Any retro gamer wants to diversify their gaming experience. They dump their favorite classic games from old cartridges, scour the Internet in search of abandonware website offering the best ROMs, and sort out the ways in which they can bypass the rules and start using the juiciest GameCube games on their Wii consoles. Yes, you got it right. Playing Nintendo’s discontinued GameCube system is possible on the Wii consoles using such a handy tool as Nintendont. If you’re also eager to learn how to do start enjoying your favorite GameCube tiles on a Wii physical console, make sure to read our article and follow our recommendations to the point.
Playing GameCube Games on the Wii with Nintendont
As an experienced classic gamer you should know that it’s essential to avail yourself of emulation software if you want to play a certain game on a third-party console. Still, it won’t be the case if you’re eager to play GameCube on the Wii, which, truth be told, used to boast support for GameCube titles until Nintendo decided to put a lid on that. That’s when Nintendont hit the scene and became extremely popular with those gamers who wanted to continue playing favorite games on the Wii.
Some players mistakenly take Nintendont for an emulator, which is not true. In fact, Nintendont cannot emulate GameCube hardware, but is good at restoring good old connection between the GameCube and the Wii, meaning that the program makes the Wii behave as if Nintendo has never ditched GameCube support on it. As a result, you get an opportunity to run GameCube games natively on the Wii.
If you decide to take advantage of Nintendont, we highly recommend that you get the most out of it. Make sure to install the Homebrew Channel that will enable you to download and install various additional apps on your console. Thus, you’ll be able to install emulation software and boot loaders, which, in their turn, will make it possible to run not only Nintendo Wii ROMs, but also a wide range of other systems’ games, from a USB or SD card.
As we’ve noted, you need to install the Homebrew Channel on your Wii console to be able to run GameCube games on it.
It will be necessary to download a couple of files and save their contents on your SD card whose storage capacity should be no less than 2GB (less won’t suffice). Once you’re through installing the required files and setting up your Homebrew, you can start using flash drives with your console.
- If you already have the Homebrew Channel installed on your console, feel free to skip this step and proceed to installing Nintendont.
To install Nintendont, take any SD card you have at hand. We recommend that you format the card you’re using to FAT32.
The next step is to download Nintendont’s files from the official website. They are icon.png, loader.dol, and meta.xml. When saving the loader file (loader.dol), make sure to rename it to boot.dol.
Next, you’ll need to create a dedicated directory on your SD card. Name it apps/Nintendont. Put the contents of all downloaded files into the new directory.
Of course, you’ll need the best GameCube games to play on your Wii with the help of your newly installed Nintendont. As you know, we don’t condone piracy and cheating. Therefore, we urge you to refrain from downloading pirate ROMs or ISOs from dubious online resources. Instead, take advantage on one of the largest ROM collection hosted on Killerroms.com. Make sure to download only those games you once purchased. Otherwise, you’ll commit piracy.
You can store your ROMs download in a separate folder on either the same SD card or your hard drive. The name of your game folder should be something like: games/super mario sunshine.game.iso. While you can change the Mario Sunshine part to any other game’s name, take care to name you disc exactly game.iso.
Wondering what tool can help you transfer the downloaded ISOs to the dedicated folder? Don’t worry! You’ll be able to quickly do this using the GameCube ISO Tool. This handy utility won’t only spare you the bother of manually copying your games, but also save much valuable space on your storage device by compressing game files. Still, this option is available to Windows users only.
Should you want to use a USB drive to play GameCube games on the Wii, use the bottom USB slot on your console.
Now you can fire up your Nintendont. Insert your SD card, run the Homebrew Channel, and select Nintendont.
Now you dive headfirst into the world of fascinating gaming and unrestrained fun!