.SZS File Extension

.SZS File Extension

File Type 1

Wii Game Data File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.0  |  41 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Binary

What is an SZS file?

Data file used by games for the Nintendo Wii; most commonly known for storing 3D model and texture data for the Wii game Mario Kart, but also used by other games for the same kinds of data as well as other types of data; sometimes modified by the homebrew and modding communities to create custom Mario Kart graphics.

More Information

SZS files for Mario Kart are stored in a format called the U8 archive format and they are compressed with a method called Yaz0 compression.

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Programs that open or reference SZS files

Updated December 23, 2011
File Type 2

GameCube Data File

Developer N/A
Popularity
1.9  |  8 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is an SZS file?

Game archive used by some games for the GameCube console system, such as Super Mario Sunshine; can include various model and bitmap graphics data for the game; sometimes modified by homebrew users.

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NOTE: GameCube SZS files may not be compatible with programs that open the Wii SZS format.

Programs that open or reference SZS files

Windows
Updated August 20, 2012
File Type 3

Nintendo Switch Game Data Archive

Developer N/A
Popularity
2.6  |  5 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is an SZS file?

An SZS file is a game data archive used by Nintendo Switch games, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. It typically contains 3D model and texture files used by a Switch game and is compressed using the Nintendo Yaz0 compression format. SZS files are often modified by the homebrew and modding communities to alter the appearance of characters and objects in Switch games.

More Information

You can extract the contents of SZS files using Uwizard in Windows. You can also use MK8Snitch, which is no longer available to download, for decompressing, editing, and recompiling SZS Mario Kart 8 Deluxe SZS files.

NOTE: SZS files are also commonly used to store game data for Nintendo Wii and GameCube games. However, Switch SZS files may not be compatible with programs that open the Wii or GameCube SZS formats.

Programs that open or reference SZS files

Windows
Mac
MK8Snitch
Linux
MK8Snitch
Updated August 7, 2020

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