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Before we'd start, I'd like to clear up a few questions you might have about Wii U homebrewing. If you're confused about how or why people enable homebrew on their Wii Us, make sure to read this next bit.

What is homebrew?

Homebrew usually refers to software that is not authorized by Nintendo. You can launch Homebrew on most Wii U system versions which will allow you to run homebrew games, backup and restore your saves, back-up and install games, and use emulators for various older systems.

What is CFW?

Custom Firmware (CFW) will enable you to install custom titles to your Home Menu, such as the Homebrew Launcher. This will allow for easier homebrew access.

CFW can be easily set up on any console in any region on the latest version.

What can I do with Custom Firmware?

CFW allows much more freedom than ever before possible with the Wii U. It allows you to break free from the restrictions Nintendo set down such as:

  • Play any physical or digital game, regardless of region
  • Backup, edit and restore saves for your games
  • Use emulators to play games from older systems
  • Install custom VC titles to play older games (runs better than emulators usually)
  • Install custom homebrew titles to your Home Menu
  • Dump your physical games into a digital format which you can install to your Home Menu

What do I need to know before starting?

  • Every time you modify your Wii U, there is always a possible chance of bricking. It's rare, but it can happen.
  • You can install CFW using this guide on a Wii U on any firmware version and in any region
  • If everything goes well, you should not lose any data in the process
  • We recommend an SD Card of 16GB, 32GB or higher for dumping and/or installing games
  • Your SD card partition table should be MBR, not GPT.
  • If you want to format a new SD Card, you should use guiformat with an Allocation Unit Size of 64K.