Nintendo has warned fans to “immediately” stop using some of its old hardware. If you’re using the NES, SNES, N64, Game Cube, Game Boy, DS, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, or any other Nintendo game console from yesteryear, don’t worry. This time “hardware” does not refer to console. However, if you use the “Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector (NTR-010)” or the “Nintendo Wi-Fi Network Adapter (WAP-001)”, released in 2005 and 2008 respectively, Nintendo suggests you stop due to security concerns.
The warning comes from the official Nintendo Japan website, so some meaning and essential context may be lost in the translation, but obviously Nintendo is warning owners of these items to use them, especially continuously.
“As for the network devices ‘Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector (NTR-010)’ and ‘Nintendo Wi-Fi Network Adapter (WAP-001)’ released by Nintendo Wi-Fi in 2005 and 2008, please stop using from the point of view of security protection and switch to commercially available network devices,” says Nintendo. “These products have been around for more than 10 years since their launch and we have confirmed that there are the following issues when used continuously.
The statement continues:
“If you continue to use these devices, there is a risk that they will be illegally accessed from outside, or the connected terminal will be infected with a computer virus, etc. For customers who are currently using them, please stop using them immediately and switch to commercially available network equipment for security protection. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding and cooperation.”
It’s unclear why this statement was suddenly issued, as these devices have certainly been vulnerable for a while from a security perspective, but it’s clear that the matter has been brought to Nintendo’s attention recently. As always, we will keep you updated as the situation evolves. In the meantime, click here for more information on all things Nintendo.