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#1 Audioboxer

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 15:30

WiikeÜ - Its True!

[2013.05.01]

Yes, its real - we have now completely reversed the WiiU drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates!


Source: http://wiikey.com/news/

This device will...

Allow 1:1 backups only (no hacked/cheated games)

This device will not...

Enable homebrew
Help hackers break the Wii U's game or system encryptions
Allow cheaters to hack online games

This device PROBABLY will not...

Allow for region free (unless Nintendo forgot to give seperate regions different encryption keys, again)




#2 threetonesun

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 15:35

Well, the Wii was hacked to pieces, my guess is that Nintendo didn't go back and rewrite the underlying OS from scratch, so, this isn't a huge surprise...

Good to know, though. Hacked Wiis are pretty great, one that can do HD is even better. :D

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 15:35

If anything, this is good news.

#4 n_K

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 15:37

Not really that bad, allows 1:1 backups, obviously this is the start and it'll progressively get worse but it'll probably help shift some extra units.
I hope they don't blame this or piracy for why it has low sales - people think it's ****, that's why they're not buying it.

#5 Tha Bloo Monkee

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 15:51

Nintendo's consoles were generally easy to hack. Yet, they manage to outsell the competition anyways (outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 this gen, for example).

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 20:53

Not really that bad, allows 1:1 backups, obviously this is the start and it'll progressively get worse but it'll probably help shift some extra units.
I hope they don't blame this or piracy for why it has low sales - people think it's ****, that's why they're not buying it.

It is bad (for Nintendo), chances are the console is not selling at a loss but I am sure its not as good as the Wii was at launch. Software and attachment rate is what helps profits and if people are just buying the hardware its not going to help Nintendo or its publishers. I own any games that I would "copy" so until more games are released, this is a non-issue for me.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:04

This should be great news. Now their sales of the console will improve. Actually if homebrew isn't supported yet I take that back. Once it is then it will start selling like hot cakes.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:18

If anything, this is good news.


yes, awesome, just what the Wii needs. a crack that allows you to play downloaded copies... oh sorry, I mean "backups"...

This should be great news. Now their sales of the console will improve. Actually if homebrew isn't supported yet I take that back. Once it is then it will start selling like hot cakes.


Sorry, but as old as that excuse is, it's still just that, and excuse. for every 1 person that plays homebrew, 100+ plays pirated copies. and all these people already have devices that allow them to play "home brew", it's called a computer.

#9 Gotenks98

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:19

Its the dreamcast all over again. My thoughts is this might have been intentional if the method to do this ends up being super easy like it was for the dreamcast. Either way this just made me decide to buy one now.

#10 HawkMan

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:21

Nintendo's consoles were generally easy to hack. Yet, they manage to outsell the competition anyways (outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 this gen, for example).


console sales mean nothing, software sales is what's important.. and Nintendo had the absolute worst attachment rate of them all.

Not really that bad, allows 1:1 backups, obviously this is the start and it'll progressively get worse but it'll probably help shift some extra units.
I hope they don't blame this or piracy for why it has low sales - people think it's ****, that's why they're not buying it.


No, people aren't buying it because there's no games on it. there's Mario and a few games you can play on other platforms that look the same or even better in some cases on the older hardware.

Are you still going to say Piracy has no effect if the sales skyrocket and software sales stay stale ?

#11 The Teej

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:22

Typically speaking this doesn't really cause a big issue for Nintendo, as most people are too apprehensive over modifying their console just to get some free games. I think we'll only get a burst of pirating when a soft mod option is available, as then it's a lot easier to do.

On a personal note... I don't really care for this sort of thing. I'd be much more interested in hearing homebrew is available, as the hardware in the Wii U is probably strong enough to handle Gamecube emulation, although even having an N64 emulator that can stream to the Gamepad... :D

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:26

Typically speaking this doesn't really cause a big issue for Nintendo, as most people are too apprehensive over modifying their console just to get some free games. I think we'll only get a burst of pirating when a soft mod option is available, as then it's a lot easier to do.

On a personal note... I don't really care for this sort of thing. I'd be much more interested in hearing homebrew is available, as the hardware in the Wii U is probably strong enough to handle Gamecube emulation, although even having an N64 emulator that can stream to the Gamepad... :D


The sad part is, a friend of mine went through the trouble of doing this and the console still only saw about a months worth of play time before it continued to collect dust. :/

Anyway, I'm not sure what the excitement is about if it doesn't allow for homebrew or anything else yet. How would a 1:1 backup of a game help anything? Especially when there aren't many games to begin with? (honest question here, I'm not trying to be an ass)

#13 n_K

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:28

No, people aren't buying it because there's no games on it. there's Mario and a few games you can play on other platforms that look the same or even better in some cases on the older hardware.

Are you still going to say Piracy has no effect if the sales skyrocket and software sales stay stale ?

Same thing, I wouldn't buy the wiiu.
Obviously piracy has some effect, but doesn't mean it's always negative. Anything with restrictive DRM I won't buy, and there's been a lot of games I've wanted, seen they've bundled crap with it and I will just outright refuse to ever buy, however intelligent anti-piracy measures like in arma or deus ex, etc. are good, you get to try the game and if you like it, save games will just move on over if you buy it.
GBA, DS, Wii all have piracy, yet they still sell a LOT of (the more popular) games. And you're assuming everyone that pirates something would have paid for it. There's some slightly dodgy films I've seen that I didn't pay for, if I couldn't have seen them without paying, would I have paid? No. Would I have seen them? No.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:32

Typically speaking this doesn't really cause a big issue for Nintendo, as most people are too apprehensive over modifying their console just to get some free games. I think we'll only get a burst of pirating when a soft mod option is available, as then it's a lot easier to do.

On a personal note... I don't really care for this sort of thing. I'd be much more interested in hearing homebrew is available, as the hardware in the Wii U is probably strong enough to handle Gamecube emulation, although even having an N64 emulator that can stream to the Gamepad... :D


I really doubt support for homebrew stuff would get you a decent gamecube emulator, especially if it's done entirely in software.

#15 Xilo

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 21:34

Nintendo's consoles were generally easy to hack. Yet, they manage to outsell the competition anyways (outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 this gen, for example).

They might have outsold in terms of consoles, but they didn't outsell in terms of software. Wii has the lowest retention rate.



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