Infamous hackers WiiKey have announced that they’ve managed to fully hack the Wii U, including drive authentication, disk encryption, and the file system. This kind of hack is extremely detrimental to both Nintendo and the game industry at large, since it is designed to allow pirates to bypass the protection Nintendo has in place in order to play unofficial copies of games found on pirate sites. No homebrew channel and no region unlocking will result from the hack, so if this statement is true, it’s likely Nintendo will be addressing it soon. Taken from the WiiKey website: Yes, its real – we have now completely reversed the WiiU drive authentication, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates! The WiiKey team were responsible for the first Wii hack released in 2007, so if this rumor turns out to be true, we could see even less third party support for the Wii U unless Nintendo takes action against the hackers quickly. local_offer Nintendo piracy wii u wiikey stars Further Reading Legendary Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go The cost of Nintendo consoles in today's dollars Wii U gets firmware update Watch the Smash 4 EVO Finals on Disney XD Take a peek at this week’s Nintendo Dow 9 things you probably didn't know about Super Mario Bros. Mbrown358 Pirates…why would anyone willingly support this kind of thing? I like to support any company that I enjoy and even if I’m low on funds I just wait…. Jerry Garcia Fapping to Pirates 2 RIGHT NOW!!!!!! Kuzon I support it because a homebrewed Wii is 100x more awesome. If they can put a homebrew app on and allow us to install a DVD/Blurray playback + some network media functionality, that would make my Wii U an all in one media device. Hacking isn’t always about pirating retail games. CharmanderRulz I’m sure if even 10% of people suggested Nintendo add these features to Wii U that want them they would listen. Like I said before “Before Miiverse complaints got the Wii U more memory but now we got a Luigi’s community, 60HZ virtual console games (Kirby was made at 50HZ), EarthBound and the chance to talk to the game makers such as the people that over worked them selfs to make Toki Tori” (speed upgades, monster hunter features and more). I think their are many justified reasons to hack but it will never tell the console devs what you want changed. AWwriter Actually, you are completely wrong. What the home brew/hack community hacks is EXACTLY what developers look at. If a feature is worth enough trouble for people to hack/jailbreak their systems for it, that’s a strong sign that it’s a wanted feature. Ask Apple, who continuously every update is adding things that the home brew community did originally. CharmanderRulz “you are completely wrong” What a bold statment; so I take it we didn’t get all the features like more than 8 gigs on the Wii U, a Luigi’s community, 60HZ VC games, earthbound game devs on Miiverse, over 50% speed improvement, Monster Hunter upgrades and more because that’s “completely wrong”? Hacking is “a strong sign that” people want something no doubt! however put it this way: cool-rom alone lists 1,014,685 downloads for EarthBound being one of the most downloaded roms of all time yet no $h!+$ where given. Then maby even as little as 100 people ask legality for EarthBound (to a Japanese community where few can even understand them no less) and it was still more effective! PS don’t guess how hard features are to add till you can code and us game devs don’t like getting our hard work hacked when you could ask for what you want. Zyzxx “Hacking isn’t always about pirating retail games.” Except when it is, which is 99.9% of the time and the usual purpose behind it. Otherwise why bypass all the protection? Ford Crews Because they can. Zyzxx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nz8YrCC9X8 Just because they *can*, doesn’t mean they *should*. That’s universally applicable. Ford Crews You asked why, it’s cause they can, didn’t say they should, just stating why they did it, it’s a challenge to them. Zyzxx You know what’s a challenge? Sudoku. Perhaps they should try and be productive with their talents and use them purposefully, and not in a counter-productive manner that will only lead to the detriment of the console, the developers’ support, and for us honest gamers. tronic307 To play Xenoblade. AkaLink77 Nintendo respons to wii u hacking claim more here http://kotaku.com/nintendo-brushes-off-wii-u-hacker-claims-486135415? Bonedown530 dude I have a Wii with the Homebrew Channel but to have a brand new system already hacked that’s not good that means the we will probably fail because 3rd party support won’t be there at all, whats the Wii U with only 20 games on the console? nothing, Kuzon That’s not how it works. PC is the most piracy filled platform yet it gets the most 3rd party support of all systems. Xbox 360 has a super easy burn to disc system to pirate games. Same with PS3 with buying blu ray discs. 3rd parties are not gonna suddenly stop coming. Stop parroting baseless arguments about it. TCar Except that you will need a paid account to play those games while they hand out the game for free. TCar It is probably safe to say that the people that keep doing this to Nintendo are Sony of Playstation fans. Why, with no third-party support, Nintendo can’t compete! If Homebrew comes to the WiiU, Nintendo should really try to get these jerks put in prison for the rest of their days! Arthur Jarret Homebrew can come to wii u. Just not pirating. I re-played and beat monkey island 3, full throttle, woodruff, the 7th guest and many more games using scummVM for wii (homebrew) using the original (PC) discs and loved it. I also had an awesome time playing quake on wii, including my old ‘magician’ mod I’d love to re-play some more adventures using the gamepad. Nobody I hope you are joking. I really do. TCar Pirating is wrong, plain and simple! Nintendo should make these systems brick once these “hacks” get installed! Car Audio-Outlet I see the paid shills arrive quickly…. TCar It is because of the people that pay that there are games to pirate. If we didn’t pay for the work, the games would never be made! Try to pirate something that isn’t made! NkoSekirei it gets to a point wen they fking mess with ur accounts and screw ur stats up like the did on past cod games GuardiansFan Bluray playback would be impossible without hardware add-on. The format used is not the same as blurays. DVD playback would likely work though because its backward compatible with Wii 1 discs. I wouldnt hold my breath though i think its pretty clear Nintendo has no intention to provide dvd playback to begin with. I think Nintendo needs to go one step further with homebrew but there is no denying they have made great stride. I really hope Nintendo can patch this up ASAP as its the last thing they need right now with sells hurting already…this could have the potential of killing the system Cerus98 It is a blu ray player, movie playback is just locked out. Rounded disc edges does not a unique new laser technology make. It’s a pioneer drive and would be EXTREMELY costly to have them manufacture parts for a drive that only one thing uses. Kaji Ura Pirates aren’t the root of all evil. TCar Nope, but they are a pretty good fuel for it! Ken Seymour I agree pirating isn’t good, but the one thing that can’t be denied, system sales skyrocket once they have been hacked, which is why I believe the wii sold so many consoles. Both the 360 and ps3’s sales took a great jump once they were hacked. All that needs to be done is let everyone buy a wii U thinking they will get free games and let Nintendo wait a few weeks then block the hack once they have a good install base … 🙂 Also, nowadays people want to play online and once a system is hacked its online capabilities disappear, and lets face it todays gamers are