Wii U users accidentally access console's debug mode

NeoGAF posters claim to have stumbled across a debug menu on the newly released console.

Wii U users have reportedly stumbled across the console's debug menu just a day after the Wii U debuted in North America.

Users have reportedly accessed the Wii U debug menu.

According to a NeoGAF post, user "Trike" was trying to set up his Miiverse friends list after purchasing a Wii U, and accidentally came across what appears to be the console's debug menu.

Screenshots posted by the user show how he was able to access a list of admins, with options to regenerate admin passwords and delete admin accounts. According to a follow-up post, he was also able to view messages from developers.

Another NeoGAF post by user "Tom_Cody" reported a similar problem. The user posted photos showing a test screen, which reportedly appeared when he tried to sync his Wii U GamePad with the system.

The Wii U launched in North America on November 18, beginning at $300 for an 8GB basic model and scaling to $350 for the 32GB deluxe version, which includes a copy of Nintendo Land.

The first high-definition system from Nintendo launched with dozens of titles, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin's Creed III.

GameSpot has reached out to Nintendo for comment.

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laethyn1
laethyn1

I was in the same situation that "Tom_Cody" was in regarding TEST MODE: LINE MODE in the gamepad.

Nintendo emailed a shipping label so I could send the gamepad back to them.

Instead, I fixed it :D

The game pad was left in factory mode. I don't recall which menu it was (I really wasn't expecting to fix it ... ), but under one of the menus (either Flash Menu, UIC Menu or Misc Menu) there are two sub menus. One for "Ship Mode off" and "Ship Mode On"

Select, using D-pad (not thumbstick) "Ship On" or whatever it says. It'll be obvious, then "A". Turn off the gamepad, then turn it back on. 

My gamepad is now on, working as expected, and the console is now updating.

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

I was hoping Nintendo marketing would consider making the console OS completely open as a reaction to this...

LOL

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

This is good hopefully there will be heaps of surprises coming up about games for the Wii U.

tgwolf
tgwolf

PANIC MODE! Quick, send back your Wii U before Japanese hitmen come to reclaim their 'stolen' technology!!

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Still no reason to get a WiiU until the games come pouring out.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Quality with a capitol K.

pacpuf7249
pacpuf7249

Yes! I finally found a news article NOT made by Eddie Makuch. For a month I thought every writer at Gamespot quit except him.

glassesboy
glassesboy

lol this comment section! Haters acting like this is a huge deal, and fanboys acting like it doesn't mean anything. Cary on guys.

BrYaNq93
BrYaNq93

The only problem I see is that the Wii U is selling the deluxe version for $50 bucks more then the simple model... wtf is this?!

pez2k_
pez2k_

Let's be fair, the PSP, PS3 and Vita had debug firmware information screens that they'd never disabled before release, the GB Advance can run any code you want on startup, and the Dreamcast could play pirated games unmodified due to unremoved debug code. While this is a blunder from Nintendo it's not the first time and certainly not the worst.

TairuSzoola
TairuSzoola

With all the hating on Nintendo, you all act as if other consoles have not had problems at first launch? Overheating? Not even just problems at launch but problems in general. Red ring of death? It happens.

Unholy123
Unholy123

While this in itself is neither bad nor good its more or less the fact of WHAT it could potentially allow people to do with it.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

Its almost like they were saying "Look you can pirate it, but don't forget to buy the console and the original games".

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

is this something bad? i though being able to debug your console would be considered as  good :D

forever_blank
forever_blank

A bit of a blunder, really hope this doesn't start day one piracy. Not what Nintendo needs, on the other hand... they need to wake up and really get online right. Lucky that in Australia most of the blunders, apart from the 5 gig firmware update will be fixed.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

Personally I think a debug menu for a console would be a good thing, giving users more control over how their system works if they so desire (like a PC). However am I right in assuming this is a bad thing because it can speed up the hacking process or cause troubles for inexperienced users?

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

 @wexorian You dont need perfect grammer, but at least try to not sound like and LSD and Acid induced drug addict. What is your point? Its a story as old as time that things sell despite not being very good. The last twilight movie just made 141 in a weekend but no one is going to sit there and say its anything good. The fact is nintendo's fanbase sticks with it even despite the fact the last worthwhile console they made was the SNES.

vault-boy
vault-boy

And the homebrew begins in 3...2...1... go.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Good. I hope the crack it fully and bring Nintendo down.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

 @pez2k_ doesn't that depend on what the hacker community does with it? If they can crack the WiiU within a few months of release, it will be a huge victory for the "homebrew" community. They might never hack the 3DS... so for Nintendo to have such a vulnerability in the WiiU, should it turn out that way, is a pretty epic screw up.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

 @TairuSzoola Not to mention, I had standard Wii's that I got early in the gen that had problems like the lens ALREADY going out of whack.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

 @CHROMEFLAMIN RROD 50% fail rate... There has been nothing so far that makes it a disaster. 

 

These are the kind of glitches I like maybe I should have bought this thing at a launch :/

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

 @nintendoboy16 one would wonder how much do they test the console OS before launch , when they have to patch something like that 1 day after release

endingvision200
endingvision200

I think the developers' intentions was to let users access the menu for security reasons

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

 @LoganDaDestroya People will begin to play with things they can't understand and eventually end up destroying their consoles beyond repair. I don't think debug tampering is covered under warranty.

yostryk
yostryk

 @kiramasaki  @wexorian What @tom_cat_01  said. Also, LSD and "acid" (in the context you're using it in) are the same thing. But you are very right about Nintendo's fanbase, particularly in Japan. They will buy whatever Nintendo or Sony put out. I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing, that's just the way it is, it's what they've all grown up with, they're familiar with it.

BuBsay
BuBsay

 @kiramasaki  @wexorian The N64? It wasn't the best system of its time, but it still had the best game lineup of any console to this day.

 

And while the Gamecube had its ups and downs you can't completely discredit it, it had some fantastic things to it as well.

megatronx2
megatronx2

 @kiramasaki  @wexorian Disagree, I had N64 and it was great. I later had GC and it was great too. That's because it had fantastic games. And for me it is quality over quantity! 

wexorian
wexorian

 @DarthLod what's your problem if you ain't buyn wii u why Piss on it? Rage Brainwashed  by Games comment are useless. 

Mariner32
Mariner32

 @DarthLod Yeah, because cracking a console always leads to the downfall of the company...

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

 @DarthLod LOL, this guy is going to give himself an ulcer over a consumer product he doesn't have to buy. It is derangement usually reserved for politics. It would only be appropriate that he named his ulcer "Nintendo" and when it explodes, rename it "Wii-U"

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

 @ArabrockermanX  @CHROMEFLAMIN They will not modify any of the units that have already shipped. So if you buy one soon, and don't download any firmware updates, you'll probably be able to keep the potential exploitation.