Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI: How To Install

This detailed guide will tell you all that you need to know about installing Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI on your Switch.

Custom Mods and firmware have been around ever since the dawn of the video games era. Regarding handheld gaming consoles, the Nintendo Switch is one of the biggest competitors in the market. In this guide, we shall tell you all you need to know about the Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI file for Nintendo Switch. 

Key Highlights
  • Games can be made better with mods and Mario Strikers is also one of them, allowing players to improve their gameplay.
  • One of the favorite mods among the Mario Strikers is the “Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI files.
  • This mod is really good because you can save all your game data from the physical game card into an SD card.
  • Installing mods on Nintendo Switch is kind of complicated as firstly you have to jailbreak your Nintendo Switch.
  • The process for downloading this mod is quite tricky and if you mess up you may lose all your data.

Disclaimer does not endorse or promote piracy. The purpose of this article is strictly for the sake of making backups and improving the user accessibility of our readers.

What Are XCI Files?

XCI files store the contents of a Nintendo Switch game in the NX Card Image format. It helps keep an encrypted backup of your Switch games, including the game ROM, icons, and metadata.

Why Do You Need An XCI Files?

As we explained, the XCI files are a kind of game dump you can create on your SD card. One of the most valuable ways to take advantage of this file format is that you can dump your games onto an SD card from game cards.

Especially if you travel or move around a lot, it can be quite a pain to carry all the game cards for your favorite games. So, if you have a modded Nintendo Switch, you can load all your favorite games to a single SD card and not worry about carrying cards all the time.

Moreover, all these game cards are especially prone to get lost. So, if you shift to the SD card, which will stay in your Switch, for the most part, your games will be much safer than they will be on game cards.

We shall now see how you can make a Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI file.

Requirements For Making XCI Files

Before we explain the process of making an XCI file dump for your game, here are some requirements that must be met to follow through with the process.

Jailbreaking Your Nintendo Switch

Although the idea of loading all your games to an SD card sounds appealing, there are some risks that you must take if you want to follow through with the process. One of such risks is jailbreaking (Hacking) your Nintendo Switch. The method for jailbreaking your Nintendo Switch includes loading custom firmware to your device.

Since this violates Nintendo’s policy for installing third-party software (not licensed by Nintendo), you will always risk getting your device blocked by the company. However, there are people out there who are willing to take such risks. Websites like “” even have a complete guide on whether your Nintendo switch is safe to jailbreak or not, depending on the serial number of the device.

Such guides can promptly tell you whether your Nintendo has patched your device or is it safe to load custom firmware.

That said, we will not go through the actual process of jailbreaking your Nintendo Switch, but there are resources available online if you know where to look.

An SD Card And Game Card

These are some pretty apparent requirements than the first one and are included for the sake of completeness. Indeed, if you want to load a game from a card onto an SD card, then you will need both of those things.

How To Make Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI?

Although there are ways of making XCI files for a game other than gaming cards, these methods generally fall under piracy. We do not recommend that you use such methods since they infringe upon the hard work of the developers and cause significant losses to the game studios.

Assuming that you have now jailbroken your Nintendo Switch, let us follow you through the steps of making an XCI file for the game of concern, the fairly recent Mario Strikers Battle League Football.

Step 1: Install “gcdumptool” From The HomeBrew Store

As you may have guessed by now, HomeBrew is the name of your custom firmware that you have loaded onto your Nintendo Switch. The HomeBrew store is something you can access once you have the firmware installed.

To make an XCI dump, you need to install an app that will do this task for you. The name of this app is “gcdumptool” which typically stands for “game card dump tool”. It can be found on Homebrew Store. Here are the steps to install gcdumptool.

  • From your home screen go to Album.
  • Run the HomeBrew App Store.
  • Under Tools, look for gcdumptool.
Mario-Strikers-gcdumptool for making Battle League Footaball XCI
The gcdumptool in the HomeBrew App Store.
  • Once you find the tool, select download, and it will download the tool into your SD card.

Step 2: Insert The Card and Create XCI File

Once you have installed the required tool, insert your game card into the device. Here are the steps you must follow to complete this process.

  • Open Album and start gcdumptool.
  • When the app starts, you will then be presented with a few options. From the menu, select “Full XCI Dump”.
  • Here are the recommended settings once you are past the first menu.
Mario Strikers Battle League XCI
Additional options menu in gcdumptool.

WARNING: If your SD card is formatted in FAT 32 format, then change the first option to “Yes”. You can easily check your SD card format by plugging it into your computer and looking at its properties in file explorer.

The “Trim output dump” option prevents extra data from being added to the dumped file to save space on your SD card.

  • After this select, the Start XCI dump process, and the tool will start dumping the game onto your card.

Depending on the size of your game, the tool will take a shorter or longer time to create the XCI dump. The larger the game, the more time it will take.

Step 3: Installing Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI

Once the process is complete, close the tool. So far, we have created the XCI dump for our game on our SD card. Now it is time to install the game. For that, you need another tool by the name of “Tinfoil.” Since Tinfoil is unavailable in the store, you will have to install it externally. To do this, Switch off your Nintendo Switch and plug your SD card into your PC/laptop. The next steps are as follows.

  • Make a new games folder on your SD card and paste the XCI file into the folder.
  • Now download Tinfoil from their website (
  • Once you have downloaded the zip file, extract the tinfoil folder and paste it into your SD Card. Now when you look into Album on your Switch, you will see Tinfoil in the list.


Before we move on, remember that you must have the following patches in your “atmosphere”. This will ensure that Tinfoil runs successfully. Atmosphere > kip_patches > fx_patches and Atmosphere > exefs_patches. You must also use the “fuse primary payload” to boot into the atmosphere.

  • Plug your SD card back into the Switch and boot it up.
  • In the album menu, you will now see Tinfoil. Launch Tinfoil. Now go to File Browser > sdmc.
  • Look for your XCI file. Now select the file and hit install.

You can also choose whether you want to install the game on your device or your SD card.

Now that was all you needed to know about the Mario Strikers Battle League Football XCI. If you want to know more about the game, then try reading about all the unlockable characters in Mario Strikers Battle league. Did you find this guide helpful? Which games will you load onto your SD card after reading the guide? Let us know in the comments below.

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