After acquiring my first DriveKey-powered "try before you buy" Wii game via torrent (and having a little fun fighting the Joker's minions off while occasionally blowing Robin into his component bricks with a well-placed BatBomb), I decided tonight to do a little more hacking. Thanks, CanadaMods.ca!
So, with the wife out watching some chick-flick w/ a friend, I got to spend a few hours playing with the HomeBrew Channel on my Wii. Very cool stuff available, from game emulators & ports, to new games, media players, and utilities. Complete list here.
To set up the HomeBrew Channel, follow these steps, including installation of the DVDx application so your Wii can play video DVDs.
Then, install the HomeBrew Browser, and grab some more software. After numerous tests, crashes, and reboots, I found that the best three options for playing video are these, all available through the HomeBrew Browser or via manual download from wiibrew.org.
Here's what I tested:
|App||2G SD card w/ .mp3||Bus-powered 2.5" 500G USB drive w/ .avi||DVD-R w/ .avi||DVD-R Video DVD (burned w/ growisofs from dl'd .avi torrent) ||Video DVD (original, possibly DVD-DL? or DVD+R)|
|GeeXboX (embedded linux)||Y||Y||N||N||N|