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Dark Theme - Red
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Download Dark Theme - Red HERE

I really like the Dark - Red theme, however, I think the tone/shade of Red used for it is quite too vibrant.
Would it be too much to ask for a new theme based on this one where the Red colours could be darker in tone?
Something like "Dark Theme - Dark Red", with a Red color like this one
 

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6/9/22 Update: New Theme added - Purple & Lime

1/1/22 Update: This was always possible, but only now do I realize, we can have a Theme Manager! It's just SDCafiine, but it functions just like a Theme Manager, check out the info near the bottom of this post for more!

9/10 UPDATES: Wii U Blue Theme added! Nintendo Red Theme Added! All dark themes updated with USB and Swap Display icons that fit the themes better! Check them all out below!!

9/7/21 UPDATE: Watermelon Theme has now been added, check it out below!

User @Fangal_Airbag has made 2 themes of their own, a dark theme more in line with the old dark mod plugin, and one based on Pretendo's color scheme (This is the most intricate theme yet, with color changes to the switch account menu and some font color changes). These can be found on Page 9 HERE


9/2/21 UPDATES: Pink and Black and Photo Negative Themes have now been added, check them out below!


8/16 - 8/25/21 UPDATES:
Dark theme - Orange has now been added, check it out below!
Dark theme - White has now been added, check it out below!
Dark theme - Yellow has now been added, check it out below!

Dark theme - Pink has now been added, check it out below!

Dark theme - Lime Green has now been added, check it out below!
Fourth theme created - Dark Theme Red, scroll to the bottom of this post to check out and download
Second and Third themes created - Dark Theme Purple and Dark Theme Light Blue, scroll to bottom of this post to check them out and download

ORIGINAL POST:

So this can be a thing now, how exciting is that? Thanks to @CafeCentralUI and his thread here: https://gbatemp.net/threads/released-rosalina-theme-installer-for-wii-u.588203/ the information is now out there on what files need to be altered to create our own themes on the Wii U. While his thread isn't so much a tutorial as it is a guiding hand on where to look to create themes, there was enough info there for me to make a pretty cool theme for my Wii U, not only do I want to show it off, but I wanna share it so that you can download and use it too, and hopefully in time more and more themes can be added and shared in this thread, for example I may do a proper dark theme next if someone else doesn't do it themselves. I recognize that without a proper guide telling you which parts you want to edit and in what way to alter whatever parts of the Wii U menu, there probably wont be a lot of people trying this yet, but if I see enough demand, I could be the one to make a proper tutorial on what info is where (it's all scattered in so many places, that going back to recall what is where sounds like a nightmare).

Regardless, here's my first theme, I call it Vaporwave Summer:

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(if you're curious about repopulating the Wara Wara Plaza, find my thread on how to do so)
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Another look at the bottom to show the minor changes I made to the folder creation tiles:
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Now, before I provide the download link I just want to say, that if doing anything to the Wii U system files scares you, then you probably should only use this in SDCafiine, taking the included Men.pack and Men2.pack files and putting them in the following location:

US: sdcafiine/0005001010040100/content/Common/Package/
EU: sdcafiine/0005001010040200/content/Common/Package/
JPN: sdcafiine/0005001010040000/content/Common/Package/

You can install themes permanently via FTP, just as you can for custom Wara Wara Plazas (see my sig for more info). But when first I tried this with FTP, it yielded issues, issues that scared me for a moment that I may have had a brick (thankfully it wasn't a complete brick thanks to having a coldboot CFW and I was able to recover, but not without a few minutes of fearing I had lost everything), it could just be my FTP client on the computer, but whatever it is, I felt lucky that I was able to get back to the standard menu theme without issue. After gaining some courage, I tried again, and was able to yield some positive results:

GOING PERMANENT EDIT: You can go permanent, but I had to kinda cheese the ftp client by hitting overwrite like 3 times before hitting skip when transferring the file for each file to properly transfer. Go permanent at your own risk, you can read in detail what I went through to make it happen. Others had no issue though so it may just be the ftp client on my PC that was the issue. I don't know. Regardless, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A COLDBOOT CFW INSTALLED (CBHC OR TIRAMISU), YOU CAN EASILY BRICK DOING THIS, BUT CBHC OR TIRAMISU CAN AND WILL SAVE YOU FROM THIS KIND OF BRICK (it saved me)

SAFER PERMANENT THEME INSTALLATION ALTERNATIVES TO FTP:
For a safer means less liable to lead to any bricks, use the Rosalina Theme Installer or Theme Manager instead. As long as you have a coldboot CFW, then the risk of any real permanent bricks has been all but eliminated.

