This is now an unofficial Q&A post.
Q: How does this work mighty Bean?
A: Riivolution is a programm for the Nintendo Wii which makes it able to change game data while playing from a regular game disk.
Q: It changes data? But won't that damage my wii?
A: No, it won't. The changes aren't permanent. In fact, no files get changed at all. Riivolution just 'tells' the wii to load files from your SD card instead of from the disk.
Q: Can you take SD card out and have all the orignal tracks afterwards too, or not?
A: Yes you can. If you turn off your wii, or just go to the main screen to select the 'normal' disk channel instead of the Riivolution way of starting your game it will be back to the way it was before using Riivolution.
Q: Can I get banned by Nintendo for doing this?
A: As long as you stick to private rooms there is no way you can be banned. If you go in a worldwide with them you take a risk, but I think you can't be banned because it just loads legit files from a legit disk.
Q: So I can go in worldwides with it?
A: You can, but it isn't smart. Those who don't have the patch will see you flying around, and you will see them flying. Also, since your track is longer than theirs you will lose.
Q: When I try downloading, I get "The file you are trying to access is temporarily unavailable." Do you have an idea what to do, great Erik?
A: As a matter of fact I do! The main problem is probably the popularity of the item you're trying to download. In the post above mine are now mirror links as well, try those.
Q: I'm blind, could you tell me what file to download?
A: Yes, I can. If you go to your wii's options screen, you'll see a version number. This is your wii's version. Download the file that matches your wii version number. If you have HBC, download the one requiring HBC. It's easier.
Q: How do you know all this, are you some kind of genius?
A: Not really. I just spend quite some time at this chat
. I also have brains, which I sometimes use.
Q: This is just to play CTs with?
A: No, you can also edit music and textures using this.
Q: Will you update the file if new custom tracks are made?
A: I won't, but Bean will! Just check his update vid to see if you have the newest version, it's at the bottom of this post.
Q: When I extract the file I downloaded with windows, I get an error. What should I do?
A: Try using winzip or winrar to extract the files.
Q: What size of SD do I need for this?
A: Practicly every size will do. The package I had was a stunning 300mb, so it doesn't really matter how big your SD is.
Q: I want to unlock my failing monkey with sunglasses, but I can't unlock 4 expert staff ghosts by just TTing CTs. Help me!
A: Some tracks are so short that you can unlock an expert ghost. SNES Rainbow Road, Bowser Castle 2, Cheep Cheep Beach, Thwomp Cave and Mario Circuit 1 ghosts can be unlocked easily. Of course you can also do a lot of WWs to unlock him.
Q:If I'm banned from Wi-Fi and run Riivolution I can't get on Wi-Fi... How can I use unban codes with it?
A: "Normally, Riivolution just supports direct memory patches. However, Riivolution supports a patching method that can be used with the Gecko OS code handler." <-- From WiiBrew
Q: When I try to load Green Hill Zone, it just opens Peach Beach. Is that an error?
A: If you still can't Green Hill Zone now, it means you have version 1.2. Please update to the newest version.
Q: What tracks are included in my version, and what track are they patched over?
A: Again, look at the video at the bottom of this post. There's a track list in there as well.
Q: What is the 'install' button for?
A: It'll make Riivolution Channel appear on your wii's main menu. It's makes loading easier and faster.
Q: When playing SNES BC2, the game slows down in 1 specific corner... Even in Time Trials? What's up with that?
A: It's a known problem, currently unable to solve. This is called 'lagcorner' and it's something everyone has.
Q: Do I put this in the private folder?
A: Just extract the files and copy the stuff you get to the root of your SD. It's quite simple.
Q: Will I get banned if I send my times to Wi-Fi rankings?
A: No, simply because the tracks are longer and the times won't make it to the actual leaderboards.
Q: Why are these tracks boring?
A: The art of Model Hacking Mario Kart Wii is something even the most experienced hackers have trouble with... Nintendo takes years making 32 tracks with a lot of people. You really think 1 hacker can make something as good as that in 1 week?
Also, Chadderz is working on the Course Creator, which will make prettier courses.
Q: Why can't you use these tracks online?
A: Aaron40, GTFO this post.
Q: When will there be tourneys in this?
A: Keep an eye on this
section of these forums.
Q: Are there TTing leaderboards for these tracks?
A: The main thread can be found here
. If you want your times to be on this thread, submit them here
. Of course there are all kinds of other rankins such as kart-only
and the soon to emerge wheel and flap rankings.
Q: Where can I see those tracks on youtube?
A: Some channels provide CT videos, like Flare Soru's (kart TTs)
, [W-K]Tim's (Bike TTs)
, EC2 ZigZ@g's (old CTGPs)
and of course MrBean's (all kinds of hacking related stuff)
Q: I did everything I should do and still it doesn't work, why not?
A: This is something that happens to Europeans who have their game running on a diffrent language then English. Try changing your wii and/or game language to English and it will probably work.
Q: Are these custom tracks approved or supported by Nintendo?
A: They are not, no. If they were, we'd have more DLC nowadays
Q: Is there any risk of voiding our Nintendo Wii console's warranty by downloading and installing any of these software files?
A: As long as you don't install Riivolution channel, there is no way Nintendo can see if you ever used it. To be sure, don't install the channel.
Q: Is there any risk of being banned by Nintendo if caught using any of these software files?
A: So far, only vr hacks can be detected. If nintendo knows about this, they can only find out if you upload ghosts. That's why you shouldn't do that.
Q: Is there any risk of our consoles being disabled by Nintendo in future system updates?
A: No, up till now the worst Nintendo has done is just disable various Homebrew components, and that's only through update. I don't see why this would change now
Q: I have accedently updated to 4.3, does that mean I can't play custom tracks anymore now?
A: Until there's a Riivo update you can't play CTs anymore. If you have an American Brawl file on your wii you can however, but doing that is quite hard. Instructions are on page 151.
If you have a question that isn't on here, please put it in a post at the end of this thread or ask someone else to help you.
Here's the video I promised, held up-to-date by MrBean35000vr himself:
Q: Why is the information here so terrible outdated?
A: Because the last time I updated this post was on June 24th 2010.