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Nintendo has issued a statement regarding the story we ran yesterday about the Wii U being hacked so possibly pirated games could be played. According to Nintendo, they haven't seen any unauthorized applications running on a Wii U while in Wii U mode.
Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security. However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode. Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products' security and will use technology and will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy.
Not to be outdone, the makers of the Wiikey have posted a response to Nintendo's statement on their site. The response consists of four cryptic lines of what appears to be hexadecimal code:
57 55 50 2D 50 2D 41 52 50 50 2D 30 30 2D 31 30
31 45 55 52 2D 32 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
It's likely that Nintendo will be able to block the Wii U hack through a software update, though it's possible that they won't be able to. If they do, it's always possible the hackers could reverse-engineer the the firmware again and re-enable the hack.
The creators of the popular first-person shooter known as Call of Duty have released a new trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts, the name of which was leaked last week. The new trailer is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Note, it's a live-action trailer likely because they aren't ready to release what the graphics will look like.
Activision confirmed that the new Call of Duty game would eventually make its way to the next-generation platforms, as well as the current crop of consoles. We'll get our first look at the game during Microsoft's Xbox event on May 21. We still don't know quite what to expect from Microsoft, though we expect the Xbox 720 to be detailed.
Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward:
Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels. We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we're building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can't wait to share them with our community.
A new social gaming title based on the Game of Thrones TV series is set to release from social gaming giant Zynga. The new title has been developed in partnership with HBO and Disruptor Beam.
Game of Thrones Ascent, which was designed by Disruptor Beam, is set to be published on Facebook by Zynga, as well as the company's own Zynga.com website.
Disruptor Beam chief executive, Jon Radoff, had the following to say about the announcement:
One thing that I've learned in my years of starting and building companies is that gaming companies cannot always be solely responsible for 100 percent of their hits. Partnerships are integral to the success of any game company and any game."
Nintendo has suffered from piracy for a while now, with devices being built to allow pirated games to be played on the Nintendo DS and a device to allow games to be played on the Wii through the USB port. The creators of the Wiikey have announced they have successfully built a new device to allow games to be played on the Wii U through the USB port.
The new device is known as the WiikeÜ and appears to be a method to allow piracy. The creators claim the device works on devices from any region without the need to solder any chips inside the device. The Wii U, which is already have issues selling, partly due to a lack of games, might be further hampered by this new device.
Rockstar Games, as promised, has posted up three new trailers for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. Each of the three trailers detail one of the main characters for the upcoming game, allowing you to get some insight into what you can expect. First up is Michael:
This morning Nintendo announced several new title additions to its Virtual Console for the Wii U. Included in the announcement are titles like Megaman, Xevious, Balloon Fight, Super Ghouls 'n Ghost, Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter II and The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past.
The announcement came via the above video, which was posted on YouTube. While no release date has been announced for the new games, the ever growing list of Virtual Console games is seriously making me consider buying a Wii U.
Looking to score a 3DS or DSi on the cheap? Nintendo has your back. Nintendo is now selling refurbished versions of the 3DS and DSi systems with the standard one-year warranty that comes with new devices. These refurbished devices are cleaned, tested, and inspected to make sure they meet Nintendo's standards.
These deals are only available through Nintendo's official Store. The store warns that some of the consoles may come with "minor cosmetic blemishes." Pricing starts at $99.99 for a metallic rose DSi XL, but can go as high as $169.99 for a midnight purple 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D bundled in.
If you're in the market for a 3DS or DSi, head over to Nintendo's store.
According to a Joystiq report, Ubisoft's much-anticipated game Watch Dogs will be releasing in mid-November. The report says that North America will be getting the game on November 19 and the United Kingdom will be getting it on November 22.
Watch Dogs will be released on all current gaming systems, including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U, as well as PC, the PlayStation 4, and next-generation consoles, such as the Xbox 720.
The UK version will reportedly be available in four different editions: Dedsec, Vigilante, Uplay, and Special Edition. Dedsec will come with a 23cm figurine, while the Vigilante will come with Aiden Pearce's cap and mask. Uplay, available through Ubisoft's digital distributioin network will reportedly come with a steelbook and the Special Edition will reportedly come with an extra single player mission. North American bundles are not currently known.
As we near the Xbox 720 unveiling on May 21, Microsoft has come out to display some new reality-bending technology that aims to help with game immersion. The technology uses projectors to display aspects of the current game onto the walls surrounding your TV. The technology is known as IllumiRoom and will likely be present on the Xbox 720.
The technology, seen in the above video, is pretty awesome. I can see where people will end up building rooms specifically designed to make excellent use of IllumiRoom technology. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think of this technology. I, for one, am extremely excited to see this implemented in future games.
Blizzard, the company behind World of Warcraft and Starcraft, has announced that Diablo III is now available for pre-order for the PlayStation 3 console. I'm sure most of our readers will remember that Diablo III originally launched last May for the PC and suffered some major launch issues.
Blizzard has not specified a specific release date, instead saying that "further release details, including region-specific availability, will be announced at a later date." Gamers who put down the $59.99 required to pre-order the game will be rewarded with an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment:
We've poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers. In addition to including all the improvements from the PC version over the past year, we've made several updates to Diablo III for play on the PS3. We got a ton of positive feedback from players who tried the game at PAX East, and we can't wait to get it into everyone's hands later this year.
For more information, you can see Blizzard's full announcement here.