Wololo's has posted a progress update to summarize Smealum's 3DS hack efforts which looks both promising and close to release. And amazing enough the 'homebrew-only' exploit works on 3DS firmware 8.x!
As we all know if you wish to play around with Nintendo 3DS with piracy or homebrew you are limited to models running native firmware at 4.5 or below, as since then Nintendo has blocked all known exploits and now we up to firmware 8.x which is even more locked-down.
Developer Smealum has been at the center of the attention of the 3DS scene for several months now, when he announced having exploited a new vulnerability that gives him code exec on recent firmwares (at the time, up to firmware 6.3).
He did warn in March that his main reason for not releasing was the fear it would eventually lead to piracy.
Recently though, Smealum announced he has made good progress, finding a new vector to access the exploit on the most recent firmwares 7.x and 8.x.
Even more exciting, he announced he feels "confident that a release will be soon possible". This tells me he has found a way to limit the effects of piracy on the hack (that or he changed his mind on the matter).
Smealum confirmed on his twitter account that his exploit will not require any flashcard (and that's good to know, you know how I feel about these), and announced he is looking for artists to work on a 3ds homebrew menu.
So its looking good, but the big question now is there going to be way found to launch 'game backups' or for the current flashcarts like Gateway 3DS to endup making use of this new exploit when it is finally released, so gamers can finally enjoy using the very latest of Nintendo 3DS consoles and not be stuck hunting around pawnshops or on eBay for old 4.5 units.
The latest system update for Nintendo's Wii U is now available, and its primary addition is support for system transfers between Wii U systems. No word yet, if 5.1.0 totally blocks the Browser Exploit
If you a hard-core gamer that owns all 3 next-gen consoles, you would have spent your whole Tuesday updating your boxes, as XB1, PS4 and now even Wii U had an update roll-out worldwide adding more features and improvements to your gaming experience.
The 5.1.0 U update offers three (documented) changes. The new system transfer feature allows you to move any software and data--including save games, Nintendo Network IDs, and so on--located on your console to a different Wii U system. This process erases any data stored on the Wii U being transferred to, so you'll need to back any such data that you intend to keep. Also adding to your workload: If there is a USB storage device attached to the target Wii U, you'll have to format it afterward before it works with the Wii U again. More details on how the process works are available on Nintendo's support site.
This feature's appeal is, no doubt, limited; many people will never have a need nor desire to transfer their data to a new Wii U. But for those who do--like those who want to move to a special edition Wii U, like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker one above from last year--this will be very welcome. Prior to this, there was no official solution for transferring data without contacting Nintendo support.
Also new in this update are new controller options for browsing the eShop: the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller can all now be used to look around and make purchases on Nintendo's digital store.
Lastly, there is the unexciting, yet obligatory-in-every-update "system stability" improvements. Nintendo also notes that "other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience," but doesn't specify what these might be.
No word yet, if the "system stability" means that big 'N' has figured out now how to totally block the released Wii U Browser Exploit.
Still no plans, as yet, to make their hacking methods public, which earlier the team claims they are based on the previously released 'Wii U Browser Exploit'
In early July, MrBean35000vr demo'ed that he had hacked a Wii U and Mario Kart 8, showing changes to text within the game, the console's menu and WaraWara Plaza, since then more mods have been demo'ed
The same team did similar mods to Mario Kart for the original Wii console, and now seem to be hard at work doing a number of mods and hacks for latest Wii U and Mario Kart 8, but no more info has been released on how they are doing these 'hacks' or any plans for release out of fear that info will be used by 'cheaters' online, so for now we have to just sit back and enjoy their demo videos.
The hackers made a point in expressing their opposition to 'cheaters' and stated it was working towards being able to producing future content such as custom tracks and songs; the same channel did similar things with Mario Kart Wii.
In recent times the channel has been posting more videos, showing its progress in modding Mario Kart 8. They're further evidence of the fact that the hacking duo do indeed have access to the code of MK8, changing it in various ways.
In this first video ghost data from the N64 Rainbow Road track is played in the new Rainbow Road, so as a result Luigi drives around the surrounding area of the new course.
This next example shows what the duo call an 'unused track', as its code categorises it as a square course. It's a little odd, in that it has no background and produces ghosting and fairly dramatic motion blur effects.
The third video shows the effect when gravity is influenced; at first gravity is applied where it shouldn't be, and then there are attempts to drive through an anti-gravity section on normal wheels.
Finally, this video shows texture changes in Thwomp Ruins, with ice and snow applied in place of the original design.
The duo states that this final video shows that it's getting closer to the stage where it can recreate its own custom tracks in MK8, though it still seems highly doubtful that this will have a significant impact on the majority of gamers. The browser-based exploit being used for this Wii U hack was already shut down in previous system updates, so it's outdated firmware that's more than likely limited to offline only. It represents a landmark in terms of the system being hacked, but arguably in a way that shouldn't be particularly detrimental or damaging to Nintendo; the company would no doubt prefer it hadn't happened, of course.
So what you think about all this, will exploring MK8 open up the Wii U console to more mods, if the info ever gets released?
The number of consumers who say they plan on buying a Wii U doubled after E3 in June.
