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4:30 PM on 06.20.2013

NEWER Super Mario Bros. Wii is available for free

If you are a Wii U owner and possess a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, you've probably downloaded New Super Luigi U from the eShop already. That, or you are waiting on the limited edition retail release in the coming months...

Tony Ponce


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7:15 PM on 02.11.2013

Do want! Homebrew Portal gameplay on the DS

There are many things that make me proud to be a gamer, and one of them is the homebrew/fangame community. To me, there's almost nothing better than a group of passionate fans getting together and creating something ...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 11.28.2012

Pier Solar HD hits funding goal on Kickstarter

2010's homebrew Sega Genesis RPG Pier Solar was one of those projects that was fun to watch from the sidelines, but I never got to actually play it myself. That's what was great about development team WaterMelon turning to Ki...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 09.06.2012

PS Vita hacked, homebrew a-comin'

The PlayStation Vita has finally been cracked into like a big ol' nut, and homebrew is on the way.  Usermode Vita Loader is currently in the works (via NeoGAF) thanks to developer Yifan Lu. Based on a recently ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 01.28.2012

Brand-spankin' new homebrew NES game features cats

Being an indie game developer can be tough, so it's no surprise that few wish to add to their difficulties by developing homebrew software for legacy hardware. Sure, almost every other week, we hear of some dudes making a ne...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 06.01.2011

New NES homebrew game Super Bat Puncher appears

This is a run-through of a demo for Super Bat Puncher, an entirely new homebrew game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. A platform game, you have to free the nature spirits guarding a dangerous planet and punch a lot of ...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:00 AM on 02.02.2011

Here are some lovely GlaDOS Personality Core plush toys

Etsy user Katy Creider has really gone above and beyond in creating these incredible personality core plush toys based on the ones from the climactic battle in Portal. Each of GlaDOS' cores are 26" in circumference and she cu...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:30 AM on 01.13.2011

Max Payne controlled with Kinect and Wii Remote

Watch this video. It's Max Payne for PC played using the Kinect sensor and a Wii Remote/nunchuk combination. Using FAAST, a tookit used to map gestures to keystrokes developed at USC for use with PrimeSense systems (Kinect's...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 AM on 01.04.2011

Kinect Magic Mirror shows that what is inside counts

Here is video of researcher Tobias Blum demonstrating an Augmented Reality overlay which, using Kinect, shows a simulated "X-ray" image of a skeletal system underneath. Now, it isn't Tobias' skeleton but based on a dataset c...

Conrad Zimmerman



Group hacks PS3, releases security codes photo
Group hacks PS3, releases security codes
by Maurice Tan

Yesterday, a group of PS3 hackers united under the name 'fail0verflow' presented their method of circumventing the built-in security of Sony's machine at the 27th Chaos Communication Conference, or 27C3. Today, they announced that the code will be made public for anyone to use.

In a nutshell, they found a way to calculate the so-called "keys" you need to "sign" a piece of software so the console accepts it as valid code and runs it. That means when the full implementations of this are out there, you can sign any piece of homebrew, or pirate games without needing a PS Jailbreak USB dongle.

For the full video of the conference session and some more insight into what this means for you, keep on reading.

27C3 PS3 Epic Fail [PSX-Scene via Joystiq] [Slides of the presentation available here]

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7:00 AM on 08.22.2010

Want another new Metroid game? Check out Minitroid

Metroid: Other M may scare me, but that's not because I'm sure the game will be bad. It's just hard to know if something so different will live up to Metroid's illustrious history. That's probably why I find Minitroid so com...

Jonathan Holmes





9:00 AM on 07.19.2010

Goonies are still good enough for a new game

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Goonies, which makes me feel terribly old. It's still one of my most beloved of childhood movies and I have fond memories of watching the film on VHS over the course of many summer...

Conrad Zimmerman

5:00 PM on 04.04.2010

How to make your own New Super Mario Bros. Wii levels

That headline implies that I know how to make my own New Super Mario Bros. Wii levels. I totally don't. However, if didn't have to finish figuring out how to make my own Wario Ware DIY levels first so that I can review the ga...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 PM on 12.28.2009

Make room on your shelf for Battle Kid, a new NES game

Confession time: I spent my holiday weekend playing Final Fantasy II. So I understand if, even in this age of bump mapping, lens flares, and bloom lighting, you feel the need to play games lacking in polygons (or level desig...

Joseph Leray

3:00 PM on 11.17.2009

Level 1-1 done in Reggie!, a New Super Mario Bros. editor

New Super Mario Brothers Wii has been out for, oh, about 48 hours, but the Wii homebrew scene is already on the case: GBAtemp user Tanks has recreated Level 1-1 from the original Super Mario Bros using a NSMB level editor ca...

Joseph Leray



Wii update may be bricking innocent consoles photo
Wii update may be bricking innocent consoles
by Conrad Zimmerman

Remember the new firmware update which Nintendo just sent out to do away with all those nasty people who have been running the Homebrew Channel? You know, another one of those feeble attempts to lock something down which the hacking community will have found a workaround to with in a couple of days?

Well, it's already been worked around for those of you who don't mind voiding your warranty, but we all knew that was going to happen. Where the actual news comes in is that there have been reports of the update rendering perfectly normal, unmodified Wii consoles inert.

The issue seems to be occurring during the downloading process. Reports on NeoGAF and Nintendo's technical support forum claim that the download is freezing before completing and then will not reboot. Word is that the changes to one of the programs is causing write errors which prevent the system from starting up.

To their credit, Nintendo has already addressed the issue in a statement on their support forum (who says hackers are the only ones who can work quickly in these situations?). They claim that the issues are predominately occurring on modified consoles but have offered assistance in the form of free repairs to Wii owners who have never -- even unwittingly -- participated in such shenanigans as doing what they wish with the product they spent their money to own.

This is what we refer to as "collateral damage."

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