Archive for July, 2008

Wii message board notification

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

PiesAreBlueGuy and Felix have suggested a great idea, being notified via the Wii message board when an update or new applications for the HBB are available. I’ve gone ahead and set up an email address which is

From your Wii, all you need to do is add that email address to your address book and then I will reply with a confirmation email. You’ll then be signed up to receive messages when there are new HBB updates and new or updated applications are available.

Added 2 more applications

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The following applications have been added:

  • Guitar Fun v2.9
  • Snes9xGX1.5 (Michniewski) v003

I’m currently thinking about what things need to be added to the HBB. I’ll be moving the little icons from the bottom left to the left of the banner and hopefully try to make the about text a bit bigger. I might add a simple loop so that you’re able to cancel a download in progress by pressing say the B button. Another thing to add is possibly rumble when you’ve moved the cursor over the little icons and the buttons.

It’s just all small things for now.

Homebrew Browser Statistics

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

If you haven’t already checked out the links section of this blog, you’ll find a really simple page that will show you the most downloaded applications from the Homebrew Browser.

HBB updated to v0.2.1a

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Just some quick fixes for the Homebrew Browser.

27 July 2008 (v0.2.1a)

  • Fixed the issue when downloading most of the temporary images for the first time it caused HBB to exit
  • Added text to describe what each icon does when you move the cursor over it

The first issue seemed to happen when nearly all of the images were downloaded for the first time.  The files were being downloaded correctly but it seems like I had some bug when displaying a “blank channel”. I’ve correct the issue and it should work the first time.

HBB updated to v0.2.1

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

The Homebrew Browser has been updated to v0.2.1.

26 July 2008 (v0.2.1)

  • Cursor now rotates and disappears when IR is not pointed to the IR sensor (thanks ebool)
  • Added about and controls icon
  • Added functionality to remove old files that some applications don’t use when you update
  • Added statistics gathering which will be displayed on a webpage
  • Changed IP address from to

The following applications have been added/updated:

  • Asteroids updated to v0.1 with Wiimote support
  • DragonMedia Player updated to v0.12 Beta
  • ftpii updated to v0.0.12
  • Gecko OS v1.06d cf
  • Genesis Plus updated to v2008.07.16
  • Gnuboy GX v2008.07.15
  • MahJongg Wii updated to v0.2
  • Uno v4
  • Wii Web Server updated to v0.81 Alpha

I would have liked to put in some background music but didn’t have much time, so I’ve added what I could. Statistics is probably the more important feature in this new version. Soon I’ll put up a link to the statistics which will show the number of times an application has been downloaded.

Working on small update v0.2.1

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I’ll be working on a small update to the Homebrew Browser which will increase the buffer size even more so that GeeXbox can be put on the homebrew list. Other things which I might do once I have some example source, is make the cursor rotate and disappear when the wiimote is not pointed to the IR sensor. Another small thing to do is change the IP address in the HBB from to

Yet another small little thing to put in is the ability to delete old files that certain applications used. An example is with genplus, I went and chose the boot.elf file but now with the new build they only have the boot.dol file (same thing happened with sd explorer, except in that case there wasn’t any reason to update it yet as a user is reporting that the delete function doesn’t work?)

I might also think about putting up the help and controls icons as found in the LowLines working demo.

I’d like to put in the background music but am not great with threads. I’ve tried but can’t get the mp3 to keep playing in the HBB. If anyone has a threading example which can loop an mp3 and do other things like draw graphics/display pictures, etc, please post a link to it here or in the HBB page on Wiibrew.

Edit: Mouse rotation and mouse disappearing when not on screen has been done. It was just a few simple code line changes, thanks to ebool for helping me out. I think I’ll just use mod files instead of mp3s to play the background music. As I remember mod files keep looping until you stop them. Hmm, I’m having a bit of a problem when playing the mod file created from the mp3. It seems to play a little and cut out and then play the same little bit, etc.

Edit 2: If I’ve got enough time on the weekend, I might integrate statistics in HBB. The stats would just be displayed on a web page for now and not actually shown in HBB. This is so developers can easily see if users are downloading their applications.

Edit 3: Unfortunately GeexBox won’t be added into this version. The buffer size can’t be extended that much, so it will have to wait for the version of HBB that has zip functionality if that ever happens.

Updated applications

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

The following applications have been updated:

  • DragonMedia Player updated to v0.11 Beta
  • Another Rock Paper Scissors Game updated to v0.3
  • SMSPlus updated to v2008.07.15
  • Snes9X Wii updated to r70 beta


  • ftpii updated to v0.0.11
  • Wii Web Server updated to v0.77 Alpha

Unofficial emulators have been added

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

The following unofficial emulators have been added to the Homebrew Browser:

FCEU (aksommerville) v2008.07.02, FCEU (Suloku) v2008.05.03, FCEU (Vicious1988) v2008.04.07, Snes9X (Falco) v2008.04.23, Snes9X (LoPsT) v2008.05.30, Snes9X (Robert) v2008.04.21, Snes9X (vicious1988) v2008.04.02, Snes9X (Yoysothoth) v2008.07.15 and Yabause (Ac_K) v2008.06.30

The following applications were updated:

ftpii updated to v0.0.10

I thought that adding the unofficial emulators would take a long time, but it turns out that there really weren’t so much applications to add. Once again I went off the listing from WiiBrew, so if there is a really good unofficial emulator that should be added let me know.

Unofficial Emulators coming to HBB

Friday, July 18th, 2008

As you may have read, unofficial emulators will be coming to the Homebrew Browser in a short while. I’m hoping to have most of them put up by the end of the weekend. Adding a game into the Homebrew Browser is a long process which I might mention now while I’m at it.

  1. Download and extract the applications zip file
  2. Create a meta.xml file that makes sense which most of the times will have the applications history
  3. Create or copy the icon.png file
  4. Create an image file, this involves inserting the date, version, description and icon.png file
  5. Test out the application to make sure it works and that the description is shown in the HBC
  6. Add the application to the hbb list, which involves adding the application name, current time + 48 hrs, image file size, boot.dol/elf file size, is it a dol or elf, total application size, folders to be created and additional files to copy.
  7. Test out downloading the application in HBB by using a local server.

So once you add it all up, it sure does take a while to get an application into the HBB.

Homebrew Browser Wanted/Updated Applications

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Here is where you can post about which Homebrew Applications you’d like to see in the Homebrew Browser. If you feel like you’ve found an interesting application, then please do post it here so it can be added to the HBB. I normally go off what is listed in WiiBrew.

To help me out, feel free to also post any updated versions of applications that aren’t in the HBB as of yet.