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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@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)
that's a good question, but my belief is no, because the filenames are probably what determine the language, and although the files are from the US version, the filenames are based on the Japanese ones, because they have to be.
 

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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)
Hi @jml_hybs The end goal of what im doing or at least trying to do is to get the Wii u menu fully translated. to English and posiably other languages.

getting this to fully pledges US wii u / region free like what is currently possible with the 3ds is not my goal and maybe not even possible, but MAYBE games with issues can be individually patched.

Status Update:
apologies for the people who are sending me pm's ( i work full time job and a father to 2 ) time is not my friend here, and this starting to makes me think that i announcing this prematurely, please forgive me for not replying.

1. Was working durning the covid lockdown to dump the firmware of the wii u PAD, almost there but currently waiting for some parts to arrive.
2. bricked 1 JPN wii u in process of translating the wii u menu files ( Mii Editor to be specific ) most of the files which are loaded by hbm.rpx at boot time are almost done.
2. Planing to get redNAND on the 2nd wii u to avoid being bricked.
3. vWii fully Done.
4. Games are tricky depending on the region of game ( not all games have all language files ) that's why some some people games stuck on splash screen when using spiik and this is fixable but requires a lot of community work to test and report.
5. finally im working to make a homebrew little app which automate the changes that i have logged and test so the end process becomes user friendly and narrow the risk margin ( if anyone with coding skills is interesting i will be happy to colab)
 

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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)
just be patient dude. we'll find out in this year... i think.
 

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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)
For Pikmin 3 in english, I have a tutorial for running it on Wii U (JPN) without freezing on splash screen:

https://gbatemp.net/threads/tutoria...-to-play-in-english-problematic-games.572494/
 
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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)
No you haven't scoured the whole internet yet. becoz if you did, you'd find that the Vietnamese wiiU community already did this mod and they also got a tutorial on how to do this. its just risky tho
 

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No you haven't scoured the whole internet yet. becoz if you did, you'd find that the Vietnamese wiiU community already did this mod and they also got a tutorial on how to do this.
Vietnamese results are unlikely to show up in search results when searching in English on an English language search engine.
 

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im no vi
Vietnamese results are unlikely to show up in search results when searching in English on an English language search engine.
im no vietnamese myself. but after thoroughly scouring the internet, i found out that they have the files and the tutorials to mod the jp WIIu to eng.
 

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Since everyone here seems to own a Japanese wiiu, anyone here tried donkey kong country returns (wii) inject on their wiiu? Controls are working great but the language are messed where the letters are replaced by question marks. Anyone have a proper solution to this?
 

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Welcome....

I have downloaded those files last week and I was thinking that should be all, or missing somenting (i don't hold the Wii U JAP :D)
these files are just for the Home menu, Home button, Settings and Data Management. other apps like web browser, mii app, app icon titles, friend list and other apps are still missing
 

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Welcome....

I have downloaded those files last week and I was thinking that should be all, or missing somenting (i don't hold the Wii U JAP :D)
i have a jp wiiU and already tried it. it worked but, like i said, its not yet complete. i saw the post of vietnamese friends with jp wiiu, they have a full transalted jp to eng wiiU
 

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Try to investigate if you can find by videos, or connections peoples, because to touch such files if not tested ...... better to don't experiemt on it.

So, better that you find the full translated files if you can adn let's share here ;)
 
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