The Wii is now 16 years previous. That could be sufficient to set you off on a sure existential disaster, true, however we will all take consolation in the truth that persons are nonetheless discovering new issues that the console is able to. Take Pierre Dandumont for instance, who has lastly managed to reply the age-old query – might you get a Wii to run Mac OS? The reply is sure. Nearly (thanks, Gizmodo).
Shared in a video on his YouTube channel, the tech wiz demonstrates not solely that the Wii is able to getting the Apple working system up and working, however it might even open up some purposes! Web Explorer 5? No issues (bar the absence of an web connection). iTunes? Mild work (as long as you do not wish to hear any music). A fast sport of Doom?
Simple peasy – truly working at one body per minute, we will not say that is both ‘fast’ or a ‘sport’, however the undertaking is spectacular nonetheless.
In fact, all of that is hardly in crisp high quality. The Wii is so busy burning on all cylinders to get Mac OS 9.2 working that it would not have time for measly grievances like decision and load occasions. Pfft, choosy a lot?
Dandumont has damaged down precisely how he managed to get the working system working to a purposeful stage on his website – in any case, Apple are decidedly difficult about having their software program on different units, particularly video games consoles from the mid-2000s.
In a state of affairs like this, the Wii working Mac OS actually must be seen to be believed. Take a look at the console making an attempt its easiest in Dandumont’s video under.
The precise course of is a slightly technical one, utilising the Wii’s unofficial Homebrew Channel to run a Linux-based OS by means of which you will get the Mac in control (in the event you can actually use ‘pace’ on this occasion). There’s then the act of getting the working system onto the console through a SD card and utilizing one other programme to get it booted up. Look, it is not fairly so simple as urgent the facility button in your laptop computer, however these items take time.
A extra detailed description of the undertaking is defined in Dandumont’s weblog submit the place he breaks down each step of the method behind bringing Apple to Nintendo.
Whereas it’s nice to see the Wii persevering with to impress all these years on, we will not say that we’re going to be chucking out our important desktop any time quickly.