Cubed3 Nintendo gaming, Wii and DS

Rumour: Wii U Demo Booths Running Ubuntu

Rumour: Wii U Demo Booths Running Ubuntu on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

The Nintendo Wii U in-store demo booths maybe running a modified version of the Ubuntu operating system instead of the Wii U itself.

One user on Reddit obtained a snapshot of one of the systems that hadn't booted correctly because it was missing a "USB key". Instead of showing the games available to try out, in this case Rayman Legends, it displayed a screen for the Ubuntu OS.

Other reports are suggesting that the demos are running off a separate computer, housed underneath the dummy Wii U shell, with the GamePad hooked up to that instead.

The use of a separate base for storing and running downloads could be a security measure to prevent Wii U consoles from being taken prior to release, and also to limit functionality, preventing users from accessing the Wii U's system menus.

It's uncertain what system/core the actual Wii U runs on whether or not Nintendo has built the console's functionality over a Linux base.

Thanks to Linkyshinks for the tip.

Read and post comments

Share this article Share this article

26.11.2012 23:18

4

32423

Comment on this article

You can comment as a guest or join the Cubed3 community below: Sign Up for Free Account Login

Preview PostPreview Post Your Name:
Validate your comment
  Enter the letters in the image to validate your comment.
Submit Post

Reader comments - add yours today Comments on this Article

Speaking of which... today I finally saw the beginnings of a Wii U demo kiosk in a Dutch toy store (Bart Smit). It wasn't quite done though, so I asked an employee if somebody was working on installing the unit.

But alas, that was just the 'shell'. They had yet to receive the demo unit, they didn't expect until Friday. Smilie

Wasn't the Wii OS based off the Linux software?

aww i was hoping for windows 7

You are not alone. I am here with you. Though we're far apart...you're always in my heart. Love u!

Also interesting in that it hints at a Rayman Legends port that runs on Linux. Would this port have specifically been commissioned for the demo units or will it actually be released for sale?

Subscribe to this topic Subscribe to this topic

If you are a registered member and logged in, you can also subscribe to topics by email.

Follow this topic Follow this topic

Keep up with new comments with the RSS feed for this topic, or subscribe via email above.
Turqoise Radio - Cubed3's Glass to the Wall
Sign up today for blogs, games collections, reader reviews and much more
Latest news and updatesSite Feed
Vote on our latest community pollNintendo Poll
Vote: What do you think of the Splatoon look and feel?
Looks great!
Looks good, want to see more.
Undecided, need to play it first
Don't like
Dislike! Needs more grey.
Member of the weekMember of the Week
This week's top member is welshwuff, awarded the most stars for great posts.
Online Play and ChatOnline Nintendo Play & Chat
General Chatroom: Click here to chat Wii U Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo Wii U users 3DS Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo 3DS users
Listen to our Nintendo Jukebox - Classic Mario, Zelda, Metroid songs and more Nintendo news and reviews on the move