Wii U Emulator Hack Claims To Play Games From USB, Nintendo Responds

By Hilda Scott , May 01, 2013 08:41 PM EDT
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Modchip developer, Wiikey claims that it successfully hacked the Nintendo Wii U which lets users to play copied games using a USB drive. As Wiikey U explains on its site, the hack is called Wiikey U and it's an optical drive emulator, the first of its kind.

Although the group hasn't published proof that they have in fact, managed to hack the Wii U console, the team alleges that the hack works on all Wii U consoles from any region. "Yes, it's real. We have now completely reversed the WiiU drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates!" reads the Wiikey website.

The alleged Nintendo Wii U hack doesn't require soldering, can play both Wii U and Wii games from any USB media and has multi language support. It also features an embedded Linux system and even a recovery mode, just in case of a bad flash.

Nintendo responded to the developers' claims of the console jailbreak with the following statement:

"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," said Nintendo.

As Eurogamer reported, Nintendo is confident that the Wii U's built in tools that block pirated games are secure. If the Wiikey U hack is indeed legit, Nintendo may release a firmware update to counteract the exploit.

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