That’s according to an IHS survey reported by Games Industry, which questioned 1,000 core gamers before and after the LA showcase.
A new survey results are out from last month's E3 and it shows that Nintendo was the clear winner at E3 with 50% jump of people saying the will buy a Wii U as their next console, but Sony PS4's buying intent fell before the E3 show, so maybe sales of PS4 will start to slow down soon leaving room for Wii U and Xbox One to play catchup over the next few months.
Prior to the show 14 per cent of respondents said they were planning on buying Nintendo's machine. That jumped to 20 per cent afterwards, ranking alongside Xbox One, which climbed one point from 19 per cent.
Note that this data has not yet been reflected by sales data, in which Xbox One continues to outsell Wii U.
PS4 still maintained the lead with a 27.5 per cent purchase intent rate but that was down from the pre-show 32 per cent score.
Batman: Arkham Knight was the most popular title with a purchase intent rate of 60 per cent while both Assassin's Creed: Unity and Grand Theft Auto V coming in at under 50 per cent.
76 per cent of PS4 owners say they will buy Uncharted 4 and 77 per cent of Xbox One owners will get the new Halo. 89 per cent of Wii U owners are unsurprisingly eying up the new Zelda title.
So what you think of these results from GI's recent survey which is linked below?
Graphics chip manufacturer AMD has said it wants to get back into the portable console business, and hints at a new deal with Nintendo.
Recently, the vice-president of AMD's custom semiconductor business made comments that hints they are working on deal of getting their chips in a future 'portable gaming device', that will have large amount of consumers buying it.
As spotted by forum NeoGAF, Saeid Moshkelani began by talking up the console business in general, with AMD providing the graphics processors for the Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The 3DS and PS Vita use processors from other companies, but AMD seems keen not to be left out of the portable market.
‘Another area of interest for semi-custom is handheld gaming, believe it or not,' said Moshkelani. ‘Everyone thinks it is dead, but the 3DS is still selling.'
AMD is one of the few electronics companies that hasn't produced their own Android microconsole recently and nothing Moshkelani says seems to suggest that's what he's talking about.
‘[It] has to be at least $100 million annual revenue for us to go for it,' he said of AMD projects in general. ‘That's a minimum, not a target'.
Because of the large $100 figure quoted by AMD, the rumors are flying around it has to be 'Nintendo', as nothing Sony has produced portable-wise ever reached that amount, and neither has any of the many Android portable consoles, so people are saying its the next 3DS successor.
Nintendo Goes All Digital With 2014 Elite Status Club Awards
Club Nintendo is somewhat famous for offering digital rewards to its members who manage to obtain platinum or gold status over the course of the year. But this year it is all-digital no physical items
Alot of Nintendo fans love collecting all the coins they can and reach the top-level possible so they can collect the various 'rewards' from Club Nintendo, but each year the list seems to get more and more downgraded, gone a while ago was the little toys and Mario-themed clothing, and last year there was still at least soundtracks and posters that would get mailed out to your household, but now the big 'N' has decided to go 100% digital and offering only simple 'digital download items' this year on their Club Nintendo website for their fans.
When Club Nintendo first started, platinum members were often rewarded with elaborate statues featuring their favorite Nintendo characters, or copies of Mario's iconic hat. Last year was no different with members being offered the choice between soundtracks or posters. This year, the choice is between Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Most of them are virtual console games, but there are some retail releases.
The disappointing thing about this reveal is that most of these games in the gold bracket are frequently on offer from the usual monthly four game swap for Club Nintendo that happens at the beginning of the month, so the Gold rewards really don't feel any different than purchasing a game with coins you've managed to accrue.
Club Nintendo Platinum Rewards
Game and Wario - Wii U
NES Remix - Wii U
Earthbound - Wii U
Dr. Luigi - Wii U
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - 3DS
Fluidity: Spin Cycle - 3DS
Dillon's Rolling Western - 3DS
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move - 3DS
Club Nintendo Platinum & Gold Rewards
Ice Climber - Wii U
Kid Icarus - Wii U
Super Mario Bros. - Wii U
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - Wii U
Donkey Kong 3 - 3DS
Wario Land 2 - 3DS
Metroid - 3DS
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - 3DS
So are you pleased with the switch to digital-only, or are you sad that you have nothing for postman to drop off at your door anymore?
Koei Tecmo will pull back the curtain on Fatal Frame Wii U on July 17.
Nintendo tweeted that there will be a NicoNico stream for the Fatal Frame sequel later this week, which will discuss the upcoming horror game for Wii U as well as media projects for the game franchise
Finally some details coming for the latest Fatal Frame game in series this time being released on Nintendo's Wii U console.
Announced earlier this year, Koei Tecmo is expanding the Fatal Frame series - also known as Project Zero in Europe and just Zero in Japan - with a live-action film and comic.
Not much is known about Fatal Frame Wii U, except for the fact it's in development. The streaming event will be the first time we learn more about the survival horror game from Koei Tecmo and Nintendo.
However, there is no guarantee Fatal Frame Wii U will see a western release. While the Fatal Frame II remake for Wii came out in Europe and Australia (Nintendo of America didn't localize it, however), Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse only released in Japan.
