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There have been reports about an error causing some major issues for people playing on their Wii U... specifically, playing the latest Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U. The reports have sort of reached a fever pitch within the Nintendo-centric communities.
Gamenesia has a report on the issue, noting that error code 160-0103 can cause the Wii U to brick or wipe the data from your system.
According to the article...
“It seems that this error only shows up with Super Smash Bros., and all other games and functions work fine until you play Smash Bros. or try to enter the Data Management page on the Wii U. When trying to enter the Data Management page, people have been receiving the error code 160-1710.”
Supposedly, when trying to wipe or reformat the Wii U this can actually cause more problems as it's stated that this could brick the system. This is brought out to some degree in a YouTube video by user Trippy12345ify.
However, for those of you thinking this was exclusive to Super Smash Bros., it's not.
The problem, according to many users voicing their opinions in comment threads, Facebook and on this Reddit post, the error code 160-0103 has been persistent since the Wii U launched. It just hasn't been a widely publicized issue until recently.
TVena commented in the thread stating...
“This error code and problem has existed since WiiU's launch. It's not Smash, any game can cause this and brick your console. This is an issue with a batch of WiiU's themselves.”
Bricking issues with consoles is nothing new. Gamers had to deal with this issue to a very extreme degree during the seventh generation with the Xbox 360 and the Red Rings of Death.
As for the Wii U... Nintendo is supposedly aware of the issue. I'm still not entirely sure about the details of what causes the problem and the explanations aren't all that detailed, either.
For now, it appears as if Nintendonites will simply have to hang tight as the Big 'N' attempts to address the issue. It's likely that it's been appearing more because more people have gone out to purchase a Wii U due to all the big exclusives that dropped this year, especially this past fall with Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros. becoming available for the Wii U. With more people purchasing the console there is the growing instance of a higher percentage of people running into problems.
Super Smash Bros. has been on the receiving end of a lot of praise, so it's only natural that some kind of news come into play that disrupts all the happy news.