While a sales boom ahead of the busy Christmas period can be expected for Nintendo and their recently-released Wii U games console (which will follow from Friday’s North American launch by arriving in Europe, Australia, and Japan over the next 3 weeks), users of the product in its inaugural few days claim to have come across a security leak from the Japanese company, sparking rumours of leaked future development plans for the Wii U system and its games.
A number of users claim to have accidentally ‘hacked’ the console when they found a debug menu through the product’s headlining second-screen ‘GamePad’ feature, hitting a button while the cursor was on an ‘on-screen exit button’.
This process led them to a ‘developer-only area’ on the system, and brought to their attention a number of supposed future planned messages and subforum directories for the Wii U’s social network Miiverse, which are now being claimed as spoilers for upcoming content.
The updates to the social network, allegedly set to occur on 10 December, are said to reveal that upcoming games for the console will include original titles Soul Hackers and Yoshi’s Land Wii U, along with what appears to be the popular franchises of Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil, implying that the respective game series, which have made their names on other consoles, will soon be available on Nintendo’s latest product.
Claiming that the bug is now repaired, a Nintendo spokesperson said of the ‘developer shortcut': “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. Please note that this was only a mock up menu and has now been removed and is not accessible.”
While online features have been available since a day 1 patch, the options have not yet become widely available, with a restriction on user’s ‘Nintendo Network ID’ across systems currently being withheld in some capacity, with a likely date for ‘full connectivity’ to the Wii U’s online features probably set to occur after the console is released in all 4 of its planned initial release markets.
Meanwhile, Nintendo recently revealed their plans for external hard drives on the Wii U (with a chance in the future to buy products that have additional space to the internal 3GB or 25GB (‘Deluxe’ model) hard drive. With the company possibly still reeling from their potential loss of surprise by their own users, though, when will Nintendo’s next big announcement be that isn’t already pre-empted?