Wiithon and Dolphin Wii Emulator

If, like me, you hacked your Nintendo Wii a long time ago, and have a USB drive plugged into the back of it full of games, then read on about how you can take those games, convert them back into ISOs and play them on your computer.

On Ubuntu, I use an application called Wiithon to manage the ISOs on the USB drive. It converts the DVD ISO into a WDF format, and vice versa. WDF is a much smaller size than the ISO, so I can fit more on the USB drive. However, I need a standard ISO for the upcoming task, so I just use Wiithon to convert back and forth as I need. The best way to get Wiithon installed, for me, is to do the following:

wget https://launchpad.net/~wii.sceners.linux/+archive/wiithon/+build/2554047/+files/wiithon_1.26-503_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i wiithon_1.26-503_amd64.deb

Then, I just plug in my Wii USB drive, select a specific game and use the "Converter" button to get me a nice ISO to use.

Next, I install Dolphin Wii Emulator. On Ubuntu, the easiest way I found to get the latest and greatest version, is to add the following PPA and install like this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glennric/dolphin-emu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu

Now, simply launch "Dolphin-emu" from the menu (found under Games typically). Mess around with the Wiimote settings, and configure the keyboard however you like. Then, just click Open, browse to the ISO you created above, and off you go:


Hitting ALT+ENTER will bring the game into full screen, and there are tons of settings to tweak. The Dolphin forums are also a good place to go for advice. You may even go as far as trying to get the Wii remote to work, even though I'm fine with the keyboard and mouse.

Have fun, and enjoy Wii games on Ubuntu.