What is a .WAD File And How To Open It – Nintendo (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .wad extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. In this article we will explain what .wad file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .WAD file?

The .WAD file extension is Nintendo Wii Game Data File. This file extension belongs to the developer Nintendo. The file has the binary format, and it is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .wad file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .WAD file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .WAD file on various operating systems.

How to open a .WAD file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .wad file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Wad Studio software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Dolphin and Wad Studio.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .WAD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Wad Studio software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .WAD file on Mac

To open the .wad file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Dolphin software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Dolphin.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .WAD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Dolphin software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .WAD file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .wad file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Dolphin software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Dolphin software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .WAD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Dolphin software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .WAD file?

If you are still unable to open the .WAD file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .WAD file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .wad – id Software. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .WAD file with the Wad Studio, Dolphin programs on Windows, Dolphin program on Mac and Dolphin software on Linux.