all about online play… And even better, many people will be willing to own 2 Wii U’s just to have the best of both worlds, free solo games on one and online legit games on the other…Trying to make a bad thing good… TCar Yet it will never be good! Hopefully those individuals will get caught and have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars, or spend time in jail. Ken Seymour That would be a miracle but we can dream 🙁 It is just so hard to believe that billion dollar companies cant come up with a protection that can’t be circumvented in some teenagers basement…They need to find these guys and give them a job… Kwis Wose Hopefully they dont, But hopefully your wii u bricks. TCar Mine sure won’t because I don’t install un-trusted tech on the systems I buy. If I wanted a system to do everything, I would just play games on the computer. Andrew Chambers Except it’s perfectly legal to hack a system. Look, the homebrew channel wasn’t really an issue, and that’s why Nintendo didn’t punish people for using it, they just deleted it whenever an update showed up. They have the ability to brick pirated systems, they’ve said so themselves. Cerus98 It’s not legal at all. Jailbreakers of various pieces of tech have been taken to court. Circumventing protection measures and modifying the OS IS breaking the law. Arthur Jarret PSP sales never skyrocketed – and if theres one system know for being easy to copy games to… blah I hope you realise consoles make almost all of their profit from game sales, it doesn’t matter if they sell 2 Wii U’s cuz chances are they don’t even make a profit from that, they NEED to sell games to make the profit, so people are still causing damage by pirating single player games even after getting a second console. DragonSilths I like actual Pirates…like in Pirates Of The Carribean. Pirates are awesome!!! But PIRATING things gets no support from me. Adrian I love Monkey D. Luffy. NkoSekirei all im gonna say wheres the proof and if they did their not gonna get away with this seriously cause i think we need to put our foots down and teach these @$$holes to leave our consoles alone and get a fking life Kwis Wose Not me, I’m stoked for this, The only worth while thing to come to the Wii U. Gauru Shiro in a way this is good because now nintendo will be forced to deliver faster updates AAAkabob Ugh I really wished people understood what they’re doing to the industry by stealing games Zorlac79 These kind don’t care! They are in it solely for their own selfish reason and gain. If it were for the thoughts of homebrew, emulators, etc., I could understand. This kind of pirating is only for stealing games…. Kwis Wose YAAAAAAAAY! Free first party games for all!!! Ford Crews It really won’t hurt the “industry” much, if at all, the overwhelming majority of the people won’t bother, it’s like dvd’s, oh, man the industry cried and cried when they were broken, sales went up. The xbox was hacked almost from the start, and despite being a new console, from a company that had never made a console, it sold like hotcakes and games sold like hot cakes. Noel Canales THIS BOY IS GOOD! AAAkabob No not much at all, companies aren’t restructuring how we pay for games cause they aren’t making enough money right? no never, no company has been brought down from lack of sales right? This doesn’t help the industry nearly as much as it hurts it. Kwis Wose I understand what I’m doing to Nintendo… and I’m happy about it Zorpix Dirty theives. Acting so high and mighty behind their computer screens “Oh look at us! We hacked the Wii U! We’re so cool!” I mean, look at how many people had the homebrew channel. Pirating is stupid and a waste of developer’s time and money Morits Lian “No homebrew channel and no region unlocking will result from the hack.” Right. Screw this. I’m out. incoherent1 Could someone explain what the article means by “No homebrew channel and no region unlocking will result from the hack.” Does that mean these hackers have said they don’t plan to bring those things themselves, but someone else could, or does it mean that the manner in which it was hacked doesn’t even open that possibility? I’m all for things like jailbreaking for the sake of making something better/tweaking/customization/etc., but piracy is out of the question and should be squashed… Morits Lian They probably made this hack all out for piracy. Morits Lian I c a hatur hurrhurr DK_Hadouken Game Pirates are not Gamers! Period. Dorfdad While I can understand why people automatically equate hacks to piracy I for one welcome the new features and functions a Hack might allow. It’s not about hacking games cause I could care less about pirated / crippled games but allowing Wii titles / emulators on the Gamepad might be reason enough for me to attempt this at some point in the future. I Jailbreak or hack my iphone but haven’t installed one illegal app. I use it for features that Apple deems were not good enough for.. CharmanderRulz There are 100% legit reasons to hack any device but as you said “people automatically equate hacks to piracy” including people wanting pirate plus a lot of non damaging to the company hacks like changing the colours on Smash Bros charterers to pretend they are different people is just kinda pointless as they play the same. Kuzon I enjoy smash bros model packs on my Wii CharmanderRulz i don’t remember saying that you particular did or didn’t use Smash bros. models or whether or not you enjoy them. the point of what I said is that some people do use hacks for the better but to re-quote you “people automatically equate hacks to piracy” including people that abuse the game industry. (had to edit my post as i wasn’t finished typing when i posted) CharmanderRulz I thought I replied to this before but just in case: There is nothing wrong with enjoying different textures for games but other than the aesthetic nothing has changed. I would much prefer the charterers to actually be in the game with real move sets, story, cutscenes, viewable with others online, the real likeness, stickers, trophies and more instead of just a colour change. Nintedward Tramps…. Maybe they should go and hack a sleeping bag and a bottle of 8% vol Cider aswell…. Then they should root around on the floor for used cigarettes…. and then piss themselves and not change their clothes. Denison Guizelini Please Nintendo, remove region lock…will be one less thing for people to want to hack your console, have the freedom to run games from any region. Tomek Adamowski Are you King Atari from Epic Meal Time? Sora Morp He appears to be him TCar Why do people want to play games they can’t read? Don’t remove region lock Nintendo! sdmac200600 What if somebody from a different country decides they want to live in America with a relative but they can’t speak a word of english and they are a gamer? The won’t be able to understand the game at all and vice versa. That’s why region lock should not be on. TCar If they want to live in America, they can still bring their system from their native land. Also, if they come to America, a based understanding of English should be a requirement! sdmac200600 Ok they can bring it but how will they buy games. the system is region locked so games in NTSC won’t work on a PAL system. They will have to buy an entirely new console to play NTSC games. That was a bad example using a different language transition. What if they go to Mexico because they speak spanish also and they originated from Spain. Spain is PAL and Mexico is NTSC. That creates a problem for that person because now they can’t buy games on a system they bought over in a PAL country. TCar A little thing called the internet. Order it and have it shipped to you. Stores have enough trouble with shelf space as it is. What they need to do is just make every game for every region. sdmac200600 And pay international shipping