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Submitted by Hellsvacancy 795d ago | news

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.” (Wii U)

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majiebeast  +   795d 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.
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LOL_WUT  +   795d 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 ;)
lilbrat23  +   794d ago
Cracked down on the R4? *snickers*
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Blackdeath_663  +   794d 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.
Ritsujun  +   794d ago
Weehee U.
pixelsword  +   794d ago
Get 'em, Nintendo!
fairyblaster  +   795d 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.”
darkpower  +   795d 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"?
majiebeast  +   794d 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$.
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Enigma_2099  +   794d 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.
rainslacker  +   794d 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.
WUTCHUGUNNADO  +   794d ago
You pay for it so it's yours... that's all I think.
kayoss  +   794d 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.
Irishguy95  +   794d ago
If Video games inevitably lead to piracy, then no they shouldn't be allowed to exist.
Kurt Russell  +   794d ago
I'm with WUTCHUGUNNADO

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.
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LogicStomper  +   794d 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.
Oh_Yeah  +   794d 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.
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BosSSyndrome  +   794d ago
Didn't realize purchasing used games was illegal.
Oh_Yeah  +   794d 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.
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kayoss  +   794d 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?
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Oh_Yeah  +   794d ago
@kayoss I understand where your coming from, you come off as a big gamestop fan...games 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?
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jsslifelike  +   794d ago
@Oh_Yeah

Excellent original point.

The road to Hell is paved with used game intentions.
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PiperMCFierceson  +   794d ago
No because if you buy a used game it still generates demand so more games are made and sold used and new . piracy is wrong how would you like it if someone walked away with your hard earned money.
xXxSeTTriPxXx  +   794d ago
This men/women has a very valid point.
DarkHeroZX  +   794d ago
Lol I still use the R4i on my 3ds today. You can still buy R4s off many websites to this day.
4lc4pon3  +   795d 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
IanVanCheese  +   795d 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.
DarkHeroZX  +   794d ago
There where USB drivers that had the unlock software for ps3. The wii U being hacked with just a USB is highly plausable.
GreenRanger  +   795d ago
Even if it is true, won't a firmware update kill it?
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BanBrother  +   794d 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.
jcnba28  +   794d ago
Then that means they won't be able to play Wii U games online.
Sharius  +   794d ago
@jcnba28
dude, they will eventually find the way to get in
Kratoscar2008  +   794d 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.
esemce  +   794d 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.
ziggurcat  +   794d ago
bu-bu-but hacking doesn't lead to piracy...
Servbot  +   794d ago
No region locking.. it's a beautiful thing, really.
tachy0n  +   794d ago
damn the only console left without being able to be fully hacked is the PSVita! O.o

Sony went full auto this time!
chadboban  +   794d ago
3DS was hacked? Like fully hacked? Or was it just some exploit that hasn't really led to anything significant in terms of homebrew applications yet?
tachy0n  +   794d ago
*facepalm*

living under a rock uh?

search for the R4 for the 3DS.
chadboban  +   794d ago
I looked it up, but it seems as if it can only play DS games not 3DS games (not saying that it can't change in the future) so they aren't at a point where they are capable of pirating 3DS games as yet.

And Vita's not really that far off from being hacked either (I give it one or two years). Trust me, hackers always find a way.
kayoss  +   794d ago
It's a little harder to hack the ps vita due to the propriety memory stick. But as we all know nothing is unhackable. Let just hope it will be a while before the vita does get hack.
Tultras  +   794d ago
I hope they hack it to make a way for the system to recognise standard memory cards as the propriety ones.

I have a vita, no game and no memory card.. :/ I wish I did, really want to play SS
StraightPath  +   794d ago
Vita has been hacked but the PSP side of it. Same as 3DS with the DS side of it. On vita you can run homebrew such as emulators,apps and so one. Google somthing like vita half byte loader...
josephayal  +   794d ago
Nintendo just can't catch a break it seems
0pie  +   794d ago
and then the wii u sale will go up... and thats sad!

I also dont get why website like n4g let people share article about piracy. Lets be honnest for a second... If you have the idea of pirating a console and you see an article who tell you where to go to know how to do it, there is a lot of chance you will do everything necessary to pirate your console.
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BLKxSEPTEMBER  +   794d ago
i highly doubt nin will do anything about this. look at the wii, and ds. they both are easy to hack and neither require u to void your warranty to do so. despite what some people may think, i believe once the wii u can be hacked with software it will no doubt increase the sales of the system. the psp is a perfect example of hacking helping the system. im not in favor of pirating but not fully against it. i buy my games either way it goes. wait til theres a working hack for the vita...it will do psp numbers
TongkatAli  +   794d ago
I'm hacking mine 100% to use the dvd player. My dvd collection is over 200.
Crazay  +   794d ago
Only 200 DVDs? You new? LOL. Just kidding that's pretty respectable.

