Video: Wii U Teaser: The Homebrew Channel on Wii U by Fail0verflow


72w ago - Following up on the previous Nintendo Wii U hacking news, today console hacker and mod-chip developer Marcan42 of fail0verflow has shared a Wii U teaser video via 0xf0f on YouTube demonstrating The Homebrew Channel below.

To quote: "We finally have a YouTube channel and we thought we’d kick things off with a little teaser:

Keep in mind that this is purely a demonstration at this stage. Depending on how things progress and what direction development takes, we may or may not release something like this in this form. Please don't ask for release dates. We'd rather spend time investigating the new system than putting together a release that may or may not end up being the Right Way to do things in the future.

Please ignore the blue blinks. The monitor kind of sucks at syncing to component video sometimes. I would’ve used HDMI, but the Wii U cannot output analog audio simultaneously with HDMI (at least not for the Wii U menu part), and I cannot capture HDMI audio."





On the Wii U specs, Marcan Tweeted the following: We're calling the Wii U security processor the Starbuck (vs. Starlet on Wii). And it seems to be about equally vulnerable, too.

Sorry, I'd rather not talk about how I got that yet. It doesn’t involve leaks, it involves Wii U hacks

He also stated the Wii U offers a 1.24 GHz CPU with 3 PowerPC 750 type cores with the GPU clocked at GPU core at 549MHz. The Wii U does have a higher IPC meaning the processor can do more work per clock cycle so it can't be directly compared to PS3 and XBox 360.

From the video's caption: "A quick demonstration of The Homebrew Channel installing and working on a Wii U.

There is no set release date, please don't ask. This is just a demonstration. Please ignore the blue blinks. The monitor kind of sucks at syncing to component video sometimes, and I cannot capture audio from HDMI."

Hopefully this delay won't turn into another money-making venture led by Max Louarn and Paul Owen profiting off the scene as was done with the PlayStation 3 and PS3 DRM-infected dongles.

Also below is a video (via gbatemp.net/threads/devolution.338544/) of a GameCube game running on Wii U via Devolution by Tueidj. To quote: DevolUtion? Yo dawg, we put backwards compatibility in your backwards compatibility so you could run gamecube games over HDMI.

Unfortunately he shows no proof of it actually being used on the Wii U. Also in the video below he couldn't get past the "Press Start" screen.





How to use Devolution with backup discs

Devolution is a Gamecube loader for the Wii that allows both SD and USB loading with excellent compatibility along with audio streaming support. Many people are interested in using Devolution to play their favorite Gamecube games on their Wiis but have been frustrated by the program's inclusion of severe anti-piracy measures. While some claim to have cracked Devolution's code, a version without AP has not been publicly released. As compatibility improves, Nintendont promises to be a worthy AP-free alternative in the future. For now this leaves hardware, in the form of a modchip, as the best way forward with Devolution.

The following has been thoroughly tested and is known to be working. Other modchips may also work (many are known to be incompatible with the program's AP even when using retail discs). Please update this thread if you find another working modchip or firmware.

What's required:

  • Wii with an early drive (DMS, D2A, D2B) that can read burned DVDs
  • Wiikey v1 modchip or DIY equivalent
  • Wiikey 1.9b firmware and matching config disc (NOT 1.99BETA)
  • Devolution r128 (or earlier)
  • Devolution r197
  • Burned backup of Gamecube game

The files needed are available on the internet with a little bit of searching.

This will NOT work with:

  • Wii U
  • Wiis with D2C or newer drives
  • Devolution r200, because it uses a different verification scheme

How to verify backups:

To be able to verify burned discs with Devolution, the Wiikey must first be flashed with the older 1.9b firmware and have the region override feature turned OFF using the Wiikey config disc. Once this has been done, simply insert the backup when required for verification and Devolution r128 (or earlier) will verify the backup just like a retail disc. Repeat the process with backups of the rest of your favorite Gamecube games. This method works with either the standalone version of Devolution or by using the loader.bin with a USB loader. After all backup discs have been successfully verified, replace version r128 with r197 for the best game compatibility.

Have fun playing Gamecube games with Devolution!

In related Wii U news today Crediar shared a video demonstrating running Homebrew Launcher on the Wii U in Wii Mode below with a screen capture of the Wii Mode OTP keys for those interested.





Finally, from fail0verflow (via fail0verflow.com/blog/2012/8days.html) comes the following:

8 Days: 3d331b3165f9638c6cd6221702b2f736f7fcf931

From marcan42: Pro tip: 40 character hex strings are usually SHA1 hashes, not encryption keys.

Update: Another brief update from fail0verflow (via twitter.com/fail0verflow/status/281164792000045057) of a picture showing output to the Wii U's control pad with their logo and a picture of Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime with the caption:

"The Wii U is a system we can all enjoy together" - Reggie Fils-Aime (twitter.yfrog.com/gymu6fjp)








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#4 - Tidusnake666 - 74w ago
I would love to see how Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise speak about zelda and mario lol

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#3 - tilla - 74w ago
Doesn't seem like a huge exploit, since it is only Miiverse which is just their glorified social network Probably won't really lead to anything.

