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Transferring Wii Data to the Wii U is a Complicated Process

By - Source: Joystiq | B 21 comments

You can get all your Wii data over to your Wii U, but it's quite a process...

With the Wii U's release just a mere two weeks away, concerns over Wii U and Wii compatibility have been rising.

Nintendo promised that the Wii U would have backwards compatibility with the Wii, though the developer never really gave much in the way of details regarding how it would all work.

With Wii U review units sent out to major gaming media outlets, it's become clear that while the Wii U may have backwards compatibility with the Wii, it won't be an easy process to play Wii games on the Wii U. Not too long ago, it was revealed that Wii games on the Wii U wouldn't work properly with the Wii U Pro Controllers and would require the Wii Classic Pro Controllers.

Joystiq, after receiving its review unit, detailed the process of taking Wii data over to the Wii U. Essentially, a SD card must first be inserted to the Wii U, which must be connected to the Internet, and then the system transfer option must be selected on the Wii U. The SD card is then transferred over to the Wii, which also must be connected to the Internet. A "transfer application" needs to be downloaded from the Wii Shop to transfer all of the Wii's data over to the Wii U and wipe it from the Wii.  

Though it's not too confusing of a process, it certainly seems like getting Wii games to the Wii U and transferring data might be a bit of a hassle.

 

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    ddpruitt , November 11, 2012 2:07 AM
    merikafyeahNo Gamecube support = who cares.

    Hell even the PS3 (ye olde Phat version) can play a couple of PS2 AND even fewer PS1 games.


    Fixed that for ya ;) 
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    nun , November 11, 2012 12:18 AM
    not to bad, misleading title.. compare to the ms 360 had to use a special $20 transfer kit just to use a new hard drive on the current gen
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    greenspoon , November 11, 2012 12:28 AM
    That does not seem at all complicated to me. About what I would have expected.
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  • 11 Hide
    nun , November 11, 2012 12:18 AM
    not to bad, misleading title.. compare to the ms 360 had to use a special $20 transfer kit just to use a new hard drive on the current gen
  • 10 Hide
    greenspoon , November 11, 2012 12:28 AM
    That does not seem at all complicated to me. About what I would have expected.
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    wolley74 , November 11, 2012 12:52 AM
    What is the method for those of us who have been saving our data ti SD cards from the start? will we need the app as well or can we just pop it right into the Wii U?
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    merikafyeah , November 11, 2012 1:07 AM
    No Gamecube support = fail.

    Hell even the PS3 (ye olde Phat version) can play PS2 AND PS1 games. If Sony can pull off two generations of backwards compatibility (if only for a while), why can't Nintendo?

    It's actually the perfect evil grand master plan to hoard a bunch of early adopter sales. Just say that the console will be backwards compatible with both prior generations, BUT ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME. That way, herds of oldskoolers will rush to buy it since they have no idea when Nintendo will choke the golden goose and release a smaller- excuse me- "SLIMMER" console which will have none of the features that made the original awesome, but hey, it's 20% smaller AND 20% cheaper!
    What a steal!

    Suckers.
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    Anonymous , November 11, 2012 1:15 AM
    Certain data and game saves are not transferable from the Wii's internal memory to SD card. Hopefully, the process needed to transfer data from the Wii to the U will fix this issue.
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    A Bad Day , November 11, 2012 1:20 AM
    EDIT: And the subscription fee for Xbox live, and the lack of custom contents or mods.

    Compare TF2 on PS3 or Xbox 360 to TF2 on PC as an example.
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    A Bad Day , November 11, 2012 1:20 AM
    nunnot to bad, misleading title.. compare to the ms 360 had to use a special $20 transfer kit just to use a new hard drive on the current gen


    And don't forget about the $99 wireless adapter, or the non-market price for a HDD upgrade, or the console games having a higher price to pay for the subsidization of the consoles.

    So much for picking consoles as a low-budget gaming rig.
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    ddpruitt , November 11, 2012 2:07 AM
    merikafyeahNo Gamecube support = who cares.

    Hell even the PS3 (ye olde Phat version) can play a couple of PS2 AND even fewer PS1 games.


    Fixed that for ya ;) 
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    Anonymous , November 11, 2012 2:07 AM
    I don't see an issue here. Basically this is for everything but if you don't have vc stuff, you just copy the files to the sd card and move it to the wii u. This is ONLY for protected game saves and vc purchases... So what, you have to do it this one time. big whoop.
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    kinggraves , November 11, 2012 2:30 AM
    How is this complicated at all? It's as easy as it can get, they're trying to prevent people from copying protected/paid content from existing on two systems, allowing the user to sell off the old one with the purchases and still keep them on Wii U. Perhaps not the best idea though since Wii is "hacked" and you can get anything off VC for free. Wonder if it will copy over homebrew channel?

    merikafyeahNo Gamecube support = fail.Hell even the PS3 (ye olde Phat version) can play PS2 AND PS1 games. If Sony can pull off two generations of backwards compatibility (if only for a while), why can't Nintendo?


