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Ultimate Guide To Backing Up Original Wii Games

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This tutorial should work no matter which operating system you are on, however I am writing it with more emphasis on how to do it on a Mac, since there isn’t any software that will help with backing up original Wii Games on a Mac.

The best thing about this Guide is that if your Wii has a mod chip installed and you have an SD card and a home network, then you wont have to spend any money on any additional hardware. So on to the guide.

Prerequisites:

  • Wii with a mod chip
  • Wii with Version 3.2 ( If your version is higher then 3.2 then you must downgrade )
  • Wii connected to your network
  • A Mac connected to your network
  • An SD Card ( Must be less then 2GB )

Required Software:

  • WiiOSx Tool - A custom application I developed to aid the process and make life easy. WiiOSx Tool will format your SD Card to the proper specifications, prepare your SD card to install the Homebrew Channel, prepare your SD card to install custom IOS and the Wii HTTP server. Finally, WiiOSx will make it easy to download your ISO. Go ahead and download WiiOSx Tool, install and launch it and then proceed to Step 1.NOTE: Only works on OS X 10.5 ( Leopard ) 

 

Step 1: Preparing Your SD Card

The first thing we need to do is prepare the SD card. We will need to format the SD card with FAT16 and then add the necessary applications to it. To do this follow the steps below:

Formatting Your SD Card:

Format SD Card

Format SD Card

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click the Format SD Card Tab
  3. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  4. Enter A New Name for your SD Card ( It can be the same name as the current card name )
  5. Click Format SD Card

Preparing the SD Card for Homebrew Channel Installation:

If you already have the Homebrew Channel installed, you can skip this part and go on to Step 2

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BannerBomb Hack

  1. In WiiOSx Tool click on the BannerBomb Hack Tab
  2. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  3. Choose a version from the Drop Down ( Start with the first and work your way down until one of them works )
  4. Make sure Erase Card is checked.
  5. Click Make BannerBomb SD Card
  6. Take the SD Card and put it into your Wii’s SD Card Slot
  7. Press (Wii), Data Management, Channels, SD. It should either pop up Load boot.dol/elf? or freeze. If it freezes then repeat steps 1 through 5 and choose a different version.
  8. Click Yes and Install Homebrew Channel

 

Step 2: Checking Your Wii’s Current Version

The first thing we need to do is check which menu version your Wii currently uses. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on your Wii
  2. On the bottom left hand corner of the Wii menu you should see the Wii Logo. Click on it
  3. Then Click on Settings
  4. On the top left corner of the screen you should see your version
  5. If your version is higher then 3.2 then continue to Step 3.
  6. If your version is 3.2 then continue to Step 5.

 

Step 3: Fixing Your Wii

This is a step you need to take if your version is above 3.2 before we begin, we need to prepare the SD Card with the necessary files. If you haven’t formatted your SD Card yet, then follow the beginning of the tutorial. If your SD card has been formatted already then all you need to do is as follows:

Additional Apps

Additional Apps

  • Launch WiiOSx Tool
  • Click on the Additional Apps Tab
  • Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  • Make sure Erase Card is selected
  • Then click on Add Applications
  • Wait for it to finish and then insert your SD Card into the Wii’s SD Slot

Follow the steps below to Fix your Wii (This fix will enable WAD’s to run properly on your Wii)

  1. Update your Wii to the latest version. 
  2. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “WAD Manager”.
  3. Press “A” on the Wii Remote once. The Wii should detect a SD Card. Press “A” again to see a list of WADs on the SD Card. Use the “D-Pad” to select “IOS16-64-v257-prod.wad”. Press “+” to install the WAD. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Custom Manager”. Using the same method as in “Step 3″, install the “cIOS_Fix.wad”. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  5. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘IOS Downgrader’. Just follow the instructions on the screen and wait until it finishes installing the necessary IOSs.
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “No”, and DO NOT install the “Wii Shop Channel”.
  7. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘WAD Manager ’. Install ‘WAD MANAGER 1.3’. 
  8. The Wii is now able to install WADs and Homebrew Apps should work properly now. 