fees that will make the cost of the game rise from $65 to almost $80 because of shipping? I don’t think so. They shouldn’t make every game for every nation because they will lose money. Why would game developers in America make the same game for japan when they know that the genre the game is barely relevant in japan and vice versa. Why do you think there was project rainfall? Nintendo felt like those games were barely relevant to America and When alot of people were backing project rainfall, They made the English version. TCar That’s my point. If we want games in the states, the consumers should raise their voice to get a positive change. Some games can’t get enough support to justify the English version and that is why people who may be bilingual would have to get those games from their original market. Having a game in Japanese, in stores in the States just doesn’t make sense to the retailers. TCar If anything, Nintendo should have a system trade in place for people who do make the transition to different regions. Zyzxx Hey wise guy, some of us are fluent in more than one language, whether from being raised in a multilingual household, college, or both (me). More so, it’s about having all options available in the games purchased to play on your console. Guizelini is either a Spanish or Brazilian surname, so my guess is he would at least like access to European titles if he’s in the North America region, or vice versa if he’s in Europe/South America and wants to play North American/Japanese games. Bob Wilkerson It is usually the rules and laws of the countries that enforce things like movie disc players, video game consoles and their media to be region locked. All governed by copyright laws. LonDonE247 if thats the case, how come the playstation 3 is region free? you could own a ps3 form Japan, Europe or America, an play games on all systems form any of the regions, an its awesome!! i have bought a few Japanese games for my ps3, an the fact is yu still have to buy the game, so i hate how nintendo has implemented this, its such a archaic way of doing it! Bob Wilkerson It all depends on the copyright laws. Some material is globally copyrighted. The PS3 is region locked on some games and Blu-Ray movies. So I guess those games are allowed in other regions just like some movies are multi-region. Adrian Because, I’m pretty sure that’s a false statement. If that was true, I would go buy this Japanese PS3: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2011/09/ninokuni91.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.joystiq.com/2011/09/01/heres-the-magical-gold-ni-no-kuni-ps3/&h=305&w=530&sz=16&tbnid=WQwdiqQj-FYZ8M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=156&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dni%2Bno%2Bkuni%2BPS3%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=ni+no+kuni+PS3&usg=__X-i3KbrgmSziQxz3KnVGJicQXxY=&docid=b1MpjH7mM9EK6M&sa=X&ei=UDCBUZDIFoXliAKyjYGICQ&ved=0CFIQ9QEwAQ&dur=1970 Zyzxx Don’t reply to me about the law. My reply was regarding the ignorant reply from TCar that was assuming Denison wanted to play games he “can’t read”. The_fuzz_buzz Yes, because there are a million people just waiting to have to read an ENTIRE game in Swahili in AMERICA… TCar Some of you are, not all! So on a business level, it won’t make them enough money to justify the move. Adam Fox just because its from another country don’t mean its in another language…..Terrinigma on SNES was in English and never released in the USA….. TCar True, but if they wanted it released in other parts of the world, they would. I only play games released in the US. If they don’t want to release it here, that is their business choice. Bob Wilkerson The region locks on DVD/Blu-Ray players and video game consoles are put in place by the rules and laws of the countries, Nintendo has to abide by those rules just like other tech companies. All governed by copyright laws. Car Audio-Outlet But the crappy Wii-U doesn’t have a DVD or a Blu Ray player…. Bob Wilkerson Region locks apply to games too and even digital distribution of videos/movies, music, and many other items governed by copyright laws. Different countries have different rules and laws and they vary depending on the device and market they are sold in. Lethal_Doze is that why PS3 and their games on the BluRay are region free? Bob Wilkerson Not all of them to my understanding and once again the copyright laws vary down to the individual media. I don’t make the rules. John Pope Yay 🙂 finaly the wii u is worth somrthing! congrats to the hackers. Joseph Parsons Pirates on wii u lamo’s that have no life jailbroken r not gamers ther sad fucks that dont help no one butt them killing gameing and thay dont see it FUCK YOU DICK FACES HACKER Kwis Wose hahaha, Not being a pirate makes you retarded, apparently. hikkerd they sould play the cracked version of game dev tycoon it is the same as the game but it is made by the creators themselves and at a moment in the game their games get pirated and they learn that when you pirate no new games will come. good idea from these dev’s but still sad that people still hack consols Myron Bernard In a strange way, this may actually help Nintendo’s console sales. A lot of people believe that the hacked Wii and hacked DS were partially responsible for the crazy sales volume of the respective units. I’m NOT saying piracy is ok, just saying that a lot of people bought the Wii and DS because they wanted hardware that could be hacked. Still sucks though. Petri But if Wii U is sold at loss, then people that go for hacked Wii U’s are not helping Nintendo at all Myron Bernard Maybe but maybe not. It seems like a lot of people agree that Ninty’s biggest reason for concern right now is that they’re not moving enough units. Plus I think they only need to sell 1 game to bring the console back to profit. Chances are even pirates will buy at least 1 legit game you’d hope. Noel Canales SO PIRACY ENCOURAGES GROWTH GREAT! Gilbert Nicks I own many legit consoles but will admit i have hacked a few… but that never stopped me from buying games for it. Pirates are not going to kill the console. If nintendo doesn’t pick up the pace and start getting more hype behind the console the only thing keeping the wiiu alive would be the pirates. Great example Sega dropped the ball on the dreamcast it was and still today a great console if you take the time and play it. Sega didnt advertise enough and was not even known in most parts of the world till after it was already killed. but piracy kept it alive and now today there are still companies publishing games for it. Kuzon Everyone is jerking each other off in an anti-piracy circle. One of the reasons people would buy Wii’s was because you could hack it and install custom software on it. Oh look, sales didn’t suffer on it either. It has some of the top selling games of all time in the top 10 Raif This really isnt the time Wiikey..fuck CharmanderRulz As many Sega MegaDrive and SNES games can’t be emulated fully (be it a lot can) let alone how troublesome it is for even good gaming rigs to run their OS and system over a PS3/360/Wii ‘s resoueses needs I doubt it will work perfectly. plus they still need to make an emulator (I’m not just on about running the games on PC as it will be hard for most people to modify the console) Kwis Wose What the fuck are you trying to say? CharmanderRulz Use a 360 emulator and find out! Misfit410 I don’t condone piracy, but man I loved the Wii home brew channel, never did anything shady with it at all, but the uses you could get out of it with Wii Media Center and such were amazing. I would not mind such things finding their way onto the WiiU, though I’d settle for the Eshop allowing them . Johny yep… true that. you could do SO MUCH with your system.. it made you go “wow.. why didnt nintendo include that kind of shit legitimely?” ICHI I used the homebrew channel on my wii cause you could make it play DVDs, these guys started out making hack chips for wii so think they’re only interested in pirating games which is a massive pile of dick. Not having a DVD or BluRay player installed is the only mistake I can level at Nintendos design for their last 2 consoles. I wish the big N would release an application to do it for a small fee thus passing the licensing fees onto the people who really want the function. I want to put my DVD player in the kids room and minimise the plugs used around the TV CharmanderRulz That would in my book be an ok (but odd way of doing things) to hack a console but judging by everyone going nuts over any console being hacked (including people just defrauding game makers) you can see this will mean hacking on both sides of the scale. Also I don’t see anyone using disk encryption to help game devs. Morits Lian There’s some kind of hater here, voting all the comments down. Oh dear please go back to ps4daily will you? Ben Kapferer What’s wrong? Can’t handle an opposing opinion? Morits Lian Can you? Ben Kapferer Yes, and that’s why I’m not typing comments complaining about downvotes. Morits Lian I like how people disagree with your opinion that states you shouldn’t complain about other people’s opinions. Oh, the slightly loose but still funny irony. Ben Kapferer I’m not complaining, I’m just trying to explain my position. Morits Lian I meant you said I shouldn’t complain. Read twice before thinking. Wait… Ben Kapferer Well, I re-read your message two comments back, and it looks like I misread what it said before. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. DemonRoach Excited. SWES2012 Wtf does this have to do with 3rd party support? Honestly most consoles can be hacked one way or another. Ps4/720 will have hackers too espicially with the x86 architecture Magnus Eriksson Well, Nintendo is the only one that doesnt have a 3 party support. Thats why. And now there is even more reason to not develop for Nintendo… Madison Bound I’m looking through all of these comments, and all I see is people complaining about piracy! True, that is an issue. But unlocking a device doesn’t just mean piracy. Honestly, during the entire time the Wii was being hacked, Nintendo made it harder and harder to make pirated games work with the Wii. In fact, if you own a black Wii you cant even run pirated games off of DVD’s! A jailbreak means allot more than piracy, it means that we can do what we want with our console! Blu-Ray support, home-brew games from people who cant afford development kits, better versions of apps such as youtube and the web browser, a fully customizable interface! Yes, piracy is a problem and this certainly does open those doors, but hey, hacking this technology is NO simple feat! We should at least respect them for that! Johny true…. with modded wii, you could run dvd’s and use all sorts of media and usefull aplication that made you ask “wow… why didnt nintendo just include such features ? its awesome” Also it’ll help avoid region locks… well hey ! we have a system ! and if you disable my wii u to play japanese games and by that basicly refuse to take my money, hey ! what can i do? i want those games ! TCar Move to Japan or buy a Japanese system! Johny as for moving to japan-its my long-life dream. as for buying a Japanese system- due to my HUGE student budget, i think im gonna eat for a few weeks and do that right now 🙂 TCar Wrong on every point! You bought a system that Nintendo made with the features they listed. You don’t buy a toaster to make coffee, do you? Madison Bound That is true! At first, I did not buy my toaster to make coffee. But does that mean that, that is the end of it? NO! I could turn my toaster into a piece of art, I could try to expand the size of the toaster to make bigger things with it. Sure the last ones inconvenient, but its an experiment. I learn more about my toaster, and I can come to see the limits of its potential first hand! I’m sure many people could do many things with their toasters! You wanna know why? Because it’s their right to! They bought that toaster! It’s theirs! They can do whatever the heck they want with it! So why not a Wii U? I’m sure these people have worked fairly hard to give us the ability to not only have a Wii U, but to finally feel like the Wii U is something we own! Right now, I have more freedom with that toaster than my Wii U, no one is watching my every move while I use that toaster, No one is putting up restrictions on what I can do with my toaster! So to answer your question, yes you don’t buy a toaster to make coffee. but your example is incredibly short sighted, because there is so much more you can do with that toaster!! TCar You have to keep the perspective of theft in your argument. I don’t think you can copy toast or coffee by altering the product. The main reason people like this homebrew stuff is the playing games for free. They show no respect for the people who make the games or make the systems. With all of these game companies crashing and burning, at what point will the theft stop? When people alter the code, attach mods; they are voiding their warranty which in turn can result in having to either buy a new system; or ditch Nintendo. Of course at that time, people get mad at Nintendo and not at themselves for doing something Nintendo told them not to. I hope that each update will be required to be installed, hopefully squashing any possibility of these mods ever from happening. We may own the system, the coding is proprietary and is owned by Nintendo. Madison Bound Why do I have to keep the perspective of theft? It seems that you are implying, that everyone who hacks their console plans to pirate Nintendo’s Software! True, many people do it for that reason, and I find it very sad! But I will have you know, that I have had my Wii hacked ever since the software came out to do that! And I have NEVER ONCE pirated a Wii game! It is possible to use this appropriately! (And the only gaming company that has “crashed and burned” is THQ, and that had very little to do with piracy! More the rise of indie gaming, bad marketing, and bad investments. The only company that is REALLY still having problems is EA, because people don’t feel any worth in buying DLC FILLED GAMES!) And on the note of warranty voiding and crap, who cares! Seriously, that really is their problem! If I mess up my toaster whilst modifying it, I cant take it back either way, all the same rules apply! And we already know Nintendo is going to require updates, they just put out one last week that forces the Wii U to automatically update constantly! I don’t know what WiiKey is gonna do, but I’m gonna say it will take about a year or 2 for it to finally happen. So hold on to your horses! Nothing is at threat at the moment. After all, these are only rumors ^_^ discuss The solution however is very simple. Bans. Morits Lian Well, Nintendo can brick your 3DS via SpotPass so I wouldn’t doubt they could do the same think with the Wii U. Adrian I stopped doing illegal stuff with games several years ago, around the age of 20. Aside from how obviously unethical it is, there are two main reasons I stopped. 1. It just isn’t worth the risk. Doing something illegal, no matter how small of a chance you will get caught, is not worth the risk of tens of thousands of dollars if you do get caught. 