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Wii to Wii U data transfer - everything must go

This is some news that might make some upset. Looks like you have an all-or-nothing situation when moving your Wii content to Wii U. The info comes from Rich over at IGN.

You must move *everything* from your Wii to your Wii U. There is no pick and choose on this.

Just make sure to tidy up your Wii fridge before bringing its contents over to Wii U!

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08 Nov 2012 16:26

Windsor wrote:I don't see how this is a problem. If it isn't something you want to take with you, why is it on your Wii?


It's a problem for two people who shared a Wii, and are getting two separate Wii U's, such as my brother and I. We were originally planning on dividing up our virtual console purchases, but now it seems like everything is staying on our Wii since there's no option to choose who gets what, on top of the fact that you can only do the transfer once.
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08 Nov 2012 16:27

gatorboi352 wrote:That's all fine and dandy but can anyone answer me if this can be done with multiple Wiis? I have 2 with games and saves on both and need to transfer them all over.


All signs point to that not being possible. One Wii, once SD card, one transfer. That's it.
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08 Nov 2012 16:39

I have so many questions:

What happens to games you don't have installed? Does eshop recognize you purchased them and will let you re-download?

What happens if you have a modded wii? What about hacked save files? What about pirated wiiware games? Does the app recognize you modded and not transfer anything? Does it only transfer your legit stuff?

Can you back up your save files and put them back on your wii after the transfer? What if I don't want to lose my brawl save on my wii (I have to unlock the guys all over again!?) Etc?
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08 Nov 2012 16:42

Windsor wrote:I don't see how this is a problem. If it isn't something you want to take with you, why is it on your Wii?

My main problem is, since the Wii U doesn't accept GC controllers, I won't be able to play my VC games in multiplayer (I only own 1 Classic Controller). I also would prefer to keep some of my saves (Brawl, Kart, etc.) on my Wii for the same reason. Now, if the Pro Controller worked with Wii software, that wouldn't be a problem, but it seems it doesn't.

Also, it hasn't been confirmed yet if you can transfer from more than 1 Wii, has it? I'm concerned about that (I'm really doubting at this point, but it'd be a great relief to me).
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08 Nov 2012 16:42

gatorboi352 wrote:That's all fine and dandy but can anyone answer me if this can be done with multiple Wiis? I have 2 with games and saves on both and need to transfer them all over.



What you said! I also have 2 Wiis....
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08 Nov 2012 16:46

what i want to know is if i can play online wii games (MH3, COD, MK wii) i dont know that yet :c
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Anonymous
08 Nov 2012 16:50

I wonder if this is how Sony/Microsoft would handle this. Just proves that Nintendo needed a damn account system from the get go with digital stuff, and that locking down game save information is STUPID.
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08 Nov 2012 16:50

geogaither wrote:What happens to games you don't have installed? Does eshop recognize you purchased them and will let you re-download?


DSi to 3DS transfers recognized that so it shouldnt be an issue for Wii to Wii U
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08 Nov 2012 16:50

Sounds like it basically takes all the files from the flash memory, copies, flashes locally, and the WiiU just flashes it's virtual Wii system with the sd card's data.

Wonder if the Homebrew Channel will make the trip over. Would be funny if it did.
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08 Nov 2012 16:55

So the problem here for me is Bomberman (wiiWare).

We play 8-player at my house using 4 GCN controllers.
We also play 5 player games (TG-16).

On WiiU that becomes 4 player :(.
Maybe I should transfer everything and then just buy the game again?
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08 Nov 2012 17:06

WarioFan63 wrote:
geogaither wrote:What happens to games you don't have installed? Does eshop recognize you purchased them and will let you re-download?


DSi to 3DS transfers recognized that so it shouldnt be an issue for Wii to Wii U


I was wondering if the DSi transfered games appear on the eShop. This means that maybe Wii VC games will appear on the Wii U eshop then ?
Hopefully they'll get updated with 60Hz and gamepad support :P
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08 Nov 2012 17:48

I believe the real test of transferring you save files from the Wii to the Wii U will be in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii. I have to transfer data on my Wii before and Smash Brothers and Mario Kart will not transfer over to the SD Card so I had to unlock those characters again.
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08 Nov 2012 17:58

It's a problem for me because I wanted to keep my VC and WiiWare games on the Wii, hook it up to our secondary TV, and play the old games, but I want to move my Mii's and Wii game save data to the Wii U.

