Like every console before it, the Wii U will eventually be hacked and people will use that hack to play pirated games on the console. The challenge comes in the form of actually hacking the console to allow this functionality. One group claims to have done it, and will soon be selling their secret to the world.
Wiikey, a group that sells mod chips for the Nintendo Wii, have announced the WiikeÜ. Like the mod chips before it, this soft mod for the Wii U allows gamers to play Wii and Wii U games off of any USB media. The official line is that gamers can use this mod chip to play backups of Wii U games, but most would obviously use it to play pirated Wii U titles.
Some are calling shenanigans as the group has yet to provide any proof of the exploit. The group says it's real though, and will be selling the USB emulator in the near future to allow others to hack their Wii U consoles.
So, what does Nintendo have to say about all of this? The company takes a hardline against piracy so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Nintendo is watching this very closely. In a statement to Ars Technica, Nintendo said it's "aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security." That being said, the company has "no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode." Nintendo finished up its statement with a classic by saying that it "will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy."
If the Wii U is anything like the Wii, the system's security will be constantly compromised during its lifetime. Of course, this will only lead to Nintendo issuing more frequent mandatory system updates to patch security holes that only serve to annoy legitimate customers while doing nothing to stop those hellbent on playing games off disc.