November 20, 2012 by Nino Moscardi
Nintendo’s next generation WiiU hit shelves yesterday and is already experiencing problems. According to Gamespot, forum members of NeoGAF claimed to have been granted access to the system’s debug menu, allowing them access to lists of administrators, messages between developers, information about upcoming games, vital account information (i.e. passwords), and the ability to delete accounts.
Nintendo frantically sought to control the damage in an official statement to Games Industry International, saying that the screenshots uploaded by forum members showing the supposed debug menu were simply a “mock up menu,” that has since been removed and is no longer accessible. Nintendo has been asked about the validity of some of the so-called upcoming titles that were leaked, including Metal Gear Solid and Yoshi’s Land. Unfortunately, they have yet to comment.
The Wii U launched in North America on November 18, at $300 for an 8GB model and $350 for the 32GB version, which includes a copy of Nintendo Land. Though it’s certainly possible that immediate problems at launch can shake consumer confidence — especially among the traditionally critical hardcore gamers — it has yet to be seen how this will affect sales.
Regardless, it should cheer up those who may have missed out on Wii U day 1.