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Wii U: hackers activate Wii Homebrew Channel

Monday, 10 December 2012 12:37 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U has been opened up a little by hackers. The group responsible for the Wii Homebrew Channel hack have created a Wii U version. Check out the details below.

One of the hack’s creators posted on his group’s blog, stating that their latest build of Wii Homebrew Channel works while the Wii U is in original Wii mode only, meaning that the Wii U side of Nintendo’s console remains guarded for now.

The hack may give the group a backdoor to hacking Wii U proper, which could spell headaches for Nintendo.

Eurogamer reports that activation of the Wii Homebrew Channel on Wii U or Wii consoles invalidates the user’s warranty. Nintendo has stressed this clause specifically, suggesting that it’s prepared to fight hard to combat hacking attempts.

What’s your view on this matter? Let us know below.

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24 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    I bet the first thing they’ll do is stream Virtual Console games to the pad.

    Nintendo better hurry up with that feature!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    If they can get it to play GC games, Ninty have themselves a sale.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    @2

    Can’t see a reason why not, after all it is just 3 game cubes taped together! :)

    I’m sure they’ll get the running through the Wii emulator.

    This is the problem when a company with holds features to ‘add’ later, hackers can unlock them very quickly after launch.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    Three gamecubes a DS and a GC controller surely…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    @4

    That’s it! :D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. loveaya

    Bon courage.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    If it can offer features like no region lock among other things, it will be great.
    Although I don’t support this as it will eventually lead to piracy, which will hurt game devs seriously.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. BlueMaxima

    Since the Vita got the same unfair treatment I’ll be the first to do it…

    The Wii U is dead!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kabby

    Incoming 2GB firmware update to resolve some minor issues.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    the question here is how much space their next Firmware update will use and when?

    I think it is not the best time to hack this console because WiiU already suffers from minor updates and issues.
    I’m not really sure that Iwata wants another pain in the ass.

    But, Homebrew is awesome. If that thing is going to be open-wide, we can expect Dolphin 2.0 and I can say goodbye to WiiU for like forever and play WiiU games (If i will ever want one) in 2560×1440 resolution with 60 frames per second.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    “Nintendo better hurry up with that feature!”

    Yes. I don’t see these guys as doing wrong, these so-called hackers. They’re modding, improving the machine they bought – the investment they made, and as long as they’re not intending to add to the official support service’s weight of queries with such unsupported feature usage (costing N money), then all they have done is pointed out a shortcoming, an oversight, on Nintendo’s part – much like the original Freeloader group, who pointed out that really, region locking is an example of an outdated concept but moreover, a market exists of many people WILLING to buy a disc to enable them to get MORE usage from, and spend longer enjoying play on the machine they bought. To strip away a daft inconvenience.

    Their voice, in enabling this feature I think, speaks with a greater urgency than all of the social network activity – which is not difficult to ignore (just ask Gamespy!) and the contacting by writing to Nintendo.
    This represents a thing that’s taking place, which N perhaps can ill-afford to ignore. I’m not sure whether such escalation is a positive (and clearly, there’s always potential for ppl with malicious intent to use whatever’s learned to further their aims) but, again, if there were no interest, no demand, then people would not have investigated making these additions/changes.

    Let’s take the rogue element out of it. Consider a smartphone user. He wants to be able to encode his media he recorded from one device to another. No option existed to send his filetype between the devices, but he has the awareness, the knowledge to write an app to get it done. Now, he’s enabled his smartphone. Enhanced it…Who loses, and how does that situation really differ from what’s being reported here?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. monkeygourmet

    @10

    You have no right to bitch about consoles when you just pirate them anyway.

    That’s a shitty attitude.

    Also, you’ll still have to buy a pad for £100 + ? And then the games, obviously you wouldn’t be advocating illegally downloading them now would you?

    So after buying the pad for £100, and game for £40, pissing about tweaking the emulator, what’s the point?! Just buy a Wii U or don’t.

    Up ressing a game like Zombie U would just show the low res textures even more, which you would them bitch about, so again, what’s the point?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    I have zero issues with these level of hackers. Theyare just altering the feature set of a system that they bought. I whish i could do that. I used to pay to have my NA systems modded to play other region games. I have a huge libary of shooters and fighters for my Moded Saturn.

    Imo, this isn’t much different. However, it could be a slipery slope in that it could lead to account breaches. And I don’t want to compermise my CC or other personal info.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @12,

    1) I don’t pirate games on the platform that i can buy for. You can’t buy games for the Dolphin emulator.

    2) “Also, you’ll still have to buy a pad for £100 + ? ”

    No, I don’t. For two reasons:

    1) Mouse and keyboard is a much better control setup.

    2) If, I want to buy a gamepad I will buy this: http://www.razerzone.com/projectfiona that has:

    multitouch screen
    10.1″ 1280×800 display
    3-axis gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer
    Force feedback
    Dolby® 7.1 surround sound
    WiFi 802.11b/g/n
    Bluetooth® 3.0

    and even it’s own processor up to Intel® Core™ i7. That pad alone is more powerfull then WiiU at some tasks already.

