Hackers reverse engineer Wii U GamePad to stream PC games

Small team demonstrates emulated version of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker streamed from PC to GamePad.

A small group of enterprising hackers have found a way to stream PC software to the Wii U GamePad controller, allowing users to bypass the system completely. The hack was shown off during the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in Germany recently and a video of the group's demonstration is now available below. The demo begins around the 47-minute mark.

First, the presenters show off a simple drawing app streamed from the PC to the Wii U GamePad. But the hackers draw a loud applause from the crowd when they demo an emulated version of GameCube title The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker streamed from the PC to the controller.

The demo crashed a few times, but seemed to be mostly playable. The code, which is in an alpha state and is aimed primarily at developers, is available today.

Eventually, the group said it plans to release an Android port of the software that will allow you to use your existing tablet as a Wii U GamePad, though this functionality is not likely to be officially sanctioned or supported by Nintendo.

A similar streaming system is already available from the NVIDIA Shield, which allows you to stream certain PC games to the portable device in 1080p.

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meatz666
meatz666

When you emulate WiiU games on my PC, call me.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Now see if Nintendo really wanted to uptick some additional sells, if they were smart.....they'd turn the other way and go ahead and let let people do it, lol. 


Hey, why not right? Take a sale wherever/however you can get it, I say. ;)

swimbearuk
swimbearuk

I'd love to have a Wii U style tablet controller if it had nothing to do with the Wii U. I want full-blown console games on a tablet (even if it's being streamed from a console), but with a proper controller.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I admire / envy the guys and gals clever enough to pull off stuff like this.  I wonder whether Nintendo will take the Microsoft route and allow the hackers to mod the system as much as they like (e.g. Kinect hacks) or whether they'll take the Sony route and use continuous OS updates and lawsuits to shut it down (e.g. homebrew).

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

before you say modding is hacking. MOST mods are like legal and have permission by the developers to do what they do.


P.S Zelda and Mario would sell heaps on PC. Im not buying a whole console for 2 games.

Josh Bonney
Josh Bonney

Just got mine a couple days ago, thanks hackers :L

megakick
megakick

HACKING IMO is to make a product do something that is not intended possibly against the creator's policy or intended use. When I think of modding I think of boosting the performance of a product like adding lights make it faster nothing that would breach the creator's policy or intended use?

skipper847
skipper847

Modders are called hackers now?.

zenstrata
zenstrata

This headline should read:  "Hackers add functionality to the Wii which Nintendo should have included already."

jokertax
jokertax

why would you limit gaming system? If it is a profit, i would gladly pay $...(resonable) for a version of xbox one and ps4 that is backwards compatibile. For example $50-100 more for console that can play 7th generation games if you previously owned ps3 or 360 i think that would be the fair price, and i think im not the only one, not to mention pc software, if they say that they profit only $14-28 per console, this would be the additional profit of at least $90, because i think it is a purely software update (correct me if im wrong). This way you have to hack the console to do that, And if hackers can do it, im sure the microsoft, sony nad nintendo can do it to.

MaTTerCuBe
MaTTerCuBe

Really excited for this.  I own a wiiu and being able to use the controller for PC games sounds amazing.  It would be awesome to also see this on the upcoming steam machines since Valve is already working on a streaming program with low latency.

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

It's been celebrated since the PSP. I would imagine that people got the PSP solely for Doom on the go, and now with the Wii U being hacked, I think i'm gonna have to feel sorry for the Steam Machines.

Syahid Tsaqif
Syahid Tsaqif

What about Steam on Wii U GamePad? That will be awesome too!

hystavito
hystavito

When this matures it might be cool for stuff like controlling a PC from the sofa.  Tablets can already do it with the right apps, but with the extra sticks and buttons the controls could be much better.

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

I bought a Wii U on the offchance hackers made it worth owning. Thanks guys. Little did I know Nintendo would also make it worth owning by programming several AAA titles for me to play. *goes back to having his mind blown by Princess Peach in 3D World*

Noah Borges
Noah Borges

They'll probably get away with it too seeing as how dismal Wii U sales have been going so far.

John Martins
John Martins

If it's got a screen these days, there's probably a way to stream stuff to it.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

As with PC support for wii motes, this is a win for everyone.

Nintendo sells more, Wii U owners get extra functionality for their gamepads, pc owners who are looking for just such a device get a nice and relatively cheap option. Sony should add support to the PS4... It would be better than streaming to the vita :P

Jon Taylor
Jon Taylor

You guys mean even more reason to buy wii u as zombi u' sonic the lost world' zelda bayonneta and mario kart 8 are good enough reasons

Ray Kingston
Ray Kingston

hackers? How about coders? Or modders? Seriously the work hacker is way too overrated.

hansolo1138
hansolo1138

The Gamepad screen is not even in HD. How easily can Pc games max out on this? This is the question I would like to know.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Oh good, finally something good you can do with this fake tablet.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@nyran125tk I don't know what the actual distinction is, but I'd consider hacking in this context to mean "making something do what it's not meant to do".

Whereas modding would be creating something within the confines of the existing programming.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@megakick it all depends how broad you think the term "mod" is. Mod, as modification, is a term that should modify the existing software. Thus all hacks are mods.

But if you limit the term mod, to modifications that are (officially) supported by the creator, then mods become modifications that are supported, and hacking become modifications that are not supported.

Also its dependable on what the term modification is.

If every change is a modification, then back to the start, all the hacks are mods.

But if you consider hacks as modifications to the basic/core elements, while the mod can only change the non core elements you get a difference between them.

So i would say that hacks are changes/modifications to the core elements that are not supported and supposed to be changed, while the mods are supported changeable elements that are not core elements, or extensions that are built on the existing elements (for example, moving a gamepads electronics to a different controller shell to have a different layout of buttons, but you keep the number and functionality of all the buttons and joysticks). 

Zythrone
Zythrone

Always have been.


A more accurate way of saying this would be "Hackers are called modders now?". Modding like this is merely a benevolent form of hacking.

jack_burton9456
jack_burton9456

@zenstrata This post read: "I'm a troll taking out of my ass about a console that I don't own for I have no idea that the Wii U does offer functionally already."

ad1x2
ad1x2

The gamepad isn't sold separately. At least not yet.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@Thanatos2k Thats hilarious since Ive just spent the weekend at 3hrs away from where I live,took my Wii U over with me,and only had to plug it to a wall and then enjoy all of my games on my gamepad without ever using a TV.  Enjoy your microtransactionboxes you ignorant tool.

swimbearuk
swimbearuk

@jcknapier711 The nvidia shield is shit! it's got a 5" display and it runs on an android OS so it's never going to have any great games.  What I want is to have a Wii U style tablet which is compatible with my xboxone or PS4, which has all the controller functions built in, but allows you to play on at least a 10" display in your hands instead of on the TV.  That then frees the TV properly, unlike snapping the TV which leaves the TV unwatchable and game unplayable.


I can probably keep dreaming though, because if anybody makes one, they'll make different versions for the xbox one and PS4, and I'm not going to buy two of them.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@gameroutlawzzWhat do microtransactions have to do with anything?  I've never bought a microtransaction in my life.