Wii U Permanent Homebrew Channel / Launcher Exploit Tutorial [Haxchi 2.0 Wii U Hack]

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  1. InsaneNutter

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    This tutorial will teach you how to install a permanent Homebrew Channel on your 5.5.1 Wii U. The end result will be you can load the Homebrew Launcher from the Wii U’s home screen, just like any other app or game. The Homebrew Launcher will load first time, every time, unlike the unreliable web browser exploit we have had to use until now.

    Updated 5.5.2 Support (25.08.17):

    My web browser exploit mirror for the Wii U is updated to hopefully detect a 5.5.2 Wii, so now you can follow this tutorial on a 5.5.2 Wii U. Be aware the exploit on 5.5.2 is extremely unreliable, so I would not update to 5.5.2 if you are currently on a lower firmware version. 5.5.2 support is for people who have already updated, there for have no other choice.

    Below - a video showing my Wii U booting from been totally powered off, then loading the Homebrew Launcher directly from the Home Screen (On the System Nand) without any previous hacked applied. This is all thanks to a new hack called Haxchi.




    What you need:

    1. A Wii U on firmware 5.5.1, the region doesn't matter.

    If you are on a firmware lower than 5.5.1, these games should have firmware 5.1.1 on disc:
    • Paper Mario Color Splash
    • Skylanders: Imaginators
    • Just Dance 2017
    • Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure
    • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
    • Cars 3: Driven to Win
    So you can ensure your Wii U is offline and update via disc.

    2. You must have previously followed my Easy Nintendo Wii U Homebrew Channel Hack Guide or be capable of launching the Homebrew Launcher from the Wii U’s web browser.

    3. Own one of the following DS Virtual Console games on the Wii U:


    • Kawashima: Motto Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training [JPN]
    • Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! [USA]
    • Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training [PAL]

    • Catch! Touch! Yoshi! [JPN]
    • Yoshi Touch & Go [USA]
    • Yoshi Touch & Go [PAL]

    • Mario Kart DS [JPN]
    • Mario Kart DS [USA]
    • Mario Kart DS [PAL]

    • New Super Mario Bros. [JPN]
    • New Super Mario Bros. [USA]
    • New Super Mario Bros. [PAL]

    • Yoshi's Island DS [JPN]
    • Yoshi's Island DS [USA]
    • Yoshi's Island DS [PAL]

    • Yawaraka Atama Juku [JPN]
    • Big Brain Academy [USA]
    • Big Brain Academy [PAL]

    • Sawaru: Made in Wario [JPN]
    • WarioWare: Touched! [USA]
    • WarioWare: Touched! [PAL]

    • Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2 [JPN]
    • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time [USA]
    • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time [PAL]

    • Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber [JPN]
    • DK: Jungle Climber [USA]
    • Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber [PAL]

    • Hoshi no Kirby: Sanjou! Dorocche Dan [JPN]
    • Kirby: Squeak Squad [USA]
    • Kirby: Mouse Attack [PAL]

    • Kaitou Wario the Seven [JPN]
    • Wario: Master of Disguise [USA]
    • Wario: Master of Disguise [PAL]

    • Star Fox Command [JPN]
    • Star Fox Command [USA]
    • Star Fox Command [PAL]

    • Touch! Kirby's Magic Paintbrush [JPN]
    • Kirby: Canvas Curse [USA]
    • Kirby: Power Paintbrush [PAL]

    • Zelda no Densetsu: Daichi no Kiteki [JPN]
    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks [USA]
    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks [PAL]

    • Super Mario 64 DS [JPN]
    • Super Mario 64 DS [USA]
    • Super Mario 64 DS [PAL]

    • Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei [JPN]
    • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass [USA]
    • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass [PAL]

    • Atsumete! Kirby [JPN]
    • Kirby Mass Attack [USA]
    • Kirby Mass Attack [PAL]

    • Pokemon Ranger [JPN]
    • Pokemon Ranger [USA]
    • Pokemon Ranger [PAL]

    • Oideyo Doubutsu no Mori [JPN]
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World [USA]
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World [PAL]

    • Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai [JPN]
    • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky [USA]
    • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky [PAL]

    • Pokemon Ranger: Batonnage [JPN]
    • Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia [USA]
    • Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia [PAL]

    • Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki [JPN]
    • Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs [USA]
    • Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs [PAL]

    If you do not own one of the above games you will need to purchase the game of your choice form the Nintendo Eshop. It doesn’t matter which one, each game can be exploited, just be aware you will no longer be able to play the game you choose after following this tutorial.

    4. The game you are going to use above must be installed on to the Wii U's internal memory, not a USB drive.

    Installing the Homebrew Launcher Permanently to the Wii U:

    Preparing the Wii U:

    To install the Homebrew Launcher Permanently to your Wii U we are going to use the Homebrew Launcher to load a homebrew app, which will hack the DS Virtual Console game of your choice. After following this tutorial when you load the DS game you purchased, it will actually load the Homebrew Launcher.

    I have created a zip file containing all the files needed to follow this tutorial.

    Download: Haxchi SD Card Files

    You want to simply extract the contents of this zip file to the root of the SD card, as shown below:

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    Note: The Haxchi Github will always contain the latest haxchi.elf - At this time of writing Haxchi v2.2 is the latest version, which is what I have included in my above SD Card Files download. If a newer version is ever released simply download the haxchi.elf from the github page and copy it to your Wii U's SD card under: wiiu\apps\haxchi

    Once you have the files on your SD Card you are ready to proceed with the hack.


    Installing The Homebrew Launcher:


    Now you have completed all the preparation it’s time to make the Homebrew Launcher a prominent fixture on your Wii U’s Home Screen.

