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Use Firefox to view Wii Shop (please spay and neuter your Firefox)

9:15 PM on 02.18.2007 // Earnest Cavalli

Geoff Mendicino, probably the single greatest human being since Abraham Lincoln, took a moment out of his busy schedule of rescuing kittens from bears and punching out clones of Hitler to send a tip into the Destructophone about a new-found bit of hackery that allows a person to view the Wii Shop channel with the increasingly common Firefox browser.

While it requires you to install a plugin and follow fifteen seconds worth of instructions, it doesn't look tremendously complex and should be easy for anyone who has ever solved an algebraic equation, or drawn an accurate picture of a horse.

Hit the jump for the full walkthrough. 

Welcome to Synopsisdome!

The wii uses an internal internet browser to communicate through the internet. By emulating this browser, you can view the wii shop from your browser.

Hats off to this guy. I wanted to do the exact same thing but still have not been able to get my hands on a wii yet.

The wii uses a browser to communicate. By emulating this browser with firefox, you can surf the wii shop.

1. Open Firefox
2. Install the User Agent Switcher

The previous tech-recipes on the use of this tool is also killer.

3. Click Tools
4. Click User Agent Switcher
5. Click Options -> Options
6. Click User Agents
7. Click Add
8. Description: wii
9. User Agent: Opera/9.00 (Nintendo Wii; U; ; 1038-58; Wii Shop Channel/1.0; en)
10. Click OK X 2
11. Click Tools again
12. Select User Agent Switcher
13. Select wii

14. Copy and paste one of these links into firefox and visit it:

Main Channel:®ion=USA&country=US

Surf the Manual!

My Nintendo Membership Link:®ion=USA&country=US&&state=init

Sonic The Hedgehog Page:

See? Easy!

Thanks Geoff, the check's in the mail. 

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