Monday, February 11, 2013

Wii U System Transfer!

Yeah!  Today I did... just that.

It's where you transfer all your saved data on your Wii to the Wii U.

It was actually very entertaining.  The cutscene that plays when you do it... OH, THE CUTSCENE...

It features Pikmin.  It's pretty freakin' awesome.

Anyway, this plays when the data is being moved off the Wii onto an SD card, and then off the SD card onto the Wii U.

NOTE: At 1:40, the part that plays on the Wii ends.  It then asks you to remove the SD card, and put it into the Wii U.  Once you do this, the second part starts to play (at 1:40).

Isn't that awesome?  It actually made me want to watch save data being transferred.  This is awesome.  All video game consoles should do this.

So yeah, before you start the system transfer, you have to download 2 things.  The first is the "Wii System Transfer Tool" on the Wii U eShop.  It's free.  The second is the "Wii System Transfer Tool" on the Wii Virtual Console.  Same tool, but for the Wii.  You will want to start up both of those.

Follow the instructions on the Wii U one.  Insert the SD card into the Wii U to prepare it for transfer.  When it tells you to, insert the card into the Wii.  The first part of the cutscene will start to play.

When this is done, put the card back into the Wii U.  Then, the second part plays.  And then you're done.

The stuff that does get transferred includes all save data for Wii games, all virtual console games that you had on the Wii, all Miis (the Wii Miis can only be accessed on the Wii home screen and in Wii games), Wii points, Wi-Fi data, and Virtual Console history.

What can't be transferred is Wii settings (who cares) and Gamecube save data (who cares).

Wait, WHAT???  No Gamecube save data?  Well, in case you didn't know, Wii U can't play Gamecube games.  Now, here is a proven fact: This is incredibly stupid.

Another stupid thing is that after this system transfer, ALL save data isn't just copied onto the Wii U, but it is TOTALLY DELETED from the Wii.  Like what the heck, Nintendo?

Now, I have no purpose to keep my Wii, EXCEPT for Gamecube games.  As you probably know, Gamecube save data is saved on a memory card, and not the actual Wii.  Luckily, your Gamecube data won't be deleted off this, or else you couldn't play Gamecube games at all (with your saves).

Yet ANOTHER stupid thing is about the virtual console titles.  For older games, like Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and A Link to the Past, when you play these on the Wii, it requires a "Wii Classic Controller", or a Gamecube controller.  

Wii Classic Controller

Wii Classic Controller Pro

Well, I, like many other people, never got a Wii Classic Controller (or Pro).  I just used my Gamecube controller.  And since Gamecube games can't be played on Wii U, Gamecube controllers can't connect, either.  So now, I am stuck being unable to play Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, since they got deleted off my Wii.  LUCKILY, I convinced my parents to let me buy a Wii Classic Controller, for those games (and any other games I decide to get on Virtual Console).  I would have bought a Wii U Pro controller, pictured below, but those don't work with Virtual Console games, as the Virtual Console was for the Wii, not the Wii U.

So yeah, I'm buying a controller for just 2 games.  But hey, they're Zelda, so it's worth it.  I was able to find a Wii Classic Controller for 15 dollars, so I'm buying that with some of my leftover Christmas money.

Anyway, I'd say it was still worth the transfer, as now I don't have to go to an entire different console to play Wii games.  But it's still kind of sad to see my Wii all empty, with no saves on any games... (except Gamecube).

So yeah, that's what happened today.  See you later.  Bye.   :)


  1. that was a very long cut scene. and...the white pikmin...have red eyes...o.o...I have a Wii classic controler,but pretty much because my mom wanted to get an old super mario game on the Wii. I was about to try using it for MM, but the first time I sat down with that controller, I was like NO WAY MAN. the joysticks are just a little wierd. Probably because I had just finished WW using the gamecube controller...oh well! ^-^ do you have a gamecube? I don't, so I borrowed a controller AND a wierd GC SD card. I don't think he will be getting them back anytime soon... "^-^

    1. Yeah, it was long, but still pretty epic, in my opinion. :D

      And yeah, I do have a Gamecube, but I never use it, since I usually use my Wii. I'm thinking of getting the Wii Classic Pro controller, cuz it looks a little less... weird...

  2. Hey, I just bought a Wii U (I never owned a wii), and wanted to play Ocarina of Time but realized I can't even play it cause I only own a Wii U Pro Controller. Do you know if Nintendo is planning on remaking Ocarina of Time for Wii U? If so, that would be awesome! Thanks :-)


    1. Hi Gary. Nintendo hasn't said anything about a Wii U remake or rerelease of Ocarina of Time. I highly doubt they will, since Ocarina of Time was just remade for the 3DS, but there's a very high chance they'll be releasing a port for the Wii U eshop. In that case, you could just buy it on there (usually about 10 dollars) and play with your Wii U Pro controller.