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#2 - B4rtj4h - 74w ago
Someone at Ninty is gonna lose his job

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#1 - PS3 News - 74w ago
Following up on the Wii U Specifications with the US launch being today, NeoGAF user Trike has already uncovered what appears to be a Wii U Miiverse Debug Menu with details below.

Also of note, a Nintendo Wii U Teardown Guide is now available followed by a second Nintendo Wii U Teardown Tutorial and Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers TV has Tweeted that: The Wii U Firmware update is apparently about 5 gigs. No wonder it takes about an hour+ to download.

Additionally, the Wii U is able to run Nintendo Wii homebrew at launch (WiiXplorer ELF) and run Wii U games Off an SD Card, as demonstrated in the videos below!








From Rodger Combs: Let me stress this: the Hackmii installer (1.0) does NOT WORK. There may eventually be a version released that does work (I've been testing different beta exploits, to no success so far), but for now, nothing that requires Hackmii, uses current kernel exploits, or uses AHBPROT will work. That includes Devolution, USB loaders, cIOS installers, and Wii linux.

Nintendo can NOT patch Stack Smash using their current architecture. While it's definitely technically possible, it'd require a lot of work on their part, and could result in SSBB being unstable for all users. Plus, they most likely already knew Stack Smash worked before this video, so this isn't going to cause it to be fixed.

Potentially upcoming Nintendo Wii U upcoming games include the following:

  • Donkey Kong
  • Dragon Quest 10
  • Final Fantasy 3
  • Flipnote Studio
  • Metal gear solid
  • Metroid
  • Resident evils
  • Soul Hackers
  • Super Mario WiiU
  • Wii Fit
  • Yoshi’s Land Wii U
  • Zombie

To quote: Well, I was messing around in Miiverse trying to find out how the hell to do the initial set-up of my friends list to no avail. In doing so I accidentally found the "debug" menu on Miiverse.

At first I thought, "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.

Apparently John Lennon is still alive and is posting on the Japanese Miiverse. Most buttons that I tried don't work (Acid_Test?) so I thought, hay, maybe GAF could have fun with this or translate it. That is when I found the admin list.

At first it asked me to sign in, because my login information didn't match. Then I pressed a button and it sent me to a list of admins anyway. They had buttons in the same row as the names, and I could "regenerate password" or "Delete Admin" or something along those lines. I didn't do it it because I didn't want to risk getting my god damn Wii U banned on day 1.

What should I do with this information? Is there anyway I can contact Nintendo about this directly without going through their customer service email crap? Should I let everyone know how to do it? Am I an idiot and this is already well known somehow? I can post pics, but they are going to have to be shitty cellphone pictures. Unless The Wii U has a built in snapshot thing.

I may be able to avenge Jim Sterlings Batman review post by deleting admins, what should I do?





Secrets revealed. Summary of events from my end.

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 though. One mentioned that there would be big games coming out (announced?) on the 10th of December. A different said "POKEMON" and "SUICIDE". Sorry, bro.

I went to another link that lead me to some test messages. I thought they were real when I found them, because they were posted 20 minutes ago from the time I accessed them. I could flag them for prohibited content, spoilers, and something else that I forget.

Then I went to a different link on the debug menu and it showed three different Miiverse subforums I could access that would be coming out on December 20th. I clicked on the "games for teens, kids and blahblah" (forgot the other two, I think family games was one of them?) and it lead to some sort of dispute between Timelord celebrities Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

There were even more subforums for games specifically, including Yoshi's Island Wii U and Soul Hackers, and less specific ones like "Metal Gear Solid" and "Resident Evils". By the time I stopped posting on gaf to check for more it was fixed, and someone pointed out that Nintendo put up a tweet (twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/270333253729271808) about a miiverse fix.

I don't know if I really could flag posts to be deleted or whatever, but I know I could not make myself an admin or delete admins. At least when I pressed the buttons nothing happened.





Kotaku has cracked open Nintendo's Wii U revealing the System Memory and Speed as follows to quote:

The crew at PC Perspective raced home and opened a launch-day Wii U up on a livestream. While they didn't solve all the system's mysteries, like what its GPU is like, they did claim to ascertain how much system memory the Wii U is packing, and how fast that memory is.

According to PC Perspective's teardown, the Wii U has 2GB of DDR3 memory (provided by Samsung). User AlStrong on the Beyond 3D forums says this means the memory runs at a maximum speed of 17GB/s.

For reference, NeoGAF user Durante writes for comparison's sake:

  • 360: 22.4 GB/s + eDRAM for framebuffer
  • PS3: 25.6 GB/s main memory BW + 22.4 GB/s graphics memory BW, no eDRAM
  • GTX 680: 192.2 GB/s

The Wii U's North American launch today (November 18, 2012) offers consumers an 8GB model for $300 and for $350 the 32GB version which includes a copy of Nintendo Land.

Finally, crediar has leaked the WiiMode Keys and shared some Wii U Files for those interested!

Update: Nintendo officially stated the following to CVG regarding the Debug Menu: “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.”

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