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This tutorial will guide you in
- installing a cMIOS to your Wii
- playing gamecube backups/copies with NeoGamma
- ripping/copying gamecube games with CleanRip
- burning gamecube games to disc with IMGburn
- creating a multigame ISO gamecube disc
This guide is for a soft modded Wii, if your Wii is not soft modded then get it soft modded - Softmod Guide
Do not follow this guide if -
- Your Wii is hard modded and you want to retain playing retail and backup Gamecube games from the disc channel.
- Your Wii is not capable of playing backup games from disc. Easy test: In the latest NeoGamma, remove disc from the drive and select launch game from disc. You will get a read error. If it doesn't say anything about your drive, then it should capable of playing backups.
I have compiled a package of Game Cube apps that you will need for this process.
In this package is -
1. cMIOSWiiGator - used to install the cMIOS - Download
2. NUSD - used to download the MIOS Download
3. NeoGamma R9 beta56 - Used to boot Wii and Gamecube games Download
4. NeoGamma forwarder - DFNG - Forwarder to boot Neogamma from the Wii menu Download
5. MultiGameISO Creator 3.5.4F+ - creates a multi ISO Gamecube disc Download
6. IMGburn - to burn your Wii and GC backups Download, Website
7. Wiped GCM Fixer 1.5F - used to patch shrunken ISO's for a multiISO game disc wiped_gcm_fixer_v1.5f.rar
8. GC-Tool - a type of WiiScrubber for GC images (not used in this guide) GC-Tool.rar
I had a nice download package of the above items, but somebody didn't like me hosting that stuff on mediafire, now you gotta
log in to download from Hacksden.
I recommend using a 2GB Sandisc SD card.
hjsplit - for joining files with extentions .001 .002 .003 etc.....
Neogamma IOS Switcher - change the IOS that neogamma boots games with.
Ctr-Gcs : DacoTaco Edition is a tool built to create or restore full, raw memory card backups and GCI save files just like the GC application Ctr-gcs did. These dumps can be saved to restore later or be used in emulators like Dolphin-emu. Unlike ctr-gcs however, this utility can read or write to unofficial memory cards; no matter what its size is.
The program will read & write the dump to the SD card (in the ctr-gcs folder) as card_dump.raw
Also please note that if you restore a corrupt dump to a memory card, or if the program shows an error while creating or restoring a dump, you may end up with a corrupted memory card.
Install the cMIOS
If you used the HacksDen guide to softmod any wii, or used ModMii, then you already have the correct cMIOS installed, no need to reinstall it.
- Installing this cMIOS will overwrite any MIOS/cMIOS you have already installed.
- Neogamma Internal mode currently does not support Waninkoko's cMIOS, install this cMIOS.
- First you need to download the MIOS with NUS Downloader. Download MIOSv10, dont forget to check the box that says "pack wad". If you don't know how to use NUS Downloader the look here - guide coming soon
- Place the RVL-mios-v10.wad on the root of the SD card (do not place in the wad folder)
- Unzip the cMIOSWiiGator archive, copy the cMIOSWiiGator folder to the apps folder of your SD card. Run this in the homebrew channel, don't for get to use IOS249 to do the installing. Select YES for both of the settings before installing. I can confirm the SD card and Download from NUSD methods of installing. USB install is possible but I did not test that, so I cannot confirm if it works, so don't ask about it. If you get usb install working then good, if you can't then use the SD card to do it.
cMIOSv10 vs. cMIOSv4
It seems that WiiPower has changed his mind on which cMIOS to ues.
I changed my mind after:
- i have seen that my debug output when using patched MIOS also works with v10
- i realised that MIOS does not apply patches when i boot games the "normal" way, i mean the regular way i boot games with the internal loader
- i added a patch to still allow using Action Replay retail disc
NeoGamma's different GC modesThe NeoGamma gamecube modes allow to change NeoGamma's behaviour when booting gamecube discs.
'MIOS' is the old behavior, it just starts the MIOS if a GC disc is inserted.