Looks like I'll have to decide. At least I can probably move my Mii's over using the Wiimote, right?
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Anonymous
08 Nov 2012 18:32

This actually makes the whole "You can't play VC games on the Gamepad" thing *that* much more irritating. I really hope that is being fixed at some point.
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08 Nov 2012 18:41

you know what would fix this problem?

real accounts.
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08 Nov 2012 19:06

@Light_Wolf

Yea the lack of GC ports really sours the whole transfer deal for me. I think im just going to set up my wii in another room and keep everything on there, because other than the smash bros data and a few other saves the rest can just be put on an SD card as a backup.
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08 Nov 2012 19:18

This is a big issue now for me since the Wii U doesn't support Gamecube controllers. A lot of the games I got on the VC were for multiplayer experience (Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros, etc.)

This then becomes way expensive for me to be able to play those games if I transfer. If the Wii U Pro controller works with VC titles, I would need 4 of them. If it doesn't, I would need another 2 Wii remotes and 3 classic controllers. I can see this happening to a lot of people- Wii U Pro controllers would alone cost $200. Wii remotes another $40-120. And Classic on top of that would be another $20-80. I would be looking at another $140 to play like I do on my current Wii.

Logical sense would have Nintendo update the Wii's shop to interact with the Nintendo Network ID accounts. Allowing you to create one account to link to your purchases. You then move over to the Wii U, log in and can download everything. Save files you can transfer via SD card normally. That way I can have all my games on my Wii U but if I wanted to play with 4 people I could get my Wii still.

But no. They had to be difficult and make it a channel and not let you have games on both systems. Sure, you might see people abusing the system but when Steam allows to easily re-download everything onto a new computer, iTunes lets you share your music if you're in the same house...we know you read these sites Nintendo. Be logical here for the consumer.
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08 Nov 2012 21:03

Nintendo is really stupid, if the built a true Wii inside of the Wii U instead of emulating Wii on Wii U!

Is Nintendo that stupid to make VC titles only available for Wii and NOT for Wii U, so you can enjoy them on the Gamepad, the way it's meant to be! VC games really should support 2 Gamepads, so that you could play them with a friend, even over the Nintendo Network.

That would be a dream never come true, albeit it's more than easy for Nintendo do make the VC thing work on the Wii U gamepad.

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09 Nov 2012 00:36

Light_Wolf wrote:
Windsor wrote:I don't see how this is a problem. If it isn't something you want to take with you, why is it on your Wii?

My main problem is, since the Wii U doesn't accept GC controllers, I won't be able to play my VC games in multiplayer (I only own 1 Classic Controller). I also would prefer to keep some of my saves (Brawl, Kart, etc.) on my Wii for the same reason. Now, if the Pro Controller worked with Wii software, that wouldn't be a problem, but it seems it doesn't.

Also, it hasn't been confirmed yet if you can transfer from more than 1 Wii, has it? I'm concerned about that (I'm really doubting at this point, but it'd be a great relief to me).


Share same concerns as you, Brawl data, and GC controller compatibility isnt there....so looks like I will be keeping my Wii next to the Wii U and no transferring of data :(
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09 Nov 2012 06:34

geogaither wrote:What about pirated wiiware games? Does the app recognize you modded and not transfer anything? Does it only transfer your legit stuff?

Quite frankly, you deserve to lose it anyway.
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09 Nov 2012 08:48

So, assuming you can transfer locked saves, are the saves then unlocked, at least for transfer to other Wii U systems, or are they relocked onto that Wii U?

This is how it works out right now:

1 Play games comfortably, using the controllers you like, such as for Dance Dance Revolution. However, your save data is at risk if your Wii malfunctions / dies.

2 Safeguard your save data by moving it onto Wii U but lose the ability to play the games like you have been.

Thanks for the streamlined process, Nintendo!
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09 Nov 2012 12:34

I have no problem with this. I actually have been wanting all my save data and games off of the Wii and onto my Wii U.
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09 Nov 2012 15:48

it was always my assumption based on the 3ds transfer , pick and choose seems to be quite a hassle . And i really don't see how an account would have been better , it's not like it allows to gift already bought games . As for the save , the locked one are a problem
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09 Nov 2012 18:00

internet wrote:it was always my assumption based on the 3ds transfer , pick and choose seems to be quite a hassle . And i really don't see how an account would have been better , it's not like it allows to gift already bought games . As for the save , the locked one are a problem


here is how an account would be better. instead of swaping sd cards and other stuff, you just log into your account, and download your stuff.

your licenses shouldn't be tied to hardware.

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