You can still play Wii U games online

April 10, 2024 by No Comments


On Monday, April 8, Nintendo officially shut down the online servers for the Wii U and 3DS consoles. The move marked the end of an era of gaming that many weren’t ready to give up entirely. However, thanks to a third-party company, there is still a way for players to play Wii U games online even if the servers are offline.

The Announced by Pretendo Network It’s going to open up its servers to anyone who wants access without having to do any major customization to their Wii U.

SSSL is a private SSL exploit from Pretendo that allows players to play some games online on their console without the official Nintendo servers.

“Invented on our own shutterbug, this exploit allows users to connect to the Pretendo network from a stock Wii U without homebrew or custom firmware; DNS change only” The company said. “If Nintendo decides to issue patches for it, we’ve been holding on to this exploit for a long time for today.

“Choose services that use their own SSL libraries. This includes many 3rd party titles such as WATCH_DOGS and YouTube as well as titles that run in the embedded browser such as TVii, eShop and the Miiverse applet. Miverse functionality in games is still supported by SSSL!”

Among the games supported by the SSSL feature are Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8.

It’s worth noting that Pretendo’s SSSL exploit is only available for Wii U consoles with firmware 5.5.5 or higher. It doesn’t work for 3DS either.

If you ultimately want access to more services and are willing to go the extra mile to get there, Pretendo offers more through its Inke service that requires homebrew.


Are you going to try to get back online to play games on your Wii U? For more Insider Gaming, read about the latest exclusive details surrounding the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake.



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