Hacking [Tutorial] For those unlucky to own a Japanese Wii U - How to play in English, problematic games

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With adventure games you won't understand what to do if you don't know Japanese. English more common.
You're right and this is why I specified that it is only for now. I might get to the task when I feel it's important for a game I want to play.

But right now, and newbies with Japanese consoles can do that too. You can litteraly fire up Google translate on your phone and translate the text live on the screen. It helped me a lot navigating the menu and reading error messages...

I might participate in making a formal Guide for the Japanese Wii U in the future as it's pretty cheap compared to US ones and they are very clean like new in general for about half the price. I even bought a backup console haha.
 
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List of game i have tested on a JAP Wii U so far. You can refer to them as a start. For game listed requiring change to language files you may refer to post no.1 as most of the method is there. You just need to figure out what files need to be replace.
Assassin's Creed III (DL English Version)
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
BADLAND Game of the Year edition (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Bayonetta (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Bayonetta 2 ( In-game language setting)
Biohazard Revelations Unveilled Edition (In-game language setting)
Captain Toad : Treasure Tracker (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Cars 3: Driven to Win (DL English Version)
Chariot (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Child of Light (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Darksiders II (DL English Version)
DEUS EX: Human Rev. Director Cut (DL English Version)
Devil's Third (In-game language setting)
Disney Epic Mickey 2 (DL English Version)
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition (DL English Version)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Don't Starve : Giant Edition (DL English Version)
Dual Core (DL English Version)
Ducktales: Remastered (DL English Version)
Dungeons & Dragons : Chronicles of Mystara (DL English Version)
F1 Race Stars (DL English Version)
FAST RACING neo (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
FIFA 13 (DL English Version)
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage (DL English Version)
Game & Wario (DL English Version)
Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship edition (DL English Version)
Hyrule Warriors (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (DL English Version)
Just Dance Disney Party 2 (DL English Version)
Just Dance Kids 2014 (DL English Version)
Kamen Rider: Battride War II (Only Japanese release)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (DL English Version)
LEGO City Undercover (DL English Version)
LEGO Jurassic Park (DL English Version)
LEGO MARVEL Avengers (DL English Version)
LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes (DL English Version)
LEGO Star Wars : The Force Awakens (DL English Version)
LEGO The Hobbit (DL English Version)
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Mario Kart 8 (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Mario Party 10 (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Mario Tennis : Ultra Smash (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate ( DL English Version)
Nano Assault Neo (DL English Version)
NBA 2K13 (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
Need For Speed Most Wanted U (DL English Version)
New Super Mario Bros U (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Ninja Gaiden 3 : Razor Edge (In-game language setting)
Nintendo Land (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (DL English Version)
ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red (DL English Version)
Paper Mario Color Splash (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK) !!!!Some text not display properly
PIKMIN 3 (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
POKKEN Tournament (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Rayman Legends (DL English Version)
Shantae : Half Genie Hero (DL English Version)
Shantae and the Pirate Curse (DL English Version)
Shovel Knight : Treasure Trove (DL English Version)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (DL English Version)
Sonic Lost World (In-game language setting)
Splatoon (DL English Version)
Star Fox Zero (Change language files. Cdecrypt, Repacker CPK and NUSPACK)
Stealth Inc 2 : A Game of Clones (DL English Version)
Steamworld Dig (DL English Version)
Steamworld Heist (DL English Version)
Super Mario 3D World (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Super Mario Maker (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Swords & Soldiers II (DL English Version)
Teslagrad (DL English Version)
The Amazing Spider Man (DL English Version)
The Amazing Spider Man 2 (DL English Version)
The Fall (DL English Version)
The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild (DL English Version)
The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker HD (DL English Version)
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD (DL English Version then use SPIIK Region Changer)
The LEGO Movie Videogame (DL English Version)
The Wonderful 101 (In-game language setting)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE (DL English Version)
Transformer Prime (DL English Version)
Trine 2 : Director's Cut (DL English Version)
Trine Enchanted Edition (DL English Version)
Warrior Orochi 3 Hyper (DL English Version)
Wii U Party (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (DL English Version)
yoshi's Woolly World (Change language files. FTPiiu or Cdecrypt and NUSPACK) !!Some text not display properly
ZombiU (DL English Version)

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What about installing the US version of the game and run without spiik? if the game is available for a specific region only (eg. USA) it should run without any problem as the code does not need to look for other region localization file. In my case i run Kamen Rider (jap only) with SPIIK region change to EUR it will still run without any issue.

What i have found out is that game only freeze if a game is develop for multiple region but the language file is not included in the version you are running

e.g Mario Kart 8 available in multiple region but when you run the USA version on japanese console it will freeze as it is trying to locate the japanese language file which is not in the USA version of the game

Which is why when we replace language file, in some cases we need both the USA and Japanese version of the game.

Hello everyone, I quite new with JP wii u also. As the quote here, I downloaded Zelda BOTW (US), install on HDD, but still got freeze on loading screen. Could someone here suggest the way to fix this?
 