Download the Vaporwave Summer Theme HERE

Dark Theme - Purple
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Download Dark Theme - Purple HERE

Dark Theme - Blue
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Download Dark Theme - Blue HERE

Dark Theme - Red
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Download Dark Theme - Red HERE

Dark Theme - Lime Green
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Download Dark Theme - Lime Green HERE

Dark Theme - Pink
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Download Dark Theme - Pink HERE

Dark Theme - Yellow
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Download Dark Theme - Yellow HERE

Dark Theme - White
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Download Dark Theme - White HERE

Dark Theme - Orange
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Download Dark Theme - Orange HERE

Photo Negative Theme
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Download the Photo Negative Theme HERE

Pink and Black Theme
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Download the Pink and Black Theme HERE

Watermelon Theme
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Download the Watermelon Theme HERE

Wii U Blue Theme
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Download the Wii U Blue Theme HERE

Nintendo Red Theme
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Download the Nintendo Red Theme HERE

Purple & Lime Theme
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Download the Purple & Lime Theme HERE

A Theme Manager would be pretty cool...
Well you can essentially have one by making each theme a separate 'modpack' folder for the Wii U menu inside your SDCafiine folder, then any time you launch SDCafiine, you essentially pull up a theme loader like so:

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Please let me know if you have any questions further on setting this up.

HOW CAN I MAKE ONE?!
I have a rough spreadsheet I've been working from that makes it clear to me what I need to do, though it's not the most thoroughly explained at this point.

I'll share it here: Men.pack and Men2.pack feature locations

And if anyone wants to take a stab at their own theme with that info, have at it. I do intend to make it a bit more clear in the future, but it should be enough info for anyone to figure out what I was doing.


Finally, I'm receiving word that others are making a tutorial for making and installing themes. That's cool, of course, as is the case for anything like this on GBATemp, always use caution following a video guide, and if something goes wrong following someone else's guide, please don't blame me, I would still recommend looking through my info here and throughout this thread for help first.
Can I contribute to your spreadsheet?
 

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Would be nice if we can get rid of all the white on the Wii U. I'm looking to mod the whole UI if possible!?!?
 

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All working fine, nice themes.

But one question, when i use theme manager HBL. On Tiramisu.

It doesnt show 2 page's or more, i just see a long list with my themes and cant scroll to the bottom one's.. they just appear of screen..
 

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Hello! Was just wondering if there is a theme like "Dark Theme - White" from page 1 but instead of white it's grey? Also, are there any dark themes that affect the whole UI?
 

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The dark themes look nice, but is there a version that at least keeps some basic outlines in the unoccupied channel boxes? Fully transparent makes it awkward to place and move icons.
 
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The dark themes look nice, but is there a version that at least keeps some basic outlines in the unoccupied channel boxes? Fully transparent makes it awkward to place and move icons.

I kinda agree with this one :P
I'd like to have to visual outline, having them full transparent loses a bit of the icon's placement.
I'm currently using the Dark Blue and between that one and the Dark White one, they're my favorites.

Also, if possible, please have a Dark Red theme with a less bright red palette, the current one is too vibrant to the eyes (Dark Blood?).
If said theme could be done that'd be my defacto one for my system :D
 
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I kinda agree with this one :P
I'd like to have to visual outline, having them full transparent loses a bit of the icon's placement.
I'm currently using the Dark Blue and between that one and the Dark White one, they're my favorites.

Also, if possible, please have a Dark Red theme with a less bright red palette, the current one is too vibrant to the eyes (Dark Blood?).
If said theme could be done that'd be my defacto one for my system :D
You guys understand you can make your own themes and edit custom themes i supplied, right? I'm not exactly taking requests here, I just personaly release themes whenever I feel like making a new one. And I'm not really interested in making more themes right now, they're time consuming and I'm content with the themes I do use at this time.
 
