Recent Wii U Hacking News Roundup

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  1. Chary
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    October was a huge month for the Wii U hacking scene, chock full of major advancements being made in regards to loading backups, emunand, and hax on a v5.5.1 firmware. It can also get confusing for those who aren't in the know, so let's take a moment to compile all of the biggest revelations from the busy month of October.

    USB Loading

    October 20th: User BurningDesire posts a thread on how to load Wii U games from a WiiU USB via a Brazilian team method that uses a WUP installer. You need to have a ticket in order to do this, which can be extracted from a WUD disc image. The tickets extracted from WUD was incorrect and required a fixing tool before using them. This version of backup loading is incompatible with loadiine format, as the USB method requires encrypted files. This method is often called "USB method" but the games can be installed on the internal console's memory too. Only games from the same region than the console can be installed.

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    Firmware Loading
    October 22nd: User pwsincd shows off a CFW booter for the Wii U. You can now load Wii U firmwares which lets you dump system files with IOSU access. You cannot use this to dump your NAND or get it to boot redNand, however. At the time, this seems to be targeted at developers to test things with rather than end-user usage.
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    Crediar's WUD Extraction Tool
    October 27th: With this DiscU update to v4.1b, users can now extract tickets from their WUD files in the correct format and don't need to fix them anymore. Additionally, WUD game content can also be extracted as encrypted format needed by WUP installer.

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    RedNAND Gets Released
    October 30th: Once again, thanks to the hard work of pwsincd, Dimok, and their team, the CFW booter combined with this can dump your Wii U's NAND to an SD card. By using this, eShop titles can be installed on your redirected NAND copy regardless of origin, aka, it bypasses the system's signature check. At the time of writing, there is still no way to install homebrew to your RedNAND, though. Of course, this does have potential to brick systems if you are not careful, so be sure to read up and know what you're doing before you use it.

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    WUPHAX
    October 30th: Thanks to Fix94 work, vWii can now be hacked from the Wii U side via iosuhax in order to install the homebrew channel. This means you no longer require a specific game in order to softmod the Wii mode of your WiiU. You'll need a Wii U with iosuhax and wupserver in order to do this.

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    Region Free Loading
    October 30th: Nintendo's region lock antics getting you down? Fear not! As installed backups can be repacked to run out of region titles on your system. A tutorial will guide you through the required file edition and tools, but with it comes easy region free loading. This method will work only on RedNAND, repacked games can't be installed on SysNAND! Check out the specifics in the 8th spoiler tag at the link below.

    :arrow: SOURCE

    Haxchi
    November 6th: The latest exploit, Haxchi, is a userland exploit that's usable directly on system boot. Right now, it has no use to the average Wii U owner, but in time, it can lead to important things like cold booting a CFW. This can cause easy bricking of consoles, so please be wary, and wait for more developments.

    :arrow: SOURCE

    Retroarch Gets An Initial Release
    The well-known Retroarch finally comes to Wii U! This is a very early build, and currently is only in a pre-release form, but will be receiving updates soon. SNES emulation seems to be working well, although currently, not all cores function correctly.

    :arrow: SOURCE

    And there we have it! Thank you to all the talented people who are working to advance the Wii U homebrew scene. From the looks of it, things are getting very interesting for Wii U owners.
     


  2. DeoNaught

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    Over there ;)
    Should get I get wii u now?
    or just wait for the switch?
     
  3. xtheman

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    @Chary you forgot retroarch is in pre release! That is the thing a lot want!
     
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  4. Cyan

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    both consoles are a different experience, and will probably have different games.
    You should choose based on the games you really want to play, and the possibilities it offers you to do so.

    You can now play a lot of games on WiiU, but we don't know a lot about Switch.
    If you have games you want to play on WiiU, go for it.


    We can add retroArch to the news.
    I didn't follow the emulator, so I missed that news (oh it's from 1-2 days ago, I missed that and Haxchi)
    thanks for the info.
     
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    My opinion? If there's not any decent sale during Black Friday this year, just wait it out for the Switch. Unless you're a hardcore Nintendo fan, the Wii U has a very small choice selection of games. But that's my opinion. You might see a ton of games that interest you on the Wii U. If so, go for it!

    Huh. Well I suppose that is fairly interesting, give me a moment and I'll look into adding it to the OP.
     
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    Don't forget an initial release of RetroArch :)
     
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    Wow, this month and October has been a huge Wii U hacking boom. Great to see this happen!
     
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    Excellent news. I need to upgrade my Wii soon. The Wii U will be the perfect all-in-one console for me. Just need a price drop. Hoping for a good Black Friday or Boxing Day.
     
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    It really has been an exciting few weeks on the Wii U. Getting so much use out of the system lately.
     
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  11. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Well wow O_O

    All i have to say is nice work for everyone, except most of the stuff seem to be unsafe with so many times you used the word brick. :rolleyes:

    So if this page gets updated sometime, just hope i get to know when loading a homebrew channel will be possible so i don't need to keep using web browser, and if any of the already existing wii homebrew/emulators will be ported to wii u side of things, or least use wii u gamepad on vwii mode, to play wii games, use nintendon't and wii ware stuff, or something. :D
     
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    I can't wait for a moonlight port for Wii U. :D
     
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    Next year the wiiU will be like wii (softmod) :hrth:
     
  14. pwsincd

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    This has been indeed a busy few weeks . A lot of people are working hard to bring these things to the wiiu . I will say I made a few posts here with revealing news but played little part in the creation process . Just facilitated the environment. A gathering of minds if u will.
     
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    I need my Wii U back so bad....
    Oh well, in the meantime, I'm a 3DS homebrew dev...
     
  16. Crass

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    It feels like the Wii U scene is really exploding with developments. Reminds me of the Wii scene back in 2007.
     
  17. supergamer368

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    Are you kidding? I own 57 games for WII U. All of them good. The Wii U is the new GameCube!
     
  19. Sonic Angel Knight

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    @Chary, someone getting triggered watch out.:creep:

    So far, i have smash bros, new mario bros u with luigi dlc (didn't like it) rayman legends (according to many worst system to have it on.) sonic sega allstar racing, sonic lost world, super mario 3d world, and both bayonetta games, and ninja gaiden 3 (many say not as good as the first one) xenoblade chronicles x, and Super mario maker, and the rest are some indie game i downloaded like freedom planet, shovel knight, shantae and the pirate curse, angery video game nerd adventures (when sequal?) guacamelee, and a few vc titles. I was thinking about getting mario kart and splatoon but i'll wait for nintendo switch. :unsure:
     
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    This is awesome. Thank you @Chary
     
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