According to a group of YouTube users, Mario Kart 8 has already been hacked. The hack isn’t elaborate by any means (yet) — so far the group has managed to alter game files and do such things as rename tracks, play custom music, changing the fonts, and crash the Wii U console (no surprise there).
While this doesn’t affect the game as a whole or the online multiplayer, it’s a step in the wrong direction, as it shows that it’s possible to access parts of the game that shouldn’t be accessed. The game code is accessed on-the-fly via the RAM, which means that any changes are not permanent to the game.
The group posted a video above, with comments on the supposed hacks. The “hacks” were made possible by using a recent browser exploit, combined with some custom code.
Should Mario Kart 8 gamers be worried about these hacks ruining their online multiplayer fun? Not really. So far what we have — if it holds up — is just a proof of concept that the game files can be accessed in the RAM and edited. Nintendo should be able to fix this with a quick patch.