A few hours after the Nintendo Wii U became available, it was reported that one user was able to hack the console’s platform. Because of this, the company was questioned regarding the capabilities of its online security.
A Sneak Peek Inside the MiiVerse
It was reported that a NeoGAF forum member, Trike, was able to access the admin system of MiiVerse using his Wii U GamePad controller. This gave him an authorization to delete the accounts of other users.
Well, I was messing around in MiiVerse trying to find out how the hell to do the initial set-up of my friend’s list to no avail. In doing so I accidentally found the ‘debug’ menu on MiiVerse. At first I though ‘Hey, neat!’ thinking it was just a legit secret or something. I can even access something with the name ‘prototype’ that seems to be the actual prototype MiiVerse in Japanese.
In addition, he pointed out that Nintendo employees are setting up a test survey that hinted a new Yoshi game for the console. The company did not confirm whether Trike’s claims were genuine, although the hacker’s ability to give quick answers at the forum and his collection of photographs suggest he is telling the truth. As stated by 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. One mentioned that there would be big games coming out (announced?) on the 10th of December.
He also revealed that the Wii U’s debug menu showed a list of hidden sub-forums. This includes Yoshi’s Island Wii U and Soul Hackers, as well as Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evils.
Concerns About Nintendo’s User Protection Issues
Despite that, it appears that Nintendo was able restrict Trike’s access within a couple of hours. In a general statement about the Mii Universe, the Nintendo of America posted on their official Twitter account:
So many Miis have jumped on MiiVerse that some may be having problems connecting to the service. We are in the engine room getting it fixed!
However, Trike’s easy access into Nintendo’s online network raises concerns about their capability to protect their users’ personal information like credit card details.