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It seems that Nintendo has employed or is in the works with the Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation which has gone on a copyright frenzy on youtube.

Various content creators have received one or multiple copyright strikes on youtube and have had their videos completely removed; some users have also been completely shut down!
Ahead of the Switch release, Nintendo is going on warpath again removing any videos to do about 'modding', 'flashcarts', 'homebrew' on the Nintendo 3DS, some YouTuber's think the crackdown is to make it look like their devices are 'secure' ahead of the big Switch release, or to put fear into the 'modders' out there to leave the 'Switch' alone or Nintendo will come calling, if you think you can post a mod! :)

So what do you think Nintendo's reasons are, and is it not strange they...
Forgot Silly Unboxing Videos, We Here At MaxConsole Are Showing You The Real Guts Inside That Make Switch Work!

You must have watched those first videos of Nintendo Switch retail unit from 'hiphoptherobot' in action a dozen times by now, but to a true hard-core scene gamer like ourselves, its what inside that really matters, so we bring you the first basic tear-down of an Nintendo Switch!
They said a picture is worth a thousand words, so no more text chit-chat to read, here are all the Switch photos direct from our source:
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Mail sacked.

A Nintendo fan's project to digitally preserve every SNES game has ended in defeat after the US Postal Service (USPS) lost a package containing 100 cartridges.
One of the major problems with the golden era of Super Nintendo Gaming, is that a good percentage of 'cartridge dumps' from the gaming days gone-by, are not perfect, but Byuu was trying to change all that, by correctly dumping all the original cartridges all over again, but the right way with no bad sprites and other raw data, but sadly the project has ended since the most recent shipment has disappeared with no hope in sight of it ever appearing again, so we will be stuck with playing 'bad dumps' let again on our SNES emulators.
Actual Nintendo Switch System Specs. plus developer setup with actual DevKit photos leak onto the Underground 'Net!

It seems an unknown Nintendo developer has broken their NDA and three different guides have recently appeared on the 'net which gives more details on what the whole Nintendo Switch is about, including actual system specs. and photos of the devkit hardware!
We knew it would not take long before it happen when we first saw the files for ourselves, that someone would risk leaking them, but now that 'cat is out of the bag', more details of the Nintendo Switch system is finally out there for all to enjoy browsing thru and reading.
The Nintendo Wii U Scene Is Getting Much Better!

Finally now, those with a modded Wii U console running 'custom firmware', you can enjoy loading games from your USB HDD!
This is still a WORK-IN-PROGRESS as such its mainly only useful for developers, but hey why not try it out anyway and enjoy some Mario!
For more info, check out all the links below:

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As Promised Earlier This Month, Its Now Here Finally For All To Enjoy!

Team Sky3DS has released Sky3DS+ firmware V130 with AP check fixed for Pokemon Sun and Moon.
They also have added exFAT support for games (firmware.bin dumps still needs to be loaded from FAT32) on MicroSD card, and you can watch a video of in action below.

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13/02 – 11.3 Emunand

It's been just over a week since Nintendo sadly updated their Nintendo 3DS firmware to v11.3, but now Gateway 3DS developers have released an 'status update' on their progress towards a big new update for their flashcarts with lots of amazing new features!
People were worried Gateway 3DS had not updated their website, but no longer, and in their 'status update', they have stated that alot more goodies are in store, so the wait will be well worth it, all tho sadly it might still be a few more weeks away, but its coming SOON!
Gameboy, MegaDrive, SNES and More now playable on NES Mini, all thanks to MadMonkey, HaxChi2, and RetroArch!

If there was not a reason to look for the still hard to find NES (Mini) Classic Edition, now there is a reason, as RetroArch is working on the micro-console, giving you more than 30 old NES Games, infact you can now upload your ROMs for GameBoy, MegaDrive, SNES!
We have reported on before the progress of hacking the NES Mini, and the fact you can upload as many NES ROMs as you want, but now even better news, you are no longer stuck just playing old NES games, you can now enjoy things like SNES, Gameboy, MegaDrive.
Within 3 to 5 Days is their ETA for upcoming New 3DS Firmware Support including the latest Pokemon Games!

The Sky3DS Team has been very quiet with their last announce back in November claiming their were going to release a new firmware before the end of the year, but then nothing, now since Nintendo recently updated they are back posting an status update.
This time around the Sky3DS Team claims they will finally release a brand-new firmware with full Pokemon support within FIVE days!
For now if you don't need Pokemon support, the current existing cards will work on your updated 3DS...

Just a friendly warning, Please Do Not Update your EmuNAND to the newest v11.3 firmware from Nintendo that was just released, as you will not be able to boot into EmuNAND afterwards, due to the fact big 'N' has finally patched, the minor version of 'native_firm', but don't worry an FIX is incoming, and soon everything will be back to normal!
Nintendo as usual is up to their old tricks, they have recently released a major new firmware for their popular 3DS handheld and as such it breaks a number of good exploits on the system, one of them being 'fasthax' and another being features like 'emunand' that depend on lower 'native_firm' value, but not to worry both the Gateway 3DS Team and scene developers like SMEA are already hard to work at figuring out all the patches that big 'N' did and will have workarounds soon for most of the old exploits, and as usual we will...
64GB Devkit Memory / Battery Percentage Gauge / Auto Screen Brightness Control / Early NX Firmware Version

An unedited version of a new Nintendo Switch advert has revealed the upcoming console's developer menus - seemingly revealing that Switch devkits come with 64GB of internal storage.
Spotted by NeoGAF, the accidentally revealed commercial includes several cuts to a Switch in developer mode, rather than the gameplay footage added in later to other versions. Nintendo of course has removed the 'leaked video' and most of the mirror'ed copies of it, but not before we got to take a look at it ourselves, and capture out the 3 screenshots that matter, which shows the DevMenu itself, and you will notice it means the kits have twice as much memory, 64GB of internal storage instead of the retail 32GB version.


