25 posts tagged hack
How to make your own 3DS GameCube controller mod ⊟
The immediate question most ask after seeing our posts about 3DS GameCube controller mods is “How do I get one?” If you’re comfortable with hacking the hardware, DekuNukem posted instructions and open source code for making your own mod with $12 in parts (not including the system and controller).
If that sounds like a complete nightmare to you, DekuNukem is accepting (a limited number of) requests from people who want to send in their 3DSes to have them modded. Watch a video of the setup in action after the break:
3DS Homebrew Channel delayed ⊟
No big surprise here — at least with the rational among us — that coder Smealum has postponed the Homebrew Channel’s launch due to the upcoming release of the New 3DS. The hack promises to enable both new and old 3DSes to load homebrew apps/games (not commercial or pirated software), and could eventually circumvent the handheld’s region-locking.
But waiting until he has the updated hardware in his hands to test before releasing the hack allows Smealum to not only ensure the new system won’t lock out the Homebrew Channel, but also potentially find a way for the hack to tap into the portable’s additional power.
"I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away," says Smealum. “This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.”
Smealum doesn’t expect to delay the release into 2015. The 3DS Homebrew Launcher image above, by the way, is a mock-up from Soully.
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One more game for this, our year of Luigi ⊟
You already have plenty of options to make sure 20Luigi goes out with a bang, including the new Dr. Luigi release that hit Wii U’s eShop today, but here’s one more option. It’s an actual NES ROM hack based on the Luigi Bros. game included in Super Mario 3D World!
Hacker Clippit made sure you could play as either modern Luigi or classic Luigi — download the patch here (you’ll need the Mario Bros. ROM, preferably acquired legally somehow, to get this to work).
Paper Mario, Uncle Scrooge, & more in Spelunky ⊟
Besides its Daily Challenges feature, one of the bonuses of the PC version for Spelunky HD that’s not in the PSN editions is the ability to mod the game. Here you can see several edits people made to play as Mario, Pauline, and even Uncle Scrooge. They’ve also skinned the stages and swapped out the damsels you can rescue. You can see and grab these mods from BoogieLove, Headbox, and Radioduke at the Spelunky forums.
Have I mentioned how jealous I am that the PS Vita version doesn’t have Daily Challenges? Apparently Spelunky creator Derek Yu says it’s a possibility that the PSN versions will receive it somehow, and that he intends to discuss the matter with BlitWorks (the studio that ported Spelunky to PSN). There’s no guarantee that anything will come out of those talks, and I wouldn’t hold my breath for that update, but at least there’s hope.
While we’re talking about Spelunky and Nintendo-themed mods, someone used a hack and finally found a use for the Kid Icarus-esque eggplant item. This seems impossible to pull off without cheating.
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New Leaf duping glitch discovered
I’m pretty sure I accidentally did this a month ago but never thought anything of it, and didn’t think too hard about how to replicate the bug, but Heatran posted instructions for duplicating an Animal Crossing: New Leaf item when you’re visiting a friend’s town (online, not local):
"What you do is, drop the items off, then the host ends the game. As it saves, [the visitor turns] off the wireless via switch on 3DS. Bam. Duplicated. Cloned."
Apparently the timing is a little tricky on when to hit the wireless switch (some believe it’s when the saving animation circles 1-1.5 times, others believe it’s even earlier), and there’s no guarantee that messing around with your game like this enough times won’t corrupt your save.
A number of people are concerned about how this trick might ruin the game’s “economy” or even it’s tone. I debated over whether we should post it at all, but ended up getting some great advice from Molly. All I know is, it will probably be a lot easier to get your hands on Japan’s 7-11 items, Sloppy furniture, and other items you can’t order from the catalog.
Thanks to MoxieCrossing for the pic.
There is a patch for Lode Runner (NES) that lets you play as Hatsune Miku
That’s it. Just wanted you to know.
This can’t be the first time someone’s done this, right? I mean, this hack seems so obvious — of course someone would think to drop a Link sprite into Bomberman. It just makes sense, what with the green-capped hero’s penchant for bomb-laying.
In this case, Moejoe128 hacked Super Bomberman 2 Go for Pro Edition to offer Link as a playable character. He added a few other awesome features, too, like a Stage 1 option with edge tunnels that send you to the other side (like Pac-Man), varied speeds for kicking bombs, and more.
3DS homebrew/hacking progress
Noted game console hacker Yellows8 claims to have circumvented the 3DS’s securities and run custom code on the device, according to this photo he took as evidence. He was able to run this code with the latest firmware installed, though technical issues disabled the 3D LED and have so far prevented the system from displaying graphics.
I’m uncertain how Yellows8 pulled this off, but GBAtemp member SifJar shared this thought to put the news in perspective:
"There are only two known vulnerabilities for code execution, and both would most likely be patched at once, so I’d guess it’s unlikely there’ll be a release unless another, more unique, vulnerability [is] found for Yellows8 (and those he chooses to share with) to use for further exploration once the released exploit is patched."
Nintendo has managed to keep homebrew and pirated 3DS software off its system for nearly two years now, and I imagine its engineers would be quick to release an update that would kill this latest hack.
Virtual Boy emulator running on a 3D television. Now that this has proven to be technologically possible, Nintendo has no excuse, except that it doesn’t actually want anyone to remember what Virtual Boy games looked like. Which is a good excuse.
See also: More Virtual Boy posts
There are some who will argue that Shaq-Fu, the fighting game starring the gigantic former NBA star, isn’t terrible, but its reputation is probably enough to keep most people from giving this supposed kusoge a spin.
ArugulaZ has released a patch for the SNES version, though, that replaces its corny text. “Here’s your chance to play the game with a script that spends less time kissing Shaq’s butt and more time being entertaining,” he says.
Everything Shaq touches off the court seems to be garbage: his rap career, his performance as Steel, and now his awful commentary on TNT. It’s great to see something fun made out of yet another Shaq blunders with this patch.
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3DS hack adds PS1 controller functionality. For super extra inconvenience, this hack builds a controller port into a Circle Pad Pro, meaning that the 3DS has to be even more unnecessarily bulky. I kind of love it.
Unfortunately, there are no instructions for doing this yourself. Fortunately, there was no damn way I was going to do this.
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Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii, a fanmade hack promising “a hundred new levels, plus new maps, music, gameplay mechanics, graphics, enemies and more.” This looks really fun, but I wonder how it fares during multiplayer chaos?
You’ll need a homebrew-capable Wii and a copy of the game (one you should acquire legally, of course) to play this mod when it releases this November.
See also: More homebrew