GUIDE: How to get New Super Mario Bros. Wii NTSC-U Working on Wasabi Zero and 3.2U
This guide will help you get playing a backup of New Super Mario Bros. Wii on your system with a Wasabi Zero on a Wii with 3.2U THROUGH THE DISC CHANNEL. This may work on other Wii system menus and it may work on other modchips, but since I don't have other systems to test it on, I can only say it works on mine. If you've followed these steps on another system and it worked, let us know! This is my first guide, and I apologize in advance for any errors I've made or any confusion I've caused. My goal is to ease confusion, not create more .
When you are done, you will be able to play New Super Mario Bros. Wii without the use of any backup loader. It will run from the Disc Channel, and it will no longer give you any of those annoying errors that tell you to eject your disc and restart your Wii.
This can brick or semi-brick your Wii as it will be altering system files. Do not follow this guide without the understanding that I can in no way guarantee that your system will not explode or gain sentience and cause the robot uprising and that while this has worked great for me, this may not work for you. I downgraded and reset my Wii back to virgin 3.2U before I did these steps, so if you're having trouble, I recommend you do this as well and then go through my steps again. If you have a new Wii, it may not be possible for you to downgrade from 4.2U and doing so may brick your Wii.
Also, none of these tools or ideas are mine. I'm just assembling the patchwork of stuff that other people have released in the last couple of days into a coherent guide for those of us who are confused.
I recommend that anyone following my steps has BootMii installed as boot2 and a backup of their NAND's data made.
Okay, and now that I have covered my butt, on with the guide.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1.) A Wii system with a Wasabi Zero and 3.2U
2.) Homebrew Channel. There are many ways to install this. The most used now is the Bannerbomb.
3.) A copy of Super Mario Bros Wii. NTSC-U. I used a full dump, but this may work with Trucha Discs. For the purposes of this guide, rename it qf-nsmbw.iso - do not ask me where to get this.
4.) This Archive. Unrar sdcard.rar to the root of your SD card that you use for homebrew channel. Unrar patcher.rar to the folder that your qf-nsmbw.iso is at.
1.) Run qf-nsmbw.bat from the folder where your ISO and the contents of patcher.rar have been placed - it will create a file called qf-nsmbw.fixed.iso. Burn this.
2.) Go into homebrew channel.
These Steps will ensure that your IOSes are completely up to date without having to install them one-by-one in DOP-IOS . This is a good idea even if you aren't playing NSMB because it will ensure compatibility with newer games. You can skip steps 3-9 if your IOSes are already up to date. I have included DOP-IOS if you prefer to update your IOSes manually OR if you are going to attempt this with another system version. You don't want to follow these steps if you're using another system version as this will cause your Wii to either be downgraded or bricked (4.2u contains an IOS that conflicts with 3.2u and needs to be removed manually in order to downgrade.) I don't have a full list of which IOSes are necessary and which aren't, but if anyone knows, feel free to post them or PM me and I will add them to this guide.
3.) Run AnyRegionChanger.
4.) When you get to the menu, choose “Install System Menu 3.2”.
5.) When asked if you’re sure, choose yes.
6.) If asked if you want Korean Disc Support, choose no.
7.) When it asks if you want System Menu Hacks, choose yes.
8.) When everything finishes, press any key and it will take you to its menu again.
9.) Restart your Wii
These steps will install the patched IOS that is necessary for running NSMB:
10.) Go back to HBC
11.) Go to Wad Manager
12.) Navigate through the prompts, agreeing to any prompts.
13.) Install the file IOS53_v5149.wad
14.) Exit, reboot Wii.
15.) Place your backup disc in the Wii.
I hope this guide has worked for you. Again, these are not my ideas and not my tools. I have simply assembled them. I want to thank not only the people who have produced these tools and work arounds, but also all of the people who have dedicated their time to the Wii hacking scene so that we can benefit, because without them, well, this guide and this forum wouldn't even be here. And of course, thanks to Nintendo for making a great game. If you have the money, buy a copy for yourself or for someone you love.
Good luck, and please post here if this has or hasn't worked for you or if you've been brave and tested this out on a system with a different configuration. Make sure to hit the thanks button if this has helped you out. And by all means, for the love of god, warn us if your Wii has become Skynet. Let me know too if my archive's link is down or if something for whatever reason is not working in it, I'll be sure to post an updated version as soon as I possibly can.