'internal' starts the included GC Backup Launcher from WiiGator(requires compatible cMIOS).
'external' starts an GC homebrew .dol from storage
taken from the Neogamma r9 b49 fixed readme -
- Unzip the NeoGamma archive to the root of your SD card. You may discard the "source" folder, unless that kind of stuff interests you. You now have Neogamma installed to the SD card. Do not change the names of any of the folders.
- Unzip the NeoGamma forwarder - DFNG archive and copy the NeoGamma Loader - DFNG.wad to the wad folder of your SD card. Use WadManager to install this wad. You will now have a NeoGamma forwarder that boots Neogamma from the SD card. IOS35 is needed to run the forwarder, if it don't work then install IOS35.
Usage (applies to GameCube games)
- Select options, then select General Options.
- Set the Save Config to YES, then select Return to Menu
- Select GC Options, Set the GC Mode to Internal
- Set the Force Video to Disc. Unless it's an out of region disc, the select your preference. If you are using component cables then Force Video to disc may not work, use what ever seting works.
- Return to the Main Menu of NeoGamma and Launch Game.
- If your games fails to launch, you may have to play around with the GC settings, also check the compatibility list, link posted below.
- leave the GC mode set to internal, try adjusting the rebooter first, then try the High plugin or debug. If you have color issues then change the Patch Video.
List of achieved improvements for GC loading with NeoGamma:(improvements over WiiGator's loader)
- Play retail GC discs
- Play retail "problem games" like Eternal Darkness, Starfox Adventures and Zelda Ocarina of Time
- Ocarina/Wiird on retail GC discs
- Select which game to boot from multi game discs in wii mode(NeoGamma itself)
- Autodetection for 2nd disc on multi game discs
- Increased speed for the reloader(setting: fast, forced is as slow as before but has a better compatibility)
- The reloader always stays active now
- Optional alternative Audio Status Request handling(gets Ikaruga to work)
IGN top 25 Gamecube games
1. Metroid Prime
2. Resident Evil 4
3. Super Smash Bros Melee
4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
5. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
6. Pikmin 2
7. F Zero GX
8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
9. Super Mario Sunshine
10. Wave Race: Blue Storm
11. Animal Crossing
12. Beyond Good & Evil
13. Resident Evil
14. Soulcalibur 2
15. Metroid Prime 2 Echoes
16. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
17. Viewtiful Joe
18. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
19. Timesplitters 2
20. Killer 7
21. Super Monkey Ball 2
22. Battalion Wars
23. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
24. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
25. Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes
IGN list here
Best Selling GC GamesThe 26 Nintendo GameCube games that have sold or shipped at least one million copies.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (7.09 million)
- Mario Kart: Double Dash (7 million approximately)
- Super Mario Sunshine (5.9 million)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (4.3 million)
- Luigi's Mansion (2.639 million approximately: 2.19 million in US, 348,918 in Japan, 100,000 in UK)
- Animal Crossing (2.321 million approximately: 1.68 million in US, 641,300 in Japan)
- Mario Party 4 (2.003 million approximately: 1.1 million in US, 902,827 in Japan)
- Metroid Prime (2 million)
- Mario Party 7 (1.86 million)
- Pokémon Colosseum (1.806 million approximately: 1.15 million in US, 656,270 in Japan)
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (1.732 million approximately: 1.44 million in US, 192,186 in Japan,100,000 in UK)
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (1.64 million approximately: 1.23 million in US, 409,600 in Japan)
- Resident Evil 4 (1.6 million)
- Mario Party 5 (1.505 million approximately: 807,331 in US, 697,462 in Japan)
- Sonic Mega Collection (1.453 million approximately: 1.38 million in US, 72,967 in Japan)
- Resident Evil (1.35 million)
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (1.32 million)
- Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (1.25 million)
- Resident Evil Zero (1.25 million)
- Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (1.223 million approximately: 1.03 million in US, 192,802 in Japan)
- Super Mario Strikers (1.2 million)
- Pikmin (1.18 million approximately: 680,000 in US, 507,011 in Japan)
- Kirby Air Ride (1.172 million approximately: 750,000 in US, 422,311 in Japan)
- Soulcalibur II (1.099 approximately: 1 million in US, 99,256 in Japan)
- Star Fox Adventures (1.06 million approximately: 800,000 in US, 259,069 in Japan)
- Mario Party 6 (1 million)
List of best-selling Nintendo GameCube video games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
links to GBAtemp
Softmodded Wii's using a backup launcher
Gamecube Backup Launcher Compatibility List - WikiTemp
GCOS Gamecube Compatibility List - WikiTemp
Ripping Retail Gamecube Discs
You will need HBC 1.0.8 and IOS58 (v6176) installed - Download CleanRip
CleanRip will rip Wii/GC games to a FAT/NTFS storage device (SD or USB). I recommend a FAT32 USB memory stick larger in size than the ISO you are ripping. The author of CleanRip says there may be a chance to corrupt existing data on the storage device. Just install CleanRip on your SD card and run from HBC, follow the on screen prompts, simple and easy. When the process is complete you should have a 1.35 GB gamecube ISO on your storage device, ready to burn to disc.
Burning GameCube Backup Discs
I have included an app that lets you create GC multiISO discs. It is pretty
straight forward and easy to use. It will let you create a GC disc with
multiple games on it. You can leave the images as is or shrink them to get
more games on a disc. Be warned, not all games work correctly from
a multiISO game disc. Multigame ISO Creator 4.0 is not compatible with
Neogamma, use the version from the download list above.
If creating a MultiISO image with shrunken ISO's
- first shrink the images (ISO's)
- use "fstfix t" on all shrunken images (Wiped GCM Fixer 1.5F also callled Fstfix 1.5F)
- now create the multiISO image (ISO)
A more detailed guide for shrunken ISO's
You only need to do the following guide if shrinking the ISO's
- launch the multigame ISO creator 3.5.4f+
- select the region of the ISO to be created (USA, PAL, JAP), I am not sure if this will patch an out of region ISO, always use an ISO of the region of your Wii.
- select the games to be placed in the multigame ISO, using the "Add ISO" button
- check the shrink box for each game
- look at the disc icon in the lower left corner, if the ISO is larger than 4.37GB then remove one of the games from the project
- now create the image
- after the images have been shrunken, there will be a prompt to delete the shrunken images, select NO
- exit the multigame ISO creator
- you will now notice that a folder named "Compressed Images" and the multigame ISO have been created.
- delete the multigame ISO that was created, you need to run FSTFIX on the compressed images.
- copy the "wiped_gcm_fixer_v1.5f" archive (from the download) to the "Compressed Images" folder, right click the archive and select extract here (you will need wirRAR or simular program installed)
- drag and drop a compressed GC ISO on the FSTFIX application and wait for it to complete the process, the FSTFIX dialog box will disappear when completed, and your ISO will be fixed for a multigame ISO.
- repeat step 12 for each compressed ISO to be added to the multigame ISO.
- now lauch the multigame ISO creator again and load the compresses ISO images from the Compressed Images folder.
- once the images are loaded, select the region of the ISO you are creating, no need to compress the images (ther're already compressed), now click the "Create MultiGame ISO" button.
- Right click the image that was created and select "burn using IMGburn", you need IMGburn installed for this.
Use IMGburn to burn GameCube backup discs, IMGburn may very well be the
best image/ISO burning software available. Tayio Yuden or Verbatim (with the Azo dye) are
recommended, DVD +R or DVD -R can be used. If you use any other brand then
stick with the DVD -R. If you have a crappy DVD burner (factory installed burner)
then stick with DVD -R. When burning DVD +R then set book type to DVD ROM.
Do not use Verbatim Lifeseries line of media, it is junk.
- Install IMGburn
- right click on the image (ISO/gcm) file to be burned.
