According to a newly released statement from the modders behind the Wiikey, the Wii U has been hacked. As of now, since there's no product yet on the market, the group's claims have yet to be confirmed, but if there's a group that could hack the Wii U it would be the Wiikey team. As such, the potential for piracy on the Wii U could skyrocket. I'd say homebrew could as well, but it's not clear if the Wii U Key will allow that.
Here's the statement released by the Wiikey group announcing that they'd hacked the Wii U:
"Yes, its real – we have now completely reversed the WiiU drive authentication, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates!"
Later, the team released product page for the upcoming release of what they're calling the WiikeÜ (\ˈwēkē\). As you'll notice, there's no mention of making homebrew accessible and there's no mention of region unlocking, which are two of the largest and more "legitimate" regions for hacking a console. No, it appears the only intent for this item is piracy.
- Play your Wii U and Wii games from any USB media!
- Compatible with all Wii U 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!)
Again, none of the information above has been confirmed, as the Wiikey group does not actually sell any of their products themselves. Instead, we'll have to wait for the WiikeÜ to be listed on one of the few remaining mod outlet websites remaining and then go from there.
While piracy is another matter entirely, a homebrew community for the Wii U could be an overall positive for Nintendo. The hardware developer is looking to grow their install-base. A larger install-base means more developers would look to the console to port or develop games for. If there's rampant piracy, however, third parties would be just as likely to avoid the platform. Double-edged sword.
This comes on top of news from the more typical homebrew community that the Wii U is hacked, though that process is still incomplete. We'll keep you updated on any further news that comes through.
Update: It's been pointed out to me that currently there should be little piracy concerns as no Wii U game ISO dumps exist.
Thanks to Duncan_Idaho for the tip.