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USB Loader Releases[edit]

Configurable USB Loader +GUI CoverFloader (WiiCoverFlow) WiiFlow Mighty Loader NeoGamma uLoader by Hermes USB LoaderGX
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Current Version 70 1.3(r1062) 4.2.1 (R441) v17.2 R8 Final (R9 Beta 47) 5.1E 3.0 (r1233)
Release Date July 7, 2011 Aug 6, 2010 Dec 31, 2013 Aug 6, 2012 Oct 9, 2010 April 9, 2010 November 10, 2014
Coders oggzee, usptactical Beardface, scognito, f1she4rs, LoudBob, GC@BB, afour r-win, miigotu, OverjoY Marc WiiPower Hermes Cyan, Dimok, nIxx, giantpune, ardi, Hungyip, DrayX7, Lustar, r-win, WiiShizza
Artworks: Neorame & Cyrex
Based On Waninkoko 1.5
Kwiirk yal
Hermes
Ultimate
NeoGamma
Waninkoko 1.5 Waninkoko 1.5 Waninkoko 1.5 WiiGator Gamma 0.3
Kwiirk yal
Waninkoko's cios 249
kwiirk's modded cios 222
Hermes' modded cIOS with mloader
d2x cIOS, IOS58,
DM(L) & Nintendont, Devolution
Kwiirk
FishEars
LibWiiGui
Hardware Supported
USB/SD Both USB Both USB Both Both Both
Interface Options
Game Listed Configurable Unlimited Unlimited Configurable 1 15 Channels 9 with Scrollbar, Channels
Cover / Box Art Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Background Image Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
Background Music Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Wiimote Pointer Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Transparency Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
WideScreen Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Change the Titlename with txt file Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Custom Layout Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Cover Auto Resize both 4:3/16:9 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Game sorting Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
Game/Video Mode Patches
Game Language Select Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manual Video Force Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ocarina (Cheat Engine) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ocarina TXT(Cheat Engine) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Child-Proof Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Parental Control,
Specific Titles
Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Individual Game Settings Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Update / Online Functions
Automatic Box Art / Cover Download Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Auto Update Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Configurable USB Loader +GUI CoverFloader (WiiCoverFlow) WiiFlow Mighty Loader NeoGamma uLoader by Hermes USB LoaderGX
Fixes
SorgFix Yes Yes Yes Unknown No Yes Yes
LoPsT Mod (HDD Timeout) Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes
Other USB devices Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other features
Add Game
With/Without
Update Partitions
Yes Unknown Yes No No No Yes
Multiple WBFS partitions Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
cIOS mloader support Yes Unknown Yes No No Yes Yes
cMIOS support No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Support for waninkokos cios rev13 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for cios 222 3.0 (v4) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Use a FAT32 partition to store settings Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
IOS Reload Block Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Alternative .dol from disc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alternative .dol from SD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alternative .dol from USB Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
External EHCI Modules Support Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Banner Sound Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Starting games from a FAT32 partition Yes (.wbfs) No Yes (.wbfs) No No Yes (.ciso) Yes (.wbfs)
Can read split game files from a FAT32 partition Yes (.wbf1) No Yes (.wbf1) No No No Yes (.wbf1)
Starting games from an NTFS partition Yes (.wbfs, .iso) No Yes (.wbfs, .iso) No No No Yes (.wbfs, .iso)
BCA Protection support Yes (.bca file) No Yes Yes Partial (only NSMB) Yes (iso and .txt database) Yes (.bca file)
Install a game disc to a hard drive partition Yes (WBFS, FAT, NTFS unreliable) No Yes (WBFS, FAT, NTFS reliable) No No Yes (WBFS) Yes (WBFS, FAT, NTFS)
Starting game discs from Wii drive Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Starting game discs from external USB DVD reader No No No No No Yes Yes
Starting game files burnt onto DVD No No Yes No No Yes (.ciso) Yes
NAND Emulation (Savegames/DLC) Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes (Requires d2x cIOS v7+)
NAND Emulation (Wiiware/VC) Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes (Requires d2x cIOS v8+)
vWii Support Unknown Unknown Yes (UStealth Support) Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes (Req. d2x cIOS-vWii v10+)
GameCube-Games Yes (Req. Devolution or DM(L) or Nintendont) Unknown Yes (Req. Devolution or DM(L) or Nintendont) Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes (Req. Devolution or DM(L) or Nintendont)
Triforce Arcade-Games Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes (Req. QuadForce 4.x)
Channels/Forwarders
Wii Channel Download Forwarder or Channel Forwarder Channel and Priiloader None Filetrip - Channel Forwarder Forwarder or Channel
Configurable USB Loader +GUI CoverFloader (WiiCoverFlow) WiiFlow Mighty Loader NeoGamma uLoader by Hermes USB LoaderGX

Features Explanation[edit]

Interface Options

  • USB/SD Loader : Load Wii games from USB device and/or SD card
  • Game List: Number of games displayed at once
  • Cover / Box Art: Display Wii game's Cover
  • Background Image: Name of the background picture if it can be changed
  • Background Music
  • WiiMote Pointer Support
  • Transparency: support alpha channel or transparency for themes, backgrounds and cover images
  • Widescreen: Proper support for widescreen TVs
  • Change the titlename with txt file: Read the game's name from a file instead of wbfs partition
  • Custom Layout: Able to change location of box art, games list, etc.
  • Cover auto Resize 4:3/16:9 : Automatically detect widescreen and resize the cover. No need to download different cover size.

