RiiConnect24 vWii Guide

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Guide to installing RiiConnect24 on vWii (Virtual Wii on Wii U).

Since certain features found in the original Wii are not present in the vWii, we can only partially utilize RiiConnect24. See what’s currently working for details. {: .notice–warning}RiiConnect24 allows you to use discontinued services from WiiConnect24, which include the News, Forecast, Everybody Votes, Nintendo and Check Mii Out Channel, along with Wii Mail.

This guide is for vWii (Wii Mode on Wii U) only.

  • Follow this tutorial if you’d like to install RiiConnect24 on a Wii.
  • Follow this tutorial if you’d like to install RiiConnect24 on Dolphin Emulator.

It’s recommended to set your Wii to the current time before proceeding. Follow this tutorial in order to set it.

DO NOT INSTALL RIICONNECT24 ON A WII MINI! It will not work and it will brick the system.


We are NOT responsible if you brick, or damage your console in any way whatsoever. If you follow this guide exactly, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Do NOT perform this guide on any other console than the vWii (Virtual Wii on Wii U). If you’re looking for instructions for a Nintendo Wii, use this guide. If you’d like to perform this guide on the Dolphin emulator, use this guide instead.

What you need

After following the above linked guide, you should have:

  • A vWii NAND backup and keys (keep these stored safely!!)
  • The Homebrew Channel installed
  • d2x cIOS installed (IOS249, IOS250 and IOS251)
  • IOS80 patched


Section I - Running the patcher

If you can’t run RiiConnect24 Patcher, please join the RiiConnect24 Discord server (recommended) or e-mail us at [email protected] for further assistance.

  1. Click the link above to go to the GitHub page where the patcher is.
  2. Download RiiConnect24Patcher.bat if you are on Windows, and RiiConnect24Patcher.sh if you are on a Unix system
  3. On Windows run RiiConnect24Patcher.bat. On Unix systems, open Terminal and type bash, then drag RiiConnect24Patcher.sh into the terminal then press enter. It should look like this: bash RiiConnect24Patcher.sh.
  4. Press 1 to choose “Start” and confirm your selection by pressing ENTER. (NOTE: These screenshots are from the Windows version of the patcher.) RiiConnect24 Patcher Main Screen
  5. Select the device you’re patching for. Select your device
  6. For this guide, choose “Install RiiConnect24 on your WiiInstall RiiConnect24
  7. Choose “Express (Recommended)”. It will give you everything you need. Express Settings
  8. Select your region. Select your region
  9. While you’re at it, RiiConnect24 Patcher can additionally download some other optional channels that do not use RiiConnect24. [X] represents the options that selected. Just press 5 and ENTER if you’re not interested. Additional optional channels
  10. Connect your SD Card or USB Drive to your computer and select “1”. Enable copying to SD Card
  11. If your device was detected successfully, select “1”. If not, make sure there’s a folder called apps on your SD Card or USB Drive and try again. Successfully detected
  12. Be patient… It's patching!
  13. After it’s done, we would appreciate if you take a minute to send anonymous feedback to us. If you don’t want to, close the patcher. All the files should already be on your SD Card. It's done! Files copied
  14. If it did not copy everything automatically to your SD Card or USB Device, copy the WAD and apps folder next to RiiConnect24Patcher.bat to your SD Card or USB Device.
Section II - Installing WADs

You will now install the patched IOS and Channel WADs that are required to use RiiConnect24.

  1. Put your SD card or USB drive in your Wii U.
  2. Launch the Homebrew Channel on your Wii U.
  3. Launch Wii Mod Lite.
  4. Using the +Control Pad on your Wii Remote, navigate to WAD Manager, and then navigate to the wad folder.
  5. Highlight all the WADs in the folder by pressing the + Button to select them. When all of the WADs are selected, press A twice to install the WADs.
  6. If you get an error saying a title with a higher version is already installed (error -1035), go back to the WAD selection menu and press the - Button on the highlighted WAD to uninstall it, then try installing it again.
  7. After they are successfully installed, press the HOME Button to exit back to the Homebrew Channel.
Section III - Patching 43db for 16:9 (optional)
  1. Launch ww-43db-patcher and wait for it to complete.

If you install a theme, you will have to run the ww-43db-patcher once more.

Section IV - Using RiiConnect24

After following the above sections, you’re almost ready to utilize RiiConnect24 on your Wii U. You just need to perform the following steps every time you boot into vWii.

  1. On the Wii Menu, launch the ConnectMii channel.
    • This will enable the WiiConnect24 and Standby Connection flags required by the WiiConnect24 Channels.
  2. Launch the WiiConnect24 Channels.
    • You should now be able to utilize all of the WiiConnect24 Channels you have installed.

What’s currently working?

The following RiiConnect24 services are working on the vWii:

  • Forecast Channel
  • News Channel
  • Everybody Votes Channel
  • Nintendo Channel
  • Check Mii Out Channel / Mii Contest Channel

The following RiiConnect24 services are not working on the vWii:

  • Wii Mail (most functionality does not exist on vWii)
    • This includes sending/receiving mail to/from friends.

Most services that utilize WiiConnect24 will be able to work if you leave vWii running for several hours. There’s no standby mode on the console.