I just recently transferred all my Wii stuff to my Wii U, and when I tried to play a N64 game it, said, "This channel can not be launched on this Wii console." How do I transfer Nintendo 64 games onto my Wii u?

  • Not sure enough to answer directly, but I recall seeing a generation comparison, and long story short, not all Wii Us support the older games. Really sucks if this is the case.
    – user106385
    Sep 6, 2015 at 3:00

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This thread on the Nintendo help forums suggests that it may be possible if you delete the game and re-download it. It seems that some users have had success in playing N64 games in Wii mode, so I would give it a shot. I believe the problem may lie in the fact that the software is designed to only work with a specific Wii (to prevent pirating), and that code did not update correctly when you transferred the data to your Wii U.

Make sure you have a classic controller though, as GC controllers will not work with the Wii U.


Sadly, transferred N64 games don't work on the Wii U when it is in Wii Mode. I would recommend buying the games again.

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