 

Step 4: Downgrading Your Wii To 3.2

  1. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Firmware Downgrader”.
  2. Press the ‘A’ button on the Wii Remote. You should be presented with a list of different firmware versions. Select and press ‘A’ on one of the following:
    - 3.2J = Japan Firmware
    - 3.2U = American Firmware
    - 3.2E = Europe Firmware
  3. Press the “Home” button on the Wii Remote to restart the Wii. 
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″.
  5. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the “Wii Shop Channel”
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Mii Channel Updater”.
  7. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “Updated Mii Channel”, by pressing “A”.
  8. You are now on the Wii Firmware 3.2X and can use the Mii Channel and Shop Channel. 

 

Step 5: Installing cIOS249

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2.  Launch the Custom IOS249 Installer. 
  3. It should only take a few seconds before the IOS is installed.

 

Step 6: Starting The HTTPD Server

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2. Launch the WiiHTTP Dumper
  3. Once it loads, it will connect to your network, and display the IP address of the Wii.
  4. Insert the Wii Game that you want to backup!

 

Step 7: Downloading Your ISO

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click on the ISO Tab
  3. Type the Wii IP Address that is displayed from the HTTPD server into the Wii IP Address box
  4. Click on Save ISO To, to select a location to save your ISO to.
  5. Select the type of ISO you are creating, the choices are do-wii-sl.iso (Wii Single Layer Disc), do-wii-dl.iso (Wii Dual Layer Disc), do-gamecube.gcm (Game Cube Disc).
  6. Click Save ISO, the process can take anywhere from 1.5 to 5 hrs. depending on your connection speed.
WiiOSx Tool - ISO

WiiOSx Tool - ISO

 

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24 Responses to “Ultimate Guide To Backing Up Original Wii Games”
  1. TIM says:

    does this work on wii 10.5.8 ? coz it keeps showing error messages on all the stages!

    sorry to bother you! im just going mad here!

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  2. Chris says:

    should work just fine, what type of errors are you getting ?

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  3. Tim says:

    Yeah i formated the sd card fine …but after this bit Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “WAD Manager”.
    Press “A” on the Wii Remote once. The Wii should detect a SD Card. Press “A” again to see a list of WADs on the SD Card. Use the “D-Pad” to select “IOS16-64-v257-prod.wad”. Press “+” to install the WAD. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.

    I get intalling title… ERROR (ret= -1035)

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  4. Tobi says:

    Firstly, well done for creating an amazing programme.

    I am however having a few problems. I shall go through what I did bit by bit and hopefully you’ll know what I did wrong.

    I am running Snow Leopard OSX 10.6.1
    My Wii is running version 4.2e with Modchip Drivekey Ver X4.

    I selected my SD Card with WiiOSX Tools and selected Format SD Card. Nothing seems to happen but I wasn’t sure so I continued any way.

    I then followed the next set of instructions. I opened BannerBomb Hack and selected version aad50_v108 as this didn’t freeze my Wii. I selected install but after that no homebrew channel, nada. From here I went to downgrade my Wii to 3.2 but there was no Homebrew channel to select.

    I have tried to repeat the process, deleting my SD card and Wii memory several times but no joy.

    I have not been able to even get the install homebrew channel command to resurface.

    Help!

    Many thanks,

    Tobi

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  5. Jeff says:

    “Format SD card” not working under 10.6.2.

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  6. Chris says:

    Jeff,

    I’m looking into this, I’ll post when I have updated the software. In the meantime. I have found that if you have no other way to format the SD card, formatting it in a digital camera and then following all the other steps in the tutorial works just fine.

    Chris

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  7. Hek says:

    Got anything on how to “Backing Up Original Wii Games” using OS X 10.4 (tiger) and without having to downgrade the wii version??

    thanks !!

