Turn Your Wii into a DOS Gaming Machine | Nostalgia Nerd


[intro sounds – ZX Spectrum style] The Nintendo Wii. A console which introduced so many people
to the concept of casual gaming. Released in 2006 it went on to sell over 100
million machines. BUT. Here in 2019, we can do something much better
than play casual games. We can play DOS games. In fact we can play many systems on this little
bit of hardware. So let’s have a look shall we? [lounge music intensifies] [Wii advert music] The Wii, a machine which both introduced and
changed gaming for many people. Of course, for many other people, it meant
nothing what-so-ever, other than a marked success for Nintendo, who tend to have a hit
and miss approach in terms of console sales. Well, in a relative sense at least. But the Wii, was different, it stood apart
from the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 by focusing on quirky, fun and social mechanics, rather
than a more serious, graphically impressive approach. I bought one at the time, and I had many hours
of enjoyment with it. However, the chances of me revisiting those
motion control titles in the future feels slimmer, compared with classics of the past. Although even now, playing Tennis is still
pretty fun. [air swiping sounds] [crowd cheers] “40-30” But I have other ideas for this machine. Rather than buying a load of cheap Wii games,
I thought I’d hack this little beauty. We all know it’s hackable, people have been
doing it for years, but I want to turn this little box into a pure DOS device. One that I can plug in and start playing those
late 80s and early 90s classics straight away, So let’s get to it. [melodic beats] Here’s what we’ll need; 1 Internet ready PC
1 Nintendo Wii 1 standard controller, along with it’s sensor
bar 1 old school SD Card, preferably 2GB
1 USB Keyboard, Wireless or not, it doesn’t matter So first up connect up the Wii. If you only have the standard composite leads,
that’s fine, but I recommend either grabbing a component cable or one of these Wii2HDMI
converters. You can get one for about £10, and they’ll
let you get a decent picture from your HDTV using the Wii’s 480p option. I mean, PAL already has a higher resolution
than that, sure, but at least we’ll be using progressive scan rather than interlaced. Also, remember to set your console for the
correct screen ratio, whether you’re going old school, or using of of those widescreen
things. This Wii has been reset to factory settings,
which you may or may not want to do, but in any case, connect it up to your WiFi (or ethernet
cable if you have an adaptor) and make sure the latest firmware is installed. It’ll be version 4.3 released way back in
2010, and will have a letter afterwards depending on your region. As I’m in Europe, mine is 4.3E. If not, go
to the Wii System Update. With that done, find the Mac address of your
console. It’s under Internet, console information. Either note this down or leave it on the screen. Now take your SD card and place it in your
PC. Format it if necessary. Don’t format your hard drive though, you absolute
melon. Head over to please.hackmii.com, enter your
console’s MAC address, and click “cut the red wire”, save the file to your SD card. Now navigate to the SD card and unzip the
file where it stands, so you have something like this. Right time to letter bomb your console. [lounge music leads the way] Put the SD card in the Wii, fire it up and
Noooooo, don’t get carried away making a Mii. IT DOESN’T MATTER DAMN IT. Look, you can tell this is 2006. Gender?! It’s a thing of the past Nintendo! [humming whilst working] Oh, yeah, right, sorry. Instead, check your messages from the current
week until you find one which looks like this. Ahhhh, yes, there it is. If you can’t find it, then it’s likely your
Wii date and time isn’t set properly. You’ll have to navigate to the current week
to find your elusive bomb. Right, let’s blow this thing wide open. ohhhh yes. That’s it After some boot text, we get this warning. It’ll stay there for a few minutes, so be
patient. Make sure you take in all this warning has
to offer. Alright! Jokes over. Let’s move on. Then we get here. Click Continue. Navigate up to Install the Homebrew Channel. Select Yes, continue, wait a bit, click Continue,
then on this menu goto BootMii…. goto Install BootMii as IOS, click Yes, to continue, then
Yes to Install BootMii/IOS Now. Excellent. Now Return to the main menu, Exit and BOOM,
you’ve just installed the Homebrew channel on your Wii, which will open up the gates
to many, many wondrous applications and games. Marvellous stuff. Pat yourself on the back, grab a cup of tea
and have a nap. Then come back here when you’re ready. [hot water pouring] [the delightful tap of a teaspoon] [milk pouring in a stream of delight] [squeezing sounds] *clunk* -these are the sounds of a correctly made cup of tea Ahhhhhhh [blues music leads us in] Good to see you back. I hope you’re well rested, because we’ve got a bit more to do. As you can see, there’s nothing on the Homebrew
channel yet. Our next task is to fit this place out. So, turn off your Wii, grab the SD card and
scoot back to your PC for the real work to begin. Right, delete all this crap from the SD card,
and head over to this web page. Here we’re looking to download Priiloader… you see what they did there? Priiii?….. *chuckles* Now Priiloader does a few things; for one,