    Dolphin Emulator for example for the Wii supports Wii peripherals and controllers and any other keyboard, mouse.. or Xbox 360 controller, PS3 controller. any controller that you want that can be plugged to your PC you can use.

    “Just buy a Wii U or don’t.”

    I don’t want to buy a semi-PC box that can’t even do a proper 720p image on my 27 inch screen or 40+ TV and first of all I’m not planning for downloading any software. There are no games that I want first of all and there are not enough games for someone to make Dolphin emulator 2.0.

    “Up ressing a game like Zombie U”

    ZombieU is a crappy game and is not worth buying a console for or downloading an emulator.

    currently I’m playing Guild Wars 2, Mark Of the Ninja, just finished Far Cry 3 with great controls and great performance on my PC and i have a lot of games still to finish and you really think that i’m going to buy that crappy console with kitchen sink? U Mad bro?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    @14

    You have that ‘kitchen sink’ analogy wrong by the way, I didn’t want to point it out as I was finding it amusing, now it’s just annoying.

    Playing Far Cry 3 too, now it’s got boring though. Mind you, I didn’t need to spend thousands of pounds to find that out.

    The only one ‘mad’ around here is your wallet! Lol :)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    “Mind you, I didn’t need to spend thousands of pounds to find that out.”

    and you really believe that I or any other PC enthusiast bought good hardware for that mediocre game? PC gamers are not that nuts, sorry.

    Besides, you can play Far Cry 3 with better performance then on PS3/Xbox 360 with 250$+ PC anyway.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Cobra951

    I would love to find that magical $250 PC that can play FC3 with better performance and at least as good a look as I get on the X360. By all means, post a link. I’d love to take it for a spin.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @17

    Yep

    @16

    Also, you can use the Dolphin emulator to play Physical Wii discs, so you have no excuse to download and pirate them.

    Also, why the fuck did you buy Far Cry 3 if you didn’t like the graphics or gameplay? Or did you pirate it with your 50gig a second fibre optic broadband that plugs straight into your brain?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. bitsnark

    @18 Out of interest, Dolphin will only read Wii discs if its compliant with the make of your optical drive? Is that right?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. ManuOtaku

    I think Erthazus should quit PC gaming and became a console gamer, theres not game out there that can show properly the almighty power of his pc gaming rig on its maximum settings, we console gamers dont have that worry :)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. monkeygourmet

    @19

    Sorry, I’ve never used it but I thought they worked? Maybe wrong.

    You could still buy the game then download it from the net if you wanted to play Dolphin with a clear conscience though! ;)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. monkeygourmet

    I like Erths idea of waiting about 2 years for a working Wii U emulator, buying a thousand £ rig, and £700 tablet PC, some £40 games just to play Wii U at 1080p…

    lol, buy that man a cigar, what a genius! :D

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @monkey,
    “Also, you can use the Dolphin emulator to play Physical Wii discs, so you have no excuse to download and pirate them.”

    And where i’m going to use that?
    On my DVD Rom? LOL? Are you nuts?

    “Also, why the fuck did you buy Far Cry 3 if you didn’t like the graphics or gameplay? Or did you pirate it with your 50gig a second fibre optic broadband that plugs straight into your brain?”

    1) Hype
    2) I liked gameplay trailers
    3) Metacritic

    Same goes to you.

    “I like Erths idea of waiting about 2 years for a working Wii U emulator, buying a thousand £ rig, and £700 tablet PC, some £40 games just to play Wii U at 1080p…”

    you don’t need 2 years to wait for the emulator. Hackers already almost opened WiiU in 1 week. You don’t need thousand £ rig to play WiiU games on the emulator. At max it will require decent processor.
    “and £700 tablet PC”

    there is no price for it yet and i’m not going to buy it anyway even if it will cost 50$ because WiiU gamepad or Razer’s thing is a stupid idea for gaming and I said “If i will ever want to play WiiU games on the emulator I have a choice to buy a much better alternative then a kitchen sink with small screen and zero capabilities.”

    It’s called Alternative.

    “to play Wii U at 1080p”

    why so low? 60 frames per second, 2560×1440 (if your monitor supports it).

    #23 2 years ago
  24. absolutezero

    Without modding my Wii I would never have gotten to play Fatal Frame 4 in a language I understand.

    A group fully translated the entire script, UI, files and menus and then released the entire thing as a patch. Thanks to Homebrew I could then import the game from Japan and play it in English. I have a 500GB USB hard drive plugged into the back of my Wii, I can load games directly from it without ever having to spin up the drive, it loads faster, the framerate is more consistant and its silent while playing.

    If they can get that same level of quality for my WiiU, well then I guess I won’t be updating mine again anytime soon.

    Region Locking is seriously the worst idea on Earth. I’m pretty sure that the only reason continues to be to stop Japanese players importing from the US.

    #24 2 years ago

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  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]