The Wii Homebrew Channel
A new Wii game can cost anywhere from $30 to $60 dollars, or a slightly cheaper price of $5 to $10 for a Virtual Console title from the Wii Store. Instead of paying for new content for the console, I get the most out of my Wii with Homebrew applications within the Homebrew Channel. The Homebrew Channel may be seen as a way to illegally play burned Wii games, but there are plenty of legal games and software made for free.
The Homebrew Channel is a free Wii channel. The installation through the SD card slot can be somewhat complicated, but a full guide is available from the ultimate Homebrew resource at Wii Brew. Some websites charge for information, but this is a scam and Homebrew does truly allow you to Wii for Free.
The channel is set up on the SD card and includes an “Apps” folder that all of the games are stored into. You can download the games directly to the SD card from your computer and Wii Brew, or use the Homebrew Browser.
Much like the “Wii Shop Channel” the Homebrew Browser is the easiest way to find games right in your living room. Games are categorized by name, popularity, or upload date. Click a game title, choose the “Download” icon, and wait for it to complete to play.
Free Game Highlights
Super Mario War Wii – Basically a 2D version of Super Smash Bros., the game uses graphics from Super Mario World and Super Mario Bros. 3. The goal of the game is to bop your opponents on the head before they get you. The first player to reach a set score wins. The game has over 100 levels with different designs and backdrops.
Doom – Relive the glory days of blasting the evil monsters, but this time the Wii remote acts as the gun. Along with Doom, find free Wii versions of Wolfenstein 3D and Quake. These games play best with a Wii gun attachment.
Guitars on Fire – Instead of shelling out money for every new release of Rock Band or other music games, play the constantly updated Guitars on Fire. The game features a 3D band that plays along with Frets on Fire Songs. Download new songs, place them in the “Songs” folder and rock out to your favorites. The game is compatible with most Wii guitar controllers.
WiiOperation – Why worry about losing the plastic piece, dead batteries, and the annoying buzz when you can play Operation for free on your Wii. Instead of a standard board, the game features multiple levels with different body part locations. Choose the “Custom Level Design” to create your own Operation levels.
Kids Paint – Turn your television into an empty canvas with Kids Paint. This game has provided hours of fun with games like Pictionary, Hangman, and general drawing. Choose from different brush types, sizes, and a large selection of colors. This game kept the kids from coloring on the walls and instead made them think they were doodling on the TV.