Wii U Japanese dilemma

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Hi there,

I got this Japanese Wii U for a while now, i got almost all my collection of NTSC US disk games works fine using the 119 region hack.
to explain things correctly im using coldboot haxchi,

what is very annoying is the Wii U menu language is Japanese, i read many posts here on the forum suggesting the use of system config tool to change the language of the menu.
Long story short i got the tool and installed it, took more time to find the config tool user manual and even more time to safely understand to use the basic features it provide.

However the magic tool didn't do the magic trick , got an error : Faild to switch DRC language. at this point i decide not to go any deeper as many experts here explain how dangerous the tool can be.

Another approach i took was suggested by user to replace the Japanese Allmessages.szs file(s) with and English one from other systems, that did work for few menus mostly settings but not all.

The goal here is to get the Japanese Wii U menu to English, thank you in advance for any point in the correct direction.
 
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Hi there,

I got this Japanese Wii U for a while now, i got almost all my collection of NTSC US disk games works fine using the 119 region hack.
to explain things correctly im using coldboot haxchi,

what is very annoying is the Wii U menu language is Japanese, i read many posts here on the forum suggesting the use of system config tool to change the language of the menu.
Long story short i got the tool and installed it, took more time to find the config tool user manual and even more time to safely understand to use the basic features it provide.

However the magic tool didn't do the magic trick , got an error : Faild to switch DRC language. at this point i decide not to go any deeper as many experts here explain how dangerous the tool can be.

Another approach i took was suggested by user to replace the Japanese Allmessages.szs file(s) with and English one from other systems, that did work for few menus mostly settings but not all.

The goal here is to get the Japanese Wii U menu to English, thank you in advance for any point in the correct direction.
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I have the files for that including allmessages. did you change them all? I hex compared at least allmessages, and it's exactly the same as you'd find on an English console, just with a different file name. the guy who uploaded the files is in Vietnam iirc, but here are the files:
 
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I have the files for that including allmessages. did you change them all? I hex compared at least allmessages, and it's exactly the same as you'd find on an English console, just with a different file name. the guy who uploaded the files is in Vietnam iirc, but here are the files:

Hey thank you for the file sharing, i guess you should remove it afaik it is illegal to share Nintendo software components
I have already replace \ edit the files below from the English Wii U official menu software, -- files list to be shared later once 100% tested
 
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Hey thank you for the file sharing, i guess you should remove it afaik it is illegal to share Nintendo software components
I have already replace \ edit the files below from the English Wii U official menu software, the only file remain is the mii editor "boot.sgarc.cmp" which i find no tool that can re-compress and re-encrypt.

00050010\1004a000\content\arcboot\boot.sgarc.cmp -- mii editor
00050030\10010009\content\Common\Package\hbm.pack - Wii U Menu
00050030\1001000a\content\Common\Package\hbm.pack - Wii U Menu
0005001b\10051000\content\00\erreula\erreula.pack -- Error messages
0005001b\10058000\content\00\drmapp.arc -- DRM Messages
00050030\1001500a\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Most System Messages
00050030\10017009\content\message\WiiU\JP_Japanese\recipe.msbt -- Manual
00050030\1001700a\content\message\WiiU\JP_Japanese\recipe.msbt -- Internet Browser
00050030\1001800a\content\message\JP_Japanese\scope.msbt.zlb -- Download Management
00050030\1001a10a\content\message\JP_Japanese\mintU.msbt.zlb -- Home menue messages
00050010\10045000\content\message\JP_Japanese\mintU.msbt.zlb -- Home menue messages
00050010\10047000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Settings
00050010\10040000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Main Menu
00050010\10048000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Parentlal Control
00050010\10049000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- User Menu
00050010\1004c000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Daily log
00050010\1004d000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Notifications
00050010\1004e000\content\message\WiiU\JP_Japanese\recipe.msbt -- Health and Safety info
So, @blackbrew it's working right? Can you post some pic, please?
 

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I have the files for that including allmessages. did you change them all? I hex compared at least allmessages, and it's exactly the same as you'd find on an English console, just with a different file name. the guy who uploaded the files is in Vietnam iirc, but here are the files:
Can u send me MP ? plz. My friend bought a Japanese Wii U.
 

