Wii U accidentally hacked via the complex procedure of pressing X. Unannounced games possibly discovered. Possibly

UPDATE: Nintendo has shot down hacking theories in a response to GamesIndustry International. "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," Nintendo said. "Please note that this was only a mock up menu and has now been removed and is not accessible." The original article follows below.

Chalk up one amusing day one failure for Nintendo's big step into online services. A new Wii U owner has apparently managed to crack into the online Miiverse community's debug menu using naught but a standard controller and a slip of the thumb.

Miiverse, Nintendo's online community/forum/noticeboard, is a major calling card for the Wii U's move into proper online connectivity. But it seems that all the excitement might have led Nintendo forget about removing a back door before the console's retail launch. A really, really simple back door. According to NeoGAF user Trike,

"I found out I could access the debug menu on Miiverse by hitting the "X" button on the gamepad while hovering over the exit button. I found an admin access list or something to that effect. I couldn't really do anything from there though. I could view different messages from a developer though. One mentioned that there would be big games coming out (announced?) on the 10th of December." 

The 'hack' has apparently now been fixed, meaning that the debug and admin functions of the Miiverse are now the sole domain of Nintendo. But aside from the above refrerence to big releases on December the 10th (nothing is currently officially listed for that date - the nearest high profile possibilities are the Japanese releases of Assassin's Creed III and Batman: Arkham City), Trike apparently also spotted what appeared to be article content tags for multiple big franchises such as Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid.

He also found what seemed to be official game database entries for a 'Yoshi's Land Wii U' and something called 'Soul Hackers'. Though given that the debug menu's user list also contains Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and John Lennon, we wouldn't go too far with assuming that any of the debug content is genuine yet. There's every chance that everything Trike saw was just placeholder content.

But hey, this is the internet, so let's speculate, right? The campaign for the return of Acid Ghost starts here.


  • bass88 - November 19, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    "she or he"? What strange creature is your sister's friend that you can't tell what gender it is?
  • bass88 - November 19, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    $64,000 you say? Whoa, this Nigerian prince that keeps contacting me for extradition funds could do with that. I'll pass it on. Thanks.
  • oryanbelt - November 19, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Press 'X' to hack?
  • bass88 - November 19, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    "Hack? Hack? Where are you, Hack?"
  • RebornKusabi - November 19, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    Two things First, I find it funny that people have named their Mii's after celebrities. Kind of sad, but funny nonetheless. Secondly, I read on another website that this was true and reproducible, but has since been plugged. Oh and if that list is accurate, that means there is either Metal Gears and Resident Evils in the pipeline or they plan to re-release older ones. The former, I am ambivalent to after the shitty quality (in my opinion) of Resident Evil 6 while the latter excites me since Nintendo got some pretty good Resident Evil games and the MGS 1 remake.
  • Canova - November 19, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    "something called 'Soul Hackers'." Oh gee I wonder what that could be. If only there was some way I could search for information on some kind of global computer network. Oh wait there is. Journalism at it's finest ladies and gentlemen.
  • nemesisuprising - November 19, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    xD I know right? As soon as I read that my reaction was pretty much "-____- you mean that game that already exists...on another NIIINNNTTTEEENNDDDOOOO console?"
  • KA87 - November 19, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    Of course they they spoke to John Lennon. How else would they have been able to create a zombie apocalypse London if they had not? Oh and of course they need to talk to Tom Cruise, He is a scientolgist after all and that Soul Hacker game might be base off of their belief system. If you don't believe me than just go watch that youtube vid of south parks take on their belief system. Also, they might have been talking to Pitt about adoption because he and Angie are so good at it. After all, Nintendo is looking into adopting titles like Resident Evil and Metal Gear.
  • winner2 - November 19, 2012 6:58 a.m.

  • shawksta - November 19, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    Well there ARE Rumors that Creative Bastards Goodfeel, made eye popping visual games Kirby's Epic Yarn and Wario Land Shake it, are gonna use their creative skills to revive Yoshi next, so all my money is on that. Soul Hackers sounds interesting and the fact that Metal Gear Solid is there might mean MGS5 will be Multiplat. SPECULATION!
  • larkan - November 19, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Another Yoshi's Story...great. That was and still is the biggest waste of money I have ever spent on a game, and I've bought a lot of them.
  • shawksta - November 19, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Firstly it said "Yoshi Land" nothing to prove or disprove its even related to Yoshi Story or if its real. And there's still Yoshi's island and that rather obscure but somewhat enjoyable Topsy Turvy game on the gba Second, Wayforward would do something out of the ordinary and not simply make another game, like totally different in aspects.
  • Balaska - November 19, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    Try Yoshi's Island, far FAR superior to Yoshi's story.
  • brickman409 - November 19, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Y U NO like yoshi's story? ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

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