Hacking the WiiU: A Simple Progress Guide

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Dec 9, 2012
  1. muskieratboi
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    Is the WiiU hacked like the Wii yet? (Backups, Homebrew, etc)

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    YES!


    DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE:
    Late 2013: Fail0verFlow (The Dev team that produced the first usable exploit for the Wii) Announced that they had found an exploit, and showed some MD5 hashes of the WiiU's security keys. However, they also said that they would not release it.

    February 2014: A separate hacking team unrelated to F0F has announced they they have also developed a parallel exploit, and have dumped the Boot ROM. It has been independently verified and the MD5 hashes match that of the F0F Exploit, Corroborating F0F's claims. They also would not release this exploit.

    June 2014: A usermode Exploit (though one only available in 4.1.0) was released.

    Also, Wii U Games started to get Dumped, as well as their Key hashes. The Wii U Ancast key had also been dumped and made available.

    March 2015: Some proof of concept Homebrew has been made available using the 4.1.0 Exploit.

    April 2015: A Kernel Exploit was announced, however it was not released until September.

    June 2015: A new usermode exploit was released, this one compatible with Firmware 5.3.2.

    September 2015: The previously announced kernel exploit was released, allowing for limited access to the hardware by coders.
    HTTPGecko and What would eventually become Caffiine was released, allowing for game modding and cheats.

    October 2015: Loadiine was released, a Backup loader that at the time could only load games from SD cards (this would later be expanded to load games from the local network.)

    More information is available here.
    A Compatibility list is available here.
    (NOTE: User-friendliness and compatibility has increased dramatically over the last year.
    If you're just interested in playing game backups, use this.)

    December 2015: Two Separate IOSU based hacks were announced. Only one would eventually release.

    February 2016: @smealum posted a video of an early version of RedNAND, a 3DS-esque EmuNAND based software loader for the WiiU.

    May 2016: An update to the Kernel exploit, allowing for homebrew to be loaded on FW 5.5.1 was released.
    @smealum also released proof of concept code for an IOSU-based hack. It still required some further exploits of the WiiU's security systems to work properly, however.


    Early October 2016: A pair of posters going by the names of the 2016 US presidential Election candidates posted a usable IOSU exploit, and the first publicly available homebrew for said exploit, which displays the entire set of Per Console "OTP" keys for the user's WiiU, finally cracking the WiiU's security wide open and allowing for unfettered access to the hardware.


    20 October 2016: Nintendo Announced the Switch.
    "The Brazillian Method" was released, a combination of homebrew and PC tools by various devs, allowing WiiU backups to be installed directly to the console NAND or a USB hard drive formatted for the WiiU, loaded from an SD card, combined with a download directly from Nintendo's eShop servers on PC. This required a further patch per title as tickets were not correctly copied.

    22nd October 2016: The first experimental CFW loader was released, allowing developers to finally fully explore the WiiU's file system.

    27th October 2016: Crediar updates DiscU, a dumper for WiiU discs, patching the ticket issue with the Brazillian Method.


    30th Oct 2016: RedNAND is officially released. Using the CFW loader, RedNAND can make a copy of WiiU/vWii NAND on SD card and boot from it. This version has signature patching enabled, allowing installation of titles regardless of their signature/console origin (allowing installation of eShop games extracted from another console for example, even if tied to that console). There's still no way to create an installable package like the 3DS' CIA format as of yet.

    Fix94 also released WUPHAX, a method to hack vWii from WiiU mode and install the homebrew channel. This allows vWii to be hacked without requiring a compatible disc!

    Nov 2016: Haxchi is released, an exploit in the WiiU's DS (and N64) emulators that allows code to be arbitrarily executed in place of the DS Rom. Now you can load apps such as the Homebrew Channel Directly from your Home menu!







    So, Can we Run WiiU ISOs/Backups?

    Yes!
    Please note that while compatibility is growing, some games will not work. check the compatibility lists before you begin.

    More information is available here.

    A Compatibility list is available here.




    What else can we do in WiiU Mode?


    How do I Hack my Wii U?

    First: DO NOT UPDATE YOUR CONSOLE BEYOND WIIU 5.5.1!


    Then Follow this guide. It will take you step by step.
    (NOTE: This guide involves the current method using Loadiine and the Browser hack. it has plenty of links on how to install redNAND, however.)









