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How to Convert an NTSC Wad to PAL

Updated April 17, 2017

WAD files are Nintendo Wii VC, or Virtual Console, games. These WAD games are installed on your Nintendo Wii main menu when you purchase them from the Nintendo Network over Wi-Fi on your Wii. The games can be from a range of different gaming systems including Atari, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and even Nintedno 64 games. You can move these WAD games onto an SD card inserted into your Wii and transfer them between Wii systems. If there's a need to play an NTSC WAD on a PAL Nintendo Wii, you can use Freethewads software to convert your NTSC WAD to a PAL WAD.

Navigate to the Wii DS-Scene website (see Resources) and click on "free_the_wads.tar.gz" next to the text "Download" to save Free the WADs to your computer.

Navigate to the C:\ drive of your computer by double-clicking on "Start," "Computer" and "C:\" to enter the drive. Create a new folder by right-clicking and selecting "New Folder." Name this folder "Temp."

Place the WAD you are wanting to convert into the "Temp" folder along with "cygcrypto-0.9.8.dll," "cygwin1.dll" and "freethewads.exe." Either drag and drop the files into the "Temp" folder by moving your mouse over the file and clicking it once and holding to drag the file into the "Temp" folder. Let go of the mouse clicker to drop the file into the "Temp" folder. You can also "Copy" the file by cursoring over the file and clicking once to select it, then right-click and select "Copy." Open the "Temp" folder, right-click and select "Paste" to copy the files to the folder.

Open the "Command Prompt" by going to "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Command Prompt."

Type in "cd C:\Temp\ and press "Enter."

Type in "freethewads.exe [name of your wad.wad] poopie" and choose "PAL" as your region to convert to. Press "Enter."

Confirm by pressing "Y" when prompted and press "Enter." Yout NTSC Wii WAD will be converted to a PAL Wii WAD.

Things You'll Need

  • Freethewads download which contains "freethewad.exe," "cygcrypto-0.9.8.dll" and "cygwin1.dll"
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