Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Homebrew launcher

I said I wouldn't completely give up on this blog, and I kept to my word :D

The Wii Homebrew launcher started out life before even the 10 minute limit version of the Homebrew channel, before wiimotes had even started to be usable. In truth, the Homebrew Launcher was the first Wii Homebrew loader with a graphical interface. And by god, even back then, it blew everything else completely out of the water. For the time, it was beautiful. Of course, it used a gamecube controller, the graphics by today's Homebrew standards were not too good, and it used the infamously terrible SD library, but it was the best thing anyone at the time had seen. Of course, since this was before the wad manager or the Homebrew channel, you had to use the slow-to-boot twilight hack to start all your Homebrew. However, takeup was slow, especially with developers who preferred the convenience of apps such as geckoload and tcpload (no prizes for guessing what those did), and including the title.bmp and title.txt that the app then used for the icon and the app name never really became the norm like it did on the hbc quite quickly. However, something as small as that didn't stop the many enthusiasts who created icon packs with icons for tens and later hundreds of apps in. The Homebrew launcher is now of course long obsolete and there is no reason to even think about downloading it.

Or so it would seem.

As a matter of fact, the Homebrew launcher is still very much alive and kicking, and it is mainly ignorance now that prevents people from using it.

The Homebrew launcher is amazing.

It has easy to use support for the four major media types on the Wii: SD cards, usb drives, DVDs, and samba shares. Of course, it fully supports both hbc's method of storing apps, and its own now rarely known about method. It supports Wiiload and compatible apps. Its skins and suPported languages are plentiful and easily customisable. It supports loading of your own Wii channels. It supports storing individual roms and loading them individually, if you modify the emulator slightly. It supports a miniature slideshow for each app if you so wish. The possibilities are almost endless. So, pick up the launcher, learn to get used to the slightly unusual pointer, and see how much easier it can make your life. You won't regret it.

The Homebrew launcher can be booted like any other app or installed like any other wad. For legal reasons, it has no banner.

Download: (if you're not french, use google translate)
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