Wii Game Backup Method Revealed

It is now possible to dump an image of any Nintendo Wii game onto a PC hard disk drive. The method isn't exactly ready to go mainstream though. According to a forum post on Wii Newz, a specific line of LG DVD-ROM drives are required along with the program DVDInfo.

What's so damn special about these LG drives? Supposedly, the LG DVD-ROM drives share similar hardware with the optical drive found in the Wii. Using debug commands available in the DVDInfo software, it is possible to read the special game discs. Ok. I got the drive and the software. Now what? That's great, but you'll have to be patient. Over fifty hours to create one game image awaits you.

Piracy wins again? Well no. Not yet anyways. Even if a Wii game disc is dumped to the hard drive, there is currently no way to load the data back to the console.

News source: DailyTech

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what I want is a darn method to save your downloaded games... I mean comon, I paid for them, if my console breaks and for some reason causes data loss? it is completely possible that the flash memory in your wii could get wiped or corrupted somehow!... what do i do then? repurchase all those games?! I'm saying this because THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME!..... ugh

i spent plenty of time fooling around with game cube home brew, and without mod chips or anything, the game cube is a tough system to crack.

although it was a lot faster to make a back-up of a disc, and when re-playing the back-up, the system would play the backup really slow.

the best i got out of the game cube though for home brew was playing Mario 64 on it. But with many limitations. I can expect the Wii to be very similar in the ways if the discs are really very similar to game cube discs. Maybe this is one reason also why Nintendo designed their system to only support wireless out of the box.

Hmm, now all we need is the Hard Drive Expansion Add-on and then the modding procedure will be complete. Muwahahahahahahaha, LOL. No, seriously, I would rather pay for the games, at least I can then complain properly without getting whacked in the nuts. Anyways, I can't afford the Nintendo Wii anyway, but I guess if somebody has the time/money, they will do things like this. My suspicion Kushan is that somebody will use that WiiMote mod for the PC and then people will use Daemon tools (or something, no favouritism) to load into a emulator onto the PC and play them. It's the age old question, isn't it, does an artist want to make as much money as possible or do they want as many people as possible to see their art? Reasonably, an artist has to live.

The same thing happened with the gamecube I think around the same time period after it was released, it wasn't long before someone figured out a way to play the backups, either.
What's more, the homebrew scene for the Wii seems a lot bigger than the scene for the GC, a lot more people seem interested with all the possibilities the Wii has to offer so I wouldn't be surprised if someone is running these backups very soon.

with Wii limited spaces capability i think that no homebrew would run in there compared to xbox where there are plenty space

limited space is hardly an issue with homebrew... check out the DS scene, or are you saying that the DS comes loaded with memory banks? By the way, the Wii also accepts SD cards and has 2 USB ports at the back, maybe an update would allow for these to connect to USB Drives...

the second people hear the ability to run unsigned code they run to the word pirate. I modded my xbox and i never downloaded any games. I ran media center and emulators off it, but no pirated xbox games, and yes they are talking about ripping a game onto a pc but how do you know its not for the method of running an executable to use media centers and other homebrew.

But then this article wasn't about running unsigned code, it was about copying game discs. Just like the current 360 Work around doesn't allow running of unsigned code, just "backups".

thagame said,
the second people hear the ability to run unsigned code they run to the word pirate. I modded my xbox and i never downloaded any games. I ran media center and emulators off it, but no pirated xbox games, and yes they are talking about ripping a game onto a pc but how do you know its not for the method of running an executable to use media centers and other homebrew.
Where did you get the ROMs for your emulators if you didn't download them? Your ROMs for your emulators are just as illegal as downloading an Xbox game.

Funny how Nintendo has as of yet not been able to successfully sue any ROM sites and have given up, and they lasted far longer than everyone else who tried.

every case ended with the disclaimer that every rom site shows that youc an only download roms for games you own, and the judges has as of yet agreed that it's not illegal to get rom for games you own.

Or maybe Nintendo just stopped suing rom sites out of the goodness of their heart

Fantmx said,
Where did you get the ROMs for your emulators if you didn't download them? Your ROMs for your emulators are just as illegal as downloading an Xbox game.

you got him there

Even though he could come back and say he owns the actual game so it makes his roms legal. I use emulators on the PC, but I actually do own all the games I have roms for. It's just easier getting it all on the computer instead of having 10 different systems hooked up to one TV I don't actually have a lot of roms. Just a few for each emulator.

NightmarE D said,

you got him there

Even though he could come back and say he owns the actual game so it makes his roms legal. I use emulators on the PC, but I actually do own all the games I have roms for. It's just easier getting it all on the computer instead of having 10 different systems hooked up to one TV I don't actually have a lot of roms. Just a few for each emulator.

actually in order for the rom to be legal ,it has to be a backup of your exact owned game. Just having the game doesnt work. the rom has to be ripped of your exact cartridge.

So even if you have the game its still illegal if you downloaded the rom from the net.

Does make it sound like it would need a simple update and you'd have DVD play-back on the Wii

@Kushan

It was a simple question they asked. There's no reason to act like a kid. Looks like you're the one making stupid comments here. Troll elsewhere.