I loved our Nintendo Wii. There hasn’t been a gadget like it which has captured our family as much as it did. When we were newlyweds there were multiple hours spent bowling and playing archery with the in-laws. But over the course of the last 13 years the old console has gradually been replaced by other things. About a year ago I took it out of storage, dusted it off, and set it back up. Our 6 year old fell in love with it. So much so that we made the decision to get him a Nintendo Switch for Christmas.
Since Christmas the Wii has been sitting neglected again. The other day though for some reason or another our 4 year old and I started bowling. And had a blast. Looking through all the different applications we had installed on it though I soon found out that: Netflix doesn’t work on it anymore, Amazon doesn’t work on it anymore, HULU doesn’t work on it anymore, the Wii Shop doesn’t work on it anymore. In fact nothing much of anything worked.
So much didn’t work that I started to wonder whether it was worth keeping around. But man, my four year old loved that bowling game…
Enter The Wii HomeBrew Channel. Leave it to me to wait 5 years past the heyday of something to first learn about it. In short the Homebrew Channel allows you to do some things with your Wii that weren’t supported by Nintendo. But now that Nintendo isn’t supporting the Wii anymore, who cares? One of the things it will allow you to do is to install emulators that mimic old consoles and computers.
I just finished following the instructions on how to install the channel (which were surprisingly easy) and I’ve installed a couple of emulators. I installed a Super Nintendo emulator in order to introduce my kids to the original Mario titles. I also installed a SEGA Genesis emulator to show the boys were Sonic came from. I wish the installation of these emulators went as easily as the channel did, but after some detective work I was able to get them both up and running.
One thing I wish I had for this setup is a wireless Gamecube controller. Maybe eBay has something that’ll work.