Wii U

You can connect your Wii U to Pretendo using one of 2 methods. Each method has benefits and drawbacks, which will be described in their respective sections.

Once you have selected a connection method and set up your Wii U, see "PNID Setup".

If you have save data from a Nintendo Network ID you would like to move to your Pretendo Network ID, follow this section.



  • Does not require homebrew
  • Very easy to setup


  • Only a subset of services are supported
  • Lacks additional features and patches
  • May not function under certain ISP related conditions (self-hosted DNS tool is in development)
  • Requires changing network settings to disconnect

SSSL is a (limited) hackless method of accessing most services by exploiting a bug in the Wii U's SSL module. All Nintendo Network games produced by Nintendo are supported by SSSL, as are the in-game Miiverse features. The main Miiverse app, in-game posting app, and any game which uses its own SSL stack (YouTube, WATCH_DOGS, etc.), are NOT supported by this method, as they are unaffected by the SSL exploit.

To connect using SSSL, open System Settings > Internet > Connect to the Internet. Open the settings for your network connection and open DNS. Select Don't Auto-obtain. Enter as the Primary DNS. Enter another public DNS server address as the Secondary DNS, such as (Google Public DNS) or (Cloudflare-DNS). You should now be able to setup and login to your Pretendo Network ID as normal.

To disconnect from Pretendo Network either remove the Primary DNS address or change back to Auto-obtain.



  • All services supported
  • Contains additional features and patches
  • No ISP related issues
  • Easy toggle on and off


  • Requires homebrew
  • Requires several steps to setup
ℹ️ This part of the 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.

The stable build is recommended for most users, however beta testers and others may be interested in the bleeding edge build.


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.

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding edge builds have not been widely tested, and do not guarantee any stability. Download the latest build from nightly. Extract


Nimble is an Aroma setup module that patches the request for the system PolicyList. This is used to enable background tasks for features such as Wara Wara Plaza. This is separate from the main Inkay patches as the PolicyList is downloaded earlier in the system boot process than Inkay has control over.

Navigate to the latest release on GitHub and download the 30_nimble.rpx file.


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 the downloaded 30_nimble.rpx file on your SD card at sd:/wiiu/environments/aroma/modules/setup. It's normal for other Aroma setup modules to be in this folder too.

Place your SD card back into your console and boot like normal. You should see a notification of your connection:

You are now connected to Pretendo Network.

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

Choose the plugin 'Inkay', then click A on 'BOSS settings' inside of Inkay, then click A on 'Unregister Wara Wara Plaza BOSS tasks' after that restart your console fully.


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.

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

PNID Setup

After installing Pretendo, you must register a Pretendo Network ID (PNID). There is currently two ways of creating a PNID: Creating an account with the website and linking it, or creating it on your Wii U.

CAUTION: A Pretendo Network ID may not use the same username as an account already linked to your Wii U! If you have any existing Nintendo Network IDs on your Wii U which share the username you wish to use, those accounts MUST be removed from your console first.


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

NOTE: Account settings cannot be modified at this time. Feature updates to the website have been paused as we migrate the codebase, and the account settings app on the Wii U requires additional patches.

Once your account is registered, link it to your console as you would a Nintendo Network ID.

Wii U

Create the Pretendo Network ID as you would a Nintendo Network ID.

Transferring save data to your Pretendo Network account

Pretendo Network is not compatible with existing Nintendo Network IDs. This means you must create a new account. Because of this, you may want to move existing game save data to your new account.

Note: This only works with local save data. Any user data stored on Nintendo's servers cannot be transferred to any other accounts.

To move your save data, you will need a save data backup homebrew application. This guide will use the WUT port of SaveMii for Aroma. To begin, download the latest GitHub release of SaveMii or download it from the Homebrew App Store.

Once installed, open the application from the HOME Menu. You should see a menu for Wii U and vWii saves.

Select Wii U Save Management. You should now see a list of installed games. Find and select the game you would like to transfer the save data of.

Select Backup savedata.

Select a new slot to backup the save data to. If you select a non-empty slot, the backup data in that slot will be overwritten.

Select the profile to backup the save data from. This should be your Nintendo Network ID.

Optionally you may select to backup "common" save data. This save data should be shared by all users, and is not required to be backed up. Though you may still do so if you choose.

Press the A button when ready to backup your save data.

Once the backup has completed, press the B button to return to the games menu. Select Restore savedata.

CAUTION: Restoring a save backup will overwrite the existing save data for the game for the selected user(s). Proceed with caution.

Select the backup slot you just backed the save data up to.

Select the profile to restore the save data to. This should be your Pretendo Network ID.

When ready, press the A button to transfer your data. Press A again to confirm your actions. If you get a message about backing up your data on your Pretendo profile, ignore. Your screen may briefly flash as the data is copied over.

Once completed, exit SaveMii and ensure the game you transferred works properly on your Pretendo profile.

Repeat this process for any other save data you'd like to transfer to your Pretendo profile.