Nintendo responds to supposed Wii U hack

Company rep says "debug menu" was a "mock up" and has now been removed and made inaccessible.

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Just hours after the Wii U launched in the United States yesterday, NeoGAF forum members claimed to have been accidentally granted access to the system's "debug menu." This reportedly allowed them to access a list of administrators, with options to regenerate passwords, delete accounts altogether, and even view messages from developers.

Nintendo has now commented on the matter, telling GamesIndustry International that the screenshots posted to the forum show a "mock up" of the system's back end and it has been removed and disabled altogether.

"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," reads a line from the statement. "Please note that this was only a mock up menu and has now been removed and is not accessible."

The Wii U launched yesterday in the United States. For more, check out GameSpot's coverage of the Nintendo World launch event and reviews of Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U.

Discussion

56 comments
COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

who would want to waste their time hacking the WiiU?

TRAVISTOUCHD0WN
TRAVISTOUCHD0WN

they made this post sound like that ps3 hack thing where they stole credit cards lol nintendo got this covered no worries !!

Falru
Falru

This really isn't a big deal, if you have ever seen anything that goes into game/program development. It's really easy to accidentally leave something like this in the game (even the tiniest things can cause shitstorms to appear). Most "glitches" and "exploits" are never actually faults in the program's functioning, it's really just the fact that none of the team realized how the program would interpret the instructions.

 

Layman's terms: It's correctly doing things the wrong way.

 

Why do you think QA teams are so huge.

franzito
franzito

Now every system violation is hacking! You access the debug menu, you're hacker!You mod a console, call the national security!!

tightwad34
tightwad34

There wasn't any supposed hack. It was all legit. I mean, who wouldn't want to be the first to hack into a brand new system? Well, I wouldn't, but you know what I mean, right?

The_Last_Ride
The_Last_Ride

Good they shut it down before someone took advantage of it

suplax
suplax

Doesn't matter , soon or later hackers will find a way to let people play with "pirated" copies, they always find.

liam82517
liam82517

lol so you fixed the little problem with a FIVE GIGABYTE PATCH!!!!!!!!!! Silly nintendo. All those poor bastards with a slow internet connection getting it for xmas can have a fun day watching the update screen.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

thats nuts...hope people didn't mess anything up by accident 

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Good to know that they removed it, I dont want my account to be deleted by some hacking troll.

TrueGB
TrueGB

Mock up? Pfft. They got caught with their pants down.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

How was it removed? Did they push a quick update to the consoles or did they remotely remove it from everyone?

 

If they have the power to remotely modify the system...

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Great, but can they fix the rattling in my gamepad and add a feature to turn off the lights on the front that are always on.  I also long for an actual ethernet port. 

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

The user who supposedly "hacked" the Wii U found some unannounced names that could represent games. Among those were Yoshi's Land and Soul Hacker. Hopefully, taking into account Nintendo's reaction, they actually are some unannounced games.

Marky360
Marky360

@TRAVISTOUCHD0WN

Yea it's a Eddie Makuch article he's known for having misleading titles associated with his articles on gameinformer I read this same story except the title to there article was more straight forward gamers discover WII U debug menu. I clicked this article thinking it was something different only to find out it's the samething.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @Rayzakk Just get a router and you can have wireless internet in your house simply plug your ethernet cable to it, set up a password (most come with passwords already) and you are good to go.

Shadowmax889
Shadowmax889

 @AmnesiaHaze how is damage control, when they said it was a mock up. Did you ever bother to read a short article? or just post this coment just by reading the head line. Haters gonna hate.....

papav123
papav123

 @slayer1090  @suplax 

 

4.31 custom firmware has been out for over a month.  Rogero figured it out after the e3 team found the root keys and leaked them by accident.  I'm playing AC3 on mine right now;)

deathstream
deathstream

 @HonorOfGod  @Rayzakk

 Nintendo is not known for good wireless support.  I never could get my Wii to connect wirelessly and the 3DS took me a while.

 

There are other reasons people might want to use a hardwired connection, too.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

 @HonorOfGod I am old and detest wireless.  I prefer wires for everything.  I fear change and I shall keep my bushes. 

Rickystickyman
Rickystickyman

 @Shadowmax889  @AmnesiaHaze I feel like the mock-up statement seems... questionable. What is their exact definition of mock-up? It seems like they are covering up a big mistake, but that's my opinion.

the_requiem
the_requiem

 @Shadowmax889  @AmnesiaHaze Not that I agree with the guy, but if your best counter is what they have to say in defense, then it is not that good a counter, is it? Never trust any corporation to tell the truth when it comes to matters like these.