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You guys understand you can make your own themes and edit custom themes i supplied, right? I'm not exactly taking requests here, I just personaly release themes whenever I feel like making a new one. And I'm not really interested in making more themes right now, they're time consuming and I'm content with the themes I do use at this time.
Do you understand that the question was "is there a version" aimed at NO ONE in particular, in case someone in the forum knows? Not a demand, not a request, not a MiquDub tag aggressively whippin' yo ass. This is the thread for "Share and download custom themes", hence the natural, related question. Even @ShadowOne333 just kindly asked "if possible". Dude, what a silly overreaction of yours. :wacko:
 

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Do you understand that the question was "is there a version" aimed at NO ONE in particular, in case someone in the forum knows? Not a demand, not a request, not a MiquDub tag aggressively whippin' yo ass. This is the thread for "Share and download custom themes", hence the natural, related question. Even @ShadowOne333 just kindly asked "if possible". Dude, what a silly overreaction of yours. :wacko:

I did attempt modifying the Dark Red theme one week ago, but I was having some really weird problems with the editor I was using, I don't even remember the name, but it was something aimed at Brawl modding I believe? Something that could work with the kind of files, because there is no documentation nor links as to what software we are supposed to use to properly edit and make new themes.

Even worse, the software I was using was really borky, and when opening certain files it just crashed or froze, effectively making it impossible for me to edit some files, so yeah :P
Any suggestion on a proper software or app that can open the menu .pack files (and the links to those programs) could really help to create more themes.
 

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I did attempt modifying the Dark Red theme one week ago, but I was having some really weird problems with the editor I was using, I don't even remember the name, but it was something aimed at Brawl modding I believe? Something that could work with the kind of files, because there is no documentation nor links as to what software we are supposed to use to properly edit and make new themes.

Even worse, the software I was using was really borky, and when opening certain files it just crashed or froze, effectively making it impossible for me to edit some files, so yeah :P
Any suggestion on a proper software or app that can open the menu .pack files (and the links to those programs) could really help to create more themes.
I think you're supposed to use switch toolbox. it works with both switch and wiiu, at least I think that's the name of the app to modify themes.
 
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I think you're supposed to use switch toolbox. it works with both switch and wiiu, at least I think that's the name of the app to modify themes.

That's really helpful, thanks for the suggestion.
I think this the right one, which seems to still be getting updates constantly, with the latest commit being yesterday:
https://github.com/KillzXGaming/Switch-Toolbox/releases/tag/EXPERIMENTAL_LATEST

I think with that, and the list of items that have certain menu assets provided in the OP:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SYeThIyAzvq_b1c0a9qwxJQWPgkaxKYvErYKNY9nKqY/edit?usp=sharing

With that it should make it easier to make custom themes.
I'll attempt this later during the week.
 

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That's really helpful, thanks for the suggestion.
I think this the right one, which seems to still be getting updates constantly, with the latest commit being yesterday:
https://github.com/KillzXGaming/Switch-Toolbox/releases/tag/EXPERIMENTAL_LATEST

I think with that, and the list of items that have certain menu assets provided in the OP:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SYeThIyAzvq_b1c0a9qwxJQWPgkaxKYvErYKNY9nKqY/edit?usp=sharing

With that it should make it easier to make custom themes.
I'll attempt this later during the week.
I was too lazy to get involved in making themes/trying to figure it out, and the dark, blue theme is exactly what I wanted anyway. ;)
 

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Do you understand that the question was "is there a version" aimed at NO ONE in particular, in case someone in the forum knows? Not a demand, not a request, not a MiquDub tag aggressively whippin' yo ass. This is the thread for "Share and download custom themes", hence the natural, related question. Even @ShadowOne333 just kindly asked "if possible". Dude, what a silly overreaction of yours. :wacko:
Sorry you were offended by my response to ShadowOne, but I see people asking for simple edits to themes I've made available, and the explanation how to change these things is available for anyone including those asking to make these changes, within this thread. That's all my point is. If that hurts you, I'm sorry.

Also while I am responding to you. The outlines of every unused channel in every theme have not been changed from the original at all. They've always been the same level of translucent. Against the black background just makes it harder to see, especially in screenshots, but in practice you can definitely make them out just not as well as against the lighter backgrounds.
 
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so i kinda neeed help, i installed a custom theme which turns out i didn't really like so now when i restored my backup it stills has a couple of buttons that are from the custom theme, please help.



edit: I FIXED IT !!
i just had to install an app via wup installer GX2
 
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