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How to reverse engineer a Wii U GamePad for PC streaming

S. Prell, @SamPrell

PC gamers, have you ever looked down at the mouse and keyboard in your hands and said to yourself (dramatically, with a single tear of regret rolling down your cheek), "no, this will not do"? Well, how about hacking a Wii U GamePad to stream games from said PC?

A team of hackers and emulator developers revealed at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress a modified GamePad capable of connecting to - and streaming from - a laptop. Attendees burst into applause when the team showed off an emulated version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, despite the game crashing and experiencing some latency issues.

The mod isn't quite ready for primetime just yet, but the team expressed a desire to see their work expand; An Android port, for example, could theoretically allow Wii U owners to stream their games to an Android tablet of their choice. Check out the video above to see how the hackers managed this feat, or skip to 47:30 to catch a demonstration. The hackers have made all of the slides from their presentation available to view as well.

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