2. Honestly games (and most things in general) are just more enjoyable when you get them legitimately. You appreciate them more when you spend your own (hard earned) money on it, and it’s also a good reminder that you shouldn’t just be playing games all of the time. I went through a year where I could download any XBOX360 game that I wanted….and you know what, I don’t even remember any of the games I played during that period of time. Similarly having every SNES game ever made at my fingertips just made me not really appreciate any one of them. There is just something special about buying a game and playing it the way it was meant to be played. I don’t ever plan on losing sight of that again. discuss Reason 2 makes me think you have a very strange mind 🙂 So if you didn’t pay money for the game then somehow the gaming experience changes? The story becomes more dull? The action becomes less satisfying? The graphics become worse? I don’t get it :s Felix easy, when you pay for a game, you finish it even 10 times if needed, because that have cost you money and you want to play at most as possible before buying another game. having 40 games free… well, you start not even finishim then and you end playing none. discuss So “guilt” (because you feel guilty if you don’t play a game you payed for) is the motivator to play a game? I play for the experience and the money I spend on a game doesn’t change a thing about that. If I stop playing a game half way completed it’s because I don’t think it’s worth more of my time. Adrian It’s not guilt, it’s an ownership mentality for me. When i feel I own something, or when I’ve invested in something, I automatically have more attachment to it than if I got it for free or illegally. Adrian Just adding, there have been very few games I haven’t enjoyed. I’m not saying I play through crap games “just because I spent money on them.” To me, that seems like a different topic altogether (whether or not the games were enjoyable in the first place). Zombie Boy I’m with Adrian on this. I also own a PC (as well as a Wii U) and I used to download games for it. I’d start playing a game and then a new one would come out and I’d desert the first. I would end up with 15 or more games installed on my PC, and I’d only played the first 30 minutes of each of them (and never went back because new games were coming out all the time). It wasn’t long ago that I completely wiped the hard drive of all unfinished games and started over with the games I owned, determined to complete them one at a time and give them the respect that they each deserve. The truth is, piracy DOES destroy your enjoyment of games, not because it makes the games a lesser quality, but because you’re spoilt for choice and don’t pay as much attention to each one. I cringe when I look back now and think of some of the great gaming experiences from my youth (when I had to buy games and I’d put time into each one), and how many of those experiences might have passed me by during my downloading years due to my own flippancy. Nothing5555 I believe the reason is you did not invest much into the game and most of the games you download are games you had no interest in obtaining if you had to pay money. Adrian yeah, that’s part of it. Adrian It’s just a matter of appreciating something as your own. Like buying a car vs your parents buying you a car. I gaurantee you will appreciate your car more if you worked for it and earned it yourself. In the case of games, I would say it mostly has to do with over saturation. Having unlimited games at your fingertips makes you not put in the time or appreciation that you would if you only had one or two games. You end up eating games like popcorn and that just isn’t satisfying or fulfilling for me. I grew up getting 2 to 3 games PER YEAR. I still have every game I’ve ever purchased. To me playing a game has always been an intimate experience where I learn about the story/the world/ etc. And it kinda stresses me out when i have like 5 or 10 games lined up to play afterwards. Personally I like to lose myself in a game for a month or two and not think of any other games. When i had unlimited games, it was NOT like that at all. It was like, “ugh I can’t waste too much time on this game, I have all these others I still have to beat!” I’m also kind of a perfectionist when it comes to games, and tend to get all the (useful) secrets and beat all the hidden bosses/stages on the hardest difficulty. Which doesn’t help haha. BuckStud No, he just doesn’t have to set there thinking about what a scumbag he was for stealing the game. People that steal games are no different than people that steal anything else, except they’re even cheaper asses. Look at all the 99 cent games on Android that are pirated. If you can’t afford a 99 cent game, you shouldn’t be playing games and be out looking for a job instead. Lazy shits. discuss Adrian already answered. We do not need more QQ spam from you. Ben Kapferer Maybe it’s a variation of buyer’s remorse, in which the purchaser feels the need to play their games through to justify the sacrifice of that money from their wallets and bank accounts. Lord Fuse Honestly, in my opinion, emulating certain games takes some of the fun out, like the hype of getting everything home and set up. Ian Symington Right? Like what if he gets a game as a gift? It means nothing to him? A game is a game whether it was free or you paid for it. I’m a huge advocate for pirating (I did it with my Wii and played some amazing games and enjoyed them) but that logic is flawed. Jeffery02 The logic is not flawed. It is subjective. He did not say that games are better when you pay for it. He said that games are more enjoyable for him when he buys them. He had to actually put in work and give something up to get them and that adds to the sentimental value of it. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t mean that he’s wrong. Adrian I still own the game if it is a gift. It’s still MINE. And likely getting a game as a gift (which has actually happened in 10+ years) wouldn’t cause over saturation…which is probably my personal biggest problem with pirating. Jeffery02 To each their own, but your words ring true. Pirated games definitely feel less fulfilling. I don’t even remember how many games I bought after pirating them just so that I could appreciate them more. Zorpix I wholeheartedly agree. Well put Zyzxx So the bullsh*t begins. This is NOT what the Wii U needs right now. It needs quality games, third party support, and financial support. Piracy could possibly effectively kill the Wii U. Well, time to get ready for mandatory firmware updates, just like any other console, and the tennis match between Ninty and the useless, poor hackers who can’t afford to buy and support the developer’s products. We whine about DRM, yet this is exactly why DRM exists. Well played, slackers. Ben Kapferer No, DRM exists because EA and the other publishers want people to buy more and more copies of the same games (and because consumers are letting the publishers do so without a fight). Most of the time, piracy is just a useful excuse to do so. Kwis Wose They should have had that shit in place before releasing this system, They didn’t, Now I’m left with this steaming pile of shit system, I’m more than happy to fuck nintendo over as they did to me. Again, I will only be pirating 1st party games. Zyzxx Then either sell your console and learn to not be an early adopter/compulsive buyer, or quit trolling, as the latter of which seems to be your MO. So what’s your Nintendo Network ID on the Wii U? TrueWiiMaster They didn’t do anything to you. They sold you a system, and delayed a few games a few months. If you wanted tons of games from day 1, I recommend you never buy a system on day 1 again. Johny Double edged sword… of course a modification will bring ALOT of new features and usefull aplications and stuff to wii u, thus make it an overall more capably system (for example. playing dvd’s).. but then again… it will also hurt the system in terms of software sales enabling piracy of games :/ which is inevitable really eli where is my credit :O Nintenjoe82 The biggest negative that will come from this is future DRM will get progressively more annoying. Noel Canales DRM = DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT Nintenjoe82 yep and the more piracy in the world, the more publishers will put DRM such as always online into their games AWwriter LOL Leave it to fanbois to blame the huge lack of 3rd party support and utter lack of momentum behind Wii U on a new hack that maybe 1% of users at most will ever use. Seriously you guys sound like a bunch of hall monitors trying to decide the punishment for a kid who forgot to tie his shoelaces while the entire building is burning down around them. But, darnit, you’ll get that kid for not tying his shoes! For those that do not understand, the reason they hacked the Wii U is the same reason they hack every closed system – because conceptually closed systems are the antithesis of innovativation and simply lead to enforce that we do not actually “own” anything when we buy a system yet it’s software is controlled by someone else. That may not matter to those of you waiting with baited breath for a remake of Wind Walker, but it does to them. I really would not worry about pirating Wii U games – there aren’t enough games period to make anyone bother anyway. Morits Lian This hacking isn’t promoting customization in any way, apparently. Also, if you’re saying this is a PS3 with a cheap Vita addon, let’s say I’m looking into developing for the Wii U. Don’t bother me, you won’t buy my game, it’s really good. I’m also looking forward to Wind Walker, finally I can be Wind Jesus. AWwriter I didn’t mention Vita. /shrug We have absolutely no idea what the community will do with this, this is just the announcement that a hack has been found. This is what happens. The system gets jail broken, and the community then develops around it. It doesn’t matter why it was jail broken, what matters is that it was done and now people can walk through the door and make all kinds of things happen. The people designing the key have no control to say what it will or will not be used for now – kind of the whole point of why they did it in the first place. Morits Lian I bet the “key” is just a flat mopdchip, like chips that you eat uehueuhehehuh Zyzxx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQZSHpNcsRk If you pirate, you are a criminal, you are a thief, you should be ashamed, and you are are no gamer brethren of mine. You are part of the problem in the game industry, you are stealing money from the people who made the game (which is their JOB, as in, the thing that puts food on the table for themselves and their family), and you have no place playing games at all. You have caused honest gamers to suffer the reprocutions of your own dishonesty with issues such as DRM, and for that you are a disgrace. Get a job, pay for the games you like and wish to support, or find a new, less expensive hobby. Simple. Ford Crews Oh, good lord, name calling isn’t going to sham them into not copying games. They aren’t going to put the industry out of business, 99% of them simply won’t even buy or rent the games, if they can’t pirate them. Zyzxx If all you absorbed from that was name-calling, and not pointing out other facts like stealing bread off the game developer’s table, than I really pity your inability to grasp the bigger issue at hand. Also, if you think what I said was in any way trying to convince hackers to stop what they are doing, you are foolish. All I did was state that piracy was immoral and illegal (which it is), and the consequences of the act. starwarsfan541 Yes, but what is piracy? The definition and legal codes are vary different throughout the worlds well as copyrights, America is idiotically, focused on copyrights, and what about games that are not available in any such form like prototypes and old arcade games that are impossible to find due to companies going bankrupt? I agree, “pirating” new games is bad, but there is a very dubious line with people not really having a decent understanding of actual international laws. Kwis Wose I promise to only Pirate first party games, I’ll purchase all my 3rd parties on steam (for PC of course)! TrueWiiMaster That doesn’t make you any less a criminal, a jerk, and an idiot. Ben Kapferer “If you jaywalk, you are a criminal, you are a rebel, you should be ashamed, and you are are no brethren of mine. You are part of the problem in our cities, you are stealing traffic space from the people who need to drive to work (which is their JOB, as in, the thing that puts food on the table for themselves and their family), and you have no place walking at all. You have caused honest commuters to suffer the reprocutions of your own dishonesty with issues such as red lights, and for that you are a disgrace. Get a car, drive to the places you like and wish to support, or find a new, closer-to-reach place. Simple.” starwarsfan541 WTF does this have to with “piracy” you sound like either a troll or a person attempting a really bad metaphor/ analogy Ben Kapferer Not everything is a troll. The definition of “troll” is “Somebody who types things on purpose to get people mad”, not “Some meanie who said things I don’t like! ;_;”. I am trying to make a point, not rile people up. Zyzxx That was a terrible analogy. Adam Orth and you would probably get along splendidly. Ben Kapferer How is it a terrible analogy? I would like some constructive criticism. Adrian I think Ben is just pointing out that you are hugely oversimplifying things and over-vilifying people who game pirate. You are being very dramatic and branding random people who were just being lazy/selfish as bad people. Yeah, they shouldn’t pirate, but stealing doesn’t make somebody a bad person. The way your post was phrased it was like you would have them exiled if you had the choice. Nobody Breath man, it’s just video games. And it’s much better that the hackers do this now while the Wii U is hot, so that we will have an easier time hacking it by the time the Wii U is being phased out for Nintendo’s next console. Nothing wrong with softmodding a console that is not even having new games being made for it. Not to mention, it’s unique technology, did you really think the Wii U wasn’t going to get any attention for being basically a tablet with really comfy buttons and smooth wireless connections? Also, many pirates would say that games are far too pricy to justify buying them in this economy. Chiwawaboi so this includes parentel control hacks? The_fuzz_buzz -_- Why so curious…? Chiwawaboi just asking…….. e.e’ Morits Lian No, simple as that. Chiwawaboi it’ll happen eventually. it happened to every other game system with parental controls. Morits Lian Except the 3DS ok let’s move on before you figure out how to play God of War or something before your parents find out. Chiwawaboi oh, I still played rated M games. my friend brings his games over when my parents leave the house. Morits Lian I’m 16, dude. I’m not even touching the 18 rated games. Chiwawaboi that sucks, considering that most games are E10+ and M. esrb just skips T because its kinda on the edge of M. Morits Lian It doesn’t suck. To be honest, what sucks is that underaged people play games they’re too young for. The_fuzz_buzz *dot dot dot* Magnus Eriksson Another nail in the coffin for a dying console… How sad. 