Then you...
Finally, a 1-Step Easy Way to Get Your Wii U Digital Games totally for FREE thanks to the kindness of Nintendo's servers!

You all must of hear of Free-eShop for the Nintendo 3DS handheld, well now there is basically the same thing available for the Wii U console!
Nintendo is not going to be very happy about this one, with all the info now out regarding the Wii U console, which first all started with the Brazilian modders figuring out how easy it was to change the 'ticket' system on the Wii U from DISC based to eShop BASED, and then more info leaked out regarding keys, and we started to see CFW installs and more, and then some simple command line tools to mod the 'tickets' to allow games to be installed onto your USB drive with backups ripped from your own Wii U disc drive, but now its even easier to become a full-fledged game pirate on your Nintendo Wii U, thanks to the recent release...
@Ryuzaki-MrL has released a simple way to get Old 3DS handhelds into the Virtual SNES gaming action!

Originally Nintendo only allows owners of the New Nintendo 3DS handheld, to buy and install SNES VC ROM's, but no longer thanks to the hard efforts of Ryuzaki-MrL he has designed an OldSNES Injector so all those with the older consoles and enjoy them!
The following is the main instructions on how to use his OldSNES Injector, please visit the official GITHUB for more info and updates:
Nintendo's Wii Virtual Console, might be running infact pirated ROM's with unofficial headers to make them work!

A video released on gaming site Eurogamer today alleges that Nintendo actually did something it has demonized for years: downloaded a third-party copy of a Super Mario game from the internet, re-jigged it, and sold it back to consumers through the Virtual Console.
It has been discussed for a few years in underground forum sites, that Nintendo was using emulators were based on unofficial info and designed with help of open-source ones and even pirated dumped ROM's from their original cartridges were used for their official Virtual Console, but now finally full solid proof that big 'N' is just as guilty of being a full-fledged pirate as some of their own loyal Nintendo consumers are has arrived, read on for more details and watch the video proof...
It’s not as simple as drag-and-drop, but no screwdriver or hardware mods needed.

Battletoads on the NES Classic Edition? If you're willing to take a risk via modding, you too could add this and other games to your own little system.
We have already reported on the progress of unlocking the NES Classic in the past here on MaxConsole Underground, but this week things really sped-up thousand times, with two groups one based out of Japan and another from Russia (I guess with the Election 2016 hack behind them, they were bored and now able to better focus on Nintendo hacking), anyone is basically done, by following this simple English tutorial below you will have an unlocked Mini NES Classic Edition with the Game ROM's you want on it, instead of being limited to the 30 that big 'N' picked out for you to play, that is if you can find one to buy, as they are still in hot demand and this just going...
With Some Awesome Upgrades

Though there were several iterations and updates to Nintendo’s insanely popular handheld gaming system, the Game Boy was officially retired just over a decade ago. And while Nintendo has no plans to revive the portable console, a company called Retro-Bit is stepping up to bring the Game Boy back from the dead.
Retro-Bit has already produced a few classic consoles, with their Sega Generations one selling very well, and now they are taking on the retro handheld world, by producing an new GameBoy that can play all your original Nintendo games at nice affordable price! :)
EZFlash Redux for the Nintendo 2DS/3DS/N3DS

Our very own Exclusive MaxConsole Hardware Reviewer is back with yet another one of her great reviews, this week she takes on the challenge of testing out the newly launched EZ-Flash ReDux FlashCart for the Nintendo 3DS handhelds, read on for all the Pro's and Con's of this new scene-related device!

Reviewer's Notes: During the review, please keep in mind that I did not take the time to freshly format the MicroSD card I used in testing, though it works perfectly fine in my Gateway cart. I am also using a very fresh N3DS with A9LH to launch the EZR payloads from boot. The firmware and payloads I was given may also not be the final versions, but rather a review/testing version and not the actual final product. I tried to emulate an "average user" when approaching the product, meaning I did not take steps a more advanced person would take. OK! Let's dive in!...
In the 'better late than never' department

Michael Steil (Mist) had an interesting talk over at 33C3 about the original Game Boy, also covering a bit of the differences compared to the later Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance models.
Lots of great in-depth technical information squeezed into one hour which you can watch below with thanks to @modrobert for the heads up regarding this amazing talk regarding everything great and bad about Nintendo's famous Game Boy handhelds. :)
v1.4 - The Unrestricted Patch

kit-kat (Toolkit-kat) is a MEGA toolkit chain with many useful features like Streaming, Pushing files to the 3DS wirelessly, Input Redirection for Controller users (GC for smash? :3), HostedNetwork Automation, And many many more.
Its only been out for a couple of weeks, and already the developer behind 'Kit-Kat' has updated his amazing Toolkit with a ton of more features, and improvements, with even 'streaming support' now, similar to NitroStream but with many nice features as follows:
Big 'N' finally takes the LEGAL ban hammer to sites hosting the Source Code for the 'homebrew' app called 'FreeShop'.

Once 'homebrew' was possible on Nintendo 3DS, and CIA installs were figured out, soon an app was designed called 'FreeShop' that enable pirates to fully download complete working Nintendo 3DS games directly from big 'N' own Digital eShop platform.
Well those with app installed still seem to be able to use it, but good luck finding it out there now as Nintendo legal bots are crawling the underground and taking down all sources for FreeShop even the uncomplied source code version hosted on GITHub. :)