How To Transfer Wii Data To Your Wii U


When you unbox your Wii U on November 18th, you might be wondering how to transfer data from your original Wii console to your new Wii U. Luckily for you, we have a full guide on what to transfer and just how you can transfer it.

If you want to move over all your Wii Points and save games, as well as other data then all you’ll need is an SD card and a couple of Wii Remotes.

So, let’s do this.

Step 1
You need both your Wii and Wii U set up and connected to the internet. You’ll also need an SD or SDHC card with at least 512MB of space on it.

Step 2
Insert the SD card into your Wii U. From the Menu selet the Wii System Transfer option and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 3
Remove the SD card from the Wii U, then insert it into the Wii. From the Wii Shop Channel you’ll need to download the transfer app. Run the app and allow it to transfer the data to the SD card.

Step 4
Remove the SD card from the Wii and insert it into the Wii U. Confirm the message and select the Transfer option.

Step 5
Enjoy your Wii U!

It’s a bit long-winded, but it’s a safeguard against storing personal details on the cloud. It doesn’t take too long, fortunately.

By Liam Stanway

You might know Liam as the host of the XPGrind podcast and video series. Liam's a freelance writer who posts news for SegmentNext as well as recording, editing and publishing podcasts and video.

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    • cusman

      The Wii to Wii U transfer process is horrid if you have more content than the Wii System Memory could hold and where using SD card. Because everything that was on SD card can’t be transferred. You have to re-download using the Wii Shop on the target Wii U system. Downloading stuff on the Wii Shop channel was always horrible and exactly that same terrible no queue stupid Mario collecting coins interface persists here except many softwares to do one at a time instead of the 1 or so at a time of how they accumulated. There is also the issue of the same files… need to move those to Wii System Memory before the transfer if they happen to be on SD card. It’s too much of a pain to do it one at a time with files that don’t copy or move or have some issue or other.