Learn to record Gamecube games like a pro
As Gamecube progresses in years, gets rolled out to younger gamers and discs continue to increase in wear and tear, there is a growing market for backing up and burning Gamecube games. People want to protect their investment and make sure their beloved classics can be played for years to come. Recording Gamecube games is quite similar to recording games for any other system, albeit with some unique quirks. Well, in this article we will give you the information you will need to successfully record Gamecube games.
Let’s first look at the tools you will need to successfully record Gamecube games. Of course, you will need the image file of the game you want to burn, and we will leave it up to you to find or create an image file for the game you want to burn. Next, you will need a good DVD burner. Gamecube games are notoriously finicky with certain burners, but they work well with Pioneer and NEC burners. If you find that your burns just don’t work, or the quality is poor, you may need to look into purchasing a more compatible burner.
Unlike most consoles, movies, etc., Gamecube does not use standard DVDs, but Mini DVDs, and these are not always easy to find because they are much less in demand. Your best bet for finding blank Mini DVDs may be an online store, although major chains like Office Depot should have some as well.
Lastly, you will need a good game recording software program. There are free programs available, as well as paid software, such as Game Copy Wizard. We generally recommend paid software as its compatibility and quality is much higher than any of the free software programs available when trying to record Gamecube games. In case your game image file is called.gcm, you can simply rename the file to.iso. All your files must be .iso files before attempting to burn them with any image recording software.
With all the tools in place, you should be able to go ahead and record your games, making sure to follow the instructions for your particular image recording program. When recording, it is always advisable to record at a slower speed, and you should also turn off unnecessary programs so that they do not run, as any increase in computer activity during recording could negatively affect the quality of the recording. It is a good idea to disconnect the Internet connection completely while recording.
Of course, there is one final item to consider, and the main problem encountered when trying to play burned games, and that is the fact that video game consoles, including Gamecube, will never play backup discs without some kind of modification. (which generally means having to ruin the warranty). Yes, silly as it may seem on the surface, you are legally allowed to make backup copies of your games, but those backups are practically useless as they cannot be played on any console without modifying them, making your copies of security are almost useless unless additional measures are taken.
For Gamecube, you have two main methods at your disposal, you can modify the console hard, voiding your warranty, or you can modify it by software, which involves buying the Max Drive Pro memory card and downloading custom software that will allow you to run backup games while embedded in Gamecube.
We hope this article has helped you learn how to record Gamecube games. You should be on your way to burning perfect copies of the best Gamecube games ever made. Don’t accept that your old, worn-out games have reached the end of their time with you. Burn new copies of them and continue to enjoy them for years to come.