Wii U has been fully hacked, claims modding team WiiKey. Nintendo responds. Then Wiikey responds back.

Famous Wii modding team ‘WiiKey’ announced recently that they have hacked the Wii U and have reversed the disk authentication and encryption. Which according to them allows you to play Wii and Wii U games from a USB storage.

Now before you get all excited, there has been no videos, pictures, or any real evidence. However, these claims shouldn’t be brushed off being as the WiiKey team are notorious for their work on the Wii, being the first to create a mod chip for the console a few years ago.  It allowed you to play backups, just like the Wii U mod chip can do…. Supposedly.

They announced it on their website, WiiKey.com in the news section. Their first, petite post saying what they have done is pretty simple:

WiikeÜ - Its True!

[2013.05.01] Yes, its real – we have now completely reversed the Wii U drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates!

This little update means a lot though, like I said there isn’t any proof, but it still doesn’t mean you can write it off. If Total_Noob said ‘I have a kernel exploit’ would you believe him?
Since the post, the WiiKey team have posted something else, referring to a quote from Nintendo replying on the matter that ‘a hacking team has compromised security’. Here it is:

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“Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security,” a spokesperson told Eurogamer. “However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode.” 57 55 50 2D 50 2D 41 52 50 50 2D 30 30 2D 31 30 31 45 55 52 2D 32 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

This is clearly a reply to ‘we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system’ they haven’t said what it means, but with a bit of poking around by translating it into ASCII, I was greeted with ‘WUP-P-ARPP-00-101EUR-2′ Upon shoving that into google, it’s first, most accurate link description was here, a post on ps3hax forums, which shows that it’s probably the game New Super Mario Bro’s Wii U.
Nintendo: Nothing wrong had been done to our console, people can’t play pirated games
WiiKey: New Super Mario Bro’s Wii U.

The WiiKey products page has a description of the upcoming WiiKeÜ’s features:

  • Play your WiiU and Wii games from any USB media!
  • Compatible with all WiiU models and regions
  • User friendly intuitive interface
  • No soldering required
  • Multi-language support
  • Supports most popular file systems, including EXT4/3/2, Max OS X, and NTFS
  • Powerful embedded Linux system
  • High-speed USB2 interface
  • Firmware and FPGA fully in-system updatable from USB media
  • Recovery mode – it is always possible to recover from a bad flash
  • Stylish USB remote with powered USB hub and charger function
  • Bulletproof high quality hardware (not manufactured in China!)

With its ‘bullet-proof high quality design’ it’s a good thing it’s bullet proof, you don’t want your WiiKeÜ to get shot now, do we?
Like I said in the title, Nintendo have responded, and in response to the hacking claims, they said this:

“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.

Behind a hack always comes great controversy, some people like it, some people despise it. People want hacks to bring more to their console, just like my how iDevice is jailbroken, I did it because of the ‘tweaks’ and features doing such a thing can bring. A full hack, will always bring more console sales, but game sales may dip, unfortunately. Like any bit of tech, and although I don’t own one I still want it to succeed. The Wii U  is a great console, and it isn’t getting the recognition it deserves, it’s sales aren’t the best, and it is being put in the same category as the Vita in terms of unit sales. Which is bad for both consoles. 

Green: I want to buy one. Yellow: No, but I’m interested.                    Red: I don’t want to buy one.

Acid_Snake made an article on the Wii U and its security back in November last year, read it here.
Remember, there is no proof that this is real.
 

Note: Like this website, I do not condone, or promote piracy. It’s up to you what you do, I do not suggest it. Just read this

Thanks to wololo for helping me out on the hex! :)

  1. #18’s avatar

    Well, this is new.

    F.I.R.S.T.!.:D

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    1. StanSmith’s avatar

      No, its not new. There are many wankers here your just the first one in this thread.

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    2. aerinas’s avatar

      You could’ve converted “FIRST” to hex and post that, but no, you ruined it :<

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      1. Minimur12’s avatar

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        2. aerinas’s avatar

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          1. Minimur12’s avatar

            try figure this one out ;)

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          2. aerinas’s avatar

            I can’t reply to you anymore, cause it’s getting too long xD

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    3. troll’s avatar

      base 64 message to the first: ZnVjayB5b3UgLnwu

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    4. -X-77’s avatar

      This is not new! this is exactly what happens with their home consoles. they get hacked. but for wiiu All i can do is LMFAO!! i hope this is real. nintendo needs to wake up and make better home consoles. i honestly believe this could of been avoided with simple bluray support/bluray games but oh well. they chose to go cheap again, but this time ask for more money. smh. Nintendo needs new leadership! #FireIWATA #FireREGGIE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4nYjBvzM_I

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  2. Chasez671’s avatar

    Now only if we can have a full Vita hack.

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    1. LoveSony’s avatar

      it seems Sony always did it better at security than Nintento, even it’s just a bit better :D

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  3. MarSprite’s avatar

    Now I want a Wii U even more… I guess I’ll wait till I can actually get my hands on the hack before I go buy one.

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  4. Inicuo’s avatar

    It is funny that both PSVITA and WII U are being compared on sales, as people think WII U is a portable console, lol

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    1. Kyu’s avatar

      Well,you DO pay extra for a tablet :>

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  5. mlc’s avatar

    While this is interesting, I’d probably wait a while to see if it’s real and where the scene goes. There weren’t any WiiU games I wanted thus far, so even though I like to get in early in case of hardware changes preventing future hacks, this isn’t going to get me to rush out to buy a hackable WiiU.

    Also, paying to hack a console is generally lame. I’d much prefer a hack that doesn’t require a hardware element and isn’t monetized, though this obviously isn’t going to always be possible.

