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GameCube Loaders

The Wii is backwards compatible with GameCube games. As such, it is also able to play GameCube backups.

In order to load GameCube backups, you need an additional GameCube loader. There are various methods available; you will need one of the following:

 Method Loads from vWii CompatibleExtra
 cMIOS - Disc No - Supports compressed ISO
 - Supports multi-game discs
 - Plays backups through Disc channel (requires patched system menu IOS)
 DIOS-MIOS - Disc 
 - USB
 No - Supports compressed ISO
 - Supports memory card emulation (partially)
 DIOS-MIOS Lite - Disc
 - SD card
 No - Supports compressed ISO
 - Supports memory card emulation (partially)
 Devolution - USB
 - SD card
 Yes - Doesn't use MIOS
 - Near perfect game compatibility
 - Requires original game disc to authenticate (once per game per HDD)
 - Supports memory card emulation
 - Supports audio streaming
 - Supports multiple controllers (WiiMote, Classic Controller, PS3 controller, ...)
 Nintendont
(Recommended)
 - USB
 - SD card
 Yes - Doesn't use MIOS
 - Very high game compatibility
 - Supports compressed and uncompressed ISO
 - Supports memory card emulation (partially)
 - Supports audio streaming 
 - Supports GameCube and HID-compliant controllers
 - Supports WiiMote, WiiU Pro Controller and a few others

It is recommended to use Nintendont, as it has high compatibility, is easy to install and works well with existing USB loaders.

Notes:
  • Loading from Disc: Loads from standard DVD or a mini-DVD. Multiple games can be put on the same DVD through the Multigame ISO creator.
    • Will not work on newer Wiis and WiiU due to drive incompatibility.
  • vWii Compatible: Works on the WiiU virtual Wii mode.
  • Doesn't use MIOS: Normally, GameCube games are loaded though the MIOS. These launchers use methods to bypass the MIOS.
    • Note that there is only 1 MIOS on the Wii, so only one MIOS-related launcher can be installed at the same time.
    • The launchers that don't use the MIOS can coexist with other launchers.
  • Memory card emulation: Ability to emulate GameCube memory cards through save files on SD card.
  • Audio Streaming: Only certain GameCube games use audio streaming. An incompatible loader means the game will play, but without sound.