Wii U Transfer Tool

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Wii U Transfer Tool
WiiU Transfer Tool.png
Type Downloadable
Developer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii Channels
Release date(s) JP/NA/EU November 17, 2012
Genre(s) Utility
Input methods Wii Remote
Compatibility 3Stars3.pngEdit rating: Wii U Transfer Tool
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The Wii U Transfer Tool is a channel that provides ability to copy your Wii content (including save data, purchased content from Wii Shop and all WiiWare and Virtual Console downloaded titles) to a Wii U system through the use of a SD card and Wii System Transfer.

Emulation Information

Network Certificates Required

Wii U Transfer Tool has functionalities that requires proper network certificates extracted from an IOS to work. Refer to the network guide for more information.

Missing Game List Banner

Certain Wii apps and homebrew apps never create savefiles that are handled by the emulated Wii's internal savefile lists, so no banners are ever generated for them in Dolphin.


Error 204701

This channel boots and loads fine, however, all you'll get is an error 204701. Fixed in 5.0-2874.

An error has occurred

Stops working nearly instantly after starting with a generic "An error has occurred" message. See issue 10985. Started happening in 5.0-3454 and was fixed in 5.0-11432.

Transfer Tool / Wii Shop Channel Country Mismatch

As of 5.0-21088, during the network check after the first 2 guide prompts, the app can show the message "The country setting for this console differs from when you last connected to the Wii Shop Channel from this console. (…)".

For players who've never visited Wii Shop Channel within Dolphin, or who've received a Dolphin error about device credentials (due to the certificate reasons mentioned above) and thus never reached the Wii Shop Channel, the country will effectively be none, making the Transfer Tool unable to proceed further without replacing the entire Dolphin NAND.


No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this channel.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Wii U Transfer Tool since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21687 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This channel has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
3.0-712 Windows 8 Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 Freezes on boot mbc07
5.0-2874 Windows 10 Intel Core i7-3630QM @ 2.4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M Works, stops on the "Verifying SD Card" screen with error 389005 mbc07
5.0-21088 Windows 11 AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6 GHz NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Got to the network check after the "Have you made these preparations?" prompt, during which it claims a country mismatch between Transfer Tool and Wii Shop Channel, very likely due to the certificate reasons mentioned above. DandelionSprout

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