33 posts tagged firmware
Newer 3DSes hacked for homebrew, not piracy ⊟
Up until now, if you wanted to run unauthorized code on a 3DS (e.g. load homebrew, play pirated games, bypass region-locking), you needed to procure a system without any firmware updates newer than v4.5, which released 15 months ago. But in this new video, hacker Smealum demonstrates an exploit he’s uncovered that runs in v6.3 (released six months ago) and potentially current firmware.
While Smealum doesn’t want his work used for piracy, he says that’s not an issue with his SSSpwn exploit, as by it’s nature the hack can’t be used for that:
"It’s the sweet spot that gives us just enough to get awesome homebrew code running in arm11 user mode, but not enough to break the system bad enough to let anyone do whatever the hell they want. As such, I personally have no qualms with releasing the exploit into the wild."
Smealum hasn’t released it yet, as he doesn’t want to “burn such a nice [vulnerability]” when it’s possible the hack can work with current and even future 3DS firmware. He’s hoping to give other reputable developers/hackers a crack at the exploit, though, so they can create 3DS homebrew dev tools.
Miiverse, new firmware update out for 3DS ⊟
So that 3DS firmware update debuted last night, bringing with it Miiverse, Nintendo Network ID support (link up with your Wii U NNID, share an eShop wallet), and some camera and screenshot stuff. One item that I hadn’t seen previously announced is the update removes the limit on system transfers (previously limited to five transfers) — now you can move data from one 3DS to another once every seven days.
- Please keep in mind that you won’t be able to switch regions after registering your NNID or use multiple currencies. Funds you have stored for currencies in other regions will no longer be usable.
- In-game screenshot system sounds janky, forcing you to suspend your game, open Miiverse, and make a post (not allowing you save the image locally). Not every game is supported either, like Pokémon XY, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Virtual Console titles, and others. At least the actual image quality is apparently really good.
- As Daniel points out in the comments, “your 3DS cannot see your Wii U Friends List, so you have to manually ‘follow’ all your friends if you want to catch up on their Miiverse posts on the go.”
What you can do with a hacked 3DS ⊟
You might have heard about someone uncovering Pokémon XY's hidden legendaries lately, mostly finds from homebrew developer (Aperture Science, Minecraft DS) and 3DS hacker Smealum. He’s done some fun stuff with the custom — and unreleased — firmware he cooked up for his 3DS, too.
While 3DS flashcard makers focus on updates like multi-game support and firmware spoofing to make piracy more convenient (their region-locking circumvention is impressive, though), Smealum has hacked useful non-piracy stuff into his handheld, like the ability to take 3D screenshots from anywhere, including on the system menu and inside any game.
Now that we know it’s possible, I’m extra annoyed that every 3DS game doesn’t have this in-game screenshot ability (the PS Vita has this, by the way). It worked fantastic in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, so why isn’t it in Ace Attorney: Destinies? Why are the only user screenshots in Pokémon XY available from photo spots?
We shouldn’t need to shell out $250+ to get unauthorized capture boards installed just so we can take in-game screenshots of our Pokémon and share them with our friends online.
New StreetPass games and hats are here!
Europe and Japan have had them a while, but those of us with North American 3DSes can now grab the new StreetPass games starting tonight! Just update your 3DS with the newly released firmware, open and update Mii Plaza, and then you’re good to go.
There are four games you can buy for $4.99 each (or buy them bundled for $14.99, or wait to spend your free eShop credit if you plan on taking advantage of the Shin Megami Tensei IV promotion): Mii Force, Flower Town, Warrior’s Way, and Monster Manor. You’ll be able to unlock new hats and outfits as you play them, like this Tom Nook cap that @johntv posted.
You should also get a new StreetPass puzzle!
Mother of God, new StreetPass games and Mii outfits
You should be able to download a firmware update to your 3DS (v6.0.0-11) today — along with the usual stability fixes and flashcart blocking, it allows you to now back up saves for digital games and 3DS Virtual Console titles from the main menu. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate are supported.