Game/Video Mode Patches

  • Game Language Select
  • Video Mode: user can choose what video mode to use: PAL/NTSC
  • Child Proof: Disable install / remove options
  • Parental Control, Only Show Games Flagged as Appropriate
  • Ocarina: Cheats for wii games which have to be activated by creating a GCT file with another utility
  • Ocarina TXT: Cheats for Wii games (no GCT creation needed, and individual cheat activation/deactivation can be made from within USB loader)

Update / Online Functions

  • Automatic Boxart Download
  • Auto Update: Automatic download of the latest version

Fixes

  • Sorg Fix: Display more names, navigation with left/right, no TV mode change
  • LoPsT Mod (HDD Timeout): Give hard drive more time to start
  • Other USB devices: Able to use other devices than USB disk (microphones, rock band instruments, etc)

Other features

  • Add Game With / Without Update Partition, Not needed with most games, but may be used in the future official release to repair certain games.
  • Multiple WBFS partitions: Can use a drive with several partitions formatted in WBFS
  • cIOS mloader support: Can use new cIOS architecture with external modules (EHCI, etc). included with the application instead of cIOS reinstall
  • cMIOS support: Can use cMIOS to load GameCube Games from DVD
  • DVD Support: (Start games from DVD) REMOVED, see "Starting games discs from Wii drive" below
  • Support for waninkokos cios rev13: Supports rev13a with more compatibility then rev13b
  • Support for cios 222 3.0 (v4): Full support for cIOS 222 3.0 new features: EHCI based on interrupts, with supervisor system access, bulk reset option (geater compatibility and stability), boot2v4 compatibility
  • Use a FAT32 partition to store settings: Supports FAT32 partition to load covers and config files instead of SD card.
  • IOS Reload Block: IOS reload blocking allows to load games like House of The Dead 2
  • Alternative .dol from SD: Using an external .dol allows to load games like Red Steel
  • Alternative .dol from disc: Extract the alternative .dol from disc image automatically, without the need for WiiScrubber.
  • Alternative .dol from USB: Load the alternative .dol from FAT32 partition in USB device.
  • External EHCI Modules: Supports loading of different EHCI modules from SD card, increasing compatibility with different disks or USB peripherals
  • Starting games from a FAT32 partition: Use a FAT32 partiton to store game files instead of specially formatting a WBFS partition.
  • Can read split game files from a FAT32 partition: To avoid the 4GB filesize limit on FAT32 partitions.
  • Starting games from an NTFS partition: Use an NTFS partiton to store game files instead of specially formatting a WBFS partition. NTFS support is usually more unreliable that FAT32 support.
  • BCA Protection ISO support: Support to read relocated data of BCA protection (like New Super Mario Bros or Avatar) at offset 0x100 in .iso or offset 0x8100 in .ciso. There's a new utility to edit BCA data on .iso or .ciso files. It requires .NET Framework or Mono Framework: Download
  • BCA Protection file support: Support to read data of BCA protection from GAMEID.bca file (binary data of size 64 bytes)
  • Install a game disc to a hard drive partition: Install a game disc to a hard drive partition as a game file.
  • Starting game discs from Wii drive: Use the Wii internal reader to load game discs
  • Starting game discs from external USB DVD reader: Using a external USB DVD Reader instead of the Wii internal reader
  • Starting game files burnt onto DVD: Read one or more game files burnt onto a single DVD (remark, latest build-in DVD players block this function)
  • NAND Emulation (Savegames/DLC): SD or USB disc to store savegames and/or DLC (for example, songs for guitar hero/rock band) using NAND emulation instead of Wii internal flash
  • NAND Emulation (Wiiware/VC): Launch/install Wiiware/VC titles using NAND emulation instead of Wii internal flash

Channels/Forwarders/DOL

  • Channel: Wii Channel type (Forwarder or Channel) to install on Wii menu.
  • HBC app: USBLoader for homebrew channel

Bugs Not Yet Fixed in all loaders[edit]

Name Description Examples of (Games) Affected Fixed
Patched to 249 Games Old Games that require patching to IOS249 Red Steel, Mortal Kombat Armageddon, SSXBlur Works by using USB loaders with an alternate DOL feature, such as USB Loader GX, uLoader, etc.
Reload IOS Games that Perform a reload of IOS Metroid Prime 3 Works by having any DVD in the system. For some, such as Boom Blox Bash Party, works by using USB loaders with prevent reload, such as USB Loader GX, uLoader, etc.
002 Error Games that produce a 002 Error Boom Blox Bash Party Works by using USB loaders with anti-002 error, such as USB Loader GX, uLoader, Wiiflow, etc.
USB Devices Use of Other USB Devices at same time Wii Speak, LAN Adapter Fixed by using cIOS with mloader support, such as Hermes' cIOS 222 or 223
BCA Protection Causes game to crash after few minutes' playing. New Super Mario Bros Wii Replace main.dol with fixed one or use a loader with (partial or full) BCA relocated data support.

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