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Wii Startup Menu
Developer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii Channels
Release date(s) NA October-November, 2006
Genre(s) Utility
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote
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The Wii Startup Menu was a semi-stub System Menu title used to install updates on early kiosk demo Wiis, using a disc known as the "Wii Startup Disc". This disc contained a system update for the console, seemingly originally intended to be shipped with retail launch Wii units. While there exist large amounts of evidence for its existence, the physical disc remains lost. However, as some early Wiis shipped with the Startup Menu but no Startup Disc, a NAND dump of the menu has been recovered.


"Checking Disc" loop

When no disc is inserted, the menu continually changes to the "Checking Disc" screen, then back to the "Please insert..." screen. The menu functions normally once a disc is inserted.

Doesn't Boot

The Startup Menu uses IOS4v3, which Dolphin did not implement, causing it to hang at a black screen. Some revisions of Dolphin, starting with revisions before 5.0-2127, seem to be able to boot the menu, but lack support for detecting update partitions, rendering preservation of the unknown parts of the menu impossible. After revision 5.0-4647 the menu boots again.

HLE Audio

The Startup Menu fails to boot with HLE audio emulation; changing to DSP LLE recompiler in config will allow it to work properly. See PR #5763. Now this setting has been enforced by INI in 5.0-5022 and later.


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

Version Compatibility

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

5.0-21172 (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:

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