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Rise of the Dead

November 24th, 2008 by marcan · 70 Comments

So I said that the Twilight Hack was gone and probably wouldn’t be coming back.

Good thing I left that probably in there.

Yes, they screwed up the anti-Twilight Hack check. Again.

There’s not much point in us publishing a detailed explanation on where the problems are this time around. It comes down to nothing remarkable anyway – just more stupid, silly bugs. They fixed some and added more. We didn’t look much this time because we thought that, well, they really couldn’t have screwed it up this time, could they? As it turns out, you didn’t even have to look at the code to figure out that something was wrong. Someone tried to copy the Twilight Hack out of a 3.3 Wii and into a 3.4 Wii. Go ahead, try it. It doesn’t quite work (it crashes the game when used), but the save copies. Oops. Props to Krusty for pointing this out.

Will this finally be the last release of the Twilight Hack? Will Nintendo finally manage to beat it into the ground? Third time’s the charm, maybe? We don’t know.

Enjoy: Twilight Hack v0.1-beta2 (special 3.4 edition)

Notes: This is for 3.4 ONLY. 3.3 and earlier users should continue with the v0.1-beta1 Twilight Hack. The hacked savefile will be deleted on every boot, so you should copy it, run Zelda, and immediately install HBC, as the hack will be gone once you go back to the System Menu (and then you’ll have to copy it again to use it again). JAP and PAL are untested but ought to work.

Also, this in no way implies that updating is a good idea. It’s not. Don’t do it.

Tags: Wii

70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HyperHacker // Nov 26, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Pardon me for going off topic, but I was thinking about the HBC’s update system. I imagine it just downloads and runs a (hopefully) signed executable? Why not use this method to install patched versions of Nintendo’s updates as they come out? Then there wouldn’t be all this screwing around with “acquire a copy of foo, run this and do this and that and this” to get around the updates; they’d just be installed automatically like official ones.

  • 2 Nekokabu // Nov 27, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Japanese Version are not work:(

  • 3 ghost_zero // Nov 27, 2008 at 3:35 am

    But from what I read Gecko OS itself should still work to let you play region-free. However, Rebooter shouldn’t work anymore.

  • 4 HCK // Nov 27, 2008 at 5:08 am

    They modified the license so that they can force updates on your console, and you can’ t install anything on your NAND flash.

  • 5 Spoom // Nov 27, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    @ chuckthetekkie: I’m pretty sure boot0 and boot1 are in non-writeable memory, so Nintendo couldn’t fix them if they wanted to.

  • 6 mikeejr08 // Nov 28, 2008 at 9:17 am

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    hi,i accidentally updated my usa wii to 3.4u. & wanted to install hbc channel on it so i could downgrade it. i was able to get the new version twilight hack yesterday for 3.4 users,i was able to load the twilight hack save file on the game & after talking to the guy it freezes then words came out asking me if i want to install HBC channel so i pressed yes..then i thought everything was fine but these words came out..”you have wii system menu 385 (V24 usa) & the HBC channel has only been tested on wii system menu 290 (V18) & below. proceed at your own risk” i still tried to install it but it said that installation failed. any ideas how i can install HBC on it? thanks in advance!

  • 7 lanjoe9 // Nov 28, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Well, for starters to get the HBC in, you need to be able to run homebrew code. And to be able to run homebrew code, you need to hack the console.

    That’s what the Twilight Hack does: it lets you run homebrew code, therefore letting you install the HBC. Once the HBC is in, you can run all the homebrew apps you like from it without having to use the Twilight Hack over and over again.

    And modifying official patches may not be as easy as you make it sound…. if done carelessly they could pretty much brick your wii.. but it’s being done, to a certain extend. I suggest you give http://wiibrew.org/ a good read – AFAIK both the mii channel updater and the store channel updater work in the way you describe.

  • 8 comex // Nov 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    HyperHacker’s idea is not bad…

    @sanderevers: The two most recent updates haven’t done much but disable homebrew. If you keep that up you /will/ find the HBC disabled sooner or later. Just saying.

  • 9 aladdin_sane // Nov 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I’m using HBC without the Twilight Hack; does the 3.4 update bugger HBC?? Just curious. Have been on 3.2J for a while, and not bothered to update, and would like to become un-semi-bricked. Would like to play WaW!!

  • 10 Dykam // Dec 1, 2008 at 12:49 am

    How nice… why does almost every big software creator make a mess of some stuff…

    Ah, I don’t mind, as long as homebrew will continue to work and piracy is banned.

  • 11 HyperHacker // Dec 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    @lanjoe9: I know how it works, the point is once you had HBC installed, any time a new update came out, you could just start HBC and have the safe version installed automatically.

    @Spoom: It can’t be fixed, but newly-produced Wiis can have a fixed version.

  • 12 spyro25 // Dec 3, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    will bootmii be done before xmas? i really dont wanna have to buy another wii for my kid…………. i’m praying every day that you guys will get it complete – you will be my savior!

  • 13 mandude // Dec 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    nice work on this guys!

  • 14 sweepy16 // Dec 4, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Help!! When i try and load up home brew channel through new twilight hack it keeps saying Elf file not found??? What am i doing wrong? Im loading beta 9 with boot.dol??

    Hope someone can help me.

  • 15 E_Marco99_T // Dec 7, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Hey guys
    Do y’all think updating the dvdx so it could work on the v. 3.4 ?

    thanks y’all are doing a great job

  • 16 // Dec 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Help please. I have bought Wii last week, didn’t know anything about Homebrew, updated the system. Now I have Zelda game (RZDP-02-0 JPN version) and I have downloaded the latest twilight hack.. I managed to copy european savegame to wii system memory, but when I start loading the hack, I get an error: es_addticket failed: -2011. Anybody has any clues? Tnx!! Note: no other version of the hack can be copied to system memory. Can the trick be in the Country setting? Current setting is Austria.

  • 17 ASLO // Dec 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Twilight seems gone to me, suggestions?

    I just learned of all this, and unfortunately recently upgraded to 3.4
    I followed the directions explicitly, used the new beta 2, all went well until Homebrew began to install, then i got an error something like ..
    addticket failed -2011?
    card was formatted correctly and i used the right file, it started to install. Any suggestions ?


  • 18 xdredskater0x // Dec 31, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    OMFG!!!! Thankx U so much!! i love u NINTENDO for leaving ANOTHER F***ing BUG!! AGAIN! hahahahahahaHAH!

  • 19 engteach // Jan 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Tried loading Homebrew Beta 7 but having some problems like some people here. I keep getting an error message:

    AddTicket Failed: -2011.

    Korean Wii, 3.3K with D2C2 and Wiikey 2.

    Thanks for any help with this.

  • 20 metroid maniac // Jan 25, 2009 at 1:19 am


    you need beta 9 or above. don’t think the
    modchip matters. i’d use 1.0.1. by the sounds of it you have 3.3v2 which blocks HBC beta 8 and below

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