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Author: Aaron "AerialX"
Version: v1.06
Date of latest version: 2013-12-18
Download: GitHub


Riivolution is an on-the-fly game patcher created by AerialX for use with retail discs. It allows users to place content on their SD or USB devices, which will be read by the game during regular play. It is used by several custom track distributions in order to run modified tracks without a patched ISO. Riivolution is supported on console and Dolphin since version 5.0-15407. For older versions of Dolphin, you will need to patch your ISO.


Riivolution uses XML files to load custom content from an SD card. To use this, have your XML point to a folder with all the custom content inside and place the XML in the "riivolution" folder.

Riivolution game patching tutorial
How to run Riivolution mods on Dolphin


Riivolution Generator is a tool that can create files needed by Riivolution using other files as source. The algorithm is simple:

  • Extract the original ISO image.
  • Set the modified time to a date in the past (2008-01-01).
  • Run the patching process.
  • Copy the modified files into the SD card folder.
  • Create a XML based on the list of modified files.

RiiFS is a filesystem that allows for streaming of data from your computer to Riivolution.

Version History

Version Date of release Information
v1.0 2010-03-20 First release
v1.01 2010-03-22
  • Memory patch improvements.
  • Mounted disk improvements.
  • Added network support.
v1.02 2010-03-28
  • Added disc file support.
  • More memory patch improvements.
  • Added network hostname lookups.
  • Network stability improvements.
  • Games will now connect to the network alongside RiiFS.
  • Added foreign character support in XMLs (Latin-1).
v1.03 2010-06-28
  • Added System Menu 4.3 compatibility.
  • Added Wii slot light filesystem indicator.
  • Stability fixes for all filesystems.
  • Files now close after a few seconds to allow them to be replaced over RiiFS.
  • Supported NetBEUI hostname lookups.
  • Improved channel install.
    • It no longer requires SD/USB.
  • RiiFS improvements.
    • Native C++ Server.
    • Connects automatically on a LAN without needing SD/USB.
v1.04 2010-09-22
  • This update provides behind-the-scenes fixes that will not affect features but will improve the overall system performance.
  • Added System Menu 4.3v2 compatibility (September 8th, 2010 update).
  • New savefile redirection feature.
v1.05 2013-06-10
  • The Wii U (Virtual Wii Menu) is now supported.
  • New Wii Remote Plus remotes are now properly supported.
v1.06 2013-12-18 Fixed Wii Remote disconnection issues (Smash Bros. Brawl strap screen crash).

Known Bugs

In a distribution via Riivolution, the game can freeze when a player completes a lap. This occurs for some Wii users.