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Last weekend’s data dump of hacked Nintendo files caused a stir online. Posted to 4chan and then making the rounds to popular video game forums and social media, those who are knowledgeable in reverse engineering the Wii have shared what’s actually included in this leak. As it turns out, the Resetera post that most news outlets sourced (including us), got it wrong and Hector Martin tweeted all about it.

Martin, who was part of a Wii hacking group called “Team Twiizers”, was interviewed by PC Mag too and shared the following in their update about the leak:

“Most of the docs at this point are confirming things we already knew, or providing interesting technical tidbits, which are fun, but of no practical consequence[.] They contain documentation, source code for some parts of the system software (just a small portion), architecture diagrams and engineering docs like that. I’m sure someone is going to learn something interesting from this, maybe even fix some emulator bugs, but it’s all going to be very, very minor at this stage in the game[.]”

Martin has continued to tweet about the leaks and replying to various questions about them. 


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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)