I'm looking to buy the Wii U, and one of the major draws of it for me is transferring the virtual console games from a previous Wii. I've actually given the Wii to a relative, so I'd like to know what is involved with the process of transferring virtual console games from the Wii to the Wii u.

Do I need the physical Wii to do so? Do I only need information about the Wii (e.g. serial number)? Or would control of my nintendo store account be enough to re-download the virtual console games?


You require the physical Wii and an SD card to move everything over. Note that this is a "move", not a "copy"; everything that gets put on the Wii U will be deleted from the Wii.

Important! You will need to have both the Wii U and Wii on hand to perform a system transfer.


3. If I transfer my games from Wii to Wii U, can I keep the games on both hardware?

  • Once the games are transferred from Wii to Wii U, the games are no longer usable on the Wii hardware.

4. I forgot to transfer my digital games before I traded in my hardware, can I get these games back?

  • Once the console is traded, we have no way to retrieve the data.

5. What Data is Transferred During a Wii to Wii U System Transfer, and what data is not Transferred?

The following is transferred during the system transfer process between a Wii and Wii U:

  • Wii Software Save Data
  • WiiWare and Save Data
  • Virtual Console titles and Save Data

Source: http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wiiu/en_na/system_transfer_faq.jsp

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    Not sure why this was downvoted, this is the official answer from the source. Dec 2 '12 at 17:14
  • One note from the previous - games saved to an SD card don't transfer, but your purchase history does. You have to delete the game from the SD card and re-download it from the store. Jan 2 '13 at 22:25

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