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  8. Chris says:

    Tobi,

    Sorry for the late response, the format part of the application does not work on Snow Leopard, I suggest you format the SD card by putting it into a digital camera. That’s worked for me in the past.

    Chris

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  9. nuyawker2000 says:

    I am looking to clone a 1tb wbfs hd with about 400 wii games on it. Preferably on a mac, I also have a pc though. would appreciate any help.

    nuyawker2000@yahoo.com

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  10. Chris says:

    nuyawker2000,

    I haven’t played around too much with wbfs, I do have a drive setup myself, I would think that if you setup another wbfs drive and then just use the wbfs manager software, it should see both drives and allow you to copy stuff from one drive to the other.

    If this doesn’t work, then let me know and I’ll see if I can figure something out.

    Chris

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  11. John says:

    Great work on this tutorial. I’m curious if there is a way to get this to work on a Wii without a mod chip. I know that it says it’s needed at the top of the tutorial but I’ve also seen that Homebrew now works on Wiis without a mod chip. Just wondering if that might be the case here as well

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  12. Chris says:

    John,

    It can be done without a mod chip, as long as you can manage to get the Homebrew Channel installed, you shouldn’t have any issues.

    Chris

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  13. johnny says:

    Hi Chris,
    I am fresh to this. Could you advise the difference between:
    -Back up copies of wii games and
    -Back up original wii games

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  14. Chance says:

    Hey Chris,

    Currently running WiiOSx Tool, been running for roughly 1.5 hours with no problems, downloading iso for Metroid Prime Trilogy.

    For some reason, it has begun running backwards, and the values are negative. it says “Downloaded -1890000 K of 4589824 K”. Note, that first value is negative, and it’s steadily progressing toward zero (counting up technically because it’s negative). It also says “Percent Complete – -41″. Finally, the speed is jumping between positive and negative, with as many as ten digits, ending with KB/sec, as usual.

    I don’t want those 1.5 hours to go to waste, but should I stop the process? I plan on letting it run, but if this occurs in the future, keep going or stop?

    Is this supposed to happen? Does it begin to count

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  15. Chance says:

    Sorry Chris, just saw that the software only works on leopard, and I am currently running Snow Leopard. Is there any way to run the software successfully in snow leopard?

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  16. Chris says:

    Chance,

    That’s interesting, I have not run into this issue before. Can you tell me if it eventually finished and if the ISO was playable?

    Chris

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  17. Chris says:

    Chance,

    I have not had a chance to make the changes necessary for the software to work on Snow Leopard but when I do, I will be sure to post the new release here.

    Chris

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  18. Bruno says:

    Hi Chris,

    When I found this, I was so excited because all the SSBB games I downloaded don’t work on WODE but when I’m downloading the game that I borrowed from my friend, an odd problem comes up. I’m not sure it’s the same problem that Chance has but it could be.

    “Your Game ISO is Downloading, Please be patient…
    Time Remaining – 0 seconds. Speed -billions* KB/sec

    [A completely full bar filled with blue but it was originally blank]

    Percent Complete – -25 (Note the negative)

    Downloaded -2050593 K of 8311680″

    *not what it actually says

    Can you please help me? I’m afraid to stop it. On the Wii, it says that the Connection’s finished.

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  19. Bruno says:

    Also can this work on OS X 10.6.4 ?

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  20. Chris says:

    Bruno,

    I have stopped development for this application. I’m not sure if it will work correctly with 10.6.4. I don’t have a Wii anymore and cannot test the outcome.

    Thanks,

    Chris

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  21. si says:

    hello there. I m using Mac OSX Version 10.6.4

    I have a 4.3E Wii with The homebrew channel installed on it. It does not have a mod chip, i used the softmod technique. can you help me figure out how to make backups of original wii games on my mac please???

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  22. Chris says:

    si,

    I’ve decided to take another look at my code for the wii osx tool to see if I can adjust it a bit to work with 10.6. If I can get it running I will post an updated version of it here.

    Chris

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