How to make and play backup copies of your Wii games
There are 2 different ways to go about playing backup games.
1. Install a modchip (AKA Hardmod). They cost some money but are less hassle then a softmod and it is easier to update your system . There are many different hardmods to choose from but I had to pick one I would get a WODE. I will not elaborate on hardmods, if you choose to go this route then do your research and pick one you like. Look in this section of the forum for more info. Here is a list of recommended suppliers/installers.
2. Softmod your wii. Its FREE!! But it is more complicated and requires a little more care and maintenance then a modchip but the wonderful thing about it is that it's FREE!! and with all the wonderful guides here on wiihacks.com almost any noob can have success doing it.
Softmodding and Backing up your Wii games
Before you can play backups you have to hack your wii and install Homebrew. Find out what version firmware you have by looking in the wii settings menu and follow the appropriate guide. If you have a 3.1 to 4.1 Wii follow this guide by Dogeggs. If you have a 4.2 Wii the choose either this guide by Messie or this guide by Shadowsonic.
Now that you have installed homebrew you are ready to start backing up your games. Since there are only a couple of disk drives capable of copying Wii disks and odds are you don’t have one I will not bother explaining the process but if you prefer to use your PC to backup games follow this guide for PC or this guide for MAC.
For everyone else a usb stick or hardrive will be needed. Not all drives are compatible so before you go out and spend your money look at this list. If you choose to play games via usb I recommend a bigger drive (120gb+). If you prefer disk loading, a 16gb thumbdrive will be enough. You will now have to properly format your drive using this guide by gen3sf.
You will also need a usb loader, you can use the one from any of the softmodding guides mentioned above or pick another one. There are quite a few to choose from but here are the 3 more popular ones. Pick the one you like best.
USBLoaderGX found in the recommended guides, WiiFlow my favorite and it looks really nice, Configurable USBLoaber has many options.
Plug your drive into the Wii, start up your loader. Insert one of your original disk in and select the install/add game option either in the settings menu or the open screen depending on your loader. Your game will be copied to your harddrive. You can now play it directly from your usb drive.
Making and playing backup disk
If you want to use backup disks instead of usb you will need to a wbfs manager. You can use the one in gen3sf’s guide mentioned above or pick one here. Connect your drive to your computer and load it with your wbsf manager. You will see your game on the drive. Select your game and extract it to ISO. Burn the ISO to disk with imgburn and play it with a disk loader like neogamma or softchip. A good quality DVD-R is recommended because it is easier on your drive.
Enjoy your legally obtained retail backup games!!;)