Wii U hacked? Nintendo respond

AOTF: According to a Wii modding website, Nintendo’s Wii U has been hacked. While we won’t promote the site directly, a company is claiming to sell a new product called the “Wiikey U”. This Wii Key U is said to be the “first and only optical drive emulator that allows you to play all your Wii U games from any USB media.”

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majiebeast1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

Lets hope nothing like this is true.

The only good thing that can come from this is no region lock and that's where it ends. Homebrew isnt good cause it always leads to piracy. The people who make homebrew might have the best intentions, but there is always some lil bleep who uses it to get pirated games to work on the console.

I hope Nintendo cracks down on this like they did with the R4 cards. Send in Ganondorf and some ninja lawyers to take care of this issue.

Lets see if this turns into a cat and mouse game like with the ps3.

LOL_WUT1631d ago

“Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security. However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode. Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products’ security and will use technology and will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy.”

Good to see that Nintendo is at least aware of the problem and has a backup plan ready. All this comes with a cost of having to endure constant system updates ;)

lilbrat231630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

Cracked down on the R4? *snickers*

Blackdeath_6631630d ago

not really that comment by nintendo doesn't really fill me with confidence, also i'm not sure how you established that nintendo has a backup plan. nintendo seems like its going digital anyway and are probably not too worried about the hacked wiiU. still its very nice of them that they have came out with a statement looks like they actually care.

fairyblaster1631d ago

"Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products’ security and will use technology and will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy.”

JD_Shadow1631d ago

"The only good thing that can come from this is no region lock and that's where it ends. Homebrew isnt good cause it always leads to piracy. The people who make homebrew might have the best intentions, but there is always some lil bleep who uses it to get pirated games to work on the console."

So are you saying that Homebrew in of itself shouldn't be allowed to exist, or are you saying that Nintendo should take a three dimensional approach to this issue? How would you try to let the right ones in and keep the wrong ones out, assuming you believe there is such a thing as a "right one"?

majiebeast1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

No i dont think there is a right one, just look at PSP it killed that platform. There is a console that can run all their homebrew dreams and is designed for it, called Ouya and its only 99$.

Enigma_20991631d ago

Tell you what... get rid of the PIRACY part, and you can HAVE homebrew. Until then, stop using homebrew to justify the existence of piracy.

rainslacker1631d ago

If home brew inevitably leads to piracy, then no it shouldn't be allowed to exist.

I respect that some home brewers are against piracy, but if their work in their own self interest leads to problems for the console manufacturer and the developers of the system, then they are in the wrong.

Home brew does not serve the consumer or the developers or the manufacturers. It only serves a small community of do-it-yourself'ers. I have nothing against them, but it is irresponsible and selfish for them to expect to be able to do whatever they please, while allowing something like piracy to run rampant.


You pay for it so it's yours... that's all I think.

kayoss1631d ago

But you didn't pay for the games. Software is where the money is. If developers feel that it's not profitable to make games for the wii u then sooner or later the system will die due to lack of support. Nintendo is having a hard time getting 3rd party support as is. With this it may tank them.
It's always the same excuse, " we want home brew" isn't the wii already hacked to play home brew? Why not use that. Of course I forgot home brew is just the excuse for piracy. I don't care who you are 95% people who mod for home brew end up pirating games.

Irishguy951630d ago

If Video games inevitably lead to piracy, then no they shouldn't be allowed to exist.

Kurt Russell1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )


The console is theirs to do what they want.
I'm not backing piracy of software, just the cracking of consoles. I know people think homebrew is the gateway to evil, but without vehicles there wouldn't be any drunk driving.

And making games for an Ouya is a little different(limiting) to a WiiU.

LogicStomper1630d ago

"You pay for it so it's yours... that's all I think. "

Not always the case. Doesn't apply to rental services or, games in specific cases.

When you buy Call of Duty or any other online game, why do you get banned for modding for god-mode or infinite ammo?

When you buy a computer and pay for internet, are you allowed to hack banks,government sites and steal money?

So yes, you are correct that when you pay for something it should be yours, but there are specific things you can't do to it.

Forgive me if this sounds like an attack on you, It's not. Just refining your idea.

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Oh_Yeah1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

Nintendo can't do anything about this...They can't even detect it to ban you. Let me explain how this type of hack works. It's a 1:1 emulation of the disc drive. It tricks the system into thinking downloaded games on a usb hard drive a being loaded into the disc drive as normal.

