Wii U Support

    • What Data is Transferred During a Wii to Wii U System Transfer?

      The following is transferred during the system transfer process between a Wii and a Wii U:

      • Wii Software Save Data.
      • WiiWare and Save Data.
      • Virtual Console titles and Save Data.
      • Add-on Content.
      • Wii Points.
        • These points will be combined with the points on the target Wii U system, but cannot exceed a combined point total that would exceed 10,000 Wii Points.
      • Wii Shop Channel Account Activity.
      • Mii Characters.
      • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection data.

      The following is NOT transferred during the system transfer process between a Wii and a Wii U:

      • Data from Wii settings.
      • Preinstalled WiiWare software and preinstalled Virtual Console titles.
      • Software and save data for which transfer is not permitted, such as WiiConnect24 data.
      • Software that is present on both consoles.
        • While the software will not overwrite what is already on the target Wii U system, the new save data will overwrite what is on the Wii U.
      • Nintendo GameCube Game Disc save data.

      Additional Information:

      • All data that can be transferred will be transferred at one time. You cannot select what data is transferred.
      • Any software or save data that exists on an SD Card from the source Wii console cannot be transferred directly.
        • For save data, transfer it from the SD Card to the source Wii console before performing the transfer.
        • For software, either transfer it back to the source Wii console before performing the transfer, or redownload it after the transfer using the Wii Shop Channel on the target Wii U console's Wii Menu.
      • Mii characters are moved to the Mii Channel, accessed from the Wii Menu application on the Wii U console.
      • WiiConnect24 functionality is not supported on the Wii U. You will not be able to use features that require WiiConnect24 after the transfer.
      • Depending on the software, some features may be limited after the transfer.
    • Can I Transfer Data from Multiple Wiis to a Single Wii U console?

      Yes, Wii Shop purchases and Wii Points will be combined. However, there are numerous items that will be replaced during this transfer process:

      • Download content and save data for software titles that exist on both systems will be replaced by the save data and add-on content from the last system to perform the transfer.
      • Mii characters in the Wii Menu of the target Wii U console and the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ID of the target Wii U console will be replaced with the Mii characters and the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ID of the last source system to perform the transfer.
    • Can I Transfer Data from One Wii U Console to Another Wii U Console?

      The Wii U to Wii U system transfer feature, implemented with the system update released July 21st, 2014, allows you to transfer content from one Wii U to another Wii U. Content from the source console, including any users, Nintendo Network IDs, save data, and digital content, will replace that on the target console.

      As part of the system transfer process:

      • All content from a Wii U must be transferred. You cannot transfer just a single user or Nintendo Network ID through this process.
      • All content on the target Wii U will be lost when the console is formatted and then replaced by the content from the source Wii U, with the exception of Wii Menu content (which will be merged), Internet connection settings, TV settings, Wii U GamePad TV Remote settings, and Wii Remote and Wii U GamePad pairing.
      • The source Wii U will be formatted once the transfer is complete.
      • Nintendo Network IDs that previously existed on the target Wii U can be relinked after the transfer.
        • If these Nintendo Network IDs are relinked, content purchased by them on the target Wii U will become available for download. The save data for IDs that previously existed on the target system will be deleted as part of the system transfer process, and any USB Storage devices that were previously used will need to be formatted to work with the Wii U again.
        • There is a limit of 12 Nintendo Network IDs that can be linked to a single Wii U at one time.
      • Wii Menu digital content is transferred, but it is not deleted from the target Wii U. Wii Menu digital content from both consoles will be combined.

       

      For detailed instructions on how to perform a Wii U to Wii U transfer, click here.

      View Wii U to Wii U system transfer FAQs here.

    • How to Transfer Content Between Two Wii U Consoles

      Note:

      • If you have questions about the Wii U to Wii U system transfer process, please click here to view a FAQ and Overview.
      • After completing these steps, you must wait 7 days prior to transferring the same data again.