- select "burn using IMGburn"
- select your burning speed, I recommend 4X
- select "verify burn"
- now burn your disc
While your disc is burning (burning a DVD is very delicate)
- make sure your screen saver or virus scanner don't start running.
- do not multi task, such as run other programs or surf the web
- go get a sandwhich or something while burning, just leave your mouse alone.
If your backups are not working and you failed to use the recommended blank DVD media then do not ask why your backups are not working.
Warning: It is illegal to download/distribute copyrighted video games. This guide, myself, and this site does not support or promote software piracy. Play fair.
THIS APPLICATION COMES WITH NO WARRANTY AT ALL, NEITHER EXPRESSED NOR IMPLIED.
NO ONE BUT YOURSELF IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR WII CONSOLE BECAUSE OF A IMPROPER USAGE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
Thanks goes to
WiiPower - for continuing work on launching GC backups and NeoGamma
WiiGator - for mIOS patcher and GCBL 0.2
emu_kidid - for CleanRip and Swiss
Waninkoko - for everything he as done
Pepxl - NeoGamma DFNG forwarder
Patman666 - for GC MultigameISO Creator
IMGBurn - for IMGburn
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Last edited by stomp_442; 07-07-2014 at 11:58 PM. Reason: updated neogamma, updated download source
Thanks for posting this guide, stomp!! I have used this a few times (on older wii's I've modded) and had 100% success. Awesome guide. Again, thanks!!!
Just contributing this since this was a question that's been asked on several occassions. There are some games which use two discs; Disc 1 and Disc 2. Midway through the story, you may have to swap to Disc 2. People are wondering how does that work and if there's an issue with it for those games like Tales of Symphonia and Metal Gears Solid: Twin Snake. I've been testing this out (not really, I just played Tales of Symphonia to try to beat it in less than 40 hours of gameplay, damn, 42 hours, lol)
1. Create a Multi-Game ISO that has both Disc 1 and Disc 2 of the game using the provided tool. Don't shrink the game (not sure, I just haven't tested this so don't bother shrink it).
2. Burn the image onto a DVD.
3. Launch your game using Neogamma R9 Beta 49 or later.
4. Play your game and enjoy, eventually you may get prompted to switch to disc 2.
5. Simply, eject the disc in the dvd drive and re-insert the same one. It'll begin checking the disc then continue.
Tested: Tales of Symphonia Disc 1 & 2 on a MultiGame ISO - Neogamma R9 Beta 49 - cIOS249 d2x v4 - using both cMIOS v10 and v4
I've just set this up and it appears to have worked but Do you require a gamecube controller to play them or will a classic wii controller work? as the wii remote has lost sync and i cannot do anything apart from hard reset the wii.
Yup. Definitely need a gamecube controller. When mIOS is loaded, Wii Mote's no longer work.
Cheers, thought that was the issue just wanted to make sure.
To those who don't have an SD card available (like me).. use this installer instead: link removed (wrong installer)
cMIOSWiiGator won't let you install from USBdrive but with the one i linked you can download the cMIOS v10 from internet right on your wii. It works great!
soo..If I have a WODE installed, and I follow this guide..will I no longer be able to use my disc drive?
I don't know much about a WODE. I do know that a WODE will play Gamecube backups without softmodding your Wii, just put the games on your hdd with your Wii games and see what happens. I also know that some hardmods do not play well with softmods, as for a WODE, I do not know.
If you follow Mauifrogs guide to softmod any Wii, then you will have the proper cMIOS installed. That guide installs the same cMIOS that this guide has you install. The cMIOS will allow you to play GC games via softmods. If your WODE gives you an error when trying to boot GC backups with the cMIOS, then you must decide, play GC backups from WODE or from softmods, the choice is yours. If you do not like the cMIOS and it has a adverse effect on your WODE, then you can reinstall the original MIOS, back to the way it was before the softmod. The cMIOS should not affect your WODE's ability to load Wii backup games.
Last edited by stomp_442; 11-13-2011 at 12:32 AM.