Nintendo Wii U Hacked on Day 1; Survey Hints at ‘Yoshi’s Island’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 20th, 2012 at 12:11 pm,

Wii U Hacked

Though the Wii U has been available on store shelves for less than 48 hours it has already come under significant fire by Nintendo fans and early adopters. Claims that the console, and by extension Nintendo, failed to account for various features, like Netflix’s password snafu, have been circulating the web, with a strange outlier grabbing the most attention.

That outlier in question is a single Wii U owner who was able to inadvertently hack their console and gained access to behind-the-scenes features and information, including the ability to delete user accounts. While Nintendo has since corrected the issue, they have acknowledged that everything the Wii U owner saw was in fact legitimate, meaning his unintentional hack was not a fabrication.

What the gamer discovered was an admin/debug menu, accessible via the Wii U’s gamepad controller, which included a few survey options. Among those surveys were hidden sub forums that mentioned Yoshi’s Island Wii U, Soul Hackers, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil.

Thus far, no Wii U entries have been announced in connection with any of those four franchises or brands, but apparently that might change soon. According to the gamer (NeoGAF user Trike) there was also a sub menu that mentioned a December 10th announcement.

While it’s unclear how a gamer could have gained access to such an extensive menu, especially so easily, but Nintendo is chalking it up to growing pains. At the initial posting of the hack, many feared they might fall victim to the user deletion ability if any gamers duplicated Trike’s results, but thus far there have been no such reports.

Wii U Yoshis Land Survey

On the other hand, there have been numerous reports of gamers being unable to access the Miiverse, Nintendo’s new online social community, since picking up the console at launch. And again Nintendo has responded to the reports, and claim to be working on a fix.

However, knowing that such a hack is out there and possible, might give some gamers pause about logging on so quickly. Thankfully, Nintendo has learned its fair share of lessons from Microsoft and Sony, and have built the eShop so that it does not store credit card information. Hopefully the hack gets squashed completely, if it hasn’t already, and the Miiverse problems get worked out soon.

Have you encountered any significant problems with the Miiverse? How do you feel about a Wii user being able to hack the console so easily?

Source: NeoGAF

TAGS: Nintendo, Wii U

  • Poncho

    I was having issues with Miiverse yesterday, but today it’s totally fine. Except sometimes it freezes, and when it does, the whole console is affected, which is extremely annoying as I have to unplug it. I really hope Nintendo fixes this whole mess. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, for now, because everything is new. But I expect them to have everything fixed by the time the Wii U is released everywhere.

    And also, hacked? A little sensationalist, don’t you think? Especially since it wasn’t hacked.

  • ATG

    Why would someone do this? Why can’t people just play their games?

    • Kholdstare89

      Because some people just want to see how things work. It happens with every new piece of technology.

    • Cariannis

      Because some players want to watch the world burn…er or hack the world ether one.

  • Joe

    I did have a hard time logging in to Mii-verse the first day, but, never since. And logging in to Netflix was simple and worked the first time. Maybe people are dumb and forgot their passwords. I logged in fine the first time. As for the hack, not worried. I love the Wii U so far. to me, it beats out all the rest and it connects to my 3DS very nicely. The only issue I’ve been having was the system transfer. and NOT from the Wii U side, it is my Wii that is not updating to allow me to access the Wii Shop to download the transfer program.

  • Androol

    Is there a source for the part where Nintendo confirms that it’s legitimate? I have a kind of hard time believing that, with the Tom Cruise and the Brad Pitt and the “resident evils” and the “Zombie.” If it is in any way legitimate, then it seems pretty clear to me that the franchises listed there mean nothing.