So, we all know that Wii seems to be lacking in features compared to it's current rivals, the PS3 and the XBOX360. But what if I told you that you that the Wii secretly has all those network features? That's right, Nintendo could do a lot more with their products that they refuse to do. So I'm gonna share some insider secrets with you on what you can REALLY do with your Wii.
1. Play DVDs in your Wii - Yes, regardless of what you think you know, you can play your DVD collection with your Wii. Sure, you can't play your fancy Blu-Ray disks or failure HD-DVDs, but you can play DVDs. And, on top of that, you can play videos, music, and more select content from data DVDs.
How do you do it? Well first you'll need to install homebrew on your Wii. The link I provided shows you how to install what's called the "homebrew channel", which is the simplest way to do it. For media playback, I highly recommend MPlayer CE, which does both of the above.
2. Stream media over your local network to your Wii - So, you don't want to transfer your music to a flash drive, DVD, or SD card. Does that make you lazy? No, it just makes you a person who likes to do things differently and efficiently. MPlayer CE will do the job again. The installation on the Wii side is pretty simple, but it can be difficult on your computer. Basically, you edit the configuration file for MPlayer CE and share the folder in Windows. This is called SMB. I have a wireless N router and it works extremely fast for me.
3. Play games, Old and New - You didn't think there could be Wii Homebrew that doesn't involve games, did you? As far as old games go, if you are a rom and emulator fan, there are many emulators for Wii Homebrew. As far as new games go, there's new homebrew games coming out every day. Some of them are remakes of old games, and others are completely original.
4. Turn your Wii into a computer - This one is amazing and something I have yet to try, but plan to in the very near future. This is still a bit in the works, but you can install linux onto your wii. The full article is here, and now that the Wi-Fi has been tapped into, you can get internet and perhaps use your wii as a lightweight linux computer. You can use a USB Keyboard and Mouse, so it's pretty much just like running on a PC now. I will try this out immediately.