Installing Rock Band, Just Dance, and Guitar Hero DLC on Wii

NOTE FROM @SaulFabre: This tutorial IS NOT MINE, I've restored this tutorial from the original author of this document from the original Google Docs document, and provided again to GBAtemp.net by me if anytime you want to see it in a live website such GBAtemp. So, If you want to do the steps from this tutorial, DO IT UNDER YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

Thanks to the website Wayback Machine for archive this tutorial. This made me easy the search of this tutorial. :)

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Rock Band, Just Dance and Guitar Hero has downloadable songs that you were able to buy and download when the Wii Shop Channel was up. Back in the day, people would install a small WAD, and then they could get whatever song they wanted for free. Since the Wii Shop Channel closed, this is no longer possible. There is a new way to install song DLC, follow this tutorial to do so.

The process to do this is different from installing a WiiWare or Virtual Console WAD. Instead of installing the WAD to your Wii (which will not work), we will use a tool called wad2bin that will convert the WAD to a format you can install directly on your SD Card. Please follow these instructions carefully and then you can use the DLC. It’s a long process, but it’s fun.

Also, if you are wanting to get DLC working with Rock Band 3, you can also install Rock Band 2 DLC for use with that game.

What you need
Instructions

Section 1: Preparing

1. Get the WADs that you want in the folder these instructions are enclosed in.
a. “Big WADs” contain WADs with all the DLC, but they are large. For Rock Band, these come in multiple parts. If you want to use the big WADs, make sure you have enough storage space on your SD Card.
b. “Split WADs” contain WADs with individual songs. This is good because you can pick and choose what WADs you want to install.
2. Copy xyzzy-mod to the apps folder of your SD Card (and Wii Mod Lite if you don’t have it already).
3. Launch xyzzy-mod from the Homebrew Channel, and run it to dump some keys. These are unique keys that are required in order to use wad2bin.
a. This only needs to be done once, if you want to install more WADs later, you don’t need to run the tool again.

Section 2: Patching IOS
  • If you load your game you want to use DLC with using the Disc Channel, follow the steps in Section 2.1.
  • If you load your game you want to use DLC with using a USB Loader, follow https://wii.guide/cios to install the optimal cIOS if you haven’t already.
Section 2.1: Patching IOS for Use with the Disc Channel

You do not need to do this if you’re using a USB Loader. For each IOS listed here (IOS37, IOS56, and IOS57), if you patched them once you don’t need to patch them again.

1. Launch Wii Mod Lite from the Homebrew Channel.
2. Go to the IOSs menu.
3. Select the IOS corresponding to your game.
a. If you want to use DLC with Rock Band 2, select IOS37.
b. If you want to use DLC with Rock Band 3, Just Dance 2-4 or Guitar Hero, select IOS56.
c. If you want to use DLC with Just Dance 2014-2015, select IOS57.
i. Just Dance 2014-2015 is known to have some strange issues where the DLC doesn’t work. We have managed to get it to work on USB Loaders.
4. Press the A Button.
5. Select Install IOS.
6. Select the revision corresponding to your IOS.
a. If you selected IOS37, select 5663.
b. If you selected IOS56, select 5662.
c. If you selected IOS57, select 5919.
7. Press the A Button twice.
8. Press Right on the +Control Pad.
9. Press Down on the +Control Pad.
10. Press Right on the +Control Pad again.
11. Press the A Button.
12. Select Download IOS from NUS.
13. Wait for it to finish. When it’s done, after a few seconds you will be sent to the previous menu.
a. If you get a screen saying “Exception DSI Occurred!”, try this process again.
14. Exit Wii Mod Lite by pressing the HOME Button.

Section 3: Making the WADs

This section needs to be followed for every time you want to install songs.

1. Insert your SD Card to your computer.
2. Open wad2bin.
3. To the right of “Path to SD root”, select the “...” button and set it to the root of your SD Card.
4. To the right of “Path to keys file”, select the “...” button and select the keys.txt file in the root of your SD Card that xyzzy-mod made.
5. To the right of “Path to cert file”, select the “...” button and select the device.cert file in the root of your SD Card that xyzzy-mod made.
6. Fill in the title ID corresponding to your game.
a. Games
i. Just Dance 2 - 00010000534432
ii. Just Dance 3 - 00010000534A44
iii. Just Dance 4 - 00010000534A58
iv. Just Dance 2014 - 00010000534A4F
v. Just Dance 2015 - 00010000534533
vi. Rock Band 2 - 00010000535A41
vii. Rock Band 3 - 00010000535A42
viii. The Beatles - Rock Band - 0001000052394A
ix. Green Day - Rock Band - 00010000535A41
x. Guitar Hero: World Tour - 00010000535841
xi. Guitar Hero 5 - 00010000535845
xii. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - 00010000535849
b. Important
i. If you’re using the USA version of your game, type 45 at the end of the ID.
1. For example, Rock Band 3 would be 00010000535A4245.
ii. If you’re using the Europe version of your game, type 50 at the end of the ID.
1. For example, Rock Band 3 would be 00010000535A4250.
7. Only if using Rock Band 2, select the “Use nullkey” box.
8. Select “add wad” to install one WAD file.
a. Or, select “add folder” to install a folder of WADs.
9. Select “run”.
10. Make sure that it created a folder with .bin files in a subfolder of /private/wii/data/ on your SD Card. The private folder needs to be at the root of your SD Card.
11. Move the WAD file starting with “00010000” and ending with “bogus.wad” to a folder called “wad” in your SD Card.

