Quantcast
can I copy save data to another Wii U console?

Forums - Nintendo Discussion - can I copy save data to another Wii U console?

Until now I've been sharing my Wii U with someone else, but I'm about to move and we've decided to buy another Wii U so we both have our own. However, both of us would like to keep our save data. It seems that if you transfer data to another Wii U, all data on the console will be transfered and afterwards deleted from the 'source' Wii U.

Does not anyone know if there's a way around this problem? Or is 1 of us doomed to lose his save files?



Spending warm summer days indoors   

Writing frightening verse

To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg

NES, SNES, N64, GC, Wii, WiiU, GB, GBC, GBA, DS, 3DS, Mega Drive, Game Gear, PS1, PS2, PSP, XBOX 360, Atari Lynx

Around the Network

Aahm... try copying everything to an HDD? Nothing else comes to mind. Sorry.



Bet with bluedawgs: I say Switch will outsell PS4 in 2018, he says PS4 will outsell Switch. He's now permabanned, but the bet will remain in my sig.

NNID: Slarvax - Steam: Slarvax - Friend Code:  SW 7885-0552-5988

Slarvax said:
Aahm... try copying everything to an HDD? Nothing else comes to mind. Sorry.

I don't think that'll work unfortunately.





Not that I can think of.. D:

It's a lot like transferring data from the Wii to Wii U or from 3DS to 3DS..

Data and saves are locked to one system and to prevent pirating and whatever, they are set only to one system so if you transfer data, it will be deleted from the original



 - Official  VGChartz Tutorial Thread -
 

   NintenDomination [2015/05/19 - 2017/07/02]
 

          

 

 

Here lies the hidden threads. 

 | |

Nintendo Metascore | Official NintenDomination | VGC Tutorial Thread

| Best and Worst of Miiverse | Manga Discussion Thead |
[3DS] Winter Playtimes [Wii U]

You can copy save files to an USB device (games with strong online components can be exceptions). What happens afterwards if you try to move them on another Wii U, I do not know. But by merely making a copy of your save files, you can fiddle around with them, and if it doesn't work, they will still be intact on the Wii U you copied them from. Basically, trying won't hurt.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

Around the Network
RolStoppable said:
You can copy save files to an USB device (games with strong online components can be exceptions). What happens afterwards if you try to move them on another Wii U, I do not know. But by merely making a copy of your save files, you can fiddle around with them, and if it doesn't work, they will still be intact on the Wii U you copied them from. Basically, trying won't hurt.

Do you know if saves are labelled nicely in folders or are they obscure jumble of words and numbers?

If I recall correctly, my 3DS SD card has folder names that are seemingly random so finding the correct file is a bit of a hassle..



 - Official  VGChartz Tutorial Thread -
 

   NintenDomination [2015/05/19 - 2017/07/02]
 

          

 

 

Here lies the hidden threads. 

 | |

Nintendo Metascore | Official NintenDomination | VGC Tutorial Thread

| Best and Worst of Miiverse | Manga Discussion Thead |
[3DS] Winter Playtimes [Wii U]

Thanks for the replies. A shame there appears to be no convenient solution. When I have my new Wii U I'll try copying to a USB device to see if I can make it work. If not, we'll have a little competition about who gets to keep his saves. It's been decided we'll settle it in Smash!



Spending warm summer days indoors   

Writing frightening verse

To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg

NES, SNES, N64, GC, Wii, WiiU, GB, GBC, GBA, DS, 3DS, Mega Drive, Game Gear, PS1, PS2, PSP, XBOX 360, Atari Lynx

No, you can copy games and savegames to an external drive, but you can only access them with your console.

Probably because the most popular Wii hacks were based on manipulated savegames that you could download from the internet and access them on the Wii over the SD card slot.



Platina said:

Do you know if saves are labelled nicely in folders or are they obscure jumble of words and numbers?

If I recall correctly, my 3DS SD card has folder names that are seemingly random so finding the correct file is a bit of a hassle..

I am not talking about moving anything to a PC. We aren't talking about a system transfer here, but merely about moving individual save files to a different system.

If you go into the Wii U data management menu, you'll get to view all games you have save files for. If you click on a game, you'll see the save files for individual users, nicely labeled with their name and a picture of their Mii. From there you select what you want to copy to an USB device. Afterwards you put the USB device in another Wii U, go to data management, view what's on the USB stick and it should show the games and save files just as before. I don't think that the copy process in and of itself should be an issue, but rather the fact that save files are tied to users. If a given user is not present on the new Wii U, then it should be impossible to load those files. You might get around that by tying an NNID to your username on the original Wii U and then using the same NNID on the new Wii U. That might be possible because it's just save files, not eShop account stuff that would necessitate a full system transfer.

There are games that do not tie save files to individual users, so at least those should be easy to copy to another Wii U, all the while keeping them on the initial Wii U as well.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

RolStoppable said:
Platina said:

Do you know if saves are labelled nicely in folders or are they obscure jumble of words and numbers?

If I recall correctly, my 3DS SD card has folder names that are seemingly random so finding the correct file is a bit of a hassle..

I am not talking about moving anything to a PC. We aren't talking about a system transfer here, but merely about moving individual save files to a different system.

If you go into the Wii U data management menu, you'll get to view all games you have save files for. If you click on a game, you'll see the save files for individual users, nicely labeled with their name and a picture of their Mii. From there you select what you want to copy to an USB device. Afterwards you put the USB device in another Wii U, go to data management, view what's on the USB stick and it should show the games and save files just as before. I don't think that the copy process in and of itself should be an issue, but rather the fact that save files are tied to users. If a given user is not present on the new Wii U, then it should be impossible to load those files. You might get around that by tying an NNID to your username on the original Wii U and then using the same NNID on the new Wii U. That might be possible because it's just save files, not eShop account stuff that would necessitate a full system transfer.

There are games that do not tie save files to individual users, so at least those should be easy to copy to another Wii U, all the while keeping them on the initial Wii U as well.

Oh okay, I see what you mean.

This is the part that I don't think will work.. If I am correct, the system configures the memory stick to work for it exclusively so when you place a memory stick on to another system, the Wii U will detect that it is not original and will not read it in the first place

Same thing as placing an SD card from one 3DS to another basically



 - Official  VGChartz Tutorial Thread -
 

   NintenDomination [2015/05/19 - 2017/07/02]
 

          

 

 

Here lies the hidden threads. 

 | |

Nintendo Metascore | Official NintenDomination | VGC Tutorial Thread

| Best and Worst of Miiverse | Manga Discussion Thead |
[3DS] Winter Playtimes [Wii U]