A method has been found to dump images of Nintendo Wii game
onto a PC hard drive. According to a forum post on
Wii Newz, a specific line of LG
DVD-ROM drives are required along with the program DVDInfo in order to
successfully create a disc image.
The LG DVD-ROM drives, which supposedly share similar
hardware with the optical drive found in the Wii, are able to read the special
game discs via debug commands issued by the DVDInfo software. The entire
process is a lengthy one, as it takes over fifty hours to create one single
Although hackers may be able to successfully extract the
data off a Wii game disc, there is still no known method in loading the
extracted data for play on the console.
The PlayStation 3 "backup" scene is also just getting its wings – disc images of PS3 games
were released within two weeks of the console’s launch,
but methods on loading the data for play are still unknown.