How to Legally Dump ROMs/ISOs of Nintendo Games
Part 2: Discs
In part 1 of this guide we discussed the basic methods of legally obtaining backups of your Nintendo game collection. Here in this guide, we’ll go into more detail on how this can be done for disc-based games. So, we’ll cover how to dump Nintendo discs for GameCube, Wii, and Wii U games.
The backups you obtain could then be used with emulators such as Dolphin or Cemu. Or, they could run directly on a modded console without the need for a disc. Remember, we’re focusing on legally obtaining these games and using them for legal purposes.
There are several ways to obtain backups of your discs. It can be done using consoles or even your PC if it’s compatible. Some methods even work with multiple types of discs (e.g. being able to dump GameCube AND Wii games). Although I’ve listed many methods, some aren’t recommended as they may be too complicated or impractical. Ultimately, it comes down to which systems and games you own and which methods are easiest to configure.
Let’s go Dump Nintendo Discs!
GameCube games only – using a modded GameCube
Difficulty: 4 (hard)
We’ll start with the most complicated one. I don’t recommend this, unless you already have a modded GameCube for other purposes. Your money is better spent on a cheap Wii that can easily be modded, or a compatible disc drive for your PC. But, there may be some of you out there who find this method to be exactly what you need!
– SD card (no more than 4GB)
– SD Card to Memory card adapter
– Action replay disc
– Or: Modchip & custom disc booting Swiss (homebrew loader)
Required homebrew applications:
– Clean Rip (game dumper)
If your GameCube isn’t already configured to boot homebrew, follow this guide. There are several methods of doing so; choose whichever works best for you!
– Download Clean Rip from the link above and put the .dol file on the root of your SD Card
Using Clean Rip:
– Follow this guide.
Wii and GameCube games – using a Wii
Difficulty: 2 (easy)
Here’s my favorite method. In fact, it’s what I personally used to dump my Wii and GameCube collection. That’s because there are plenty of great tools to use, and the Wii is incredibly cheap and easy to hack. These are also reasons why I built a retro game console out of one and recommend you do too!
– SD card (any size) or HDD
Required homebrew application (either one):
– USB Loader GX (requires cIOS)
– Cleanrip (does not require cIOS)
– Wii softmodding guide
– Installing/Using USBLoaderGX
– Installing/Using Clean Rip
Wii and Gamecube games – using a PC
Difficulty: 1 (very easy)
This method may be super easy, but there’s a catch. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with certain disc drives, so it’s likely your PC won’t be able to read GameCube or Wii games. Here’s a link to a list of drives that are compatible.
– PC with compatible disc drive
Required Program (any of these):
– Wii backup manager (Wii games only)
Wii U & Wii games – using a Wii U
Difficulty: 3 (moderate)
This is a great method if you have a Wii U, and it’s the only way to rip Wii U games. It can also dump Wii games, using the same method as on an actual Wii. However, this method is a little more difficult and risky because it’s more complicated to install homebrew on a Wii U console compared to the Wii.
– Wii U
– SD Card or HDD
Required homebrew applications:
– Disc2App (for ripping Wii U discs)
– USBLoaderGX or CleanRip (for ripping Wii discs)
Wii U softmodding guide
Installing Wii homebrew on Wii U
Wii U discs:
How to Install USBLoaderGX or CleanRip on Wii U vWii mode (be careful):
– Extract the program folder to your sd/apps folder
– Run it via the homebrew channel in vWii mode
– Using USBLoaderGX
– Using Clean Rip
This ends the article on dumping Nintendo game discs. Go ahead and backup your game collection!
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Further reading: The Ellis Workshop’s Wii Hacking Guide