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Transferring content from a Wii console to your Wii U

Before you start

Before starting a System Transfer, please do the following:

  •  If possible, make sure both consoles are connected to your TV, as this will make the process easier
  • Ensure you have access to the Parental Controls of your Wii Console and Wii U Console
  • Apply the latest System Update to both consoles
  • Ensure that the country settings, found in the System Settings menu, are the same on your Wii and Wii U consoles
  • Remove any Parental Controls from your Wii Console

What you’ll need

Aside from your Wii and Wii U Consoles, make sure you have a Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controller. If possible, please connect one controller to each console.

You’ll also need an SD Card with at least 512MB of free space, a broadband internet connection and a TV.

Other important information

Please note that once data has been transferred from your Wii Console, it will be deleted.

Accounts with more than 10,000 Wii Points will not be transferred, so ensure your Wii and Wii U accounts will not exceed that limit when merged. If you are transferring content from your Wii that is already loaded on your Wii U Console, the existing Wii U content will be deleted.

Any save game data that is saved on an SD or SDHC Card will also need to be moved to the internal memory of your Wii Console in order to be transferred.

Any software you have purchased from the Wii Shop Channel can be downloaded again from the Wii Shop Channel on your Wii U Console, so will not need to be transferred.

What you can and can’t transfer

You can transfer:

  • Wii Software Save Data
  • WiiWare and Save Data

  • Virtual Console titles and Save Data
  • Add-on Content
  • Wii Points – These points will be combined with the points on the target Wii U system, but cannot exceed a combined point total of over 10,000 Wii Points
  • Wii Shop Channel Account Activity
  • Mii Characters
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection data

You can’t transfer:

  • Data from Wii settings
  • Pre-installed WiiWare software and pre-installed Virtual Console titles.
  • WiiConnect24 data.
  • Software that is present on both consoles.
  • Nintendo GameCube Game Disc save data.

Step One – Setting up your Wii U

To start your System Transfer, connect your Wii U Console to your TV, turn the power on and start the Wii U Menu application.

You’ll then need to start the Wii System Transfer application, follow the on-screen instructions and check for a wireless internet connection. If your Wii U is not connected to the internet, please set up an internet connection by selecting System Settings from the Wii U Menu.

Insert your SD Card or SDHC Card into the SD Card slot, which you can find on the front of your Wii U.

The application will instruct you when to remove the SD Card.

Once you have removed the SD Card, leave the Wii U as it is.

Do not turn it off, or return to the Wii U Menu.

Step Two – Getting data from your Wii

  • With your Wii Console connected to the TV and a Wii Remote synced, insert the SD Card into your Wii.
  • From the Wii Menu, start the Wii Shop Channel.
  • Select Channels, followed by the Wii U Transfer application.
  • Start the Wii U Transfer application and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • When asked, insert the SD Card.

The Wii U Transfer application will now tell you which data will be transferred. Be sure to read the explanations carefully, as you will be notified which content will be overwritten during the transfer.

If you wish to transfer Mii characters to your Wii U, please ensure they are stored in the Mii Plaza on your Wii.

If you have characters stored in the Mii Parade, they will not be able to be transferred.

When transferring Mii characters, the application will ask you if you wish to overwrite the Mii data of the Mii Plaza on your Wii U. Mii characters stored in Mii Maker on your Wii U will not be deleted.

If you have Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection data saved on both consoles, the application will then ask if you would like to transfer the data. This will overwrite the current Wi-Fi connection data on your Wii U.

If your Wii has any purchased software that cannot be transferred, the application will now inform you. It will also let you know if there is any saved data on the Wii U that will be overwritten the transfer process.

When you’re ready, start the transfer process.

Once the transfer is complete, remove the SD Card from your Wii when instructed.

Step Three – Downloading data to your Wii U

Insert the SD Card into your Wii U then follow the on-screen instructions.

Once the process is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy your Wii content on your Wii U

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