I'm currently sitting at 700 DVDs and 120 Bluray...I did have 30 HD DVDS as well. ***sniff sniff*** RIP HD DVD =P
LOL_WUT  +   794d ago
120 Blu Rays i'm jealous I only have 40 ;(
kayoss  +   794d ago
I have 300 DVD American movies, 532 foreign movies DVD ( mostly Chinese), 143 blurays. I just built a server and slowly ripping them onto a hard drive. The foreign DVDs are harder because I have to include subtitles. I'm currently using my xbmc to organize my movies. It's a long project. So far I have not downloaded any movies illegally just subtitles. Planning to keep the hard copy just in case the swat break down my door I have proof that I own them.
SegataSanshiro  +   794d ago
Segata Sanshiro owns over 50 VHS movies
Qrphe  +   794d ago
Although I do believe you're in your right to do whatever you please with hardware you own, I'm pretty sure you have other DVD players. It's your Wii U, do as you please with it.
TongkatAli  +   794d ago
I'm doing it out of spite for locking that feature.
Kennytaur  +   794d ago
And you don't have a DVD player? That's sad.
TongkatAli  +   794d ago
I have a PS3 and DVD player. I'm hacking mine cause I don't like features being locked from me.
Baka-akaB  +   794d ago
Good , i dont want any kind of region lock . The rest is up to other people believing or not that i'll only purchase my games , and that's their headache .
kB0  +   794d ago
Wooooo homebrew on Wii.U soon:) I don't condone piracy but homebrew is awesome...it would be nice not to have to REBUY every game on the eSHop.........
Crazay  +   794d ago
They're hacked...guaranteed.

What do they expect when they basically kept so much of the system the same as it's predecessor. It was just a matter of time and quite frankly, I'm surprised it took this long.
Gameatholon  +   794d ago
I remember when the PS3 was hacked by geohot, I saw comments wishing for that kid to get sodomized by multiple hung men in prison daily, and those comments were among the lighter side.

And all people can say for Nintendo is, looks like Big N is done for now. I really do think its true, that people love to kick Nintendo to death.
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danny818  +   794d ago
Wow. Well.... That was fast
neogeo  +   794d ago
I want to run emulators.
azshorty2003  +   794d ago
Inevitable...
SonyPS4  +   794d ago
It's very unfortunate for Nintendo. The only good is region free gaming, which is something Nintendo should've provided. They didn't learn from Operation Rainfall. That being said this is bad for Nintendo and gaming.
MasterCornholio  +   794d ago
And the controllers are region locked as well which is something that i dont even understand. Not to mention all that you download is tied to one system which is another incentive for people to hack the system.

But meh Nintendo always does their own thing so its really nothing to worry about.
Plagasx  +   794d ago
Lol, this isn't something Nintendo needs right now so early in the consoles life cycle. Especially since it isn't doing so well in the first place..
MultiConsoleGamer  +   794d ago
Prepare to be bombarded with firmware updates.

Also, Nintendo has been very successful in stoping the development of a 3DS flash cart. Flash carts were a problem that plagued the original DS. You could even buy them on Craig's List.

As with all things related to Nintendo, a very hateful and extremely vocal group of faboys will try to make this sound like it's the end of the world.
SKUD  +   794d ago
This might be the only positive news regarding the Wii U. If true of course.
FlyingFoxy  +   794d ago
Well, since it's hacked it's only a matter of time before we see games listed on well known torrent sites.

Plus because it's hacked now, no doubt it won't be too long before we even see a Wii U emulator on PC, betting the Dolphin emu will support it. That already runs gamecube & Wii games really fast.
SegataSanshiro  +   794d ago
I dare them to try this on the Saturn.
o-Sunny-o  +   794d ago
I'm making sure all credit information is wiped off my system no way I'm standing and see who wins.
Kennytaur  +   794d ago
People saying that it's theirs and they can do whatever they want with it are both right and wrong, using it as justification is ridiculous and cowardly. Most consumer electronics come with an agreement not to mess with them, and you may own the hardware to some extent, but you do not own the software (as in pirated games).

Opening up a console only lead to trouble for most users. Resulting in patches, downtime and DRM.
sackboyhappy  +   794d ago
they should call it the: WiiKiiU haha :)
Thomaticus  +   794d ago
Let them hack it.... might make for a better system.
denero1  +   794d ago
I'm all for hacking and modding I also Dont agree that buying used is equal to piracy that is nothing but business brainwashing that be said I hate that they hacked the Wii u the system hasn't even reached its peak you've effectively put an early death stigma and a console in its infancy you can't use homebrew as the excuse because you havent even given the console the chance to show what it has up its sleeve
ScubaSteve1  +   794d ago
maybe if they had region free games, then no one would have to pirate it
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