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Official online functionality for Wii U and 3DS may no longer exist (today, April 9), however informal Nintendo Network replacements are now available. Plus, a fan-made server replacement I intend to network Now it’s even available for those who don’t want to hack their Wii U.

One blog post Released today, the brains behind Pretendo announced the launch of “SSSL,” a “private SSL exploit for Wii U” that “allows users to connect to the Pretendo Network from Wii U without any homebrew or custom software “.

According to the statement, a DNS change is required to get networking up and running on the Wii U, giving anyone who resisted before installing Homebrew a chance to get in on the action. Complete installation instructions are available on the Pretendo Network website.

This new connection method is based on a bug found in the Wii U version. The 5.5.5 SSL module and the Pretendo team have claimed to be aware of this for some time, but have been reluctant to release the information publicly in case it could eventually be patched.

Online server recreations will not work for titles that use their own SSL libraries (Pretendo lists WATCH_DOGS and YouTube as examples), and the team Twitter that the unhackable method is only available on the Wii U, no such exploit is available for the 3DS.