The Wii U hit shelves just a week ago, and already gamers have figured out that it is entirely possible to run homebrew programs on Nintendo's new console, even if the results aren't quite perfect just yet.
It's not really a surprising development - the Wii U is running a version of the original Wii operating system, which was homebrew-enabled years ago.
Clever modding-types have used Smash Stack, the Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii exploit that allows the execution of unsigned code. Originally designed for the Wii, it may not be "the best" way of working with the Wii U - but for now, it works (mostly). We are also hearing reports that the Indiana Pwns (using LEGO Indiana Jones, and Bathaxx (LEGO Batman) exploits also work in Wii Mode.
There are issues with it of course, not the least of which being the fact it relies heavily on the Wii U's ability to play classic Wii games. If Nintendo chooses to pursue the train of thought started by the Wii Mini, which has scrapped GameCube compatibility, the life of this homebrew mod could be limited.
However, it does show that it can be done, even if it's not the most elegant solution. Stay tuned.
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