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Devnol
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I hope this is the start of something big. Over time, this page will get filled with a list of hardware and software mods that are possible on the Wii mini, so everything is in one place, nice and tidy.

If you have any suggestions, I'd be glad to add them to this page, just write them in the comment section below. If something is wrong, say so. I will gladly smack myself in the face and correct it. 

Currently, do not consider any of these pieces of information accurate yet as they are only based on my memory and the observations of readers. All statements with a * mark are untested or I am not entirely sure about (but I have listed anyway so I don't forget about them)

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What works on the stock Wii mini

Here, all software mods that can be performed on the stock Wii mini shall be listed.

  • Wired network connectivity (You will need a compatible LAN adapter. Use this homebrew by Fullmetal5, or install a normal system menu to enable its functionality).
  • Wiimmfi (albeit only wired).
  • Wiiware/Virtual Console title installation via a Wad manager.
  • Update of the Mii Channel to the full-featured Wii version (albeit without the online interaction and ds connection).
  • (c)IOS installation (though some IOSes may not be compatible with the stock Wii mini and may cause issues or brick your console! Please ask below or in the Wii mini Discord before installing.) The only cIOS specifically built for the Wii mini is Leseratte's d2xl cIOS which can do most of the functions a normal user would need.
  • Installation of the full-featured Wii system menu (requires no-wifi cIOS or a wireless module, see Installing the original Wii System Menu)

More to be added...

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What doesn't work on the stock Wii mini

Here, all original Wii functions that cannot be performed on a stock Wii mini shall be listed. (All features that can be enabled with a hardware mod will link to the corresponding section).

More to be added...

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Installing the original Wii System Menu

There are 2 ways to do this:

The first way, requires no soldering skills but may be hard to do some steps due to these resources not being readily available on the internet.

  1. Obtain the Wii System Menu WAD for your region. (SM 4.3U if you're in an NTSC region or SM 4.3E if you're in a PAL region) and place it on your USB.
  2. Download Wii Mod Lite and place it in the apps folder on your USB.
  3. Obtain IOS80-nowifi and place it on your USB.
  4. Install IOS80-nowifi using Wii Mod Lite's WAD manager.
  5. Install the System Menu WAD using Wii Mod Lite's WAD manager.

The second way can be more challenging as it requires soldering skills and has steps requiring resources not readily available on the internet. However, it allows you to install RiiConnect24 down the line if you ever want it.

  1. Install a wireless card (see Installing a wireless card)
  2. Obtain the Wii System Menu WAD for your region. (SM 4.3U if you're in an NTSC region or SM 4.3E if you're in a PAL region) and place it on your USB.
  3. Download Wii Mod Lite and place it in the apps folder on your USB.
  4. Obtain the normal IOS80 for the Wii and place it on your USB.
  5. Install IOS80 using Wii Mod Lite's WAD manager.
  6. Install the System Menu WAD using Wii Mod Lite's WAD manager.

 

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Adding a reset button

Adding a reset button is easy enough. All you have to do is wire a NO (normally open) push-button between the solder pad marked TP233 and any ground plane such as the pad TP172 as illustrated here (Picture credit to @DeadlyFoez). The two pads are circled with orange and yellow respectively.

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Installing a wireless card

TBA

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Adding component video functionality

TBA

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Adding an SD card slot

-----UNDER CONSTRUCTION - DO NOT ATTEMPT YET-----
The SD card mod is the second easiest mod. It isn't difficult per se, but it will be easier to perform with the proper parts.

For this you will need an SD card slot or SD to microSD adapter. We recommend using this adapter from Sparkfun, as it has great spacing between the pins and makes it easier to solder to. You'll also need a bit of wire, preferably different colours.

Instructions:
1. Wire one

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Adding a 2nd USB port

TBA

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Adding GameCube controller ports

TBA

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Adding a GameCube memory card slot

TBA

 

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MatiXD153
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Most of the channels of RC24 don't work properly on a Wii Mini, from what I have tested the only channel that works is the Nintendo Channel the others don't work at least for me


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Devnol
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@matixd153 Are you talking about the Wii mini System Menu or the original? Also have you installed a wireless card or are you just using the Ethernet adapter?

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@nullman I'm talking about the original system menu and I was using a Ethernet adapter


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WiiMaster
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"2nd USB port (I don't think there is a way to add this at all)"

 

IIRC DeadlyFoez said that it is possible and does not need too many components.


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Posted by: @wiimaster

"2nd USB port (I don't think there is a way to add this at all)"

 

IIRC DeadlyFoez said that it is possible and does not need too many components.

Yeah, it is possible, but i am not going to try it anytime soon. I need to get another wii mini first.


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Devnol
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@matixd153 I just remembered. IIRC you need some patched IOSes for it to work and since you probably have the noWiFi IOSes you can't install these. So RC24 shouldn't fully work unless you install a WiFi card or someone merges the noWiFi and RC24 cIOSes together.

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akisblack
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Hi, Devnol considering the SD card slot part of the post, I could maybe write a guide for it and forward it to you via Discord so you can approve it and edit it in here. Do you agree?


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