The Nintendo Wii is a console for modders, people who create their own programs that are compatible with a particular console or game. These programs can be anything from emulation software that allows you to play old games on your Wii, to programs that allow you to perform certain tasks on your Wii that normally would not be allowed. The WAD file is the primary means of installing these programs from an SD card to your Wii and, to do this, you'll need a Wii Wad Manager that you can run from the Homebrew Channel.
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Things you need
- Home brew Channel
- Modded Wii
Navigate to the QuickJump Gaming Network website (see Resources) using your computer. Select "Wii" from the site navigation area on the right side of the page.
Type "wad manager" into the search bar on the right hand side of the page. Select "WAD MANAGER" from the list of downloads that appears. As of December 2010, the current version is 1.7.
Scroll down to the "Download" button and click it. Your download should begin automatically.
Format your SD Card to FAT32 if it's not already. Most newer SD cards use this format by default.
Create a folder called "Apps" in the root directory of your SD card. If you have a softmodded Wii, you should already have this folder.
Unzip the compressed WAD Manager file into the "Apps" folder on your SD card. WinRAR (see Resources) is an unzipping program you can download and use for free.
Remove your SD card after the file transfer is complete.
Insert the SD card containing the WAD Manager files into your Wii's SD card slot.
Turn on your Wii. Select "Homebrew Channel" from the Wii Menu. You should see Wad Manager on the Homebrew Channel's application list.
Select "Wad Manager" and install any WAD files you have.
Tips and warnings
- Always use a "brick blocker" program on a modded Wii. Preloader and BootMii are recommended by Wiihacks.com.
- Any WAD file can potentially "Brick" your Wii rendering it unusable.
- WAD files containing backups of WiiWare or Virtual Console games are illegal to play or possess.
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