One of the nifty features of the Nintendo Wii U system is its GamePad. This allows gamers to stream games from their Wii U onto the GamePad to keep playing if the main television is in use, basically transforming the living room console into something of a handheld one. However it seems that two hackers have managed to reverse engineer the Wii U’s GamePad controller and have managed to get it to stream PC games to the controller, bypassing the Wii U’s console entirely. The hackers demonstrated a Gamecube emulated version of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, as well as a drawing app, both of which were streamed directly from the PC and onto the GamePad.
The duo presented their findings during a lecture, in which the lecture’s description read, “When the Wii U was released, a few console hackers and I were talking about potential uses for the Wii U GamePad. However, before being able to use a Wii U GamePad as a remote controller for a robot or a quadricopter, the first step was to understand how it worked and how to communicate with it.” Unfortunately the video demonstration of the hacked GamePad in action has since been removed, but if you’re interested in checking out the findings of the hackers, you can check out the lecture slides which has since been posted online. Pretty cool, huh? Imagine the possibilities that this can open up!