- Wii remote will not help you play GameCube games on Wii
- Wireless WaveBird or GameCube controllers need to be plugged into the Wii GameCube controller socket
GameCube games aren’t supported on all Wii versions in the first place.
Wii consoles like the RVL-001, manufactured back in 2006, support GameCube games.
But consoles like the RVL-201 manufactured on and after 2011 don’t have GameCube ports and don’t support GameCube discs either.
Now we’ll shed some light on how to play GameCube games on Wii.
Can You Play GameCube Games On Wii?
Let’s say you have an RVL-001. To play GameCube games here’s what you will need as hardware:
- A GameCube controller
- GameCube Disc
- GameCube memory card (optional)
First, remove your Wii controller and connect the GameCube controller to the compatible port on your Wii console. The RVL-001 can support up to 4 controllers.
Now you need to insert a memory card to save your game progress. Your Wii controller has 2 memory card slots.
To do this step by step –
- Plug in the controller
- Insert the memory card
- Insert the GameCube disc.
- Press Home on your Wii remote and select GameCube
Now you can play GameCube games using GameCube controllers and even save your progress with the memory card in place.
Remember, GameCube memory cards aren’t just any SD card. Make sure you get a GameCube-compatible card.
If you don’t have a memory card or don’t wish to purchase one, you can still play GameCube games on Wii, however, you won’t be able to save your progress once you eject the GameCube disc.
How To Play GameCube Games From SD Card On Wii?
If you don’t have GameCube discs or want to play backed-up GameCube games from an SD card, here’s what you need to do.
First, you need GCM Utility, to compress the games. It’s not mandatory, but zipping the games increases your chances of playability.
Now use DM Toolbox to install the GameCube games on your SD card. This tool further shrinks the GameCube images by clearing garbage data
Now you can use any GameCube loader (preferably DML Booster) to load your game from the SD card.
And that’s about it! If you are solely looking for a Wii console that can run GameCube games, you have to go for old Wii consoles manufactured before 2011. You can check out used RVL-001s that are available on Amazon and will cost you around $100.
Now you need a couple of GameCube controllers that work with the Wii and you’re good to go.
It will cost you roughly $150 to play your favorite GameCube games on a compatible Wii.