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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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  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]