🙁 MetroidZero Dying console? Have any other cards to play? Go fish. Magnus Eriksson Cards? Fish? Nah. I stay around hoping for a miracle. Maybe its going to be wake up from the dead by some divine touch? tronic307 Didn’t stop the PS2! ReturnoftheTruth2 If it can be played, it can be hacked. ReturnoftheTruth2 I think that the only true way to stop piracy is to develop a proprietary OS used strictly for developing games or at least the console OS, file system and so on. As long as you can program it on a PC, then someone can crack it. david jarman No, hacking is not good. Now that info is out people will be hacking the online games and lobbies. Why do hackers feel they have the right to do whatever. Oh, because they can? Well I have an ar-14 and I’m a skilled marksman does that I mean I have the right to shoot people because I can? Squid Haaaaaackers. Whatcha gonna do? Should I report this by contacting Nintendo? tronic307 They probably knew before we did. Ducked Dirty low life skum bags that should be locked in prison Kwis Wose With the Pres of Nintendo for being a con. TrueWiiMaster What did he do exactly? Only a few are true gamers hacking is not hard and any console can be hack …Watch ps4 and 720 will be hacked soon after there release it is bound to happen Guest All consoles gets hacked eventually. But according to my none-existing research, I’d say 99 % of ppl buy their console games unlike the PC market, where 90 % of games are illegal copies. Andt btw, this article is poorly written Nintendofan All consoles get hacked eventually. But according to my none-existing research, I’d say 99 % of ppl buy their console games unlike the PC market, where 90 % of games are illegal copies. And btw, this article is poorly written Steven Penberthy If you don’t like it…. Simple, don’t install it. Guhtere It’s not just like that. There are going to be people who, instead of making companies money, they get it for free, and also hack games and play online to have unfair advantages with mods making it impossible to beat those cowards. Why is winning so important. Like sometimes hacking can be fun I admit, but only if you don’t bring it online. When you bring it online, you’re officially a d*ck. TrueWiiMaster It’s not a matter of preference. If people use a mod to pirate, it’s illegal. It’s stealing from the companies a lot of us love. BuckStud These guys are as bad as the idiots that write viruses… I’m sure that the “true” annual cost to Americans alone that is caused by hackers/pirates is astronomical. Everyone of us has to pay more because of these aholes. We need to get tougher on these people and squish them like the beetle crap that they are. starwarsfan541 Not really, your a bit of an idiot, jailborken does not equal piracy, and if Nintendo is that concerned, they will just observe how they hacked it and start updating and maybe suit a few people of there that concerned, otherwise, I am not sure why people are that mad, I am starting to think they are just idiots. BuckStud The first modded Wii U w/pirated games I see on our local Craig’s List, I’m calling the sheriffs department and letting the poster know. They wont know whose going to their house to purchase it…. Ben Kapferer Better turn yourself in, too, in case you watched any videos on YouTube containing copyrighted content. David Tims BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM TrueWiiMaster The difference? You don’t own someone else’s youtube video. It would be kinda like going to a friend’s house, and getting in trouble because your friend’s a pirate. Jeffery02 That would make you an accomplice. The example should also include being at your friend’s house in order to watch pirated movies. Just because you didn’t do the pirating doesn’t mean that you are not legally responsible in some way. TrueWiiMaster It wouldn’t make you an accomplice unless you actually aided in the pirating. Jeffery02 Let me give you an extreme example. “Yes officer. This is a stolen car. It was my friend that stole it though, I just drive it on occasion.” I’m sorry sir, but that would be just as illegal. Partaking in ANY pirated entertainment KNOWING that it is pirated makes you just as much of a pirate. TrueWiiMaster That example has you actually possessing the stolen item, which you do not do when watching a movie online. Jeffery02 In the eyes of the law, there is no difference. Having access to, and using, any stolen item still makes you a pirate. Streaming an illegal copy of a video is the same as downloading it yourself. Bob Wilkerson The only good thing I can see from this is maybe Nintendo will address it and plug a few security holes. Anything that run on an operating system or firmware is going to have a few security holes. Jon well… that took a lot longer than I expected….. tronic307 Just remember, kids: If you hack your Wii U, Nintendo will refuse to service it. If you even so much as install HBC on Wii mode, kiss it goodbye if it breaks. MasterPpv I always find this stuff interesting because usually the hackers themselves have no interest in pirating games. They usually do it just to prove that they can, or because they’re interested in the inner workings and the challenge. Most of the time (from my experience anyway), these hackers provide the knowledge and instruction base that pirates then either build on or use directly to do their dirty work. Not really opinionated on this – just wanted to throw my own observations out there. Petri Why would they release it in to the wild then? Even when they know, that 99% will use their work on pirating. Because they can? Though I guess there’s no fame, unless you prove it. MasterPpv Pretty much. For most of the guys who actually do the cracking, it seems to usually be about the challenge of cracking it and whatever fun they derive from that. I don’t know, I’ve just always found that aspect of them kind of interesting =P Jeffery02 You also have to remember that a lot of times hackers crack devices because they want to add features that are not normal functions of the device. Like playing DVDs on the Wii, backing up saves on the DS, or playing homebrew on ANYTHING. Pirates will always exist in mass. Would you expect lighters to cease production because everyone likes to play with fire at some point? No matter what you make or achieve, there will always be people that use it for good and even more people for bad. That’s just the way the world is sadly. Orange Lada For what it is worth, this hack won’t matter. Coming from the software industry I have to say that I rarely see a well pirated platform do badly. No … I don’t agree with piracy, but some piracy can be good as those “pirates” generally move up (or technology forces them to) to real software. Now, if Nintendo reduced its E-shop prices (better yet put in online software trading/sales where both they and developers get a cut on the sale of used online software) the piracy would really drop, as you can lock content to a central server at Nintendo and there would be far less advantage to buying a disk. Silent No, come on NOT NOW! Møhåmmęd Jårmøn Wow fuck all hackers seriously if you hack game consoles you need to kill yourself Stephen Wiikey havent had much attention since 2011, I won’t believe it until I see it. It’s one thing to hack for homebrew but it’s another thing entirely to hack for the sole purpose of piracy. The only reason you would reverse engineer the Wii U’s media drive is for backups(aka pirate games) and dumping ISO images of games to upload to the internet. The only thing this will do is convince more developers to go download only thru eShop to keep consoles online and updated reducing the chances of pirate games or to completely cancel your title entirely, and hacking the file system also suggests that their intentions was to decrypt game download data to install copied versions onto Wii U’s that did not purchase the games. Kwis Wose YAAAaaaaAAAaaaaY! I support Developers and Companys who release quality products, unfortunately I purchased a Wii U. Suddenly this burden is MUCH less to bare! more than happy to give a big middle finger to Nintendo! TrueWiiMaster Are you trolling or lying? Well, I guess you could be genuinely stupid… Erik Great… Instead of pirating games will it be likely to have some kind of cheating application sometime soon? Why can’t these fuckers just back off and do something in their life rather than just hacking consoles just to get free games AND cheating online? Are they THAT cheap???? Guhtere Pirates are just