Hacking the Wii U Gamepad


The Wii U GamePad is a deceptively feature packed bit of gaming hardware. In addition to the usual wireless console controller elements + resistive touchscreen LCD, it houses an IR transmitter/receiver, speakers, mic, camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and yes, even an NFC antenna. This is of course a big tasty invitation to get the GamePad working with something other than the Wii U console itself … like say, a personal computer?

Console hackers booto, delroth, & shuffle2 endeavored to do just that and after an extensive amount of reverse engineering, they now have an alpha demo working on Linux. The OS receives control input from the GamePad and streams low-latency video back out to the GamePad display.

The alpha version demoed below (@ 47m35s) still has issues, but shows much potential for awesome …

Code for the project is available at libdrc.org.

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