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The Biggest Nintendo Hack In History Leaks Multiple Console Source Codes

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The Biggest Nintendo Hack In History Leaks Multiple Console Source Codes

Recent reports suggest that the source code for some of Nintendo's older consoles - namely the Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii - leaked online over the weekend.

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According to ResetEra user Atheerios (via Screenrant), there have been a number of Nintendo-related leaks over on 4chan in the last few weeks - again to do with Nintendo's older consoles. This seems to have culminated in the release of the full source code over the last few days.

The video below is a "sample" of one of the leaked Nintendo 64 demos which were used to test the console. You can find the direct link here.


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Atheerios claims that the files appear to come from "a server hack related to the BroadOn company, who Nintendo hired for developing most of the Wii hardware and software."

"As you may be aware," says Atheerios in his post on ResetEra, "in the last few weeks in 4chan multiple Nintendo-related old things have been leaking. Starting with old Pokémon debug ROMs and source code, then most recent 3DS debug ROMs, then keys for all consoles up until the DSi and now the biggest of them all: the full source code, design files, documentation and pretty much everything used to create the Revolution, aka Wii."

"The biggest and craziest thing in this leak is the datasheets, block diagram and Verilog files for every component. Verilog is a hardware description language; is used to describe circuits via code, so with this we can learn how every single piece of the Wii was made."

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Nintendo GameCube / Credit: Nintendo
Nintendo GameCube / Credit: Nintendo

Nintendo hasn't had a huge amount of luck with security in the last few weeks. Towards the end of last month, the company was dealing with reports of unauthorised account logins on a number of Nintendo accounts. It has since advised users to enable two-step verification - always a good idea on any account that offers it - to prevent further issues while investigating the reports.

Meanwhile, in other recent Nintendo news, one player got so fed up with inflated prices of the Nintendo Switch following the recent shortage, he decided to build his own.

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"After playing New Horizons and hyping it up to my friends, they decided they wanted a Switch," says Sarbaaz37 but after searching around for one, he came up short and wasn't willing to pay the extortionate prices that some people were asking for the handheld console. "Unfortunately everyone knows the rest. Upwards of $450 to $600 in the Seattle area for a used Switch. Some with and without all the accessories. This enraged me to the point of telling them I could build one cheaper out of spare parts."

And with the recent leaks of the source code on the older consoles, it looks like this guy might be able to whip himself up an N64, GameCube, or Wii... if he can manage to get hold of the parts, that is.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: Nintendo 64, Nintendo

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