Attack of the Fanboy

Wii U hacked? Nintendo responds

by William Schwartz


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.”

The site claims that they have “completely reversed the Wii U drive authentication, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation.”

The group has yet to release this new product to the marketplace, but it sounds similar to the dongles that were sold in the heyday of the PS3 hacking scene. If so, the Wii U could see a similar fate as the PS3, with constant firmware updates that make this sort of device useless after a system update.

As for now, Nintendo has since responded to the claims: “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.”

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