If it’s protected, chances are people will try to get around the protection somehow. That’s what happened today when a group of hackers claimed they broke through the copy protection used by Nintendo’s Wii U system.

The hackers said that they “completely reversed the Wii U drive authentication, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation key.” This pretty much means that found a way around the systems way of checking if a game is legitimate or not.

The group allegedly used an “optical drive emulator” to get around the copy protection, and after the protection is passed, the hackers say that they were able to play Wii U games through an ordinary USB drive.

Nintendo released a statement about the alleged hack today, “Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security,” a Nintendo spokesperson said to GameSpot. “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.”

If the hack truly did happen and the system’s security is compromised, it is unknown if Nintendo will be able to fix the issue with a simple console update, or if other measures will have to be taken in order to prevent this exploit.

Source: Gamespot