Emulator Issues #11942

Wii Sports resort Black Screen

Added by LuismaSP over 1 year ago. Updated 7 months ago.

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Game Name?
Wii Sports Resort (PAL)

Game ID? (right click the game in the game list, Properties, Info tab)


What's the problem? Describe what went wrong.

Black screen in some games, specially when is played with two players (Some games works with one player) to reproduce this issue, select for example the archery game with two players. And then none happens, only black screen.

Note: Tested using bluetooth passtrough with wii's real bluetooth chip.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

Select archery game with two players. (Using bluetooth passthrought in my case) and then, blackscreen. This happens in other mini-games of this title, but in order to test, the archery game is the most high-rate failure.

Is the issue present in the latest development version? For future reference, please also write down the version number of the latest development version.

[Version number here]


What are your PC specifications? (CPU, GPU, Operating System, more)

i7 4790k
GTX 970
Windows 10 x64


#1 Updated by JosJuice over 1 year ago

Does the Verify tab of the game properties show any problems?

#2 Updated by LuismaSP over 1 year ago

Yes, two with severity "low"

-The format that the disk image is saved in does not store the size of the disk image.

-Errors were found in 108342 unused blocks in the DATA partition.

Problems with low severity were found. They will most likely not prevent the game from running.

#3 Updated by LuismaSP over 1 year ago

Btw I played this game a lot of times, so I think there's no problem with the image disk dump, and some games, for example archery, works fine in the 1 player mode. But in two player mode only blackscreen.

Can anyone else confirm this?

#4 Updated by JosJuice over 1 year ago

If those are the only problems that it reports, then I don't think it's the disc image.

Do you mean that you have played the game in previous versions of Dolphin without any problems? If so, please bisect the issue (as described in the issue report template).

#5 Updated by LuismaSP over 1 year ago

Yes, and worked fine. But the last time I played this game was a year ago more or less. I'll try to bisect in this week if I got enough time.

#6 Updated by LuismaSP over 1 year ago

After MANY tests, I think I found the problem, more or less...

The problem is related with the mii info stored at "/user/wii/shared2/menu/facelib/RFL_DB.dat it seems that dolphin cant read this info because the mac changes sometimes.

More info can seen here:


#7 Updated by LuismaSP over 1 year ago

Ok... can't close this issue in the mobile version... I'll close tomorrow from my desktop PC if anyone else don't close it first.

#8 Updated by LuismaSP over 1 year ago

Can't close in desktop too. So please, anyone with the needed rights can be close this. Thanks.

#9 Updated by LuismaSP over 1 year ago

Forget about it, the issue persist. I Tried to re-assign my miis (And worked in all related games) but blackscreen again.

Tried to delete RFL_DB.dat and create a new one (By opening mii's channel and create new miis) the same result. This game just blackscreens when he try to read the RFL_DB.dat when two players are selected.

One more time, steps to reproduce the issue:

Have a /user/wii/shared2/menu/facelib/RFL_DB.dat file (This is created when you create miis via Mii channel)

Try to start a 2 player game in archery game. - Blackscreen-

Tested with the latest builds and builds from more than 6 months ago. Sorry but I can't see a working build from this point.

#10 Updated by JMC4789 7 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Invalid

This sounds like NAND issues. The only time I've had black screens in Wii Sports Resort is with our beautiful friend Dualcore or when I'm doing naughty things to my NAND. Feel free to update issue 7143 if you believe it's a dualcore issue, otherwise, I'd definitely recommend keeping tabs on your NAND. Considering that I have family that play this game daily in Dolphin, I know it's kept up fairly well.

#11 Updated by LuismaSP 7 months ago

Sorry, is not a dualcore issue, and not a nand issue. I can assure you that my nand files are ok and other games that depends on this files are working fine.

The only problem here is the RFL_DB.dat file. I don't know if you have miis created through the mii channel. In my case, if I delete or move this file, the game works very well. The problem is when this file is present "only for this game" it doesn't matter if you have a fresh dolphin install, if you import or create frow scratch a mii on the wii channel. If the file is created through dolphin or imported from a real wii console. If you have this RFL_DB.dat file under "user>wii>shared2>menu>facelib" the archery game for 2 players gots a blackscreen.

Please, test it, and reopen this issue if you got the same problem.

#12 Updated by LuismaSP 7 months ago

Ok, after more than 1 **cking hour testing. I got where the issue is:

The game blackscreen in the games "specially the archery game in two players" if you have a (RFL_DB.dat file + EFB Copies to Texture Only disabled)

This can be solved by disabling one of them. Removing the RFL_DB.dat file, or enabling EFB Copies to texture only, "But in this case, the miis on the archery game becomes invisible)

Any tip to solve this by enabling the EFB copies to texture and get the miis visible?

Thanks a lot.

#13 Updated by LuismaSP 7 months ago

Note: "Only to clarify" the miis becomes invisible with the EFB copies enabled when the zoom comes in to shoot the arrow. The miis are visible before this. The hud also dissapears with this, and you cannot see the wind direction.

#14 Updated by JMC4789 7 months ago

  • Status changed from Invalid to New

Reopening. I will investigate this.

#15 Updated by JMC4789 7 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Questionable

The game appears to use EFB Copies to RAM for the effect during the game afaict.

#16 Updated by LuismaSP 7 months ago

But in your case, can you see the miis invisibility problem when the zoom comes in "when you shoot the arrow in the archery game"?

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