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Note at the moment, i might put something together once i figure the rest of Japanese text files locations.
Man, you don't know how much I looked for this. It's a pain in the a** to deal with settings in japanese. If by any chance, you can't find the rest of Japanese text, at least, release the tutorial for the things you're already fixed, please!
 

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Hey thank you for the file sharing, i guess you should remove it afaik it is illegal to share Nintendo software components
I have already replace \ edit the files below from the English Wii U official menu software, the only file remain is the mii editor "boot.sgarc.cmp" which i find no tool that can re-compress and re-encrypt.

00050010\1004a000\content\arcboot\boot.sgarc.cmp -- mii editor
00050030\10010009\content\Common\Package\hbm.pack - Wii U Menu
00050030\1001000a\content\Common\Package\hbm.pack - Wii U Menu
0005001b\10051000\content\00\erreula\erreula.pack -- Error messages
0005001b\10058000\content\00\drmapp.arc -- DRM Messages
00050030\1001500a\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Most System Messages
00050030\10017009\content\message\WiiU\JP_Japanese\recipe.msbt -- Manual
00050030\1001700a\content\message\WiiU\JP_Japanese\recipe.msbt -- Internet Browser
00050030\1001800a\content\message\JP_Japanese\scope.msbt.zlb -- Download Management
00050030\1001a10a\content\message\JP_Japanese\mintU.msbt.zlb -- Home menue messages
00050010\10045000\content\message\JP_Japanese\mintU.msbt.zlb -- Home menue messages
00050010\10047000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Settings
00050010\10040000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Main Menu
00050010\10048000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Parentlal Control
00050010\10049000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- User Menu
00050010\1004c000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Daily log
00050010\1004d000\content\JpJapanese\Message\AllMessage.szs -- Notifications
00050010\1004e000\content\message\WiiU\JP_Japanese\recipe.msbt -- Health and Safety info
Which ones we simply can replace with the Us version of the file? I swapped all AllMessage ones with their US counterpart, but everything still in japanese, not a single line of text it's in English...
 
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actually i want to try some experiments like this... but im afraid if i brick the wiiu:cry:
You can dump your NAND with homebrew. The only downfall is to reflash it, you need to be able to do microsoldering. So when tampering with files on NAND like this it's best to dump it before doing anything else.

NAND Dumper: https://gbatemp.net/threads/nand-dumper-create-full-dumps-of-the-nand.465680/

Hardmod tutorial for reflashing: https://gbatemp.net/threads/guide-kaflukes-hardmod-cbhc-unbrick-guide.476725/
 
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Which ones we simply can replace with the Us version of the file? I swapped all AllMessage ones with their US counterpart, but everything still in japanese, not a single line of text it's in English...
Yeah.. im so curious about this mod..
I just waiting for tutorial from someone, because my hand always shaky when do some dangerous mod :|
 

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Which ones we simply can replace with the Us version of the file? I swapped all AllMessage ones with their US counterpart, but everything still in japanese, not a single line of text it's in English...
testing with my own devices is one thing , teaching others is something else especially if its unfinished.

anyone reading this .. " REPLACEING SYSTEM FILES CAN BRICK YOUR DEVICE "

i will share the result of my EXPERMENT with the community once is ready.
 

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Which ones we simply can replace with the Us version of the file? I swapped all AllMessage ones with their US counterpart, but everything still in japanese, not a single line of text it's in English...
I tried again, this time it worked (using FTPii). Not for the fainted of heart though. I'll wait for the tutorial anyways, since some files must be overwriting, others edited, for now, just to have the settings in english is a blast, how hard would be for Nintendo to let the language options of the US system in the Japanese console? Luckily they didn't took this path again with the Switch.

PS: I agree with you, blackbrew. I was fully aware that I would lose my Wii U today, actually, anyone doing CBHC, messing with installs, etc, should be very aware of the dangers.
 

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@blackbrew Holy smokes! I have scoured the internet for a long time for this and this time someone finally did it. I will be waiting for a tutorial on this.

Questions:

does it only change the language or does this make the wiiu a fully pledged us wiiu, meaning it also changes the games to english?(pikmin 3 for example)

have you tried running injected wii games on this? does it also change the language to english? (like that stubborn xenoblade where injecting the english game still displays japanese)
 
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