      What You Need:

      The following are required to perform a Wii U to Wii U system transfer:

      • The source and target Wii U consoles
        • The source console must also have a linked Nintendo Network ID
      • Two Wii U GamePads, one paired with each console
      • An SD Card with enough room to hold the system and save data from the source system
        • Game data will be redownloaded once the transfer is complete, so the SD Card only needs to be large enough for system and save data
      • A network connection that allows both Wii U systems to be connected online simultaneously
      • A Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus is required if you have Wii Menu data
      • A USB storage device may be required if you are transferring content from a Wii U Deluxe Set (32 GB) to a Wii U Basic Set (8 GB)

       

      What to Do:

      Setup:

      1. Power on both Wii U consoles.
      2. Ensure a Wii U GamePad has been paired to each Wii U console. How to
      3. Set up an Internet connection on both the source and target Wii U consoles. How to
        • Both consoles must be connected to the same network during the transfer process.
      4. Ensure both the source and target Wii U consoles have the most recent system update. How to
      5. If you are transferring from a Wii U Deluxe Set to a Wii U Basic Set, review data management to ensure you have less than 3GB of save data. Move any additional data to a USB External Storage Device.

       

      Begin with the source Wii U:

      1. On the source Wii U, select System Settings from the Wii U Menu.
      2. Using the Left Stick, scroll to “System Transfer” and press the A Button.
      3. Select “Transfer Between Wii U Consoles.”
      4. Wait a moment while the Wii U checks for the latest system updates and data required for the transfer.
      5. Select “Next” after reviewing the “About System Transfers” message.
      6. On the “Important Information Regarding Data Transfers” screen, scroll to the bottom of the message and select “Agree.”
      7. Select “Preparing for Transfer.”
      8. Select “Source Console” when asked which role this console will play in the transfer.
      9. Confirm that you see a message on the Wii U GamePad asking you to align the arrows on your GamePad screens.

       

      Continue on the target Wii U:

      1. On the target Wii U, select System Settings from the Wii U Menu.
      2. Using the Left Stick, scroll to “System Transfer” and press the A Button.
      3. Select “Transfer Between Wii U Consoles.
      4. ”Wait a moment while the Wii U checks for the latest system updates and data required for the transfer.
      5. Select “Next” after reviewing the “About System Transfers” message.
      6. On the “Important Information Regarding Data Transfers” screen, scroll to the bottom of the message and select “Agree.”
      7. Select “Preparing for Transfer.”
      8. Select “Target Console” when asked which role this console will play in the transfer.
      9. Confirm that you see a message on the Wii U GamePad asking you to align the arrows on your GamePad screens.

       

      Align the Wii U GamePads:

      1. Face the Wii U GamePads toward one another at a distance of around 2 inches apart.
      2. Align the arrows on both screens so that they point towards one another.
      3. Wait until the arrows disappear, and confirm both Wii U GamePads display a number on their screens.

       

      Return to the source Wii U:

      1. On the source Wii U, select “Yes” to confirm that you see the same code displayed on both GamePads.
      2. Select “Yes” to confirm that both the source and target consoles show the correct number of users, number of Nintendo Network IDs, purchased Software, and Wii Menu usage.
      3. Press “Enter” to confirm the Nintendo Network ID.
      4. Enter your Nintendo Network ID password when prompted, and press “OK” to confirm.
      5. Insert the SD Card into the source Wii U console. 
      6. Select “Next” to continue.
      7. A list including details on the Nintendo Network IDs, digital content, and save data being transferred will be displayed. Select each item to review the details of their transfer, and then select “Understood.”
      8. Once all items have been checked, select “Next.”
      9. Select “Moving Data to SD Card.”
      10. Select “Yes” to confirm you understand data cannot be restored after a transfer and that a transfer can only be done once every 7 days.
      11. Select “OK” to confirm you understand Auto Power-Down and Standby functions will be disabled during the system transfer.
      12. Wait while data for the system transfer is created.
      13. A video will play while system-memory data is being moved to the SD Card.
        • A small progress bar can be viewed at the top of the GamePad screen to determine how far the process has moved.
      14. After the video completes, wait for the source Wii U to connect to the Internet.
      15. Once you receive the confirmation message “Data has been moved to the SD Card,” continue the process from the target console’s GamePad.