    Is Wii Mode (vWii) hacked yet?

    Yes!



    What does that mean?
    What can we actually
    DO in vWii Mode?


    Here’s a simple, easy to use list of our current progress in Hacking the Virtual Wii in the WiiU.
    (Basically, most stuff works the same, with a few exceptions.)

    So how do I mod vWii Mode?


    So, you're gonna go through with it?
    Congratulations.
    BTW, Your warranty is now Void. :P


    An utterly FANTASTIC tutorial can be found here.
    It will guide you step by step on how to mod your vWii.
    (This method does not currently use the recently released WUPHAX method, and thus requires a compatible disc.)


    Also, PLEASE read the other stickies in the forum, especially this thread.
    It will tell you what is and isn't safe to install on your vWii. You don't want a brick on your hands, so you?




    A quick note about Wii U Firmware and VWii:

    Updating your Wii U will not impact your ability to hack VWii as they are entirely separate operating systems on the console.

    HOWEVER: Improperly hacking VWii can cause it to brick, which will cause your Wii U to be unable to update, and may cause issues with Wii Mode hacks!

    And lastly, before you do anything,
    Always Read the stickies, do your research, and be careful!


    Good luck!








    I'll update this with more more accurate information as time passes.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I wasn't sure exactly what could be done yet. ^_^
     
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    can you change the color of the YELLOW on MAYBE? i also need a Japanese WiiU.... I got USA WiiU and JPN Smash Brothers...

    but no games I want from JPN Side yet. *sigh* don't really want USA copy of super smash either.
     
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    as far as i know you can't install wiiware or wads at all on a vwii do you have any info to backup that claim?
     
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    Hellboy2010 posted in damysteryman's thread showing an image of Wiiflow and La Mulana in vWii. I'm trying to see if I can get more detailed answers.
     
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    I was able to install WADs to the system menu with Multi Mod Manager and IOS 236. If you'd like, I can take a photo. All I did was install IOS 236, open Multi Mod Manager, change IOS to 236, and install the WADs I had sitting on my SD card. I did notice that a forwarder for Configurable USB Loader that I had didn't forward to the DOL on my SD card and instead froze the console, but others worked without issue.
     
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    Nice. Been wanting to see something like this :)

    Also, just a few ideas for things to add:
    • Use SNEEK on vWii? (Reports I read said no, but needs more testing I think)
    • Install Bootmii on vWii?
    • Install Priiloader on vWii?
    • Use Cheats through Gecko OS?
     
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    I would like to know about Gecko OS as well. I have tried using it, but unable to use cheats for wii channels (Ex: Mega Man 9 and 10) since I don't have IOS236(I think that is one required for cheats in wii channels) installed as I don't know how to go about installing it... Thoughts appreciated as usual :)
     
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    not sure if this is the thread to post this in , but it seems the vwii is being treated as a real wii. By that I mean , the memory is only 512 like on the original wii.I just redownloaded all the crap from the store that I bought for my original wii and I ran out of space .I had to delete the wiiu transfer tool to make the last item I downloaded fit.
     

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    Confirmed! Wiiware and Virtual console titles install and run!
     
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    what is the point of my 32gb console if the vWii is still only 512 ? and how do I check remaining space under wii u ? can anyone help
     
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    Hardware limitations.

    You can use an SD card to expand your vWii storage like a real Wii, and we're working on getting USB loaders to work. stay tuned. :P
     
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    How do I check remaining space under wii u ? the vWii is only 512 like the original , so what the hell is the point of having a 32gb system if its not gonna allocate more space the vWii ?
     
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    What about channel wads for emulators?
     
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    Yes.
    All WADs can be installed.
     
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    the wiiu is just backward compatible , its not a wii but bigger .. its a wii in a wiiu . Thats all. the 32gig being for the wiiu... im sure you knew this though.. but want your cake and to eat it.
     
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    Ummmmm...

    You know. Wii U mode Eshop purchases? future Wii U homebrew?
     
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    Cool. Thanks. This is a good topic. Now we just need a topic that shows you how to go about installing this stuff on your Wii U and where to download the programs from.
     
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    You know, that 32 GB is allocated for the Wii U only and not the vWii Mode.
     
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    I can work on building an installation guide, but I don't actually have any of the hackable games! :P
     

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