How Do You Play Wii Games From SD Card on Wii U?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re a fan of Nintendo’s Wii console, you may have amassed quite the collection of games over the years. However, with the release of the Wii U, many gamers found themselves wanting to play their Wii games on the newer console.

Thankfully, there’s a way to do just that – by playing your Wii games from an SD card on your Wii U. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.

What You’ll Need:

  • A Wii U console
  • An SD card (2GB or less)
  • A computer with an SD card reader
  • A homebrew application called “Nintendont”

Step 1: Format Your SD Card

Before we can begin transferring our games to an SD card, we need to make sure it’s formatted correctly. Insert your SD card into your computer’s SD card reader and format it to FAT32.

On Windows:

  • Open “This PC” or “My Computer”
  • Right-click on your SD card and select “Format”
  • Select “FAT32” as the file system and click “Start”

On Mac:

  • Open Disk Utility from Applications > Utilities
  • Select your SD card from the left-hand sidebar
  • Click on the “Erase” tab and select “MS-DOS (FAT)” as the format
  • Click “Erase”

Note: Formatting your SD card will erase all data currently on it, so make sure you’ve backed up any important files before proceeding.

Step 2: Download and Install Nintendont

Nintendont is a homebrew application that allows you to play GameCube games on your Wii U, as well as play Wii games from an SD card. You can download the latest version of Nintendont from the official website ( Once downloaded, extract the contents of the ZIP file to the root of your SD card.

Step 3: Transfer Your Wii Games to Your SD Card

Now that we have Nintendont installed on our SD card, we need to transfer our Wii games over. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Create a folder on your SD card called “games”
  • Copy the game files (in .iso or .wbfs format) to this folder
  • Make sure each game is in its own subfolder within the “games” folder
  • Rename each game’s main file to “game.iso” or “game.wbfs”

Note: Piracy is illegal and we do not condone it. Only transfer games that you own legally.

Step 4: Launch Nintendont on Your Wii U

With your SD card now loaded up with your games, it’s time to launch Nintendont on your Wii U. Follow these steps:

  • Insert your SD card into your Wii U’s SD card slot
  • Turn on your Wii U and navigate to the homebrew launcher (usually accessed via the browser exploit)
  • Select Nintendont from the list of homebrew applications

Step 5: Play Your Wii Games From Your SD Card

With Nintendont launched, you should now be able to select and play your Wii games from your SD card. Simply select the game you want to play from the list, and Nintendont will take care of the rest.

Note: Some games may not be compatible with Nintendont, so be sure to check the compatibility list on their website before transferring your games over.


Playing your Wii games from an SD card on your Wii U is a great way to consolidate your gaming collection onto one console. With the help of Nintendont and a little bit of setup, you can enjoy all of your favorite Wii games on your Wii U.