The Fatal Frame Wii U stream starts at 2:30 p.m. in Sydney, 5:30 a.m. in London, and 12:30 a.m. EDT on July 17.
So stay tuned to MaxConsole, we will bring you all the Fatal Frame details soon after the live event on Thursday.
Missing Nintendo Wii games causes a Knife Fight between Family Members
'They were disputing over [Nintendo] Wii games,' Lt. George Hernandez said. 'Six games came up missing and Harris confronted Sawyer about it, which led to a physical altercation.'
There been alot of crime over weekend involving PlayStation an Xbox, but noting brings a family closer then Nintendo Wii does, and in this case a knife fight starts between a young man and his uncle in backyard after six Nintendo Wii games went missing somehow.
A 21-year-old man was taken into custody Saturday after police say he stabbed his uncle in the back with a hunting knife.
At 8:50 p.m. Hanford police officers were called to a home in the 600 block of Lassen Drive for a report of a fight.
When officers arrived at the home, police found 36-year-old Bryan Harris lying in a pool of blood with a stab wound to his back.
Upon investigating, police learned that Harris and his nephew, Jordan Sawyer, had been arguing over video games.
"They were disputing over [Nintendo] Wii games," Lt. George Hernandez said. "Six games came up missing and Harris confronted Sawyer about it, which led to a physical altercation."
A police statement said both Harris and Sawyer pulled out hunting knives and engaged in a knife fight outside of their residence.
"Someone tried to break it up and Harris walked away," Hernandez said. "That's when he was stabbed in the back by Sawyer."
Harris was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment to his 5-inch deep stab wound. He is currently reported to be in stable condition.
Sawyer was treated for minor cuts at Adventist Medical Center then released into police custody.
Sawyer was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide. He is being held without bail.
So there you go when it comes to crime and video gaming, no 'console' gets left out in the cold.
At Least One Retailer Is Reporting So In New Zealand
The Wii U may not be selling much in some places. However, one retailer in New Zealand is selling more Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles than the Xbox One.
As we wait to get official NPD figures in for month of June to see how well the Wii U console sold since Mario Kart 8 got released, and also how the Xbox One did with its big price-drop, at least we have some good news from New Zealand a retailer there is reporting that the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle is out-selling the Xbox One console.
Online New Zealand retailer announced the following on its Facebook page: "Another massive Wii U console shipment just in. These babies are currently out-selling the Xbox One"
The Mario Kart Wii U bundle is selling very well. It comes with a copy of the game plus the black 32GB console. The other bundle is the same but comes with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. The Mario Kart 8 bundle costs $NZD529.99 while the Mario/Luigi bundle is cheaper at $NZD449.99.
It's pretty amazing the Wii U is currently outselling the Xbox One at the moment. The cheapest Xbox One available at the retailer costs $NZD549.99. This is the Xbox One by itself, although it also comes with a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 plus a $20 Xbox Live voucher code.
Despite this, the best selling console is the PS4 which is the most expensive costing $NZD584.
So in your recent trips to your local gaming store to get your gaming fix in (as we all heroin addicts its seems now), have you noticed more Nintendo Wii U's selling then Xbox One's in your neck of the woods?
On-The-Fly RAM Hacking using the recently released Wii U Browser Exploit
This video was recently uploaded to Youtube that claims they found a 'kernel' entry using the Browser Exploit, so they can do on-the-fly RAM hacking while playing Mario Kart 8 on their Wii U console!
So far we only seen a rough 'hello world' demo using the Browser Exploit, but now comes this video that the author claims demos on-the-fly RAM hacking using a kernel exploit they discovered using the recently released Wii U Browser Exploit.
Very very basic stuff, more of a proof of concept rather than anything else. None of this is in any state to be released at present, and it's unlikely that we ever will in the interest of preventing cheaters :P
This is footage from an earlier live stream, showing on-the-fly RAM edits of Mario Kart 8. The quality is a tad sub-par because of it, but we hope it's manageable. The mods shown here include:
Making Moo Moo Meadows play its final lap music immediately
Making the final lap play no music at all
Making the lap 1/2 song into the opening camera fanfare
Renaming Moo Moo Meadows to "Hello!"
Renaming it again to "Shitty luck course!"
Renaming Toad's Turnpike to Deathpike...
Corrupting a font
Crashing the Wii U
Altering the Wii U menu fonts
This work is based on the recently released browser exploit, and some additional code that Chadderz wrote to get arbitrary kernel reading and writing, to allow the browser to edit Mario Kart 8's memory on-the-fly.
All of this may not look impressive, but it's merely because we don't even know where to start; we can do anything now, anything at all! Custom tracks, custom songs, you name it. We just have to decipher the RAM and work out how.
I hope you enjoy this quick look into what we've been up to recently, and hopefully more to come soon!
Legit or not, you be the judge after watching the video (hopefully it stays up on YT for a while), but it does open up the question can more be done instead of just cheating in a game, using the Browser Exploit, and what is this 'arbitrary kernel reading & writing' they claim they discovered, alot of questions this posting of a PoC video has caused now that is for sure.