For any system that gets hacked
The bad side = less software sale The good side = more hardware sale

Piracy is equal to Used games.. Your just paying for one of them... Either way the devs see no profit. So don't go acting all high and mighty like your better than pirates if you buy all your games used. As a result this is why you see so much dlc and online passes now a days.

BosSSyndrome1631d ago

Didn't realize purchasing used games was illegal.

Oh_Yeah1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

Bosssyndrome, no its not, put legalities aside.... My point was whether you buy used or pirate the results are the same in the eyes of the developers..I've heard many of them say it. Your A. Either buying from someone who is fully profiting off of the devs work or B. Just straight up taking it... Without paying that said person or corporation that is profiting off the devs work.

Most of us here have bought plenty used games and pirated in some form whether it be music, movies or games. Just laying down a little logic. As gamers though we should buy the games we really like new so we can see more of them... The ones we don't or were eh about or can't find new? Buy used or use other methods.. Doesn't matter which one. Just remember we decide which devs games continue on and which don't.

kayoss1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

@oh yeah
Let see
1. Retailer sell brand new game, developers, Nintendo, and retailers get a percentage.
2. Retailer sales used games, retailer keep all profit.
3. Douche bag like you download game. Nobody make money. You're the only beneficiary and developers continue to support the game with patches and update but get no money from you because you downloaded the game. Pretty much they are supporting people like you who didn't even pay for it. It's almost the same as the U.S government supporting some people who are on welfare and too lazy to get a job ( just want to say that not all people on welfare are lazy, just a few that ruin it for everyone).
Your logic is so f'd up. You do realize that the developer of said game still work to support the game even after its launched right?

Oh_Yeah1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

@kayoss I understand where your coming from, you come off as a big gamestop are also available in digital form with the likes of with steam and last time I checked stores like best buy don't rely on game sales / reselling to keep them afloat. There's holes all up in your argument. Plus you call me a douche not knowing what I'm about -__- Aye man I think your offended because I said people who buy all their games used arnt much different than those who pirate, your favorite devs probably say the same thing and some even say the used market is worse because they way outnumber those who pirate . Your arguments a little too easy to pick apart.. Try harder?

jsslifelike1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )


Excellent original point.

The road to Hell is paved with used game intentions.

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xXxSeTTriPxXx1630d ago

This men/women has a very valid point.

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DarkHeroZX1630d ago

Lol I still use the R4i on my 3ds today. You can still buy R4s off many websites to this day.

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4lc4pon31631d ago

Onced its hacked it will always be hacked. You can take down a hacker but 5 more will pop out of the wood work. I dont condone in modding/hacking or anything like this but PC/Nintendo/Playstation/Xbox will NEVER be able to stop these people.

I believe that nintendo does NOT have a backup plan at all like stated. I feel they are just stating this because they are concerned for there product. I do believe that they have good people behind the company who could give hackers a small challenge but in the end they will fail at stopping them

IanVanCheese1631d ago

Odds are it's a fake, some company trying to pass a USB drive off as a WiiU unlocker to make a quick buck.

DarkHeroZX1630d ago

There where USB drivers that had the unlock software for ps3. The wii U being hacked with just a USB is highly plausable.

GreenRanger1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

Even if it is true, won't a firmware update kill it?

BanBrother1631d ago

Provided they connect to the internet and download the update.

I am all for hackers bringing down the big man, giving us gamers a voice and yadda yadda, but this is pure criminal. The games industry won't exist if pirates get their way. Target assholes like EA with always online, not Nintendo, MS or Sony.

Man, if there weren't some good people in this world we probably wouldn't be seeing The Witcher 3.

jcnba281630d ago

Then that means they won't be able to play Wii U games online.

Sharius1630d ago

dude, they will eventually find the way to get in

Kratoscar20081631d ago

Its cheaper to get two consoles, one modded and one original, because the benefit is greater as you can play free single player games on the hacked one and multiplayer ones in the normal console.

And its not like Multiplayer games are necessary for most gamers.

esemce1630d ago

It will be a device that plugs in between the DVD drive and the consoles motherboard like the XK3y it could be 100% undetectable by Nintendo as the system thinks its just a DVD drive, also it will have its own re writable flash memory to counter any firmware updates.

ziggurcat1631d ago

bu-bu-but hacking doesn't lead to piracy...