.REL File Extension
What is a REL file?
A REL file is a relocatable module file used by some Nintendo Wii games, such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii. It contains gameplay data, including stage and character models. REL files function similarly to the .DLL files used by the Windows operating system.
Mario Kart Wii holds only one REL file, named StaticR.rel. This file contains gameplay logic and other data, and it is located in the /rel directory.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl's REL files are located in the game's Modules folder. Each REL stage file has an identifying string of code that looks as follows: 38 A5 00 00 38 80 00 ID. The ID is actually two digits that signify the specific stage.
Common REL Filenames
StaticR.rel - Sole REL file referenced by Mario Kart, whereas Super Smash Bros. Brawl contains a REL file for each character and stage.
How to open a REL file
You can open and edit Nintendo REL files with BrawlBox (Windows), a free program that allows gamers to edit Nintendo game resource files.
Those who want to replace Super Smash Bros. stages with other stages (including custom stages) can use Stage Switcher (Windows) to overwrite a stage's REL file. Then, the new stage will appear instead of the overwritten stage.
Those who want to edit data in Mario Kart Wii's StaticR.rel file can do so using the wstrt utility included in Wiimms SZS Tools (Windows) or StaticR.rel Tool (Windows).
Programs that open or reference REL files
Norton Internet Security Log File
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What is a REL file?
Log file created by Norton Internet Security, a program used to protect computers from malware; contains a log of events, such as attacks and alerts.
REL files use the naming convention "iamX.rel," where "X" is a log descriptor. Common filenames include iamalert.rel and iamtcp.rel.
NOTE: Norton Internet Security became Norton Security in 2014. Older versions of Norton Internet Security used REL files but recent versions no longer support the file type.