BFRES

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BFRES is a common archival format for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch that can contain anything from models, textures, and animations.

Ripping Tools

There are a few tools around that can open up BFRES files and extract it's contents.

Switch Toolbox

Switch Toolbox can open, view and edit most data found in a BFRES file.

Compressions

  • None: The files have no compression and can work right away.
  • SZS: A secondary, often-compressed format used for Nintendo's games. Switch Toolbox can be used to open these.
  • BEA: A common compression format used in Nintendo's games on the Nintendo Switch. Switch Toolbox can be used to open them.
  • NARC: A compression format used in the Mario sports games. Switch Toolbox can be used to open them, and a QuickBMS script, written by Random Talking Bush, can decompress them as well.
  • FZIP: A compression format used in Game & Wario. Switch Toolbox can be used to open them, and a QuickBMS script, written by Random Talking Bush, can decompress them as well.
  • LZARC: A compression format used in Paper Mario: Color Splash. Switch Toolbox can be used to open them.
  • CX: A compression format used in Pokémon Rumble U. There is a QuickBMS script written by Random Talking Bush that can decompresss them.
  • 42: A compressed archive file used in Mario Golf: Super Rush. There are a few Python scripts available that can extract it's contents.

List of Wii U games that use the format

The list is not complete; feel free to add any game that uses the aforementioned format.

Name Version Compression
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker ? SZS
Game & Wario ? FZIP
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games ? None
Mario Kart 8 ? SZS
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash ? NARC
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U ? SZS
Paper Mario: Color Splash ? LZ & LZARC
Pokémon Rumble U ? CX
Pikmin 3 ? SZS
Splatoon ? SZS
Super Mario 3D World ? SZS
Wii Sports Club ? Z

List of Nintendo Switch games that use the format

The list is not complete; feel free to add any game that uses the aforementioned format.

Name Version Compression
ARMS ? SZS
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker ? SZS
Game Builder Garage ? SZS
Mario Golf: Super Rush ? 42 & NARC
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ? SZS
Mario Party Superstars ? BEA
Mario Tennis Aces ? NARC
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe ? SZS
Paper Mario: The Origami King ? ZSTD
Pikmin 3 Deluxe ? SZS
Splatoon 2 ? SZS
Splatoon 3 ? ZS
Super Kirby Clash ? CMP
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury ? SZS
Super Mario Maker 2 ? SZS
Super Mario Odyssey ? SZS
Super Mario Party ? BEA
Tetris 99 ? BEA
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening ? None
WarioWare: Get It Together! ? BEA