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How hard is it to write a custom app?

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I'm installing my Wii into a vehicle as an entertainment system. Not so much for Wii games that require motion, as that isn't very practical in a moving vehicle, but for emulator games, videos (thanks WiiMC!) and perhaps some Wii games that don't require a sensor bar (rayman, mario kart, etc). I was considering building a Raspberry Pi for the project, but it turns out a Wii is better suited, believe it or not! It already has the proper RCA ports and wireless controllers, and with the help of homebrew it does all the things I'd make the Pi do. The problem is the interface is lacking- the standard Wii menu relies on point and click with the sensor bar, and all the custom launchers including HBC seem to get close but not quite the way I'd imagine my ideal UI for a car to be. They get close, but I understand that most of them were not written for what I have in mind. 
I studied CompSci in college but haven't coded anything substantial in over a decade. I'm not sure if I'm getting too ambitious here, but I feel like making a simple custom launcher app that I can set to boot from priiloader shouldn't be terribly difficult. But I'm also realizing that I have no idea where to even start. Is the Homebrew community still alive?

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Make sure you grab USB Loader GX and install the mod to boot the wii straight to the usb gx loader . That way, you dont have to turn the wii on and point but instead you can use a gamecube(or any) controller to navigate your wii games on the usb GX Loader , goto homebrew for nintendont or to the wii main menu. USB GX Loader is how i play my downloaded wii games on from the usb stick on the wii. I play Super Smash Brawl, Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Sonic Unleashed , sonic Riders and a buttload of gamecube games all on the usb stick for free. Its pretty neat you should look into it! Another trick is if you plug in your classic controller on the main wii menu and you can navigate to anywhere without a sensor bar! found this out on accident lol! theres also the lighter trick but thats pretty safe in the car.  Make sure you have some gamecube controllers and classic controllers brotha and have fun with your entertainment system! hope this helps a little bit

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