.WAD File Extension

There are 2 file types use the .WAD file extension:

  1. Nintendo Wii Game Data File
  2. Doom WAD File

1. Nintendo Wii Game Data File

Nintendo Wii Game Data File
  • Developer Nintendo
  • Popularity
    4.4 (39 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Binary

A WAD file is a game data file used by the Nintendo Wii game console. It contains the data required for installing Wii channels, system menus, or firmware updates. WAD files are often used for installing genuine copies of Virtual Console (VC) games.

NOTE: WAD files are also used by "Homebrew" Wii developers to install and play games.

Software's name License Platforms
Dolphin Dolphin Open Source LinuxMacWindows
Wad Studio Wad Studio Free Windows

Updated: July 6, 2020

2. Doom WAD File

Doom WAD File
  • Developer id Software
  • Popularity
    4.3 (118 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Binary

A WAD file is a game data file used by Doom and Doom II, as well as other first-person shooter games that use the original Doom engine. It contains data such as sprites (graphics), level information, and items. WAD files are used for storing original game content as well as game modifications.

You can open, view, and edit a WAD file with SLADE, a free, multiplatform DOOM modding application. However, if your WAD file is saved as a Half-Life package, you may have to select File → Save As and save the file as a WAD2 file to keep your edits.

Software's name License Platforms
Doom Builder Doom Builder Free Windows
eXtendable WAD Editor eXtendable WAD Editor Free Windows
id Software Doom id Software Doom Paid Windows
id Software Doom 2 id Software Doom 2 Paid Windows
New WAD Tool New WAD Tool Free Windows
SLADE SLADE Free LinuxMacWindows
Sonic Robo Blast 2 Sonic Robo Blast 2 Free LinuxMacWindows
WadAuthor WadAuthor Free Windows
Wally Wally Free Windows

Updated: February 16, 2020

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