    They can still put GC games on VC. The architecture is likely too different by this point to be compatible with GC at a hardware level. Are you saying you wanted them to put out a third generation based on GC architecture? I sure don't.
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    alidan , November 11, 2012 5:54 AM
    merikafyeahNo Gamecube support = fail.Hell even the PS3 (ye olde Phat version) can play PS2 AND PS1 games. If Sony can pull off two generations of backwards compatibility (if only for a while), why can't Nintendo?It's actually the perfect evil grand master plan to hoard a bunch of early adopter sales. Just say that the console will be backwards compatible with both prior generations, BUT ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME. That way, herds of oldskoolers will rush to buy it since they have no idea when Nintendo will choke the golden goose and release a smaller- excuse me- "SLIMMER" console which will have none of the features that made the original awesome, but hey, it's 20% smaller AND 20% cheaper!What a steal!Suckers.


    because they put a ps2 into the ps3, and sold it at about a 400$ loss per console.
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    Maxor127 , November 11, 2012 8:55 AM
    merikafyeahNo Gamecube support = fail.Hell even the PS3 (ye olde Phat version) can play PS2 AND PS1 games. If Sony can pull off two generations of backwards compatibility (if only for a while), why can't Nintendo?It's actually the perfect evil grand master plan to hoard a bunch of early adopter sales. Just say that the console will be backwards compatible with both prior generations, BUT ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME. That way, herds of oldskoolers will rush to buy it since they have no idea when Nintendo will choke the golden goose and release a smaller- excuse me- "SLIMMER" console which will have none of the features that made the original awesome, but hey, it's 20% smaller AND 20% cheaper!What a steal!Suckers.

    Isn't that exactly what Sony did with the PS3?
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    JOSHSKORN , November 11, 2012 9:01 AM
    I don't quite understand the point of this article. Maybe I was expecting a Toms tutorial.
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    invlem , November 11, 2012 4:22 PM
    Doesn't sound too horrible to me, both consoles are wireless so having them connected to the internet at the same time isn't an issue.

    This is obviously the only way Nintendo can make sure that people don't duplicate the content across both consoles when they transfer the data, and as someone already mentioned they aren't charging you 20$ (like MS did) for a transfer tool.

    Knowing Nintendo's past, the instructions on the transfer process should be fairly clear, they generally don't leave a whole lot to the imagination when it comes to technical things they expect their customers to perform.
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    Thomas Creel , November 11, 2012 5:44 PM
    This isnt that bad at all,execpt for the downloading from the shop part.
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    NoUserBar , November 11, 2012 7:58 PM
    Hassle? LOL I'm just glad they even have a process that works.

    I should be a bit more demanding though, so they up their ante and create an even better process ^^
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    Christopher1 , November 11, 2012 8:35 PM
    Personally, in regards to the backwards compatibility issue, I would love if console makers were required to release an emulator for their newest console that allows play for every single game on their consoles dating back to the birth of the CD in consoles.

    Microsoft wouldn't have to support playing PS1-3 games on their consoles, but they would have to support Xbox and 360 games... all of them.
    Same thing for Nintendo and Gamecube - Wii games on the Wii U.

    There is no feasible explanation why a software emulator cannot be designed to do this on hardware that is multiple times more powerful than the older hardware.

    Only explanation is greed on that part of the console makers and trying to get people to buy the "NEW HD SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS, compatible totally with PS3!"
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    wmalinowski , November 11, 2012 10:01 PM
    Actually, this very similar to transfer data from 3DS to 3DS XL. The only problem it could quite of time to transfer the data depending on much have you have to transfer.
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    itchyisvegeta , November 11, 2012 10:03 PM
    I want to use the Pro controller with everything I have bought on the virtual console. If I can do that, and not have to rebuy all the VC games I already bought, then I will buy one.
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    nameon , November 11, 2012 10:18 PM
    nunnot to bad, misleading title.. compare to the ms 360 had to use a special $20 transfer kit just to use a new hard drive on the current gen


    I never really quite got that, could u give some more input please, coz I had no problems, transferring my content from my old model 20gig 360 to a flash drive then to my newer 256gig slim...
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