t work out right, just post a comment or catch me on the Live Chat on the right side of the page.  If I’m not online on the Live Chat, I typically respond to comments pretty quickly.

In part five I will provide a third SD Pack crammed with homebrew software that will let you see the capabilities of the hacks you have just installed!  I will also provide links to places where you can download Wii disc images to burn directly to those DVD-R’s that you have prepared.  You can continue to part five by clicking here!