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The Homebrew Channel: Now With Less Beta!

December 8th, 2008 by marcan · 67 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The Homebrew Channel, version 1.0.

Okay, so it’s really just another name for beta10. Getting into double-digit betas sounds kind of lame, and we don’t want to sound too much like google, so we’re calling it 1.0. After all, many bugfixes have come and this thing is pretty stable and feature-complete by now.

Want it? Here it is.

As I promised, we’ve listened to your requests for beta10. I didn’t promise we’d actually do anything about them, but at least we’ve taken care of some of them. Most easy additions have been added, and several bugs have been fixed. Although this release may not have USB support or themeing (boo!), things like Classic Controller and multiple-wiimote support should make your HBC experience just a bit nicer. Or at least I hope so, because I don’t think we’re going to be ready for another release for a while, and there’s other stuff to do (25C3, anyone?).

The Almighty Changelog:

  • meta.xml now handles all ISO-8859-1 characters properly (you can use either UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1 encoding, but UTF-8 is restricted to the ISO subset)
  • Wiimote power button support (shutdown)
  • Wiimote rumble honors system setting
  • Fixed some crash bugs
  • Fix meta.xml UNIX style newline regression
  • All wiimotes work now, not just the first one (only one can point at a time though)
  • Classic Controller support
  • Nunchuk support (scroll only, using the stick)
  • Guitar Hero 3 guitar support
  • Left and right change pages too
  • Hit 1 on Wiimote to retry the network connection (like clicking on the network icon or Z on the GC pad)
  • Added information to the installer
  • Fixed some networking issues with networking disabled (and possibly other bugs)
  • Pushed in some text to avoid overscan crop
  • Widened video width to match system menu (“black bars” fix)
  • B returns from app screen (unless scrolling with B-hold)
  • Try to initialize network earlier (slight speedup)
  • Retry network initialization a few times
  • Fix a networking issue (libogc problem)
  • Reload stub now identifies itself (magic number, for future use)
  • Support broken HTTP proxies in update check
  • Show IOS revision in main menu
  • () -> * (Hint: old-school Wiimote support needed what? Try it both ways.)
  • Enjoy!

Tags: Wii

67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bob // Dec 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    @marcan: yeah, you’re right. I changed the setting to 4:3 mode and it is exactly the same; the wii menu doesn’t reach the edges of the screen in that mode either. So… no chance you’ll be adding 16:9 mode?

  • 2 brunetteredhead // Dec 9, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I found a minor bug I thought I would let you guys know about. If you are on an even number page and you select any entry with the Classic Controller and hit ‘a’ to enter the program summary and then hit the ‘b’ button to exit out of it, then the channel icons will jump up the screen to where only half are visible. As far as I can tell, this only happens when hitting the ‘b’ button and not by clicking the back option.

    Thanks for the great release! Classic controller support is amazing, and a functional power button makes life easier after the long sessions I put into Link’s Awakening the past few days ; )

  • 3 Deozaan // Dec 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the update Team Twiizers! I love the Wii but to be honest, I haven’t really played a retail game for a few months now. But the homebrew scene is what keeps me going on the Wii as I wait for more games I’m interested in buying.

  • 4 GoldenAlchemist // Dec 9, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    All hail Team Twiizers!

    New HBC is awesome.

  • 5 ChuckBartowski // Dec 9, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I dont know if this was in the versions before, but did anyone notice that the bubbles in the background pop into smaller ones when you go over them with a wiimote? Just thought id mention it.

  • 6 goofster1020 // Dec 9, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    All hail the mighty Twiizers!

  • 7 marcan // Dec 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm


    Not really. HBC wasn’t engineered with 16:9 support in mind.

  • 8 r1cola // Dec 9, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    marcan: do you have numbers for how many ppl have downloaded from the auto-update feature?

    i wonder because this would shed some light on how many users there are for homebrew on the wii, as it would be more accurate than any regualr download from web sites of the files…

    just curious

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  • 10 JoycieC // Dec 10, 2008 at 6:17 am

    The bubbles pop, yes, and there’s also a bubble GAME! (But you’ll have to find that yourself)

    I love the Bubble game, so far my score is 114210

    I’ll see how high I can get it before getting bored 😛

    Great Job guys, loving the HBC.

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  • 12 pimpsahoy // Dec 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I’m one of those with a wired connection, and I moved my wii to another room to steal my neighbor’s wireless connection just for this update. I switched my settings and connect in the HBC, but I’m not being prompted to update to 1.0.1.

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  • 16 metroid maniac // Dec 27, 2008 at 3:21 am

    my “Retro Wireless” controller by datel doesn’t work with 1.0 or 1.0.1. is has a code on a sticker that says DUS0260. please fix!

  • 17 rico // Jan 2, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I am so excited about this channel, but, like so many other wii owners I missed this free opera browser offered by Nintendo. May I request please to develop a counterpart internet browser? Many would be very grateful, thanks a lot and more power to you all.

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