Someone found a way to run Mac OS on the Nintendo Wii

Apple and Nintendo are very restrictive when it comes to their software and hardware, but a madman made one work on the other.


A Hackintosh is a term used to refer to a non-Apple hardware using MacOS. But, what do you call it when the device is a Nintendo Wii?

Someone Found Way Run Mac Os Nintendo Wii
You can actually try and do the same thing to a Wii at home just don't expect much.

Pierre Dandumont uploaded a video online showing him running Mac OS 9.2 on a Wii. It's in French, so you'll have to use Google Translate to understand. But, Dandumont does an excellent job of explaining the process. As expected, the workaround isn't straightforward nor is it convenient at all.

Dandumont achieved the "impossible" by running a Linux-based OS on the Wii's PowerPC chip. As it's a close relative to the PowerPC processors used in the Mac G3s way back then, the Wii theoretically could run a Mac-on Linux. Except, Dandumont tested this theory and made it work. After much struggling, Dandumont got the Wii to run the last classic MacOS, MacOS 9. He shows off the Wii running iTunes, Internet Explorer 5, and Doom. He even tries his luck by running a MacOS X build, only to run into a brick wall. But hey, maybe another day, right?

Ultimately, the MacOS Wii is more of a novelty as it serves zero practical applications. Mac OS 9.2 looks downright ugly on the Wii and apps will crash almost immediately after you run them. You can't even enjoy DOOM on it.

Someone Found Way Run Mac Os Nintendo Wii
The Nintendo Wii is one of the best-selling video game consoles of all time.

It's safe to say that this is more of an academic exercise that anything else.

While we wait for someone to be able to run MacOS X on a Nintendo Wii, we can all look forward to the successor to the Nintendo Switch. Fans believe that it's only a matter of time before the next Nintendo console is announced after the existence of the long-rumored chip was finally confirmed.


Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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