Super Smash Bros. Wii U players have been reporting an error code that they believe indicates the game is responsible for bricking consoles, but it looks like that's not the case, and Nintendo says it's currently investigating the issue.
Nintendo sent a statement to Game Informer on the matter, which reads as follows:
"A small percentage of consumers playing Wii U may experience error codes (160-0103 and 160-1710) that could affect the ability of the system to function properly. We are investigating this issue now.”
Until the issue if resolved, Nintendo said Wii U owners will need to contact Nintendo directly if the issue occurs (1-800-255-3700).
Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been widely reported as responsible for error code 160-0103.
The error seems to relate to system memory and possibly game update data, so some players have tried formatting their consoles or otherwise interfering with system memory management. Unfortunately, in some cases this has made Super Smash Bros. Wii U unplayable altogether - or even bricked the console.
Understandably, players so affected are pretty upset and calling out the fighter for its sins.
It looks like it's not Smash at fault, though. As one investigative Reddit user pointed out, if you search for the code you'll see Wii U owners have been reporting it - and similar consequences - pretty much since the console launched. It's been observed after playing a wide variety of games, and may be related to hardware error.
If you experience the error code, your best bet is to contact Nintendo support. They'll be able to talk you through the best troubleshooting steps, and if necessary, pursue hardware repair options. Since there seems to be some risk of leaving your console unresponsive, it's probably best not to go following suggestions offered by third parties at this stage.