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Hackers get Wii Homebrew Channel working on Wii U

In Wii mode only - for now.

The hackers behind the Wii Homebrew Channel have got it working on Wii U.

A post by dhewg, who contributed to the creation of the Wii Homebrew Channel, reveals a new version of the HBC that installs on both Nintendo consoles.

For now, it only works on the Wii mode within the Wii U, not in full Wii U mode. In essence, the HBC runs on Wii U just as it does on Wii.

dhewg suggested the Wii hacker community may be able to find their way into the full Wii U mode, and thus get HBC running there, but it seems they are nowhere near that - yet.

“We can all try to hack the Wii U together from inside Wii mode,” he said.

Nintendo won't be happy with this latest development. It maintains that the installation of the Homebrew Channel voids warranty as it is considered unauthorised software.

Last month a post from Wii and PS3 hacker Marcan, who contributed to the discovery of exploits for the original Wii as part of Team Twiizers, revealed firm figures on Wii U processor performance - suggesting the Wii U had been hacked.

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