RegionHax - How to get RegionFree on WiiU

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by Ne2buntu, Nov 12, 2016.

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Have you tested RegionHax ?

Poll closed Nov 16, 2016.
  1. Nope, no care about that

    13 vote(s)
    9.6%
  2. No, but i will do it one day

    58 vote(s)
    42.6%
  3. Yes, on rednand and it works !

    15 vote(s)
    11.0%
  4. Yes, on sysnand and it works !

    34 vote(s)
    25.0%
  5. Yes, on sysnand AND rednand and it works !

    10 vote(s)
    7.4%
  6. Nope, i bricked my rednand

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  7. Nope, i bricked my Wii U

    5 vote(s)
    3.7%
  1. Ne2buntu
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    So it's time to show you how to setup your WiiU to get Region Free. With that you don't need to modify any meta.xml anymore to make your game region free. This method will make your console able to launch any region content ! This was found by me.

    THIS BEEN TESTED ON SYSNAND BY MANY USERS (WITH SUCCESS FOR ALL GUYS WHO GAVE ME A FEEDBACK), BUT IF YOU DOING A WRONG MANIPULATION (MODIFY THE WRONG VALUE BY EXAMPLE) YOU CAN BRICK.

    I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY BRICK.

    THIS METHOD WORKS BOTH ON SYSNAND AND REDNAND

    WHAT WILL WORK WITH REGIONHAX ?

    All eshop content from all regions. Just install them on your rednand (with sigpatch) and launch them like any game. They can be normally updated and DLC should works too (I've no time to test, but i'm pretty sure they will work).

    Disc games from others regions will works too.

    HOW IT WORKS ?

    Wii U store some settings and check them on boot. One of them settings is named game_region (like in meta.xml from a game) and for EU Wii U is set to 4.

    I knew (from other region content) that JPN game_region is set to 1 and US to 2. So it looks like a binary number and each bit represent a region. By deduction (and tests), i found the others values, they are here :

    [​IMG]
    Like you can see on this picture, if you add values together, you get others regions unlock, so the magic value to unlock all regions is 119.


    HOW TO DO THE TRICK ?

    What you need :

    - python installed on your PC
    - wupclient.py (from Fix94)
    - your redNand already setup on Wii U if you want RegionHax on redNand
    - Wupserver with cfwbooter if you want RegionHax on sysNand

    [EDIT] SO THIS HAS BEEN NOW TESTED BY MANY USERS ON SYSNAND AND IT WORKS TOO. SO IF YOU WANT DO THIS ON YOUR SYSNAND, JUST REPLACE fw.img FROM YOUR CFW REDNAND BY THE fw.img FROM WUPSERVER BY Fix94 AND DO EXACTLY THE SAME PROCEDURE.

    First off all, you have to edit wupclient.py to insert your WiiU IP address like in this example :

    [​IMG]

    Start your Wii U in rednand (or with wupserver if you do RegionHax on your sysNand) and go on your PC.

    In a command terminal (in the path you have stored wupclient.py) write :

    python -i wupclient.py

    This will start python and you will be able to write commands with wupclient.py. Write :

    w.dl("/vol/system_slc/config/sys_prod.xml")

    This will download your sys_prod.xml. Open it with a proper text editor like Notepad++ (a bad text editor can eventually change encodage in your file, so it's not what we want). You can see this line (value 4 is for EU) :

    <game_region type="unsignedInt" length="4" access="700">4</game_region>

    Replace the 4 (EU) by the magic value 119 like this :

    <game_region type="unsignedInt" length="4" access="700">119</game_region>

    Save and close text editor. In the command terminal write :

    w.up("sys_prod.xml", "/vol/system_slc/config/sys_prod.xml")

    When file upload is finished, you're done with RegionHax installation. You can reboot your Wii U, start again your rednand (or just reboot for those who did RegionHax on sysNand) and enjoy the Region Free !!!

