A massive data leak is hitting Nintendo as source code,
demos, videos and other content for Wii, N64 and GameCube become available
online, following the publishing of a steady stream of information on 4Chan in
the past few weeks.
The first information about a possible Nintendo data leak
appeared on Dexerto, with reports of canceled games named “Pokemon Pink.” The
source code was published on 4Chan, and it seemed to be the entire extent of
Now, more information has been published on the forums,
including source code for Nintendo Wii’s operating system boot0/1/2, along with
the similar resources for N64 and GameCube. The leaked data arrive over the
course of a few weeks, and a Resetera user indexed it all.
“The biggest and craziest thing in this leak is the
datasheets, block diagram and Verilog files for every component,”said
Atheerios, a ResetEra user. “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.”
The data also contained several internal demos, an
official GameBoy emulator and SDKs. There’s no indication that this is the
extent of the data breach, and more may be on the way.
Nintendo has been silent so far, but the data breach may
have originated with a partner company called BroadOn that worked on Nintendo
Wii. While the leaked data pertains to old software and hardware, as none of
the affected systems are still sold today, it’s still a problem for the company
because the same source code can be used to develop emulators and similar
Unfortunately for Nintendo, this is the second time their
name appears in the news concerning a security problem in short order. Just
last week, the company admitted that around 160,000 accounts were compromised
by attackers using a method called credential stuffing.
This goes to show that hackers are not always interested
in bank accounts and private health data. Sometimes, they target some of the
most unlikely sources.