They're compatible with the Wii U, too, should you ever want to upgrade.Protip: If you have even a passing interest in Nintendo's Virtual Console, take a look at the Classic Controller Pro.The homebrew community has created USB loaders, classic game emulators, cheat engines, DVD players and even Wii-specific Linux distributions.Setting it up is easy, too: The same Letter Bomb trick that unlocked the Wii in 2011 still works today.Protip: It's no secret that the Wii is a beefed-up Game Cube.
If you neglected your Wii in favor of the previous generation's powerhouses, now's a great time to see what you missed.
When the software is run, the IOS that is hardcoded gets loaded by the Wii, which then loads the software itself.
If that IOS does not exist on the Wii, in the case of disc-based software, it gets installed automatically (after the user is prompted).
When a new update became available Nintendo sent a message to connected systems notifying them of the available update.
Several game discs, both first-party and third-party games, have included system software updates so that players who are not connected to the Internet can still update their system.
Protip: If your TV is too hip for component cables, search out the Wii2HDMI dongle.