Kotaku reports Nintendo is the victim of a massive data leak as source code of several older Nintendo consoles has found its way to the Internet. This includes thousands of files, hardware tests demos, design documents, and even source code of devices like the Wii, the GameCube and the Nintendo 64. In total, the leak includes about 3GB of files, but some sources claim this is just one of many files and that more may be released by the leaker.
Links to some of the files were posted on the internet forum 4chan. It’s unclear who was responsible for leaking them or their original source, but they appear to include the Wii source code and detailed schematics for its hardware, as well as hardware test demos for 1996’s Nintendo 64 console and information about the internal workings of the company’s 2001 GameCube platform.
“The biggest and craziest thing in this leak is the datasheets, block diagram and Verilog files for every component,” wrote a ResetEra forum user called Atheerios, in a post sharing the news. “Verilog is a hardware description language; is used to describe circuits via code, so with this we can learn how every single piece of the Wii was made.”