How to run VC/WiiWare Wads off an SD Card in vWii Mode?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by voice-echoed, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. voice-echoed

    voice-echoed Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Toronto, Ontario
    Is there a way to run VC/Wiiware wads off an SD Card? What I have done so far is install the HBC via smash stack and installed wads of VC/Wiiware games. All in which have worked perfectly fine once installed to the vWii menu. The huge issue here is these games take up a substantial amount on my consoles internal memory.
    So once again with my question " Can I run my VC/WiiWare Wads off of the SD Card?" When I try to do so I'm always greeted with " failed to launch." message but I went onto the eshop channel in vWii mode and downloaded Zelda skyward sword "save updated" (Or something or another) and had that installed onto my SD card. I then launched it off the SD card and to my surprise it worked! What I don't understand is why is it that the wads don't launch off the SD card but channels off the eshop do?

    I have over 50+ games installed on to my SD card ATM if that helps.
    The SD Card I'm using is a Samsung made model, 32Gb, class 10.
  2. Fyrus

    Fyrus Artilleur Carmin

    Jul 6, 2010
    Marseille - France
    I might be wrong, but I thinkthe only way to loads .wads from a SD is from an emulated NAND and Neek, or something ...
  3. CanadaX21

    CanadaX21 Advanced Member

    Sep 14, 2009
    United States
    Last edited by CanadaX21, Aug 16, 2016
  4. petspeed

    petspeed GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 13, 2009
  5. damysteryman

    damysteryman I am too busy IRL these days...

    Oct 4, 2007
    Yes, it is possible, the same way as it is on regular Wii. Just patch the System Menu IOS (IOS80 in this case) to remove the signature check (allowing fakesigned stuff again).

    BUT, the big issue here is that vWii does not have any recovery like BootMii in the rare case that the wad install fails. That is what make it a big risk ("level orange" risk when compared to this thread).

    I took the risk and installed it fine and got hacked VC running from SD Menu on my secondary Wii U (a US one), so it does work fine, there is just always a risk when installing System stuff, especially without BootMii. If someone wants to take the risk, I can help them get it to work, but only if you understand the risk involved :P
    (Break System Menu IOS or System menu, and you end up breaking vWii)

    EDIT: For those attempting it themselves, do so ONLY if you know what you are doing (and after having read first the thread I just linked to in this post! Be sure to use the vWii-specific IOS80 version (IOS80 v7200) as a base, not any older version!
  6. nintendolinky

    nintendolinky GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 31, 2007
    Can you make the system ios region free also.
  7. DeadMan

    DeadMan Member

    Dec 19, 2012
    Serbia, Republic of
    can you wrote how you patch it ? or give a link :)
  8. damysteryman

    damysteryman I am too busy IRL these days...

    Oct 4, 2007
    I have thrown together a small app that will allow fakesigned titles to be accepted by the System Menu, allowing custom VC/WW/Homebrew channels to be launched via SD Menu.

    Thread with app is here.
    Unfortunately not I am afraid...

    The region lock is not handled by IOS, but rather, by the System Menu itself, and we cannot modify vWii System Menu, since it is secured with extra encryption that has AFAIK not been cracked yet.