How to Transfer Wii Games From a PC to a Wii

By Joshua Bailey

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • External hard drive

  • SD card

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Homebrew is software created by users to be used on many of today's video gaming consoles. The Nintendo Wii has a large Homebrew community that has successfully created a program that allows you to play Wii games off of an external hard drive instead of a disk. You can also use the Wii's internal storage, which is the SD card. You need to be running Homebrew on your Wii to play off the hard drive.

External Storage

Turn on your computer, and plug the external hard drive into one of the open USB ports. Wait as the computer loads up the hard drive. Click the “Start” button, and right-click the “Computer” link. Click “Manage,” and you will be brought to your “Disk Management” page.

Click on your external hard drive to highlight it. Right-click the highlighted drive, and click “Format.” Click the “File System” dropdown menu, and then click “FAT.” Click the “OK” button.

Copy/paste your Nintendo Wii game into the newly formatted external hard drive, and wait as the game is transferred over. Right-click the external hard drive from the list of available drives, and click “Eject” to properly remove it from your computer. Disconnect the drive from your computer.

Plug your external hard drive into the USB port of the Nintendo Wii, and turn on the Wii by pressing the power button on the console or the Wiimote. Use your Homebrew USBLoader to load the game up and play.

Internal Wii Storage

Turn on your computer, and insert the SD card into your computer's card reader. If you do not have a card reader, you can use any connectible device that uses SD as memory to add or delete files on the SD.

Copy/paste your Wii ISO onto the SD card, and wait as it transfers. Once the transfer is complete, remove the SD card from the computer.

Insert the SD card into your Wii, and select the game using the USBLoader. SD cards now go up to 32 gb, which is more than enough room for about eight full Wii games.


Nintendo decided to use the SD card as their internal storage because it is easily upgradable.