Throw a DVD into the Wii and what ends up happening is that the console will ultimately reject it. What gives? The DVD can fit, why won’t it play? Well, it doesn’t have the necessary inner-workings to play them. However, with a few clever tricks and a copy of The Legends of Zelda: Twilight Princess, you can coax your Wii into playing DVDs.

Sure, you could modify the Wii to play DVDs, but why do that when you can get the same results with software? It’s called the Homebrew Channel. With it you can install the MPlayer application, a necessary app that allows for DVD playback. You’ll need a few things to get started.

What You Will Need…

  • A Wii with system version 3.2
  • 2GB SD card using FAT or FAT32
  • SD card reader (if your PC doesn’t have an SD card reader)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (yes, you will need it)
  • Homebrew Channel Twilight hack
  • The Homebrew Channel installed
  • MPlayer app
  • Libdi app

Part 1: Installing the Homebrew Channel

Before you can even think about playing DVDs on your Wii, you need the Homebrew Channel. This handy application gives you access to all kinds of homebrew software.

1. First, insert the SD card into your computer and or SD card reader, then open the SD card’s folder.

2. Download the Twilight Hack, the Homebrew Installer, MPLayer and Libdi. Put them each in separate folders. Start by opening the Homebrew Installer and Twilight Hack folders.

3. In the Twilight Hack folder, there’s a subfolder called “private.” Copy the “private” folder over to your SD card. In the Homebrew Channel Installer folder, there’s a file called “boot.dol.” Copy that over to the SD card.

4. Insert The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Open the Wii Settings and delete any save files you have from the game itself. The hack won’t work with save files ligering. If you want to keep them, save them over to a memory card.

5. Remove any memory cards and pop in the SD card. This time open the contents of the SD card on your Wii. Copy the Twilight Hack over to the Wii and launch the game.

6. When the game starts, you will be asked to choose one of two hacks: TwilightHack0 or TwilightHack2. Select TwilightHack0, first.

7. When the game starts, have Link—that’s who you’re controlling—walk backwards. If the Homebrew Channel Installer screen does not appear, shut the game down and choose TwilightHack2 instead and perform the same move.

8. Follow the on-screen prompt to install the Homebrew Channel. When the Wii home screen appears again, it’s finished.

Part 2: Installing MPlayer

Now that the Homebrew Channel has been installed, it’s time for the MPlayer itself.

1. Remove the SD card from your Wii and insert it back into your PC. Open the SD card and create a new folder. Name it “Apps.”

2. Copy MPlayer over to the “Apps” folder within the SD card.

3. Copy the “Di” folder over to the “Apps” folder within the SD card.

4. In the “Di” folder, you’ll see a file called “installer.dol.” Rename it “boot.dol.”

5. Remove the SD card and pop it back into your Wii. While you’re at it, you can remove The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as well.

6. From the Wii menu, choose the Homebrew Channel application. When given the opportunity, choose the “boot.dol” app.

7. When the installer screen appears, pick Normal Install. When it’s complete, you can close the installer. You’ve successfully installed MPlayer!

8. Now, go back to the Wii menu and open the Homebrew Channel app again. This time you’ll see MPlayer as an option. Go ahead and load it up.

9. Pop a DVD into your Wii and enjoy.

Bottom Line

As you can see, getting a Wii to play DVDs isn’t necessarily hard, but it is a bit tedious. Not to mention needing a game to install the Homebrew Channel. All in all, when you account for everything—playing DVDs on a Wii really isn’t all that worth it.

If you had to buy The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and an SD card, you’ll probably spend the same amount you would on a dedicated DVD player. With that said, MPlayer isn’t the only application available on the Homebrew Channel; there’s more to it than that. It’s something to consider: a dedicated DVD player or homebrew software.