    Launch the Homebrew Launcher as usual though the web browser exploit (you should have already followed my Nintendo Wii U Homebrew Channel Hack Guide for this as i mentioned earlier).

    Once you have the Homebrew Launcher loaded you then want to load the Haxchi installer, as shown below:

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    All you need to do now is select the DS Virtual Console game you wish to exploit for the Homebrew Launcher and press A, for me this was Brain Training:

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    Press "A" again and the installation will proceed:

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    That’s it the hack is now installed.

    You will be returned to your Wii U's home screen, your DS game will have changed to The Homebrew Launcher. You can now simply load this for easy offline access to Nintendo Wii U Homebrew:

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    Note: Once you have loaded the Homebrew Launcher from the DS game, if you exit out of it without powering the Wii U off you can access it again from the Mii Maker. If you load the DS game (Homebrew Launcher Icon) to get back to the Homebrew Launcher you will crash the Wii U.

    Congratulations you now have a 100% reliable way to launch Homebrew:

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    This tutorial uses the Haxchi hack worked on by smea, FIX94, plutoo, yellows8, naehrwert and derrek along with the Homebrew Launcher created by dimok. These guys and many others are the reason we have Wii U Homebrew today!
     

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  2. Powerful

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    Thank you, everything worked like said. the only problem now is the title didn't change i still have Yoshi island ds but everything else did?
     
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    I also put the new haxchi v2.2u1 on to see if it was fixed but nope. If you could help me when you get on that would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Huh after replacing it and re running it a bunch of times it worked, mines named Homebrew Launcher U. Thanks for this I really appreciate it!
     
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    Hello Gyus.

    First of all, thanks a lot for this really nice tutorial.

    I have done alle these things and it works great.

    Now i have one question. Maybe i'm too blind to see it.
    I've installed the permanent homebrew launcher channel and also the iosu Sysnand (CFW). So, now, when i turn on my Wii U it's in the normal SysNAND. First of all i push the DS Game ( Homebrew Launcher Icon). The HBC starts. Next step i will start the CFW Booter.
    So. Now i am at the iosu (SysNAND CFW). At this SysNAND CFW there is also the icon of the Homebrew Launcher. When i push this button again, the Homebrew Launcher starts again. Now my question is: When i start the HBL Icon from the CFW, which one of the Homebrewlaunchers will be loaded? The one from the normal SysNAND or the one from SysNAND CFW? Or it doesn't matter and it is the same?

    in example: In CFW when i open the internetbrowser and go to the loadiine website and load the HBL. Is this the same HBL, like it will be, when i start it from the SysNAND CFW over the DS Game (Homebrew Launcher Icon)???

    Maybe you are able to explain this to me. Thanks a lot. :)
     
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    The Homebrew Launcher should be running in your CFW nand, easiest way to confirm this would be to arrange your home screen differently on both nands and exit the Homebrew Launcher and you should find your back to your CFW nand.
     
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    Okay. So this means, the HBL will work from both Nands?

    Is it possible to get different Homescreens for both Nands? When i will create a folder at the CFW Nand, it will also be there at the normal SysNAND.
    I thought this will work on Rednand. Maybe this doesn't work at CFW.
     
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    You really should format your Sysnand after creating a working CFW / Rednand / Emunand, this will un link them. However be aware you will not be able to use anything installed on one nand on the other then. I personally dont think you need a CFW / Rednand / Emunand at this point, not just for using homebrew anyway.
     
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    Does this work with a game installed with wup installer? Or must I buy it?
     
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    You need to buy the game, if you install the game with WUP installer you have no legit licence for the game, meaning it will not work on your sysnand without running another exploit first, defeating the point of even doing this for easier access to homebrew.
     
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    And can I install haxchi with a WUP installer game and then install CBHC with it to boot with CFW? Or should I buy the game? I know it's complicated but the economy in my country isn't good and I can't buy a ds game right now. I don't want to wait a lot because maybe nintendo will release an update. Thanks for being patient with me.
     
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    If you want a hack without buying a game then follow this tutorial: Easy Nintendo Wii U Homebrew Channel Hack Guide. You can load CFW from the Homebrew Launcher, however you are stuck with launching it from the web browser every time, not as convenient, however totally free.

    If you want to use Haxchi, CBHC or any other hack involving a DS game you have to purchase a supported DS game from the Eshop.

    The 33c3 hacking conference starts in a few days time, their is going to be a talk on the Wii U, so you never know if you can wait a few days more Wii U hacks might be released. I have no idea if that will happen, however given theirs a talk on the Wii U something new could well be announced.
     
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    Ok thanks, i think i will use that tutorial and wait to 33c3.
     
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    Thanks, i install haxchi with your tutorial but i've got freezes when i want to change the game, i come back a the wii menu, relaunch haxchi and 5s later, the wii u freezes...
    Any idea ?
    Can i install the new haxchi's 2.5 version ?

    Edit : same problem with the last version of haxchi.
     
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    Hi.

    Did everyting as in the tutorial.
    The Title has changed and is called Homebrew Launcher but the Wii U gives me a blackscrren everytime i open the channel.

    Is there a solution?
    I used the latest haxchi version.
     
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    Do you have the folders \wiiu\apps\homebrew_launcher on your SD card?
     
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    Yes, the folders are on SD Card.
    Inside the folder is:
    Homebrew_launcher.elf
    Icon
    Meta

    I can start the launcher with the browser but the channel version always gives me a blackscreen.
     
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    What game are you using?

    And how long ago did you download the game?

    The older DS VC games are not exploitable, brain training for example. So if you delete and re download the game you get a version which an updated emulator which is exploitable.
     
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    Pokémon Ranger PAL

    Allready delete and redownloaded it.
    And also tested different haxchi versions.
     
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    What firmware version is your Wii U on?
     

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