Is it possible to have my Wii and Gamecube games in the same HDD as the Wii U games?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Games & Content' started by Galexu, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. Galexu

    Galexu Newbie

    Feb 28, 2017
    So as title says, using the same HDD where I have installed my Wii U games with the WUP installer, could I use it to store my Wii (installed with WUP too) and Gamecube games as well?


    RHOPKINS13 Geek

    Jan 31, 2009
    United States
    I swear this question gets asked every other week...

    No, No, NOOOOOOO!!!

    Possibly at some point in the future, but would it kill you to search before asking?
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  3. kolosus

    kolosus GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 14, 2010
    United States
    No. The Wii U encrypts the usb as it's own using the console's serial number. It will take over the whole thing and not care about how you had partitioned it before. It stores the files in their own custom file system. The wii and gamecube games are on a fat32 formatted disk/usb and they cannot coexist on the same drive. The wii u will delete everything on the drive.

    So now the question becomes can we perhaps figure out the encryption and have the games from the 3 different consoles coexist? Probably not. We would probably have the file system as fat32 and the fat32 read/write speed is very slow on the wii u from the wii u side (sd card speeds not counting). The vwii side has no problems with it. Maybe Nintendo did it this way on purpose. To get it to work at a usable speed we'd need to rewrite the fat32 drivers that the wii u has built in.

    So. Impossible? No. But this might take a while...
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  4. BlackZero500

    BlackZero500 Advanced Member

    Mar 11, 2017
    Gambia, The
    I have a hdd for wii u and a ustealthed flashdrive for wii and gc. Convenient enough i think.
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