PLEASE NOTE: For anyone who may have downloaded the file earlier, I forgot to rename AnyRegionChanger's dol file to boot.dol in the archive, you're going to want to rename the dol in the folder to boot.dol to run it. I have corrected this in the archive, so this is only for those people who had downloaded it before I put this note in.
Last edited by botulismo; 11-27-2009 at 10:49 AM.
Reason: Sorry I keep editing this, just trying to perfect my guide!
Everytime i patch the original ISO, the new image it makes is always 0 bytes, and i cant do anythign with it, any idea why it does this?
I understand everything but i just have no idea why it creates the patched image saying 0 bytes.
I'm running 4.0u but am not sure if my IOS files are up to date.
Should I skip steps 3-9?
If so, is there a way I can check and make sure I have up-to-date IOS files?
Well im on version 3.2, you can check what IOS ur on if u go to the homebrew channel and click the home button, it nwill then be displayed int he top right corner, i think u need to be on IOS36 or IOS38, im on IOS36, and i think 3.2 is the best firmware to be on, the game should work with 4.0 too, im not 100% on all this but i got most of it.
Originally Posted by Beltaine
this is making things harder than they need to be.
mario will run on ANY firmware.
Take a look at the guide linked in my sig for the latest information.
Can you confirm something for me buddy?
Originally Posted by davepm
I checked out your guide and for modchip users your guides say you have to use either NeoGamma or Gecko OS
But here in this guide it says you don;t have to use any loaders at all, it will just boot straight from the disc channel.
Does you guide allow this?
I mean with a real chip, not that soft chip garbage.
Thanks for your replies buddy.
Last edited by *StoneCold*; 11-24-2009 at 03:27 PM.
My Wii is chipped, I was running 4.0u.
Originally Posted by *StoneCold*
I used the "Safely Upgrade to 4.1" guide, and then this guide and NSMB is playing from Disc for me just fine now.
Beltaine, I'm glad you got it working. Did you have to update any IOS files other than the one I provided in the archive to get it working? Either way, that makes me happy to know that it works on more than just 3.2U.
Trio3, if you're still having problems patching the image, there's a couple of things you should double check. #1 is that you have renamed the disc image properly and #2 is that you have a non-scrubbed version of the disc. I don't think this patch works on scrubbed discs. If you're still having problems after this, I'll upload my manual disc patching package - you can apply the patch by editing the contents of the ISO. I'm pretty sure this method works with scrubbed discs. If you have questions about any of the steps, let me know.
Davepm, I did say that there was a chance this would work on firmwares other than 3.2U, and Beltaine seems to have gotten it working on 4.1, so it looks like my guide is somewhat applicable to people who use different firmwares, but 3.2 seems to be the standard firmware that a lot of guides are written from. The steps may seem like it's overly complicating things, but if you do these steps you'll also be updating your IOS files which will help you run other, newer games that blackscreen without an update. Your guide is great, and I did look at it when I was trying to figure out how to run it from the disc channel, but it seems like all other guides fall back on backup loaders, so I wrote this one for people who wanted to run it from the disc channel.
The point of me making this guide is simply for people who want to run the game from the Disc Channel if they have a modchip. It's the whole point of having one. I really don't like using backup loaders and I know I'm not the only one. There were already a few guides floating around for people with softmods, but nothing for people with modchips, so I was just trying to fill in the gap for my fellow chippers. The Wii mod scene has really switched to focusing nearly entirely on softmods, and it's hard sometimes to patch together info for softmods and apply it to modchips.
If this guide has worked for you, please say thanks ; it makes me glad that I've made some people happy and spared people the frustration of trying to wade through all the guides out there. And if you've gotten this working on a system other than 3.2 / Wasabi Zero let us know, please.
Last edited by botulismo; 11-25-2009 at 10:25 PM.
Thanks for posting this easy to understand guide. I followed everything as you described above but still can't get it working. Here are some details on my system:
Wii modded with original Wasabi chip (v1)
Wasabi firmware upgrade v3.0 applied via DVD
I installed the homebrew channel and patched a full dump of the NSMB NTSC-U version using the method above. But each time I insert the disc into the Wii, the system asks me to upgrade the system.
If the Wii still asks to accept the upgrade via disc does it mean there is something wrong? Am I in danger of bricking my system (even though this is a patched ISO of the NSMB)???
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
I also saw that there is an ISO patch available for NSMB on the Wasabi website, though I haven't tried that yet.
Yayy i did it thanks for the guide greatly appreciated.