    Here the result in SysConfigTools (just to show you it works) :

    [​IMG]

    IF YOU USE THIS METHOD (OR INFORMATIONS GIVEN HERE) TO CREATE SOME CFW OR OTHER RELEASED STUFF, YOU CAN! JUST DONT FORGET TO CREDIT ME

    THANKS ! -Netoobuntu-

    [EDIT] As you can see, your sys_prod.xml, contain your console serial id too. Maybe this can lead to a way to unban peoples (i forgot to mention this). Dunno if just an edited serial can do the trick or not (or if it has no link with the ban method from Nintendo)

    :!: Brick warning :!:
    => DONT EDIT YOUR CONSOLE SERIAL OR YOU WILL BRICK (REDNAND & SYSNAND)
    => DONT EDIT YOUR product_area VALUE OR YOU WILL BRICK (REDNAND & SYSNAND)


    [MAJ] xXDungeon_CrawlerXx (from this forum) tried the trick on his sysnand with success ! He posted a video with his comments here :


    [MAJ2]
    MasterWin (from this forum) made a spanish video tutorial here :


    Thanks to them for the feedback !


    Dont hesitate to let a comment here to share your experience if you try this.
     
    Last edited by Ne2buntu, Nov 14, 2016 - Reason: Added product_area to warning section
  2. bootmonster

    bootmonster GBAtemp Regular

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    Wow if this works, very exciting times!
     
  3. JimmyZ

    JimmyZ Sarcastic Troll

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    nice finding.

    why don't you post this a little bit earlier, I just wrote a script to batch modify region in meta.xml, now that's useless:creep:
     
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  4. GodlikeStatus

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    will this let my ntsc gamepad connect to my pal wii u
     
  5. chowyunfatt

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    when i change it in rednand it wont save, other settings will like network update check
     
  6. Sumea

    Sumea Disco Ninja Frog

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    Finally!.
    This is what I really wished for and am waiting for before giving my REDnand Wii U any further use.

    Is this modified Sysconfigtool or maybe it is something you install on NAND?
    Excited as fuck.
     
  7. Reecey

    Reecey Mario 64 (favorite game of all time)

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    Yes agreed this could save me time with Call of Duty Black Ops 2 US version and many others as well we might actually have the game on EU consoles. I have PM'd him to see if I could test this title out now. I'm having issues repacking it I think maybe it might be too big in size.. to repack up.
     
  8. JimmyZ

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    AFAIK Black Ops II is not on eshop and we have no WUD dump as of now, so the best we can do is a ddd dump to work with loadiine.
     
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  9. GodlikeStatus

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    bo2 is less than £5 on ebay just buy it save yourself the torment no?
     
  10. Reecey

    Reecey Mario 64 (favorite game of all time)

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    Your wrong sorry! The full us version wud got dumped today and released I have it all now in front of my, keys, folders everything I need I just need to repack it:)
     
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  11. JimmyZ

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    that's nice, I'll delete my post
     
  12. Reecey

    Reecey Mario 64 (favorite game of all time)

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    Yeah its pretty cool! I shall deal with it on that site that nobody likes to mention soon as I can sort the repack into EU that is :( but it might not be needed if this chappy can speak to me via PM as soon as he can, that would be good :)
     
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  13. Sumea

    Sumea Disco Ninja Frog

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    This also should make Project Zero easier to access for US console owners.

    Next thing I would love is looking into repacks of fan translations/patches/etc. which would rock for, say, undubbing xenoblade on USB or whatever. Thus far people have had just about no luck repacking the games and bootinig stuff.

    This is amazing though.
     
  14. Informix23

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    This only work if you have rednand installed, meta method is for the one who only use iosuhax because I think sysconfig only can be installed in rednand
     
  15. VivreDNA

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    So with it, I can play any EU/USA games on my Japan Wii-U?
    I still use Loadiine on my SD for playing EU/USA games, its lack of memory.

    Its awesome if i can play EU/USA games with USB HDD method on my japan Wii-U
     
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  16. subcon959

    subcon959 teh retro

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    It clearly says sysconfig tool has nothing to do with the method.

    He only used it to show the region free status of the game.
     
  17. Antonio Ricardo

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    A tool friendly without need wupserver would be amazing!
     
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  18. JimmyZ

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    It mostly will, I would take a bet on that.
     
  19. KungFuzion

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    Cool, I need this in my life.
     
  20. yahoo

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    www.abgx.net/filename/?ch=21 looks like it's been nuked. Guess it might be incomplete, corrupt or not a proper wud...