240 posts tagged homebrew
The Retro Game Challenge 2 fan translation has arrived ⊟
By God, they’ve done it. The fan translation team led by Aaron Chmielowiec has released the first version of its Game Center CX 2/Retro Game Challenge 2 patch.
This thing looks hella professional! All the text and graphics have been changed. What an impressive effort for a game that, by all accounts, deserves this kind of love. I’m finally going to play those adventure games… my copy of the game is forever stopped there.
Nintendo WiFi Connection not quite dead ⊟
Nintendo set today as its execution date for the DS and Wii’s online services, but hackers have found a way to keep the ol’ Connection alive. There’s now a private server where you can grab DLC for DS games (like Dragon Quest IX) and even play multiplayer on a selection of titles (including Mario Kart DS).
The catch is that you’ll need a digital copy of each game to patch (preferably one you’ve backed up yourself using homebrew tools). And you’ll also need the appropriate devices to play those back-ups on a DS or 3DS. But, hey, I’m not going to let that stop me from making and sharing this ridiculous GIF.
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7th Dragon fan translation patch released for real ⊟
I had been trying to wrap my head around this all morning — Cavespeak purportedly put out an “Etrian Odyssey Retold” patch for the first DS game this morning, an obvious April Fools’ Day prank. But then someone pointed out that the readme was worth a look, which for some reason had notes about a 7th Dragon fan translation patch?
So is it an Etrian Odyssey prank? A 7th Dragon joke? Or a real 7th Dragon fan translation release disguised as an Etrian Odyssey gag? It appears to be a legit release, according to these in-game shots Knurek posted.
7th Dragon, by the way, was an awesome Imageepoch-developed DS RPG that never released in the West. It’s very much like Etrian Odyssey — with the difficulty scaled back a bit — which was inevitable considering that series’ composer and initial director worked on this.
Cavespeak warns that this isn’t a complete translation and it could be buggy:
"This translation is a compromise, given limited time and ability. It is affectionately unfaithful and rewrites more than is ideal or necessary. I hope players will forgive my indulgence in translating the game myself, which was a way to improve my Japanese and keep the project a total secret. I was surprised at how charming the original was, and tried hard to preserve that in my translation. But this is not even in the same league as the Etrian Odyssey localizations or top-tier fan efforts.”
If you want to buy 7th Dragon to rip the ROM and apply the translation patch, there are some reasonably priced used copies on Amazon.
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.
NES Rygar modded into God of War game ⊟
With a new title screen, a new character sprite, and some edited text, Rygar, a story about a dead soldier from “Argos” with a chain weapon dealie, becomes God of War. You can download the patch here thanks to pacnsacdave.
I didn’t realize it until after seeing this mod, but God of War in general bears a resemblance to the PS2 Rygar game, huh? I don’t think that Rygar game was good enough to be much of an inspiration, but they cover kinda similar ground.
And now help me out: Eric said he wasn’t much into NES Rygar, but I regard it as a beloved classic. Am I addled by nostalgia?
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Flappy Bird cloned in Petit Computer ⊟
You might have thought you’d be safe from Flappy Bird discussion on Tiny Cartridge. That was the case, until Bluerobin2 made a BASIC version for the DSiWare program Petit Computer! How cool!
I mean, whatever you think about the originality of Flappy Bird (and let’s be clear, I super don’t want to have debates about that because that’s all that’s happening on the internet right now), this is definitely a straight-up clone. But as a novelty that requires ownership of a DSiWare game and scanning of several QR codes (get them here) I don’t think it’s a threat to anybody.
Anyway, Petit Computer is awesome. Via @jellyscare!
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Small victory for homebrew software in Europe ⊟
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it’s legal to circumvent encryption systems on your video game console, so long as you’re not doing it to play pirated games. So if you were to use unauthorized devices to run media programs or homebrew games, you won’t be breaking the law.
This issue came up in a lawsuit between Nintendo and Italian retailer PC Box, the latter of which had been bundling DSes and Wiis with devices that bypassed the consoles’ encryption security. PC Box was able to successfully argue that those devices enabled users to run unauthorized software (e.g. MoonShell media player, Homebrew Channel).
Here’s 3DS homebrew loaded on a custom channel ⊟
Between hackers finding a way to disable the 3DS’s region lock, and people seeing their handhelds “bricked” when using modified launchers on flashcarts (as is required for the mentioned region-lock hack), it’s a busy month for people using Nintendo’s portable in unauthorized ways.
And here’s another development! Famous 3DS hacker Smealum can be seen in this proof-of-concept video loading homebrew software (Yeti3D adapted to work with the touchscreen, circle pad, and 3D screen) on a 3DS through a custom channel he’s created.
Smealum explains why this is a big deal:
Hackers found a way to disable 3DS region lock ⊟
This isn’t the same development that allowed pirates to load likely bootlegged ROMs from other regions on their 3DS — this new trick enables you to play a legit imported cartridge on your system. Again, this is not for piracy whatsoever and it does not play ROMs, just retail games.
Like most 3DS hacks lately, you need a 3DS with v4.1-4.5 firmware, so if you have updated your portable in the last nine months, you’re out of luck. By using a DS or 3DS flashcard compatible with the legacy firmware, you can run a special patched launcher file that modifies your system to load cartridges from other regions. You can even install more recent firmware afterward to play imported games that require it (with a few caveats for online play that might require game patches from region-specific eShops).
Game Center CX 2 fan translation update ⊟
I just wanted to remind you that this project is still alive, and it looks like the team is making a lot of progress with the adventure game that stymied previous fan translation efforts. Make sure to follow and participate in this GBAtemp thread for updates and a chance to share your opinions on how the localization should be handled (there’s a debate going on right now on how to handle references to pachinko).
Maybe it’s the year of Arino? We have a this fan translation, feature-length film, and a new game coming out in 2014 (the latter two for Japan)!
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).
Voxel engine for NES games ⊟
Check out this dope situation. Procyon has added voxel support to the NES emulator FCEUX, instantly turning NES ROMs (which you’ve legally acquired, etc.) into 3D games. This looks amazing!
Official emulation (Virtual Console and the like) have a lot of catching up to do – catching up that will never, ever occur. But whatever, let’s stare at some cool graphics!