In the previous entries in this Wii U hacking guide, we have covered how to fully hack the Wii U to enable playing of Homebrew, dumping games and the modification of the Virtual Wii to allow homebrew. This week I will be going over how to backup and install Wii games and also show you how to play GameCube Games.
How to play backups on your vWii
There are two methods I would recommend allowing you to play Wii U backups on your Wii U. the first method would be installing USB Loader GX and running the games off an external disk drive or USB stick. This keeps your Wii game backups separate; however, you cannot use the same hard disk drive you store you Wii U games on as the disk will be formatted differently to work the vWii.
The second method is to inject the Wii game backup as Wii retail virtual console game. This method will let you install your game to your Wii U as an application and will load much like how Wii U backups created with Disc2app load.
How to load Wii backups with USB loader GX on your Wii U
First, we are going to need to USB loader GX to your vWii. Luckily, we installed all the needed CIOS in part 2. We will want to install the channel and forwarder so head over to the following addresses and grab the latest version of the application and forwarder (Make sure you choose vWii version for the forwarder!):
Extract the ‘apps’ folder from inside the latest version of USB loader GX to the root of your SD card.
Place the ‘.wad’ file to the ‘wad’ folder on the SD card. (If there is no folder there then create one)
To install the forwarder, we shall use ‘Yet Another Wad Manager’ which you can download from here: http://www.hacksden.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=793&d=1369548542
Extract and copy the created folder to your ‘apps’ folder, then reinsert your SD card into your Wii U, boot up the console and start the vWii. Load up the Homebrew Channel and select ‘Yet Another Wad Manager’
Read the disclaimer and press ‘A’ a couple of times to continue. You will be asked to select the WAD location, Select ‘SD Card’ and press ‘A’. Use the D-pad to navigate down to the ‘WAD’ folder and press ‘A’, from here select our forwarder file and press ‘A’ once more to install the WAD.
Press the home button to return to the Homebrew Channel, then press it once more and return to the vWii’s system menu and you will find we have USB Loader GX set up as a channel. This means we do not have to boot up the Homebrew Channel every time we want to load a backup.
Now, as I mentioned earlier, we cannot use the same hard disk drive as we use for our Wii U games and homebrew. We need to use another form of storage, this can be another hard disk drive, a USB flash drive or even an SD card with a USB adapter.
Head over to http://www.wiibackupmanager.co.uk/downloads.html and download the latest version of Wii Backup Manager. Extract this to a folder on your PC (I put it in a folder called ‘wiibackup’ on my desktop, but you can put it wherever you want!).
Select which version is suitable for you and open the program, I have a 64-bit operating system so I chose the one ending in ‘WIN64’.
Once open navigate to tools and select format
Now, make sure you select the right drive to and make sure the file system is set to WBFS and click start. (As with all formatting, this will wipe all data saved on the drive so make sure there’s nothing important on there!)
This won’t take too long but will vary slightly depending on the size of your hard disk or thumb drive. (I’m using a small 8gb micro SD in a USB adapter for demonstration purposes). With the formatting complete we can insert the USB / Hard Disk into our Wii U and load up USB Loader GX.
*Your Wii U may prompt you to format the drive. Do not do this just cancel and load the vWii*
Once USB loader GX has launched, insert the game you want to backup. I will be using my copy of Resident Evil.
Insert the disc and you will be prompted to either mount the DVD drive or Install the game. Select install, USB Loader GX will confirm the game name and size, select install to continue and the game will be read from disc and copied to your storage media.
Once completed the game will display as successfully installed. Installing the game this time took two attempts with my Wii U freezing at 77%, the Wii U can be a little fussy when it comes to what type of storage media you use, and the general consensus is that hard disk drives work a lot better!
with the game is installed you can use the Wii Mote to select the cover, select this and it will prompt you to download the cover art etc. Once downloaded you can start your game.