But the big news is that, at least in Europe and Japan right now, the new firmware allows you to update Mii Plaza with a shop that sells four games for €5 (around $7) each, or €15 ($20) for all of them:
- StreetPass Squad (Shoot’em up-style game using Miis as upgrades)
- StreetPass Garden (Move into a house, grow flowers, and decorate a garden)
- StreetPass Battle (Strategy game, build a StreetPass army and conquer the world)
- StreetPass Mansion (Solve a paranormal mystery in a haunted house)
You can get new hats (like a Pixel Mario cap) and even outfits as rewards from the game, according to Cosmonaut X’s notes. The app appears to be crashing a bit, according to a few reports — hopefully that’s fixed for when this releases in the U.S.?
Some 3DS games might run a bit faster now
You might have noticed fewer framerate issues and perhaps improved loading times for 3DS apps like Mii Plaza since the handheld’s recent 5.1.0-11 update. Some are claiming, though, that previously released games also appear to be running smoother with the new firmware.
I and many others have been skeptical about those claims, but reports continue to come in about the performance enhancements, and NeoGAF’s Mr Swine even posted a video demonstrating the improved framerate in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D:
Maybe don’t update your 3DS firmware yet
There’s a new 3DS firmware update out, which you’ll be prompted to download when you load up the eShop. But there’s some kind of problem with it in Japan, prompting Nintendo to post this info page. People get error messages saying that it can’t be updated. Maybe worse?
In any case, I asked Nintendo (for Joystiq) and will let everyone know when I hear anything. And for now, just go to work/school instead of doing eShop stuff.
The update, by the way, provides a new tool for transferring save data from a retail cartridge to the downloadable version of a game, as well as improvements to the eShop (you can now download queued games while in sleep without having to close eShop first).
[Update: If you do update and have this issue, press L, R, A, and Up while the 3DS is turning on, as noted in that Nintendo of Japan document. This should force a system update screen. Thanks, supalewigi.]
You know that unexciting firmware update your 3DS automatically downloaded last week and prompted you to install when you opened your system?
It might not have seemed like much at the time — Nintendo’s changelog for version 4.4.0-10U is characteristically vague — but the update permanently blocks almost all flashcarts, according to SuperCard. They would know, being a manufacturer of these devices!
Nintendo has rolled out a new firmware release for the 3DS across all major territories, but before you get excited, according to the company’s Japanese site, the only notable addition is there are more character options for your password when storing credit card data on eShop.
Other than that, there’s the vague mention of “improved system stability and convenience” in this 4.2.0-9 update’s change log, and you should know by now what that means — several flashcart owners have reported problems loading their devices after installing the firmware.
Anyone else surprised that the Nintendo 3DS is more than a year old now and hardly any progress has been made by would-be 3DS pirates or homebrew developers? Nintendo’s persistent efforts to lock out these devices probably has a lot to do with this.
Your online Mario Kart 7 racing experience should now be filled with less cheaters, thanks to a patch released last night that fixes the shortcut glitches in Maka Wuhu, Wuhu Loop, and GBA Bowser Castle 1. You won’t be able to play online without downloading this update from the eShop.
A 3DS firmware update was also made available last night, updating the system software to version 4.1.0-8. In case you’re wondering what the deal is with this update, users haven’t reported any major changes so far, except for the ability to access the System Update option while parental controls are turned on, without a PIN. So… the only thing this system update affects is system updates. Cool.
Buy: Mario Kart 7 Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more See also: "Exploitable" Mario Kart 7 comics [Via Umino]
Having some fun with 3DS’s new menu folders, which, if you missed it last night, are now available with the latest firmware update. How have you organized your games?
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See also: More PS Vita coverage [Via robotrock, GamOvr]
Four months since the last firmware release, Nintendo has put out a new Nintendo 3DS update — if you’re in North America, you can download it right now!
With the new 3DS firmware, you can now create folders on the system menu, which hold up to 60 games or apps (icon size in the folders are adjustable, like menu icons).
The eShop has received an overhaul, and it appears to make finding things on the service easier. There’s support for game patches and updates now, too, so look forward to Mario Kart 7's Maka Wuhu glitch fix.
Jump past the break for a look at the new eShop: