Super Mario Galaxy savefile

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The game Super Mario Galaxy saves player data into a file called GameData.bin stored within the game's savegame.

The GameData.bin file consists of a header, followed by an index and some data sections.


Start End Length Description
0x000 0x003 4 Checksum
0x004 0x007 4 ?? Version = 2
0x008 0x00B 4 number of entries
0x00C 0x00F 4 size of GameData.bin

The checksum is calculated as follows, with buf pointing to offset 0x04 in the file, and len being the length of GameData.bin minus 0x04:

uint32_t generate_checksum(void *buf, int len)
    uint16_t *data = (uint16_t*)buf;
    uint32_t c1 = 0, c2 = 0;

    for (int i = 0; i < len / sizeof(uint16_t); i++)
        c1 = (c1 + data[i]) & 0xFFFF;
        c2 = (c2 + ~data[i]) & 0xFFFF;

    return (c2 & 0xFFFF) | ((c1 & 0xFFFF) << 16);


The index has as many entries as specified in the header. Index entries are stored consecutively. The format of an index entry is specified in the following table.

Start End Length Description
0x000 0x00B 12 entry name, null padded (i.e. 'mario1', 'luigi1', ...)
0x00C 0x00F 4 offset of entry data in GameData.bin


There are at least 4 types of data entries:

  • Player data is stored in PLAY data entries
    • 'mario%1d' and 'luigi%1d' entries have a length of 0xF80 bytes
  • Configuration data is stored in CONF data entries
    • 'config%1d' entries have a length of 0x60 bytes
  • System configuration is stored in SYSC data entries (there is usually only one SYSC data entry)
    • 'sysconf' entries have a length of 0x80 bytes

Start End Length Description
0x000 0x003 4 ?? entry type code (0x01010000=SYSC, 0x01030000=CONF, 0x01060000=PLAY)
0x004 0x007 4 entry type name ('SYSC', 'CONF', 'PLAY')
... ... ... ...