Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wii U Has Been Hacked, You Can Now Play Games Via USB

Wii U Has Been Hacked, You Can Now Play Games Via USB

The group behind the first Wii mod chip has posted an update on its Wiikey website making known that it’s broken the Wii U drive authentication and disc encryption, making it possible to play games from any USB media.

“Yes, it’s real – we have now completely reversed the WiiU drive authentication, disc encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates!” the announcement reads.

Wiikey U claims to be “the first and only optical drive emulator that allows you to play all your WiiU games from any USB media!”

Apparently, you can now:

  • Play your WiiU and Wii games from any USB media!
  • Compatible with all WiiU models and regionsD
  • User friendly intuitive interface
  • No soldering required
  • Multi-language support
  • Supports most popular file systems, including EXT4/3/2, Max OS X, and NTFS
  • Powerful embedded Linux system
  • High-speed USB2 interface
  • Firmware and FPGA fully in-system updatable from USB media
  • Recovery mode – it is always possible to recover from a bad flash
  • Stylish USB remote with powered USB hub and charger function
  • Bulletproof high quality hardware (not manufactured in China!)

Meanwhile, Nintendo has told Eurogamer that the system remains secure against pirated Wii U software.

Said a company spokesperson:

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.

Wii U has been swimming against the currents in recent times, and this news doesn’t bode well for the console or its manufacturer, either. Rough times for Nintendo, a problem caused by their lack of foresight. Why in the world would you release a console that’s on par with PS3 and Xbox 360 in terms of capabilities seven years after they were released? Why not release a powerful system that would be able to handle the upcoming wave of next-generation titles?

Also, where’s the viable online component, Nintendo? Where’s your version of PSN and Xbox Live? What, you’re still in denial?

Sometimes I wonder who runs these companies.

About Ernice Gilbert

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    In my opinion this is interesting rather than surprising. Paying to hack a console is generally lame. I’d much prefer a hack that doesn’t require a hardware element and isn’t monetized, though this obviously isn’t going to always be possible.


    Behind a hacker always comes great controversy, some people like it, some people despise it. But people only want hacks to bring more to their playing console.