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the mario kart fix works, but i cant get the updates and dlc to work, do you have any workaround?
You must download update file and mod language.

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Hello everyone, I quite new with JP wii u also. As the quote here, I downloaded Zelda BOTW (US), install on HDD, but still got freeze on loading screen. Could someone here suggest the way to fix this?
u try to downoad JP version and mod language.
 

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U try to downoad JP version and mod language.

I tried, but failed. I think there's smth missing. Did u success to mod this game? Could you explain which files (or folders) i have to move?

Update: My bad, my update file was corrupted, so it made the game crash. When I fixed the files, everything run smoothly.
 
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I just picked up a JP Wii U yesterday for 4,000 yen(!). So glad I found this thread, thank you! Will try out the methods today.
 
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Hello everyone, I quite new with JP wii u also. As the quote here, I downloaded Zelda BOTW (US), install on HDD, but still got freeze on loading screen. Could someone here suggest the way to fix this?
I have the 3 USA Zeldas running fine in English on my Japanese console.

Did you run Spiik ? This should be sufficient to run them.
 

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just found this thread yesterday.
So that means even Haxchi or CBHC cannot play all play with region free, right?

I need to follow the step in first page to prepare game 1 by 1.

thank you for reply.
 

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Thank you for feedback and gladly still have person can answer this issue.

However, some games have update which we need to skip them.
I just refer to pattern as below in app.xml file for 2 lines code
<version type="unsignedInt" length="4">15</version> <------------------------ usually change to value by +1 to be "16"
<title_version type="hexBinary" length="2">0000</title_version> <------------------------ there do not seems to have a fix value for "0000".
Where can I find the correct number?
 

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I tried with Pikmin 3, downloaded with Wii U USB Helper Jap and Usa version, renamed the language file and encrypt with Nuspacker the Jap version with the corresponding common key on google, tried WUP installer Ameris and GX2 bouth with the same error: Verify WUP files are correct & complete. DLC/E.shop require Sig Patch. Tried the same download with uTikDH, same process rename Jpn with Eng folders, edit app.xlm, and the same error with both installers. Followed step by step the guide and some youtube videos and still the same error. It´s like I´m missing a step because I can´t even get to install it and see a freez screen, for the installer the encryption is faulty. Tried the same process with super mario 3D, same error. I hace the feeling that the Nuspacker is the problem.
 

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I tried with Pikmin 3, downloaded with Wii U USB Helper Jap and Usa version, renamed the language file and encrypt with Nuspacker the Jap version with the corresponding common key on google, tried WUP installer Ameris and GX2 bouth with the same error: Verify WUP files are correct & complete. DLC/E.shop require Sig Patch. Tried the same download with uTikDH, same process rename Jpn with Eng folders, edit app.xlm, and the same error with both installers. Followed step by step the guide and some youtube videos and still the same error. It´s like I´m missing a step because I can´t even get to install it and see a freez screen, for the installer the encryption is faulty. Tried the same process with super mario 3D, same error. I hace the feeling that the Nuspacker is the problem.
what is written in your Run.bat of Nuspacker process?
 

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For example, for Pikmin 3 I have this in the .Bat file: java -jar NUSPacker.jar -in "E:\Wii U\Games\Pikmin 3 fix" -out "E:\Wii U\NUSpacker\output1" -encryptKeyWith 60c932ffa0bc9ceddef92fa34284fa76
 

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activate a cfw before installing it
I activate Mocha (don't have or can't buy a game in the japanese store) to enter HBL
Does putting the -encryptionKey in the Bat file change anything?
I'm really trying to understand what's missing to fix this problem because I have 2 Wii U Jpn and one I will try to sell so I need to know the process to help myself and the potential buyer to at list play some games in other languages rather than to see everything in japanese. Will keep testing and see what i'm doing wrong.
Thanks for the replies so far.
 

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you might be able to fool the eshop into thinking you're in Japan. Hokkaido is usually the last location listed in the region, so you could select that, then make up an address. unlike American addresses, Japan uses biggest to smallest (the opposite), so prefecture/province will be listed first, then you're actual location will be listed last.
 

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For example, for Pikmin 3 I have this in the .Bat file: java -jar NUSPacker.jar -in "E:\Wii U\Games\Pikmin 3 fix" -out "E:\Wii U\NUSpacker\output1" -encryptKeyWith 60c932ffa0bc9ceddef92fa34284fa76
please try with common key which starts with "d7b..." you can find it by Google.
 

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please try with common key which starts with "d7b..." you can find it by Google.
No changes at all, that common key is for Pikmin 3 jpn. I have tried with the USA version that start with the d7b code, but doesn't changes a think when trying to install. Will keep giving it some more tries.
 

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I'm also on jap wii u with cbhc. Trying to install various us games without luck and came across this thread. I was searching around a bit too and came across this region free hack in the xml file.

Is this hack relevant to us? Would this let me install let say mario kart (US) directly on my jap wii u?

 
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