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I have a two softmodded Wii's and was considering softmodding my WiiU's vWii. I currently use my Wii for Wii ISO's+Physical, GC ISO's+Physical, Retro Emulation, and eShop games via emuNAND using Neek. The only channels I have installed on the real NAND are emu channel forwarders.

Are there any benefits to softmodding the vWii over the actual Wii? The first benefit that stands out to me is the WiiU's native HDMI support. But does the vWii load anything faster? Or positively affect the compatibility of any games?

Are there things that a softmodded Wii can do that a softmodded vWii can not?

I was considering using my one of my Wii's current USB HDD's. Would the general file/folder structure need to be changed for vWii? Are there any Apps/Files that I'd have to worry about not being safe on the vWii?

Would I be able to use my current emuNAND on the vWii, booting through Neek?

I feel like I have more questions that I'm not remembering, though these are probably the most important. :P
Sorry if most of these have already been asked before. Thanks in advance for any help/answers.
 
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A WBFS formated drive will work on vWii and won't give you a format disk nag when wiiu boot with it connected.
 

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A WBFS formated drive will work on vWii and won't give you a format disk nag when wiiu boot with it connected.
WBFS format is unreliable and has been deprecated a long, long time ago. OP is probably using a FAT32 formated drive, and this will cause a nag, but it's easy to fix.
 

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Are there any benefits to softmodding the vWii over the actual Wii? The first benefit that stands out to me is the WiiU's native HDMI support. But does the vWii load anything faster? Or positively affect the compatibility of any games?

-No. The vWii does not lose or gain any compatibility/speed as opposed to the normal Wii.



Are there things that a softmodded Wii can do that a softmodded vWii can not?

-Yes. Anything that used the native game cube controller and memory card ports will not work on WiiU. Such as GBA-Link and other special GameCube accessories in Nintendont. You can buy a USB to GameCube controller adapter for Nintendont if you're like me and refuse to give up the GameCube controller. Also, you cannot play games burned to dvds on wii U. Just can't.


I was considering using my one of my Wii's current USB HDD's. Would the general file/folder structure need to be changed for vWii? Are there any Apps/Files that I'd have to worry about not being safe on the vWii?

-Yes, you can use the same hard-drive (as long as it is self powered or has a USB-Y Cable) and it will work fine in vWii mode. BUT, when you boot up the WIIU and you have that drive connected, it's going to ask you every time if you want to format that drive to the WIIU format. The only work around for this is UStealth. A simple program that "hides" your drive and making the popup stop. However if you go this route, it might limit your comptability with some homewbrew apps....USB loader GX and Nintendont are compatable but I am not sure about other homebrew, emulators etc. Your other option would be to only plug the drive in once you boot up vWii Mode.

That being said, I HIGHLY recommend you just get up to date on the state of the WIIU homebrew. You can pretty much do EVERYTHING you want on the vWii FROM the WIIU menu. Including launch wii homebrew, and inject wii/gamecube games right onto your wiiu menu, eliminating the need for two drives. I personally use a 1TB hard drive that holds all of my WIIU, WII and gamecube games. And then a 64GB sd card for everything else. I never even touch vwii mode anymore. I personally think 2 drives connected the wiiU is clunky and more trouble than it's worth.


Would I be able to use my current emuNAND on the vWii, booting through Neek?

Not sure. I don't mess around with emunand stuff. I'm pretty sure this guide has your answer though.
https://gbatemp.net/threads/the-definitive-vwii-hacking-guide.425852/
 
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You can buy a USB to GameCube controller adapter for Nintendont if you're like me and refuse to give up the GameCube controller.
Does the adapter recognize the GameCube's analog trigger functions?

When you boot up the WIIU and you have that drive connected, it's going to ask you every time if you want to format that drive to the WIIU format. The only work around for this is UStealth. A simple program that "hides" your drive and making the popup stop.
Is it just an annoying pop up that I can say "No" to, or does it prevent me from moving forward until I format?

I HIGHLY recommend you just get up to date on the state of the WIIU homebrew. You can pretty much do EVERYTHING you want on the vWii FROM the WIIU menu. Including launch wii homebrew, and inject wii/gamecube games right onto your wiiu menu, eliminating the need for two drives.
So that means it can run retro emulators designed for Wii? -- Also you mentioned injecting games... Are you installing full Wii/GC games directly to the WiiU nand? If yes, aside from the obvious storage size limitations, are there also installed channel limitations like on the Wii's real Nand?

Thanks a lot for all of your answers.
 

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Does the adapter recognize the GameCube's analog trigger functions?
-Yes. Highly recommend this one


Drive format popup
-You can press No and move on. Beware though, if you accidentally press yes, you’re going to lose your entire drive.


Injecting retro emulators/full games

-Yes. With this amazing tool you can inject any Wii homebrew, vWii NAND title, Gamecube game, or Wii game into your WIIU nand or WIIU formatted hard drive. For Wii homebrew and vwii nand titles it basically just acts as a forwarder and saves you a few clicks. However you will need to mod the WiiU side before you can use this. And As far as channel limitations....I believe there is a 300 title limit.
 
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That's pretty cool! I didn't know WiiU softmodding had progressed this far.

Is there a WiiU version of CleanRip so that I could backup my own disc's?
 

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