       

      Continue on the target Wii U and transfer the SD Card data:

      1. On the target Wii U, wait while the console connects to the Internet.
      2. Select “Moving Data to Target Console.”
      3. Select “OK” to confirm you understand that all content and settings will be deleted from the target console.
      4. Wait while the Wii U deletes all content and settings.
        • If you have Wii Menu data, you will also need to wait while the Wii U formats this data.
        • If the Wii U powers off after this step, press the Power button to turn the console back on.
      5. When prompted, remove the SD Card from the source Wii U and insert it into the SD Card slot of the target Wii U.
      6. How to Select “OK” to continue.
      7. A video will play while SD Card data is moved to the system memory.
        • A small progress bar can be viewed at the top of the GamePad screen to determine how far the process has moved.
      8. Once the video completes, the target Wii U will connect to the Internet.
      9. Select “OK” to confirm you understand that transferred Wii U software will be redownloaded on the target Wii U.
        • After the transfer completes, the download progress of software can be viewed by selecting Download Management from the HOME Menu.
      10. Select “OK” to confirm you understand that transfer was complete, and that you cannot perform another transfer for 7 days.
      11. The target console will now restart.

       

      Format the source Wii U:

      1. The source GamePad will display the message “Waiting for a response from the other console. Please wait. If the other console turns off, please turn it back on.”
      2. When the target system responds, the source console will display a message stating the process on the source system is now complete.
      3. Select “OK” to confirm that all settings and data will be deleted from the source console.
      4. Wait while all content and settings are deleted from the Wii U console.
      5. Once this completes, the source console will power down.
      6. If you were using a USB drive with the source system, connect it to the target system.
    • How to Transfer Content from a Wii to a Wii U

      Important Notes!

      • Make sure your Wii U console has the latest system update.
      • If your Wii console is currently locked with Parental Controls, ensure that you are able to unlock it. If you have forgotten the PIN, you will need to reset it before you can proceed.
      • Software and save data that may already exist on an SD card from the source Wii console cannot be transferred directly. If you have data on the SD card, perform the following:
        • For save data, transfer it from the SD card to the source Wii console before performing the transfer.
        • For software, either transfer it back to the source Wii console before performing the transfer, or redownload it after the transfer using the Wii Shop Channel on the target Wii U console's Wii Menu.

      What You Need:

      • Your Wii and Wii U console (at least one Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus is required to control the two consoles)
      • A SD or SDHC card with at least 512 MB of free space
      • A broadband Internet connection (both systems must be connected to the internet)
      • A television
      • The country settings on both consoles must match.

      Important Note!

      • If both systems are not connected to a television, you will need to switch the television connection between systems in order to complete a system transfer.
      • You can either:
        • Use the input select of the TV to switch between the two systems; or
        • Plug the standard AV cable that came with your Wii console into a TV and swap the cable between the two systems during the transfer process. (Swap the cables at the same time you are swapping the SD card.)
      • Transferred data is permanently deleted from the Wii console. Once you have transferred data to the Wii U console, it cannot be transferred back to a Wii console.
      • Data cannot be transferred from your Wii U console to a Wii console.

      Setup:

      1. Connect the Wii to a television.
      2. Connect the Wii U to a television.
        • If you only have a single television, you will need to connect both systems to it.
          • If your television has both HDMI and Audio/Video inputs, then connect both systems to the television and switch inputs when appropriate.
          • If your television only has Audio/Video inputs, then you will need to switch the AV Multi Out Plug on your Wii AV Cable or Wii Component Cable between consoles when appropriate.
      3. Connect the Wii to a broadband Internet connection.
      4. Connect the Wii U to a broadband Internet connection.
      5. Enter the Wii Shop Channel and download the Wii System Transfer tool onto the Wii console.

      Begin with the Wii U:

      1. Insert the SD card into the Wii U console.
      2. On the Wii U system, start the Wii Menu application and select the Wii System Transfer.
        • You will need to sync a Wii Remote to the Wii U console in order to proceed.
        • If the Wii System Transfer tool is not available in the Wii Menu application, perform the latest System Update.
      3. Follow the on-screen instructions, making sure to read carefully through each before you proceed.
      4. Remove the SD card from the Wii U console and insert the same SD card into the Wii console.

      Connect on the Wii:

      With the SD card inserted in the Wii console, launch the transfer application to begin retrieving data.

      • You will need to sync a Wii Remote to the Wii console in order to proceed.
      1. Follow the on-screen instructions, making sure to read carefully through each before you proceed.
      2. When the data transfer is complete, remove the SD card from the Wii console and insert it into the Wii U console.

      Finish on the Wii U:

      1. Confirm the message and select "Transfer."
      2. Follow the on-screen instructions, making sure to read carefully through each before you proceed.
      3. The data is saved on to the Wii U console and deleted from the SD card.