The Wii U online hub has been hacked by accident by a gamer on its first day of release
Nintendo is staring down the barrell of some rather hard questions about the security and safeguards of the Wii U's online architecture after its brand new console was hacked on the first day of release. Adding insult to injury, the breach apparently occured just hours after the console's launch.
A forum member on NeoGaf called Trike claimed in a forum post that he was able to gain access to concealed features and information including the power to delete user accounts. Trike also reported that he was able to access what appeared to be a debug/admin menu via the console's control pad that included a test survey, which hinted at a new game for the Wii U featuring Yoshi from the Mario-verse.
"I found out I could access the debug menu on Miiverse by hitting the "X" button on the gamepad while hovering over the exit button," Trike wrote. "I found an admin access list or something to that effect. I couldn't really do anything from there though. I could view different messages from a developer. One mentioned that there would be big games coming out (announced?) on the 10th of December."
Trike said besides the Yoshi title, named "Yoshi's Island Wii U", he found reference made to titles bearing the names, "Soul Hackers", "Metal Gear" and "Resident Evil".
Nintendo has since confirmed to gaming website that this isn't some sort of hoax and that the menu that Trike accessed was a "mock-up", which has since been removed.
"It has come to our attention that some people were able to access a mock up menu on Miiverse following the launch of Wii U in the US," read a statement from the company. "Please note that this was only a mock up menu and has now been removed and is not accessible."
Still, it's probable this entire episode has raised questions about Nintendo's online security and its ability to shield users' private details - including their credit card information.