Nintendo Warns Fans to ‘Immediately’ Stop Using Old Hardware

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Nintendo has issued a warning to fans to “immediately” stop using some of its older hardware. If you’re on NES, SNES, N64, Game Cube, Game Boy, DS, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, or any old Nintendo game console, you don’t have to worry. This time, “hardware” does not refer to the console. However, if you are using 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 discontinued due to security issues.

The warning is from the official Nintendo Japan website, so it’s possible that some meaning and vital context will be lost in translation, but Nintendo is clearly warning owners of these items against using them, in particularly continuously.

“Regarding 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 them. use from the point of view of security protection and switch to commercially available network devices,” Nintendo explains. “These products have been around for more than 10 years since their launch, and we have confirmed that there are the following issues when they are used continuously.

The statement continues:

“If you continue to use these devices, there is a risk that they may be illegally accessed from outside, or the connected terminal may be infected with a computer virus, etc. For customers who are currently using it, please stop use it 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 suddenly came out, as these devices have surely been vulnerable from a security standpoint for some time, but it’s clear that the issue has recently come to Nintendo’s attention. As always, we will keep you updated as the situation develops. In the meantime, for more coverage on all things Nintendo, click here.

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