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Wii U servers Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon temporarily offline due to vulnerabilities

March 06, 2023 09:06

Nintendo has temporarily taken the servers of Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon for the Wii U console offline. The Japanese company has discovered vulnerabilities in the online servers of these games and is working on an emergency patch. When it will come is not yet clear.

On a Nintendo status page reads that the company provides an extended maintenance period and does not yet know when gamers will be able to play these two Wii U games online again. The company also did not provide details about the nature or severity of the vulnerabilities.

According to Twitter user and Dolphin developer OeamealDome it is almost certainly the ENLBufferPwn vulnerability that will be released in 2021 was discovered in Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS game console. This vulnerability allows a hacker to execute code on another online player's game console while playing online games and access the service's personal information on the console and the camera and microphone.

The vulnerability was also spotted in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Splatoon Splatoon 2 Splatoon 3 Super Mario Maker 2 and Nintendo Switch Sports. Nintendo had already released a patch for these games but not yet for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon.

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