Install & patch White Album 2 on wine§

Enable Japanese support§

Check whether it’s already enabled:

locale -a | grep ja

If you see something like this, you can proceed to the next step.

ja_JP
ja_JP.eucjp
ja_JP.ujis
ja_JP.utf8
japanese
japanese.euc

If not, generate the locale and install some fonts:

sudo locale-gen ja_JP.{UTF-8,EUC-JP}
sudo apt install -y fonts-{takao,mona,monapo}

Check whether it’s already enabled:

locale -a | grep ja

If you see something like this, you can proceed to the next step.

ja_JP
ja_JP.eucjp
ja_JP.ujis
ja_JP.utf8
japanese
japanese.euc

If not, generate the locale and install some fonts:

sudo locale-gen ja_JP.{UTF-8,EUC-JP}
sudo pacman -S otf-ipafont ttf-hanazono

Check whether it’s already enabled:

locale -a | grep ja

If you see something like this, you can proceed to the next step.

ja_JP
ja_JP.eucjp
ja_JP.ujis
ja_JP.utf8
japanese
japanese.euc

If not, install the locale and fonts:

sudo dnf groupinstall -y 'Japanese Support'
sudo dnf install -y hanazono-fonts mona-*-fonts
Japanese locale should be enabled by default on Mac.
You can check by running this command:
locale -a | grep ja

Which should return something like this:

ja_JP
ja_JP.eucJP
ja_JP.SJIS
ja_JP.UTF-8
Japanese fonts should also be preinstalled but, alas, they don’t seem to work 100% in wine.
You could, however, install more fonts in hopes of getting one to work properly.

Install 32-bit GStreamer§

The videos require the good, ugly & libav 32-bit GStreamer plugins to work.

sudo apt install -y gstreamer1.0-{plugins-{good,ugly},libav}:i386

You can also open the mv*0.pak files in your media player.

The videos require the good, ugly & libav 32-bit GStreamer plugins to work.

The ugly & libav plugins can be installed manually or with an AUR helper like paru.

sudo pacman -S lib32-gst-plugins-good
paru -S lib32-gst-{plugins-ugly,libav}

You can also open the mv*0.pak files in your media player.

The videos require the good, ugly & libav 32-bit GStreamer plugins to work.

sudo dnf install -y gstreamer1-{plugins-{good,ugly},libav}.i686

You can also open the mv*0.pak files in your media player.

Supposedly, you can install Quicktime instead of GStreamer.

You can also open the mv*0.pak files in your media player.

If you have more info, please submit a pull request.


Note

A Lutris installer is in the works. Until it’s done, follow the steps below.

Install wine and winetricks§

Install winehq-stable following the official instructions for Ubuntu.

Get the latest version of winetricks:

curl -LO https://git.io/winetricks
chmod +x winetricks
sudo mv winetricks /usr/local/bin

You might also need to install cabextract:

sudo apt install -y cabextract

Warning

The game may crash on Wine 7.0 or newer. It’s recommended to use an older version.

Install wine following the instructions on the Arch wiki.

Get the latest version of winetricks:

sudo pacman -S winetricks

You might also need to install cabextract:

sudo pacman -S cabextract

Install winehq-stable following the official instructions for Fedora.

Get the latest version of winetricks:

curl -LO https://git.io/winetricks
chmod +x winetricks
sudo mv winetricks /usr/local/bin

You might also need to install cabextract:

sudo dnf install -y cabextract

Install XQuartz and Wine Staging.

Get the latest version of winetricks:

curl -LO https://git.io/winetricks
chmod +x winetricks
sudo mv winetricks /usr/local/bin

Create a wineprefix for the game§

Run the following commands to create a wineprefix:

mkdir -p "$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/wa2"
export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="$_" && wineboot

Then, install the requirements:

winetricks fakejapanese_ipamona # Japanese fonts
winetricks dxvk # DLL overrides required for subs

Run the following commands to create a wineprefix:

mkdir -p "$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/wa2"
export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="$_" && wineboot

Then, install the requirements:

winetricks fakejapanese_ipamona # Japanese fonts
winetricks dxvk # DLL overrides required for subs

Run the following commands to create a wineprefix:

mkdir -p "$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/wa2"
export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="$_" && wineboot

Then, install the requirements:

winetricks fakejapanese_ipamona # Japanese fonts
winetricks dxvk # DLL overrides required for subs
Run the wine application, which will launch a terminal window.
There, type the following commands to create the wineprefix:
mkdir -p "$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/wa2"
export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="$_" && wineboot

Then, install the requirements:

winetricks fakejapanese_ipamona # Japanese fonts
winetricks dxvk # DLL overrides required for subs

Install the game§

Choose the installation method that applies to you:

If you have the game in a zip file, extract it before proceeding.

Assuming you have the game folder in $HOME, copy it to the wineprefix.

cd "$WINEPREFIX"
cp -r "$HOME/WHITE ALBUM2" "drive_c/Program Files"

Mount the game disks in /tmp (assuming you have them in $HOME):

mkdir -p /tmp/disk{1..2}
sudo mount "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_1.iso" /tmp/disk1
sudo mount "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_2.iso" /tmp/disk2

Then, mount them in the wineprefix:

cd "$WINEPREFIX/dosdevices"
ln -s /tmp/disk1 x:
ln -s /tmp/disk2 y:
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_1.iso" x::
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_2.iso" y::

Finally, run the setup:

cd x:
LANG=ja_JP.utf8 wine setup.exe

Create ISO images of the disks and then proceed with the steps listed in the ISO/MDF tab.

Choose the installation method that applies to you:

If you have the game in a zip file, extract it before proceeding.

Assuming you have the game folder in $HOME, copy it to the wineprefix.

cd "$WINEPREFIX"
cp -r "$HOME/WHITE ALBUM2" "drive_c/Program Files"

Mount the game disks in /tmp (assuming you have them in $HOME):

mkdir -p /tmp/disk{1..2}
sudo mount "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_1.iso" /tmp/disk1
sudo mount "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_2.iso" /tmp/disk2

Then, mount them in the wineprefix:

cd "$WINEPREFIX/dosdevices"
ln -s /tmp/disk1 x:
ln -s /tmp/disk2 y:
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_1.iso" x::
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_2.iso" y::

Finally, run the setup:

cd x:
LANG=ja_JP.utf8 wine setup.exe

Create ISO images of the disks and then proceed with the steps listed in the ISO/MDF tab.

Choose the installation method that applies to you:

If you have the game in a zip file, extract it before proceeding.

Assuming you have the game folder in $HOME, copy it to the wineprefix.

cd "$WINEPREFIX"
cp -r "$HOME/WHITE ALBUM2" "drive_c/Program Files"

Mount the game disks in /tmp (assuming you have them in $HOME):

mkdir -p /tmp/disk{1..2}
sudo mount "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_1.iso" /tmp/disk1
sudo mount "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_2.iso" /tmp/disk2

Then, mount them in the wineprefix:

cd "$WINEPREFIX/dosdevices"
ln -s /tmp/disk1 x:
ln -s /tmp/disk2 y:
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_1.iso" x::
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_2.iso" y::

Finally, run the setup:

cd x:
LANG=ja_JP.utf8 wine setup.exe

Create ISO images of the disks and then proceed with the steps listed in the ISO/MDF tab.

Choose the installation method that applies to you:

If you have the game in a zip file, extract it before proceeding.

Assuming you have the game folder in $HOME, copy it to the wineprefix.

cd "$WINEPREFIX"
cp -r "$HOME/WHITE ALBUM2" "drive_c/Program Files"

Tip

If you have .mdf files instead of .iso, rename them to .iso before proceeding.

Mount the disks by double clicking them. Then, mount them in the wineprefix (assuming you have them in your home folder):

cd "$WINEPREFIX/dosdevices"
ln -s /Volumes/WHITE_ALBUM2_1 x:
ln -s /Volumes/WHITE_ALBUM2_2 y:
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_1.iso" x::
ln -s "$HOME/WHITE_ALBUM2_2.iso" y::

Finally, run the setup:

cd /Volumes/WHITE_ALBUM2_1
LC_MESSAGES=ja_JP.UTF-8 wine setup.exe

Some glyphs may show up as squares.

Create ISO images of the disks and then proceed with the steps listed in the ISO/MDF tab.

Install the patch§

Download and run the latest release of the installer:

curl -JLO https://git.io/WA2_patch && wine WA2_patch.exe

Make sure you pick the directory of the game as the destination location.

Download and run the latest release of the installer:

curl -JLO https://git.io/WA2_patch && wine WA2_patch.exe

Make sure you pick the directory of the game as the destination location.

Download and run the latest release of the installer:

curl -JLO https://git.io/WA2_patch && wine WA2_patch.exe

Make sure you pick the directory of the game as the destination location.

Download and run the latest release of the installer:

curl -JLO https://git.io/WA2_patch && wine WA2_patch.exe

Make sure you pick the directory of the game as the destination location.

Run the game§

You should now be able to launch the game with wine:
(assuming it’s installed in $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/Program Files/WHITE ALBUM2)
wine 'C:\Program Files\WHITE ALBUM2\WA2.exe'

Do not forget to set WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/wa2" whenever you launch the game in the future.

If you need help, check the issues and submit a new one if your issue doesn’t already exist.