Uh oh! Some crafty hackers have claimed that it has modified Nintendo's Wii U console to play pirated games. Well, at least they aren't trying to pretend that it's for homebrew this time!
The group behind the crack, Wiikey, was responsible for facilitating pirated games for the Wii some years ago. In a statement on its website, the group claimed, "Yes, its real. We have now completely reversed the WiiU drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates."
Apparently, the crack allows users to play any Wii U game from a USB drive, and exploits the console's optical drive software to accomplish this. But, it does not allow for homebrew, region-free play or cheating. The only purpose for this crack is for piracy.
While the Wiikey gang are talking a big game, there has so far been no evidence presented that backs up these claims. Nintendo has jumped on this in a statement to Eurogamer
that reads, "Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security. However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode.
"Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products' security and will use technology and will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy."