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WHAT ARE SAVEGAME FILES?
Every time you pass a checkpoint or save your game in the Pause menu while playing Tomb Raider: Underworld, a file is created in the Wii System Memory containing all the information about your game so far—Lara's inventory, enemies killed, puzzles solved, treasures found, etc. These save files are coded so that the console can "read" them. When you reload an earlier save, the Wii interprets the savegame file and restores Lara and her world to the way they were at the most recent checkpoint.
The Wii System Memory allows you to save in four separate slots. The information for all four Underworld save slots are stored in the Wii System Memory in a single data file. The instructions below explain how to find and transfer such files between a computer and Wii console using a memory card.
NOTE: The current autosave checkpoint is also stored in the Wii System Memory but is not included when you transfer your data file to a memory card.
I highly recommend that you do not rely exclusively on the autosave while playing through the game. Instead be sure to save manually in a new slot at least once or twice each level. To do this, press the 2 button on the Wii remote, select 'Save', then scroll down to the save slot you want to use and press A. Then highlight the 'OK' option and press A again to save. Then if something goes wrong—for example, you encounter a bug or your autosave becomes corrupted—you'll have a choice of saves to reload.
I have compiled a collection of Wii save files for all levels in Underworld, in case you run into such a problem. They can also be useful if you find a certain section too hard, missed a treasure somewhere along the line, or just want to skip to a different level for any reason.
WHAT ARE .ZIP FILES?
All the save files on this site come in .zip files. A .zip file (also called a .zip archive) is like a digital "envelope" containing other files. Using .zip archives lets me group savegame files together in one convenient "package," such as a group of saves for a given level. Also, since the data in .zip files is compressed, the files are smaller and download more quickly.
WHAT DO I NEED TO TRANSFER WII DATA FILES?
The first thing you'll need is an SD card, or secure digital memory card. This is a small card that fits into the slot behind the little white door on the front of the Wii console (shown here). SD cards are also used by other devices such as digital cameras and PDAs. You may already own one if you have one of these devices.
If you don't already own an SD card, you can buy one fairly cheaply from electronics, camera or office supply stores, or online from places like Amazon (paid link), Newegg, etc. Wii save files are small (only about 2 MB each) so unless you're going to use the card for something else as well (e.g., storing photos) you won't need a high-capacity card. Unless you have downloaded the Wii Menu 4.0 update, the console won't even recognize SD cards larger than 2 GB.
You'll also need a way to transfer the info on the SD card to and from your PC. Many newer computers have built-in SD card slots (like the one shown here). If your computer doesn't have an SD card slot, you can buy an SD card adapter that fits into a USB port. These are also fairly inexpensive and can be purchased at electronics and office supply stores or online.
The step-by-step instructions below explain how to do the transfer once you have what you need.
WILL YOUR SAVES WORK IN MY GAME?
Wii consoles use two different types of encoding: NTSC and PAL. I have save files for both formats on my download page. Since the two formats are not compatible, you will need to choose the format that matches your system. Generally format is tied to geographical region. If you're not sure which regional format you have, check the country lists on the Wikipedia NTSC and PAL pages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTSC and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAL.
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD A SAVEGAME FILE?
HOW DO I GET THE SAVE FILES OUT OF THE .ZIP FILE AND INTO MY GAME?
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