Posted on December 30, 2013, Mike Sharkey Wii U Gamepad Hacked for Streaming PC Gaming
When Nintendo first unveiled the Wii U and its funky tablet/controller, I envisioned the console acting as a streaming server and a group of players sitting around the living room enjoying LAN-like parties on their gamepads. Nintendo didn’t go there, but thanks to a a group of hardware hackers who have cracked the Wii U gamepad code to make it PC friendly, someone just might.
At this year’s 30C3 conference, @delroth_ and @shuffle2 presented “Reverse Engineering the Wii U Gamepad” and demonstrated how they’ve transformed Nintendo’s console controller to stream PC games. Nintendo didn’t make it easy, and the impressive hack is documented in full via this Wii U Gamepad Hack Google Doc.
The hackers note the end result is still a limited, rather buggy experience not yet meant for general consumers, but they did demo Final Fantasy VII being streamed from a PC and played on the Wii U gamepad, so it does actually work. If you are so inclined (and properly skilled) you can help them make the Wii U gamepad akin to a big-ol’ Nvidia Shield. The Wii U gamepad PC hack is now an open-source project, and the creators have shared all of their secrets and would love for others to chip in.