Section 4 - Finalizing

This section needs to be followed for every time you want to install songs.

1. Launch Wii Mod Lite from the Homebrew Channel.
2. Go to the WAD Manager menu.
3. Select the folder on your SD Card called “wad”.
4. Highlight the WAD file starting with “00010000” and ending with “bogus.wad”.
5. Press the - Button.
6. Press the A Button, and then press it again when it prompts you to.
a. Ignore any errors.
7. Now in the menu where you were before to select WAD files, highlight the same WAD file again.
8. Press the A Button, and then press it again when it prompts you to.
a. Ignore any errors.
9. Load the game you made the DLC for and test it out. (If using Just Dance 2014 or Just Dance 2015 with a USB Loader, make sure you're using cIOS 249 installed with https://wii.guide/cios )
 

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Is this considerably better compared to like using SNEEK + USB loader? I just remember some games taking forever to load with DLC on emuNAND.
 
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I have python 3.11 installed, but when I run wad2bin.exe, nothing comes up or it appears to be running in the background.

Also, running wad2bin under the RiiConnect installer, I cannot seem to get RB2 to recognize the converted WAD. I have a 2Gb card inserted and it recognizes that.

BTW, following the guide at wii.guide/cios does not have the user patching IOS37 to IOS251 but rather IOS38 to IOS251.

Now, knowing how patching works, I assume that I can patch 37 to another IOS (248 perhaps?) and then change game specifc settings to run RB2 from IOS 248?
 
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I have python 3.11 installed, but when I run wad2bin.exe, nothing comes up or it appears to be running in the background.
It's a commandline application.
Run `py gui.py` in a Command Prompt or Terminal to use the GUI app.

Example:
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It's a commandline application.
Run `py gui.py` in a Command Prompt or Terminal to use the GUI app.

Example:
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got it... I did not have tkinter installed... looked for a solution to install without the IDLE environment (I use PyCharm), but could not find one... alas, I now have an IDLE environment...
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It worked but I received an error message with the following:

The signature from the ticket/TMD in the provided WAD package isn't valid.
The converted DLC won't work if you launch the game using a cIOS (e.g. NeoGamma, USB Loader).


I ran WiiModLite according to the cIOS instructions at wwi.guide. Do I need to run RB2 in IOS37 in order for DLC to work?
 
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Update: Directions worked perfectly for me.

There is normally a 1000 song limit on RB3 Wii, but that can be bypassed with an Ocarina code that raises the limit to 3000 songs, found here. (Thanks @HarveyHouston!)
Or you could just play rock band 3 deluxe
got it... I did not have tkinter installed... looked for a solution to install without the IDLE environment (I use PyCharm), but could not find one... alas, I now have an IDLE environment...
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It worked but I received an error message with the following:

The signature from the ticket/TMD in the provided WAD package isn't valid.
The converted DLC won't work if you launch the game using a cIOS (e.g. NeoGamma, USB Loader).


I ran WiiModLite according to the cIOS instructions at wwi.guide. Do I need to run RB2 in IOS37 in order for DLC to work?
You need cios with base ios 56
 
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I also have the error code "The signature from the ticket/TMD in the provided WAD package isn't valid." Did you find a solution?
I have tried various options now and ran out of ideas, i can get the beatles dlc to work on beatles but no other games. GH and RB just come up saying the dlc is currupt or SD card error occured.
 

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I have tried various options now and ran out of ideas, i can get the beatles dlc to work on beatles but no other games. GH and RB just come up saying the dlc is currupt or SD card error occured.
The trick for this is not using EmuNAND/SNEEK but just internal NAND for saving and then extract the tickets from the Fake WAD that wad2bin produces and install these manually with Savegame manager GX. When I have some more time I will write a tutorial for this, because after days of testing with Rockband and Guitar Hero this method was foolproof where as installing the Fake WAD with a WAD Manager a hit and miss resultaing in errors like yours.
 
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The trick for this is not using EmuNAND/SNEEK but just internal NAND for saving and then extract the tickets from the Fake WAD that wad2bin produces and install these manually with Savegame manager GX. When I have some more time I will write a tutorial for this, because after days of testing with Rockband and Guitar Hero this method was foolproof where as installing the Fake WAD with a WAD Manager a hit and miss resultaing in errors like yours.
Thank you, i think i found my issue though i didn't have the shop files :). Im now loading new download content so fingers crossed :)
 

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Guitar Hero World Tour & Rock Band 2 require 4GB SD cards or less, hence the corrupt SD error you get.

I've done this for the Guitar Hero games and they work great, but when I put the songs on Rock Band 3 it takes forever to load the songs when booting the game. Any ideas on how to speed things up?
 

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Guitar Hero World Tour & Rock Band 2 require 4GB SD cards or less, hence the corrupt SD error you get.

I've done this for the Guitar Hero games and they work great, but when I put the songs on Rock Band 3 it takes forever to load the songs when booting the game. Any ideas on how to speed things up?
Yeah ive noticed the load time is slow over 800 songs but once loaded in seems to run fine.
 

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hey there, is this process compatible for vwii? do i need to do anything different to ensure my vwii won't brick (like run the finalized wads through wiitovwii converter)?
 
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Or you could just play rock band 3 deluxe

You need cios with base ios 56
Hey there, how were you able to build a working rock band 3 deluxe? i tried and got the game to boot on usb loader gx, then it froze in the manage songs section. i followed the steps closely from github, but the creators say it isn't supported anymore. thanks.
 

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