it allows you to recover your Wii if you manage to brick it along the way. Secondly, it allows us to control what happens
when the console is turned on, which will allow us to get rid of that bloody Wii menu. Unzip that onto the SD card’s root directory,
and you should hopefully see it puts itself inside an apps folder. This is the folder the Homebrew channel will
look for when loading up. We’ll also need the Homebrew Browser from
wiibrew.org. Extract that into the SD root and then move
the “homebrew_browser” directory into the apps folder. Next up grab the Multi Mod Manager from Hacksden.com
and extract it to the SD root. That should place the folder MMM directly
in apps. Finally, we need something called a Forwarder. I’ll explain what this is in a bit, but grab
this one from Mediafire and extract it in the root directory of the SD card. This one doesn’t need to go in the apps directory. [bossa music lead in…. nice] Right, remove your SD card, pop it back in
the Wii and let’s go again. When the Wii boots up, select the new Homebrew
channel and you should see this screen, or something similar. You should have the Homebrew Browser showing
at this stage as well, but I did mine in a less efficient manner, so just ignore the
discrepancy. Anyway, select Priiloader, and once the text
has loaded press the plus button to install it. That shouldn’t take long and then we can dive
into the Homebrew Browser. Now here, you’ll find many an app you can
use with the Homebrew channel, including quite a few emulators for various machines. You can of course get carried away here and
download as many as you wish, but let’s not forget the goal of turning this into a DOS
machine. You can always come back and fiddle about
with these other systems later. So find DOSBox Wii, select it, and make sure
it’s the one by Tantric & Carl, Version 1.7. If not then look through the menu for another
DosBox install. Once you’d found it, click Download, then
sit back and wait. All being well in a few minutes the job is
done and you’re now the proud keeper of a Wii DOSBox Port. Exit the browser, and go back to the Homebrew
menu, then proceed to start up the Multi Mod Manager. From the menu scroll down to WAD manager (not to be confused with a Doom Wad file – they’re very different) and
select the DOSBOX.WAD you extracted earlier onto the SD Card. Press A to confirm, wait a few seconds and
then prepare for the magic to commence. Turn your Wii off, and then turn it back on,
BUT this time, hold down the Reset button before powering it back up. Keep Reset held down until you are presented
with this. Welcome to the Priiloader menu, which allows
you to do all kinds of wicked and subverted things with your poor little innocent Nintendo
console. [futuristic music lead in] From here, it’s worth knowing that you can
boot back to the System Menu whenever you like by selecting System Menu. There you’ll see our newly installed DOSBox
Forwarder. That’s all a Forwarder really is, a direct
path to anything installed within the Homebrew Channel. If you want Forwarders for other emulators,
then you’ll need to download and install them separately. It’s really an optional install, but it makes things a bit smoother. So, from the Priiloader menu, goto Load/Install
file and select DOSBox Wii Return to the main menu and head to Settings, from here
change the Autoboot from the System Menu to Installed File. Save the settings, reset your Wii and BOOM,
now we have a Wii console which boots straight into DOS. Well, DOSBox at least. It’s close enough. From this point, you might want to plug in
a USB Keyboard. If you’ve got one of those fancy Wii ones,
that should work, otherwise any wired, or even wireless keyboard should hook you up…if
you won’t excuse the pun. Now if you’re familiar with DOS, then it should
be easy sailing from here on out, if not then pay attention. DOSBox automatically maps the C: drive to
a DOSBox folder in your SD card root directory, so let’s install something to use on this
machine. So, I’m going to setup a few directories. One called Games, one called Setups, one called
Menu and one called Utilities. Any games which you have or may own or have
downloaded from abandonware sites, can either be put in the setups directory if they need
installing or the games directory if they are ready to run. I’m also going to put some other utilities,
such as a virtual aquarium in the Utilities directory, because, I enjoy virtual aquariums. Especially the really really bad ones. Get all the stuff you need, head back over
to your Wii, and fire the baby up. From here, you can navigate to the Setups
directory and install whatever games you need to. If you use the cd command to navigate to the
relevant folder, most games can be installed by simply typing “install”, others “setup”,
some you might find are already ready to run. Some might not work, and some might insist
you install to the drive’s root directory, but that’s fine, it doesn’t really matter. If you can’t find the file you’re looking
for to execute or install the game, try typing dir *.bat, dir *.exe or dir *.com, this will
reveal any files which can be run by typing their file name. [Pounding & fantastical Golden Axe music] Once that’s done, if you want to do any tidying
up you can do it back on your PC. [Gentle piano music begins] Put any games which are ready to go in the
