Pretendo

Wii U

ℹ️ This guide assumes that you have a Homebrewed System using Aroma. You can follow this guide on how to homebrew your system first, then install Aroma using this guide.

You can get a Wii U onto Pretendo in just 3 steps:

  1. RCE Patches
  2. Connecting to Pretendo
  3. PNID Setup

Make sure to also check out this section to learn how to switch between Pretendo Network and Nintendo Network.

RCE Patches

Unfortunately, some of Pretendo's supported games have major security and safety problems. While Nintendo fixed these games on the 3DS, thus far they have neglected the Wii U. Pretendo has a patcher which attempts to fix these problems - this is essential to play online safely, whether on Pretendo Network or Nintendo Network.

This is no longer true, as Nintendo has issued updates to all affected games fixing all known issues. These docs will remain up, however, in the event that any future bugs/exploits are found and require patches

⚠️ Don't skip this step!

To install the fix, navigate to the latest release of the RCE patcher on GitHub and download the rce_patches.wps file.

Place the downloaded rce_patches.wps file on your SD card at sd:/wiiu/environments/aroma/plugins. It's normal for other Aroma plugins to be in this folder too.

Place your SD card back into your console and boot like normal.

Connecting to Pretendo

ℹ️ Already have Pretendo installed? Skip ahead to PNID Setup!

To connect to Pretendo Network you must use the Inkay plugin with Aroma. The stable version is recommended for most users, however betatesters and others may be interested in the bleeding edge version.

Stable

The stable builds have been widely tested to ensure everything works as intended. Navigate to Inkay's latest release on GitHub and download the Inkay-pretendo.wps file from the latest release.

Place the downloaded Inkay-pretendo.wps file on your SD card at sd:/wiiu/environments/aroma/plugins. It's normal for other Aroma plugins to be in this folder too.

Place your SD card back into your console and boot like normal. If it worked, you'll see a notification of your connection:

You are now connected to Pretendo Network and can continue with PNID Setup.

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding edge builds have not been widely tested, and do not guarantee any stability. Download the latest build from nightly. Extract inkay.zip and place the extracted Inkay-pretendo.wps file on your SD card at sd:/wiiu/environments/aroma/plugins.

Place your SD card back into your console and boot like normal. If it worked, you'll see a notification of your connection:

You are now connected to Pretendo Network and can continue with PNID Setup.

PNID Setup

After installing Pretendo, you will need to create a PNID to use our services. There is currently two ways of creating a PNID, by creating an account with the website and linking it or creating it on your Wii U.

PNID Setup - Website

You will want to register an account from here and click Don't have an account? to register.

Right before registering a PNID, please make sure to save your password on some sort of note. This isn't necessary, but it prevents having to reset your password if you forget it. After registering just simply change your birth date, gender, timezone, country/region, etc to what you see fit. Once you have it set up we can switch back to the Wii U. Within your Wii U you will want to reconnect to Pretendo.

Note: How you reconnect to Pretendo depends on how you installed it on your Wii U!

Once you are reconnected, you will want to press the top left profile icon and press Switch Account, then press Add New User. Go through the user set up normally, but when it asks if you have an account, press Yes and put in your username and password. If it asks you to confirm your email afterwards, simply skip it. You will now be able to use Pretendo servers.

PNID Setup - Wii U

Right before registering a PNID, please make sure to save your password on some sort of note. This isn't necessary, but it prevents having to reset your password if you forget it. You will want to go on you Wii U while Pretendo is still active and press the top left profile icon. After pressing the icon, press Switch Account, and then Add New User. Set up this account as normal, but once it asks if you have an account, press No and go through the account process normally. When it asks you again to link after adding a Mii, press Link. Choose your language and then accept the Pretendo Network Service Agreement.

Finally, set up your PNID, email and password. Once all of this is done, you will be able to use Pretendo servers.

Switching between Pretendo Network and Nintendo Network

To switch between your Pretendo Network and Nintendo Network profiles on your Wii U:

Press L + Down + SELECT on the Wii U GamePad to open the Aroma plugin menu.

Locate and select 'Inkay', then choose 'Patching'. Now, set 'Connect to the Pretendo Network' to false.

Press B twice, followed by the HOME button. The console will reboot with Pretendo Network patches disabled, as confirmed by the 'Using Nintendo Network' message.

Now, switch to your desired Network ID via the Account selection screen.

To return to Pretendo Network, repeat the process ensuring 'Connect to the Pretendo Network' is set to true.