thieves and assh*les. If you like Nintendo so much, then buy their f*cking games! And the worst part is, they think they’re actually helping the gaming market! They think that they’re giving people “demos.” I’m sure if I found a disc of COD on the street that was perfectly fine, I’d play it as a free game, not just to be like “Oh let’s try this out then if I like it I’ll pay for it!” Idiots. Kwis Wose I hate Nintendo so…. We good homie? TrueWiiMaster If you hate Nintendo, you wouldn’t want any of their games, free or not. Guhtere http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEBbu-wkKrs Christopher Hanson Well this isnt a real Jailbreak as in a software mod , is an ODDE a hardware mod that acts as if it is the real Disc Drive , theres already many devices liek this for the original wii, ps3 , 360, it seems to be the new way of modding systems , it’s really horrible so early in the systems life span this could kill it, shame really no cool home brew can come of this. Robin Saunders Am I the only person who sees this as good news? PS2, DS, Wii, X360 all easily hacked and all massive sellers. Zombie Boy While I don’t support pirates, I DO support a Homebrew channel. I had a Homebrew channel on my Wii and loved playing games that people had programmed themselves in their front rooms. It was sort of like an indie-indie scene. If Nintendo themselves developed a Homebrew channel (to download) then it would mean the pirates wouldn’t be so successful or popular (as people wouldn’t need to hack their Wii Us to play Homebrew games like they do now). Mario EEEEVVVVVVIIIIILLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! Sonic Only one thing to post about this. keenan i used to support pirating games. i had my ps2 modded and my wii modded. but now i see how much companys suffer from this. Hackers just kill it for everybody and ruin the systems profit to make 1st party games while scaring away 3rd party developers. keenan ill support it if makes the system more customized to your liking and adding cool features. like an iphone jailbreak. but i dont like the idea of pirating games. (I know my english sucks) Potemkin It it’s true, then I will buy one when the price drops 😀 Jennero Rossi Good. Now I can finally import stuff. Besides, the WiiU has been hacked since day one. I’ve been able to play all of my Wii import games. Just keep that Brawl disc handy. 🙂 Linskarmo I find it disgusting that people will try to steal things made by others. If you want something that’s had a lot of work put into it, buy it for Pete’s sake. I understand emulators and such for games no longer available, but doing such a thing for something current is just wrong in my opinion. RyuNoHadouken PS3 isnt region locked and its the least hacked console of all time….just sayin Jeffery02 It is also the system that belongs to the company that patches the OS a week after a hack is released. Take any of the hundreds of PS3 hacks out there and try it now. It won’t work. They even got rid of the “Other OS” option because there was an exploit through that. Petri Also, some hackers who publicly were hacking it, got sued. Sony pretty much won pirates with ps3. I wonder if they can do the same with the more pc like ps4. Jeffery02 Maybe, but in the end, we are the ones that lost, not the hackers. I wish that they would add some of the things that were removed. PS2 hardware, Other OS, etc. RyuNoHadouken thats what im saying…PS3s arent hacked, and if they are, they get that issue resolved ASAP Morits Lian Try hack a PS3 atm. … C’mon, I don’t have all day. RyuNoHadouken not sure if trolling or you meant to type something else Morits Lian Probably not trolling. Just telling you a fact. fireheartis1 These idiots should be put in jail for this stupid act. That’s why we have copyright laws man to protect the said company from this kind of crap. I hate “crackers” which is actually the legal term for someone who cracks a code to harm a company. I learned this through my computer programming class about six months ago. I real “hacker” is paid by the company to find out things that can prevent this kind of stuff. It’s so stupid how society has gotten these two words all wrong. “Crackers like Wiikey need to be put in prison for at least 10 years or more. Maybe then they would learn not to do this kind of stupid crap. Mikael Nalle Jansson I support the hacking of region lock, and the things nintendo should have put in the consol from the begining, like abillity to install games on hd. But not the game copying. Sorry for my bad english P.s. if you luck at wiiikey.com it´s a disc emelator not a consol hack Morits Lian ISO emulating is just as bad as hacking consoles for piracy. PachterStation Europe misses out on certain games, so region free is a good idea. But buying Japanese games is pointless for RPGs etc. When the Dreamcast was on the go, I had quite a few US games that never got released in Europe. I did have some Japanese games, but you didn’t really need to be able to read Japanese. Nintendo will never release a region free console. On top of that, Nintendo don’t release a lot of games anyway and thirdparty support is always a bit poor. CharmanderRulz I too am in Europe (UK) and I play many Japanese games on my non hacked DS and 3DS (DS games on the 3DS). I would like a more mufti region consoles but I understand Nintendo got a lot of support by region locking. Petri I was little disappointed with euro support off Nintendo, when I switched from Sony, not enough to regret it though. Dont know about Wii, but Wii U has no games with my native languages. I’ts not that I mind, but the rest of my family it creates a challenge. CharmanderRulz Be it I’m no expert with understanding the localization of individual places as I only make game resources and very little playable functions or machines meaning I still haven’t released games to different languages to compare things like euro support but it would appear Nintendo is reaching out to more of Europe with things like the European directs. PachterStation At some point, you might be able to get one of them discs that you can get for the GameCube and Wii that lets you play import games. When I had a GameCube and Wii, can’t say there was any import games I wanted to play. I wouldn’t mind playing F-Zero AX on the GameCube which is hidden within F-Zero GX, but you need a Action Replay disc. But the latest version doesn’t let you add codes, so you’ll need one of the older versions. I’ve heard rumours that a lot of people have bought the latest version and didn’t know about not being able to enter codes. old_skool This is history repeating its and reminds me of the Dreamcast and couldn’t have come at a worse time for Nintendo. Sales are slow and the concept of Wii U has not yet penetrated main stream gamers. This could be the nail in the coffin for a brilliant console. Quicksilver88 Well this is actually not as bad as a soft hack. Look a know a lot of people who soft hacked their Wii and a lot of people that DVD hacked their x360….but I never knew anyone that bought an xkey for 360 and onlt knew one person who used woad for Wii. So it turns out pirares are cheap and don’t want to have to pay for midification hardware. Also many Wii-U types are not technical and wont want to crack the case and all that. So while this isnt good it isnt the death sentance that a softmod would be. Lastly to those saying oh no 3rd parties will make games…uh well X360 DvD was hacked since 2006 and ps3 got hacked in 2010 and then their has also been the jtag and glitch hacks for 360 since 2010 and those systems have gotten plenty of3rd part support plus $ony was able to lock the 3000/4000 seires slims bqck down and Microsofts latests slims have dvd drives that can’t be flashed. Śo settle down, hopefully Nintendo can make firmware or hardware revisions to lock things back down!