Guide: How To Transfer Your Wii's Virtual Console Retro Games & Other Data Onto Your Nintendo Wii U

Guide-How-To-Transfer-Your-Wii-Virtual-Console-Retro-Games-And-Other-Data-Onto-Your-Nintendo-Wii-UThe Wii's Virtual console is chock-full of retro goodness. Platformers, RPGs and all manner of puzzlers are right there for the taking - and most all Wii owners have done just that. But how do you move all these retro games over to the Wii U? Something you're about to find out...

With this weekend's release of the Wii U, gamers need not worry about losing their precious downloads as a data transfer tool can bring your retro games to your new console - and unlock a hidden Pikmin animation in the process.

Chances are that you already have a Wii (and at a £79.99 price point in the UK, you really should have one) and if you bought a Wii U this week then you'll be wanting to transfer your save files, Miis and especially those all important Virtual Console purchases.  The Virtual Console is still the best current generation platform for rose-tinted retro goodness with classic titles such as Super Mario Bros, Gunstar Heroes, Paper Mario and Kid Icarus all available for immediate download. 

Once again - RetroCollect has your back.  We've painstakingly put together this step-by-step guide for transferring your data between consoles, and unearthed this frankly wonderful Pikmin flavoured animation in the process.

How to transfer your data from the Wii to the Wii U

Items that you are able to transfer from the Wii to the Wii U

  • Virtual Console games
  • Game saves
  • Wii Points
  • Mii Characters (although these will only be available in the Wii Menu)

Please note that any data you transfer to the Wii U will be deleted from the Wii it originated from and cannot be recovered/restored.

Step 1 - Prepping Your Wii U

First off, you'll need to connect your new toy to the internet and visit the Wii Menu.  Once there, you'll find a programme called Data Transfer Tool (you will need to pair a Wii Remote with your new console to use this channel, but it's really easy to do so and takes literally seconds).  When you run this app for the first time it will download software to your console, hence the internet connection.  Now, you will need an SD card with at least 512MB for the transfer to take place. 

When it is finished, insert your SD card into Your Wii U and run the app.  The on-screen instructions will guide you through the rest of the prep, and once done you can power off your Wii U for the time being.

Step 2 - Removing Content From Your Wii Console

Power up your Wii console and the console should require an update.  If not, head on over to the Wii Shop Channel and download the Data Transfer Tool for this console. 

Run the app again, and insert your SD card into your Wii.  This is where the magic happens.  Your Data will appear as tiles and hundreds of tiny Pikmin will begin the arduous task of moving everything through the inner workings of your Wii console, eventually working their way to their rocket ship. 

If you don't have data to transfer or just want to see this in action, take a look at the Pikmin animation below.

Step 3 - Loading Content To Your Wii U

Now when this wonderful animation has ended you will want to power off your Wii and return to your Wii U.  All your data is now on your SD card, so put this card back into your Wii U and run the Data Transfer Tool again.  Your data will now transfer to your new console, and be deleted from the SD card.

More wonder for your face as the Pikmin place your data inside your console.

And you're done!

Last Updated ( 01 December 2012 )  


(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2012-12-06 17:58
Or just keep your Wii, not like its very big and in many cases it will play the games better than the Wii-U does anyway.
(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2012-12-28 17:38
Just wanted to add for those of you who are upset about the games that are no longer available in the wii shop channel that there IS a way to redownload them if you've downloaded them prior to their removal. Go into the Wii menu on your Wii U, enter into the Wii Shop Channel and go to Titles You've Downloaded. You'll be able to redownload right from there!

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