Recently, there have been numerous reports of memory-corrupting error codes affecting the Nintendo Wii U, rendering the console unusable.
At the time the error codes were (inaccurately) attributed to the recently released Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
One error code in question, "160-0103," states the following:
"There is a problem with the system memory. For help, make a note of the error code and visit support.nintendo.com."
A related code error, "160-1710," occurs even when in the Nintendo Wii U's Data Management menu, which ultimately requires sending the system back to Nintendo for repair.
Essentially, the error codes result in a loss of system functionality (lovingly known by gamers as "bricking the console.")
As previously mentioned, the error codes initially seemed to be caused by Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. However, it appears that Super Smash Bros. is not the sole culprit of the aforementioned error codes as they have been around since the system's launch 2 years ago.
Users have reported that other Nintendo Wii U games such as Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8 have also caused the problem on some consoles. Early speculation puts the blame on faulty flash memory chips, however that claim remains unproven at the time of this writing.
Fortunately, Nintendo is now aware of the issue and has acknowledged that they are investigating the error code problems, saying that both error code 160-0103 and 160-1710 "could affect the ability of the system to function properly for a small percentage of consumers playing Wii U."
At this time, there is no known solution for the error codes. In the meantime, Nintendo is encouraging Wii U users experiencing them to contact the Nintendo contact center (1-800-255-3700) for help.