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    1. StanSmith’s avatar

      The Wii is a hardware chip, the PSP had a hardware chip, the PSP had a hardware chip, the 360 is a hardware mod (You need hardware to mod it), the PS2 was a hardware chip, the PS1 was a hardware chip, the PS3 started as a hardware chip, the xbox was a hardware chip, just about every hack starts as a hardware chip then if your lucky someone else finds a software mod. The PSP started as software as Sony had no protection at all on that console so it didn’t need anything to hack it.

      I very highly doubt the WiiU will ever be software only.

      And for all the others, the WiiU isn’t really that good. It locks up more than the PS3, its got a LOT less games than everything else, the controller is really uncomfortable, its slow, it doesn’t look that good. I think the Vita has better graphics, and its overpriced. If you have a Wii then wait for a huge price drop before wasting your money. The least wait till this WiiKeyU is released as that will make it look a lot better.

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      1. nyrol’s avatar

        What are you talking about? The Wii U’s graphics capability are second to none in the currently released market. Also, everything had a hardware chip, but most things were softmoddable. PSP, Xbox, 360, Dreamcast, PS3 and Wii all require zero hardware additions (other than the standard things that everyone has, like memory cards and access to a computer). So far, Nintendo’s track record seems to be the best when it comes to fighting against hackers, they just happened to really screw up with the Wii.

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      2. mlc’s avatar

        I guess you got me there. I was thinking of the easy Wii software hacks, and I didn’t remember that there was a hardware hack prior to those. Other than that, you’re mostly right, since the major software hacks I can think of were things like the PSP and Dreamcast that either initially had no protection against code execution or never had any copy protection at all.

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  6. Reshiràm’s avatar

    I knew I was right about it getting it hacked, everything needs something and I bet they will go broke and stop making more of them. The PS vita ppl should just try and get it. I don’t see nothing bad on it. And maybe the prices of both soon be dropped.

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  7. migueltio’s avatar

    who would want to work on a Vita hack? there aren’t enough games

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    1. Zimond’s avatar

      There are people who couldn’t care less about piracy. I want a hack for homebrew!

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  8. BeastyX’s avatar

    Quit Comparing Condoles To A Handhelp I Love The Vita And The Wii U Will Never Live Up To The The Feats A Vita Will Acomplish In The Near Future Even Without Hacks Maybe In A Year When The Vita Picks Up A Head Of Steam And The Wii U Drops Dead In An Alley Lost And Forgotten Then You Will Realize They Should’ve Never Been Compared Even If It Is Sales The Two Are Completely Different Plus They Branch into a dangerous market that mobile devices have on lock down the Wii u is disappointing but I find myself when I’m using my Iphone Trying To Use The Rear Touch Input lol It’s Definiate A great Touch The Wii U Dosent Have

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    1. GonjaT’s avatar

      I agree beastyx they should not even compared! That’s like comparing a 3ds to a top notch Pc. The vita will own all hand helds unless Microsoft pulls something outta their ass. WiiU should be sitting with the ps3/xbox or even the soon released ps4. Ps vita is a hand held, WiiU is a home based console, no comparison end of story!

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  9. jlo138’s avatar

    So is this a USB device or a solderless chip? Maybe I missed something here…

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  10. Ivo’s avatar

    Wiiï chipped

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  11. HaunterZeroX’s avatar

    Now I’m definitely getting a WiiU now!!!

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    1. Minimur12’s avatar

      my point exactly :(

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      1. Thrawn’s avatar

        MII TOO XD

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        1. Minimur12’s avatar

          +1

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          1. Thrawn’s avatar

            thx

  12. svenn’s avatar

    The Wii U is a great console
    Comparing Wii U and Vita is wrong. I doubt your opinion is shared among many …

    Anyway interesting, but they make it seem “easy”, and its never that easy.

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  13. Raziel’s avatar

    even with my Wii hacked out of the water i really dont play it much. i plan on buying a Wii U soon but this makes me want the Wii U even more. I mean the US never gets good games and with it hacked at lease i am able to play games from japan without buying a second system.

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  14. sdmon’s avatar

    though it cool that it may be true if it is they screwed us the system has had trouble selling and now less developers will make games cause they wont make money due to game piracy they should have waited a year or two so that they can at least have some game base the system will now croke and will have like 20 games for a hack that could have done more

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    1. GonjaT’s avatar

      Well said sdman

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    2. reaper527’s avatar

      sdmon, you are joking, right? did the x360 stop getting new games after it got hacked? how about the psp? the whole “if it gets hacked, it won’t get good games” argument is ridiculous.

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    3. Zimond’s avatar

      I don’t give a f§$% about 3rd party game for the WiiU. I bought it for Nintendo Games and not for CallofPuky ect.

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  15. BahamutBBob’s avatar

    I was already somewhat interested in the WiiU, this makes me more likely to buy one.

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  16. reaper527’s avatar

    now if only the 3ds could get a (publicly released) hack capable of breaking the region lock

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  17. Zimond’s avatar

    a WiiU Homebrew Channel would be awesome!

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  18. Roland’s avatar

    Aww man, this article popped up here too…
    At least I know that for the most part, people in this scene can understand why it is way too early for the Wii U to be hacked to this extent.
    On other sites people are actually happy about this. So far I might be the only one deeply depressed by this news…

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    1. Roland’s avatar

      I just noticed this article doesn’t go into the Wii U dumps popping up.
      So unfortunately, proof has sprouted up to it being real…

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  19. yslemaire’s avatar

    If the hack is real, must you have New Super Mario Bros for it or do you only need the chip?

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  20. Tnutbutter’s avatar

    It doesn’t even have that many games on it yet. They should hack something like the Xbox 360…or atleast make it easier to hack a ps2.

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  21. Christopher Nelson’s avatar

    I have a feeling, that we hackers have started a war that we can win, if we get more players to hack!

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