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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed today that Wii users can transfer their Virtual Console games over to the new system using an SD card. Here's how it works.
A look at the game's manual from our unboxing, sheds a little more light on the matter. In general, you can transfer most of the data* from your Wii. For this you need both systems hooked up to a broadband Internet connection, an SD or SDHC memory card (with at least 512 MB of space), and two Wii remote controllers – one for each system.
Nintendo warns that once you transfer your data to the Wii U, it cannot be transfered back, so be careful. The data will migrate in one lump, so you cannot be selective about what goes over and what doesn't.
Once you start up the two consoles (either showing on two different TVs or on the same one), you start with the SD card inserted into the Wii U. From here select Wii System Transfer from the Wii Menu app. Follow the onscreen directions and transfer the SD card to the Wii when prompted. On the Wii, open the Shop Channel and download the transfer app. Transfer the data from the Wii to the card as instructed. Put the card back into the Wii U, confirm the message, and select Transfer. Once the data is saved onto the Wii U, it will be deleted.
Of course, we all have larger questions about the system's broader online structure and other features, such as how players' Network IDs are shared, how third-parties will use your ID for their online games and other services, how the achievement system works, and more.
Nintendo says that there is a day-one online patch that will reveal more about the console's online plans which we should receive soon, so we hope to know more then.
*Transferable Data: Wii software save data, WiiWare and save data, Virtual Console titles and save data, add-on content, Wii Points (not in excess of 10,000 points), Wii Shop Channel account activity, and Mii characters
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Will it transfer copy protected games? All the systems seem to have an issue with that.
This is good to know Thanks for the info GI
Doing this as soon as I download the update. Can't wait to get my hands on my deluxe edition.
That is interesting... Although I only have very little data on my Wii anyway :P
So If I already put all the data I wanted from my Wii to transfer to the Wii U on an SD card will I still be able to transfer???
A bit complex but at least they tell you what to exactly do.
so, dumb question but could I transfer my Zelda: Skyward Sword data over mid-game and play it on the Wii-U?
I still have a idea of what games can't be transfer, games that have wi-fi connection, like Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Sonic Riders Zero Gravity. However, their is a chance that it will be transfer to the Wii U but I am not too sure.
Cool. Very helpful.
After some thinking about this, I think I'll probably do the transfer. I was originally just going to leave my Wii alone with all it's games and save files. But then realized that I set aside my DS Lite when I got the 3DS, and I might as well do the same with my Wii. Keep everything in one tidy place.
That, and my Wii has an annoying quality about it lately emitting loud noises when powered on. I think it's the fan, but worry it's the motor spinning the disk. It also has horrible lag loading games and applications quite frequently--going as far as apparently crashing.
I think Nintendo has set a standard here, though. We will need to be able to transfer downloaded games and files from our Xbox 360's and PS3's to the Durango and Orbis when they launch. Otherwise, kinda lame.
I do, however, have a much more important question: What about games downloaded and saved on the SD card that take up more than 512 MB of space?
I hope backwards compatibility is the rule in the next generation, rather than the exception.