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20 November 2012, 09:41

Nintendo's Wii U Miiverse accidentally hacked

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Zoom A look at the Wii U Miiverse, where players can chat with each other
Source: Nintendo
Shortly after the Nintendo Wii U was released in North America, Trike, a user on the NeoGAF forums, gained access to the debug menu for Miiverse, the social network for Wii U players. As all it took to access the menu was to press some buttons, Trike didn't really believe it at first.

Trike says he got access to the debug menu by pressing the X button while hovering the cursor over the exit button. The debug menu allowed him a look into admin lists, where he could have even changed administrators' passwords. To the delight of many users, he was also able to get an idea of games that will probably be released in the future because he was able to see forums that had already been set up for yet to be announced games.

Zoom Trike found this list in the debug menu. It could be upcoming games for the Wii U
Source: NeoGAF user Trike
The vulnerability appears to have been fixed quickly, but one of the NeoGAF forum's users said the accidental hack "might have been the greatest 100 min[utes] of my life". A Tweet sent by the company at around the same time could have been alluding to the bug that Trike had found. Nintendo later confirmed that the incident was not a hoax to UK gaming site CVG, but claimed the menu accessed was a "mock up" which has now been removed.

The European release date for the Wii U is 30 November.


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