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.WAD File Extension

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File TypeDoom WAD File
Developerid Software
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CategoryGame Files
File Format Description

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

The WAD format has been classified into two categories: 1) IWAD ("Internal WAD") and 2) PWAD ("Patch WAD"). The IWAD file type is used for loading core game content, and PWAD files are used for adding optional data to the game.

Because of the popularity of Doom and the customizability of WAD files, the WAD format has become one of the most widely known and widely used game data file formats. Community gamers have developed thousands of mods using WAD files for Doom and other games.

The original WAD format, referred to as WAD1, evolved into subsequent formats, which include WAD2 and WAD3. These versions were reduced in scope to include only game textures and were used for Quake and Half-Life. Quake WAD texture files can be edited with programs such as Wally.

Program(s) that open .WAD files
Updated 5/29/2012

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File TypeNintendo Wii Game Data File
DeveloperNintendo
Popularity
3.3 (3 Votes) Thanks for voting!
Rare Uncommon Average Common Very Common
CategoryGame Files
File Format Description

Data file used by the Nintendo Wii game console; contains the data required for installing Wii channels, system menus, or firmware updates; often used for installing genuine copies of Virtual Console (VC) games.

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

Program(s) that open .WAD files
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Updated 9/15/2014