Games directory – unless you’ve specifically installed them elsewhere – and then sit back
and marvel at the tidyess of your directory listings. Well done. Now, let’s put that Menu directory to work. Because what would really make this a nicer
experience, is an auto-booting menu to run everything from. There are various ones still available for
download, but this one is called Moo. Download the file and extract it into the
Menu directory. It should look something like this. We then need back to go to the DOSBox directory
and edit the DOSBox.conf file. Back in the good old’days, a Batch file called
autoexec.bat would boot every time you started DOS. With DOSBox that file is integrated with the
configuration file, right at the bottom. Here we’ll need to add a few commands. @echo off tells DOS not to display anything
whilst loading c: changes the current drive to the C drive. cd menu puts us in the Menu directory
and Moo.bat boots up the menu program. Save that. Take out the SD card, and return to the Wii. This time on booting, you should be presented
with something like this. Now, this is actually a previous menu someone
has setup. I love stuff like this, it’s like uncovering
a set of documents from a lost age. A image, un-eroded by time of a DOS setup
sometime, probably, in the 90s. Beautiful. THIS is 10X better than Oak Island (and cheaper). Initially I thought that someone named Harry
just owned & customised this program, but a light bit of digging revealed he was actually
a professor at Loyola University and had written it himself in the mid 90s, so that’s nice,
and that light bit of history convinced me to stick with it. Oh, and the fact it makes these tremendous
sounds. [ZX Spectrum style bleeps, of decreasing pitch] [ZX Spectrum style bleeps, of increasing pitch] It also has a built in screen saver if you
weren’t already sold, check out those DOS smiley faces. If you never made your own QBasic program
with that character as the main protagonist, then you’ve never lived…. Regardless, I’m sure Harry didn’t expect his
menu to be used for this some 25 years down the line. Obviously I can’t access any of his programs
from here. They’re from his computer, whenever he made
this menu, so we’ll need to customise it. So, first press ALT then F to bring up the
File menu. Select N for New menu Next go back to the File Menu and select C
to Create menu automatically. Now it helps if you know the names of the
executable you want to include here, because the menu will simply search through your directories
and find every executable. You can choose to all them all, or just go
one by one. Once everything is added in, you’ll no doubt
have some erroneous entries. You can press Alt-E and then M to modify these
ones out, as well as changing the titles of the executables you do want to keep, to make
them slightly more user friendly. Once you’re done. You should have something that looks like
this. Goto the File menu and save your new creation. Then pop your SD card back in the PC and change
the name of your saved menu to MAINMENU.MOO. You can delete the original one. Now your menu is the default menu and whenever
you start your Wii up, you’ll be greeted with this splendid opening arrangement. You can navigate this using the keyboard OR the Wii remote as a mouse. But that’s a bit more tricky From here on out, the best thing to do is
run your software. Some games you might find run better than
others, and there are things you can tweak in the DOSBox configuration file to help where
necessary. There are some games and programs which won’t
work at all, and although not comprehensive, there’s a link to a list of working titles
in the description. But other than that, everything is pretty
much the same as a normal DOSBox install. You can increase and decrease your processor
cycle speed by using CTRL-F12 or CTRL-F11 respectively, which may help you to get things
working on the fly, but you might find that anything past the mid 90s is a bit slow. Doom for example, has issues, you can improve
things by setting a frame skip in the DOS Box configuration & lowering graphical detail, but ultimately this isn’t
the best solution for hardware intensive games, and you definitely won’t be running 3dfx compatible
titles here. Still, you should be able to have a bucket
load of fun with 80s and early 90s games. Including the game I’m currently streaming
on Twitch – Star Trek Judgement Rites. Although it’s questionable whether you want
to muddle your way through that or not. [bridge sounds] The Wii remote can be used to emulate the
mouse in most instances, which is actually quite refreshing, and you can even plug in
a controller for games with joystick control, although I did have some issues with this
wireless gamecube controller… oh and I definitely don’t recommend the mouse emulation for games
such as Wolfenstein 3D. *Halt!* [Gunshots] Ahhhh, DOS, what a thing though. A timeless peer back into a timeless age, and a chance
to play the games which started to make DOS such a great gaming platform. Oh and lets not forget, you can always load
up an Aquarium once you’re finished to sooth yourself to sleep. You could even run Windows 3.1. But I’m not going there….. Not yet anyway. That’s a job, for another day. Perhaps another life. [music becomes louder] Thanks for watching, have a great evening. [Jazz music fades out]

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