No, this is not going to be a post about playing pirated games on the Wii. But it’s kind of what the Jailbreak does for the iPhone: it allows you to play homebrew software, of which there is quite a lot.
The plan for the new year is to completely re-do our living room technology. Right now, we have a big fat 16:9 tube TV, a Panasonic DVD 5.1 kit, a Nintendo Wii and a digital cable receiver.
The main goal is to go completely digital, i.e. get rid of CDs and DVDs in the living room by moving them onto a hard drive, and to get rid of lots of cables in the process.
The easy part is picking a new TV. Right now I’m looking at a LG 37LC51.
In terms of amp and speakers, I’m thinking of the Yamaha YSP-1000. It got great reviews, and it’s certainly the best way to get rid of cable clutter.
Then it gets difficult. My wife mentions that she’s like to pop in a plain old CD or DVD now and then, which would ruin my hard drive approach. But I guess I could always have a backup DVD drive somewhere.
One way to store media is the Apple TV. As all my MP3 are in iTunes anyway, and I’m a die hard iPod user, this doesn’t sound bad. Then again, it would require me to convert all my DVDs to MP4. I also don’t need the YouTube stuff, as this can be covered through the Wii.
There’s a multitude of multimedia hard drives, i.e. external USB drive enclosures that allow media playback on a TV. One of the more interesting ones is the TViX M-4100SH. It will play just about any kind of media you throw at it, and it can even host a TV module and act as a PVR.
So, that’s the current idea. What does your setup look like. Any other alternatives I should be considering? What about a good remote control?
The Wii comes with the Opera browser, which is great for watching Youtube videos on the TV screen.
I have always wondered why nobody created sites targeted at Wii users, like a video podcast player, for example.
I just found out about the Wii Opera SDK – maybe now we’ll see more Wii specific sites.
“Easily add useful functionality to your games and Web applications for the Wii’s Internet Channel.
* Wii Remote detection – Remote Demo, 2 Player Ship Demo
Receive status Wii Remote buttons, pointer coordinates, sensor bar distance, and Z-axis roll.
* 3D rotations – Cube Demo
Rotate polygons in 3D space then translate them to z-sorted 2D to add that extra dimension to graphics.
* Drawing effects – Ship Demo, Wall Demo, Floor Demo
Draw lines, circles, rectangles, tiles, texture-mapped walls, and more.
* Multiuser Communication
Allow multiple players/users to take part in the same of software.”
It seems the game will be making good use of the Wii remote. I haven’t yet figured out how moving your players and shooting will be done, but maybe that we’ll find out in one of the next videos to be released.