How to Use WBFS Manager for Mac to Manage Wii Games
WBFS Manager is a tool that allows you to format, add, and delete Wii games from a WBFS (Wii Backup File System) partition on a Mac OS X system. It also lets you download cover art for your games and extract them to your SD card. In this article, we will show you how to use WBFS Manager for Mac to manage your Wii games.
What is WBFS
WBFS is a simple file system that stores Wii backup games in an efficient way on a hard drive. It only copies the sectors that are actually used by the game, ignoring the unused ones that contain random encrypted garbage. This way, you can save space and reduce the loading time of your games. WBFS was created by Kwiirk, based on negentig, a tool from segher that can verify and decrypt Wii discs[^2^].
How to Install WBFS Manager for Mac
WBFS Manager for Mac is a GUI-based application that requires MacOS X 10.5 or higher. You can download it from GameBrew, a website that hosts various homebrews for different consoles[^1^]. After downloading the zip file, extract it and run the wbfs.app file. You will see a window like this:
Before using WBFS Manager for Mac, you need to initialize your drive with the WBFS file system. Make sure you backup any important data on your drive before doing this, as it will erase everything on it. You can use any external USB drive or an internal partition on your Mac. To initialize your drive, select it from the drop-down menu and click on \"Format\". You will see a confirmation message like this:
Click on \"Yes\" to proceed. The formatting process may take some time depending on the size of your drive. Once it is done, you will see a message like this:
Click on \"OK\" to close the message. Your drive is now ready to store Wii games.
How to Add Wii Games to Your WBFS Drive
To add Wii games to your WBFS drive, you need to have ISO files of your games on your Mac. You can either rip them from your original discs using a tool like Wiimms ISO Tools, or download them from online sources (which may be illegal depending on your country's laws). Once you have your ISO files, you can drag and drop them to the WBFS Manager window, or click on \"Add\" and browse for them. You will see a progress bar like this:
The adding process may take some time depending on the size of your game. Once it is done, you will see your game listed in the table with its ID, name, size, and cover art (if available). You can also right-click on any game and select \"Properties\" to see more details about it.
How to Download Cover Art for Your Wii Games
WBFS Manager for Mac can automatically download cover art for your Wii games from GameTDB, a database of game information and artwork[^1^]. To do this, you need to have an internet connection and select \"Download Cover Art\" from the \"Tools\" menu. You will see a progress bar like this:
The downloading process may take some time depending on the number of games you have. Once it is done, you will see the cover art displayed next to each game in the table. You can also right-click on a474f39169