RageSet
RageSet

 @Toysoldier34

I think you may need to get a new router as all of my wireless devices I use receive 90 to 95% of my DL speed and that is with concurrent users (off peak times). 

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

 @HonorOfGod  @Dnaisinmybody  @Rayzakk You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. What would having a faster download speed have to do with hacking anything? I prefer a faster download speed so that my files, wait for it, download faster. I also have Comcast and the fastest internet they have. I often have around 35mbps. When my PS3 is wireless within about ten to fifteen feet of the router I would get around 5mbps. When I wire it I get around 12-15mbps. This means when I download larger files such as full games that can be around 10GB it can be done pretty quickly.

 

You should just stop talking, it makes you look worse and worse with each senseless comment you leave.

shin_kagato
shin_kagato

 @Dnaisinmybody  Agreed, you should never leave your main PC on a wireless network, leaves you with no back out option.

shin_kagato
shin_kagato

 @the_requiem You have no idea how much that comment amused me, all i could picutre was Sega Saturn Shiro running around with that huge Sega Saturn on his back lol

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

 @HonorOfGod  @Dnaisinmybody  @Rayzakk You do realize that a wired connection is faster than a wireless one right? I wire everything I can. I have a nice top of the line router but it still doesn't beat a wired connection. My PC and PS3 both get much faster download speeds when wired.

 

I also have a big home and the wireless signal doesn't reach the other end of the home with a strong connection when my 100 foot ethernet cable reaches my second router just fine to allow everything on that side to be wired as well.

 

Also buying new furniture shouldn't result in needing to move your desktop computer unless you are still using the 6 foot cable an Xbox or your router came with. Go out and buy a 25, 50, or 100 foot cable and never worry about it. They are really cheap, under $20.

 

I also don't go out and buy a big couch and bring it home only to find I don't have room for it and need to rearrange everything to make it fit.

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @HonorOfGod  @Rayzakk Wow... Just WOW!! Your lack of intelligence compels me. What does being cool have to do with what I just said. It's not like I was going on with some stupid fanboy rant, and still you really think there are internet with wire fanboys like wtf man seriously... 

 

I hope your internet gets hacked and that somebody uses up all your bandwith as it's practically what you're inviting people to do by saying you have such great tools defending your internet connection.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @Dnaisinmybody  @Rayzakk Wow you are sooo coool... >.> lol well I can tell if someone is messing with my internet ..My router and my provider Comcast sets me up with the tools I need for that I also have a few other ways. Cables.. >.> some people don't ever leave town hu? I move around allot so Wifi is a must for me.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @the_requiem Maybe if you buy something that takes up space like a new big couch  and the desktop is in the way you would need to move your set up to another place and instead of being limited by a cable or plug you would not have to worry about anything you can set your desktop anywhere... O_O am I the onlyone living in the year 2012? lmao

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @HonorOfGod  @Rayzakk Anybody with just a bit of computer skills and free time on his hands can hack your wi-fi easy. I do have a wi-fi router but I use it for my consoles. My PC is still connected with a cable and it will remain the same until they become non-existent. 

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

 @the_requiem Well that's a question most people in the current years has no means to answer.

the_requiem
the_requiem

Just curious, why would anyone want to take desktop and console all around the house?

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @Rayzakk  Well if you ever do get one you wont be sorry. You will be able to take your Laptop, desktop and games all over the house and set them anywhere it also helps with space in the house or apartment. Most go for cheap I have had mines for more than 5 years now and never had a problem.

Shadowmax889
Shadowmax889

 @Rickystickyman  @AmnesiaHaze is a mock up becuase it has games that do not exist and never will like "yoshi land WiiU" i sugest to go to the original source beside IGN has the photograph with the bogus titles with better resolution

slayer1090
slayer1090

 @Landsharkk  @AndCarlsen  @Shadowmax889  @AmnesiaHaze You do know bricked consoles happened to the morons who decided to shut off or unplug the Wii U during an update. The same this would happen on any other console or PC, hence the "Do not turn off console during an update" text you always see.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

 @Landsharkk If this is anything to judge, Nintendo will more then likely address them. Have your friends call their tech support and have them take notice.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @AndCarlsen  @Shadowmax889  @AmnesiaHaze It's not hate, it's facts.  On day 1 there has been the debug menu, the bricked Wii U consoles, the weird $0.50 for kid accounts, and the lack of ability to move accounts to a different console.

 

I'm actually surprised the Wii U bricked console issue hasn't made a spot in an article on gamespot yet. It has happened to a couple of friends of mine (and no, they didn't turn the console off during the update).

 

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Wii-U-Has-Mandatory-5GB-Firmware-Update-Gets-Bricked-If-Things-Go-Wrong-307942.shtml